Optical emulation of photon-pair generation in nonlinear lossy waveguides
© CopyrightEPLA, 2017. We establish theoretically and demonstrate experimentally that photon-pair generation through spontaneous parametric down-conversion in a nonlinear waveguide with scattering or material losses can be effectively emulated by classical laser light propagation through a specially designed linear waveguide circuit. This platform can represent arbitrary photon and pump losses, with a potential for the emulation of non-Markovian decay. We characterize the photon-pair correlation spectrum and observe its characteristic transformation from the well-known sinc-shape in lossless waveguides towards a Lorentzian shape in the presence of photon loss.
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