Towards the Production of Entangled Photon Pairs in Optical Fiber via Four-Wave Mixing

Previous experiments on the production of entangled photon pairs directly in optical fiber via four-wave mixing (FWM) have used a single pump laser and produced signal and idler photons with similar wavelengths. We will present the first results of our investigation into the production of widely separated entangled photon pairs via FWM in optical fiber using multiple pump lasers also at widely separated wavelengths. This source will have important applications in quantum cryptography and computation. As fiber optic and free space quantum communication networks require photons at different wavelengths (1550 nm and around 800 respectively) this source will make hybrid quantum cryptography networks achievable and could also be used as a heralded optical fiber source of single photons.