Future development of quantum communication and information processing (QCIP) will strongly rely on the development of miniaturized and reliable optical components. In our group we approach this goal by harnessing the potential of integrated optics. We develop integrated optical devices and circuits specifically designed for single photon (pair) generation, quantum state manipulation and storage.
The generation of single photons and single photon pairs is a prerequisite for most quantum optical experiments (either for fundamental research or even for practical applications like e.g. quantum key distribution). Therefore, some of our current activities address the development of rugged and efficient photon (pair) sources.