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Hong-Ou-Mandel Interference with Imperfect Single Photon Sources

Abstract : Hong-Ou-Mandel interference is a cornerstone of optical quantum technologies. We explore both theoretically and experimentally how the nature of unwanted multi-photon components of single photon sources affect the interference visibility. We apply our approach to quantum dot single photon sources in order to access the mean wavepacket overlap of the single-photon component - an important metric to understand the limitations of current sources. We find that the impact of multi-photon events has thus far been underestimated, and that the effect of pure dephasing is even milder than previously expected.
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H. Ollivier, S. E. Thomas, S. C. Wein, I. Maillette de Buy Wenniger, N. Coste, et al.. Hong-Ou-Mandel Interference with Imperfect Single Photon Sources. Physical Review Letters, 2021, 126 (6), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.126.063602⟩. ⟨hal-03059769⟩

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