Single photoelectron trapping, storage, and detection in a field effect transistor

Hideo Kosaka, Deepak S. Rao, Hans D. Robinson, Prabhakar Bandaru, Kikuo Makita, Eli Yablonovitch

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We have demonstrated that a single photoelectron can be trapped stored and its photoelectric charge detected by a source/drain channel in a transistor. The electron trap can be photoionized and repeatedly reset for the arrival of successive individual photons. This single-photon electron transistor, operating in the λ = 1.3 μm telecommunication band, was demonstrated by using a window-gate double-quantum-well InGaAs/InAlAs/InP heterostructure that was designed to provide near-zero electron g-factor. In general, g-factor engineering allows selection rules that would convert a photon polarization to an electron-spin polarization. Such a transistor photodetector could be useful for flagging in the safe arrival of a photon in a quantum repeater. In the future, the safe arrival of a photoelectric charge would trigger the commencement of the teleportation algorithm in a quantum repeater to be used for quantum telecommunications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045104
Pages (from-to)451041-451045
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jan 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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