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100 MHz Amplitude and Polarization Modulated Optical Source for Free-Space Quantum Key Distribution at 850 nm

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7 Author(s)
M. Jofre ; ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciencies, Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain ; A. Gardelein ; G. Anzolin ; G. Molina-Terriza
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We report on an integrated photonic transmitter of up to 100 MHz repetition rate, which emits pulses centered at 850 nm with arbitrary amplitude and polarization. The source is suitable for free space quantum key distribution applications. The whole transmitter, with the optical and electronic components integrated, has reduced size and power consumption. In addition, the optoelectronic components forming the transmitter can be space-qualified, making it suitable for satellite and future space missions.

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 17 )