Broadband photon pair generation in green fluorescent proteins through spontaneous four-wave mixing

Siyuan Shi, Abu Thomas, Neil V. Corzo, Prem Kumar, Yuping Huang, Kim Fook Lee*

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Abstract

Recent studies in quantum biology suggest that quantum mechanics help us to explore quantum processes in biological system. Here, we demonstrate generation of photon pairs through spontaneous four-wave mixing process in naturally occurring fluorescent proteins. We develop a general empirical method for analyzing the relative strength of nonlinear optical interaction processes in five different organic fluorophores. Our results indicate that the generation of photon pairs in green fluorescent proteins is subject to less background noises than in other fluorophores, leading to a coincidence-to-accidental ratio ∼145. As such proteins can be genetically engineered and fused to many biological cells, our experiment enables a new platform for quantum information processing in a biological environment such as biomimetic quantum networks and quantum sensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number24344
JournalScientific reports
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 14 2016

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