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Multidimensional quantum entanglement with large-scale integrated optics

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Science  20 Apr 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6386, pp. 285-291
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar7053

Large-scale integrated quantum optics

The ability to pattern optical circuits on-chip, along with coupling in single and entangled photon sources, provides the basis for an integrated quantum optics platform. Wang et al. demonstrate how they can expand on that platform to fabricate very large quantum optical circuitry. They integrated more than 550 quantum optical components and 16 photon sources on a state-of-the-art single silicon chip, enabling universal generation, control, and analysis of multidimensional entanglement. The results illustrate the power of an integrated quantum optics approach for developing quantum technologies.

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The ability to control multidimensional quantum systems is central to the development of advanced quantum technologies. We demonstrate a multidimensional integrated quantum photonic platform able to generate, control, and analyze high-dimensional entanglement. A programmable bipartite entangled system is realized with dimensions up to 15 × 15 on a large-scale silicon photonics quantum circuit. The device integrates more than 550 photonic components on a single chip, including 16 identical photon-pair sources. We verify the high precision, generality, and controllability of our multidimensional technology, and further exploit these abilities to demonstrate previously unexplored quantum applications, such as quantum randomness expansion and self-testing on multidimensional states. Our work provides an experimental platform for the development of multidimensional quantum technologies.

As a generalization of two-level quantum systems (qubits), multidimensional quantum systems (qudits) exhibit distinct quantum properties and can offer improvements in particular applications. For example, qudit systems allow higher capacity and noise robustness in quantum communications (13), can be used to strengthen the violations of generalized Bell and Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) steering inequalities (46), provide richer resources for quantum simulation (7, 8), and offer higher efficiency and flexibility in quantum computing (9, 10). Moreover, encoding and processing qudits can represent a more viable route to larger Hilbert spaces. These advantages motivate the development of multidimensional quantum technologies in a variety of systems, such as photons (11, 12), superconductors (8, 13), and atomic systems (14, 15). Unlike superconducting and atomic qudits, which cannot be encoded and manipulated without complex interaction engineering and control sequences, photons represent a promising platform able to naturally encode and process qudits in various degrees of freedom, such as orbital angular momentum (OAM) (11, 12), temporal modes (3, 16), and frequency (17, 18). Previous work on qudits includes realizations of complex entanglement (19), entanglement in ultrahigh dimensions (20), and practical applications in quantum communication (13) and computing (79). However, these approaches incur limitations in terms of controllability, precision, and universality, which represent bottlenecks for further developments of multidimensional technologies. For example, the arbitrary generation of high-dimensional entanglement is a key experimental challenge, typically relying on complex bulk-optical networks and postselection schemes (12, 1618). In general, these approaches lack the ability to perform arbitrary multidimensional unitary operations with high fidelity (16, 19), an important factor in quantum information tasks. Integrated microring resonators able to emit multidimensional OAM (21) and frequency (18) states have been reported, but these present limited fidelity and difficulties for on-chip state control and analysis, thus not fully exploiting the high precision, scalability, and programmability of integrated optics.

We report a multidimensional integrated quantum photonic device that is able to generate, manipulate, and measure multidimensional entanglement fully on-chip with unprecedented precision, controllability, and universality. Path-encoded qudits are obtained in which each photon exists over d spatial modes simultaneously, and entanglement is produced by a coherent and controllable excitation of an array of d identical photon-pair sources. Our device allows the generation of multidimensional entangled states with an arbitrary degree of entanglement. Universal operations on path-encoded qudits are possible in linear optics for any dimension (22, 23), and our device performs arbitrary multidimensional projective measurements with high fidelity. The capabilities achieved allow us to demonstrate high-quality multidimensional quantum correlations, verified by generalized Bell and EPR steering violations, and to implement unexplored multidimensional quantum information protocols.

Large-scale integrated quantum photonic circuit

Entangled path-encoded qubits can be generated by coherently pumping two photon-pair sources produced by spontaneous parametric downconversion (24) or by spontaneous four-wave mixing (SFWM) (25). The approach can be generalized to qudits via the generation of photons entangled over d spatial modes by coherently pumping d sources (24). However, scaling this approach to high numbers of dimensions has been challenging because of the requirement for a stable and scalable technology able to coherently embed large arrays of identical photon sources and to precisely control qudit states in large optical interferometers.

Silicon quantum photonics offer intrinsic stability (26), high precision (27), and dense integration (28) and can therefore provide a natural solution. We devised a large-scale silicon quantum photonic circuit to implement the scheme (Fig. 1A). A total of 16 SFWM sources are coherently pumped, generating a photon pair in a superposition across the array. Because both photons must originate from the same source, the bipartite state created is Embedded Image, where |1〉i,k and |1〉s,k respectively indicate the Fock state of the idler and signal photon in the kth spatial mode, and ck represents the complex amplitude in each mode (with Embedded Image). The mapping between the Fock state of each photon and the logical state is as follows: We say that the qudit state is |k〉 (k = 0, …, d – 1) if the associated photon is in its kth optical mode. This yields a multidimensional entangled state of the form Embedded Image(1)where the coefficients ck can be arbitrarily chosen by controlling the pump distribution over the d sources and the relative phase on each mode. This is achieved with a network consisting of Mach-Zehnder interferometers (MZIs) at the input and phase shifters on each mode. In particular, maximally entangled states Embedded Image can be obtained with a uniform excitation of the sources. The two nondegenerate photons are deterministically separated using asymmetric MZI filters and routed by a network of waveguide crossings, grouping the signal photon into the top modes and the idler photon into the bottom modes (Fig. 1A). We can then locally manipulate and measure the state of each qudit. Linear optical circuits enable the implementation of any local unitary transformation Embedded Image in dimension d (22, 23). A triangular network of MZIs and phase shifters is used, which allows us to perform arbitrary local projective measurements, and two detectors are used to measure the outcomes. In this scheme, the measurement outcomes on a specific basis are collected sequentially by rotating the qudit reference frame and using one detector per photon. The collection of the d2 outcomes thus requires d2 detections in total. For more general implementations, the simultaneous collection of all the outcomes can be achieved via universal qudit operations (23) and the detection of each photon on all the output modes with 2d detectors (Fig. 1A, inset). See (29) for more details of the device and experimental setup.

Fig. 1 Diagram and characterization of the multidimensional silicon quantum photonic circuit.

(A) Circuit diagram. The device monolithically integrates 16 SFWM photon-pair sources, 93 thermo-optical phase shifters, 122 multimode interferometer (MMI) beamsplitters, 256 waveguide crossers, and 64 optical grating couplers. A photon pair is generated by SFWM in superposition across 16 optical modes, producing a tunable multidimensional bipartite entangled state. The two photons, signal and idler, are separated by an array of asymmetric MZI filters and routed by a network of crossers, allowing the local manipulation of the state by linear optical circuits. Using triangular networks of MZIs, we perform arbitrary local projective measurements. The photons are coupled off the chip into fibers by means of grating couplers and are detected by two superconducting nanowire detectors. The inset represents a general schematic for universal generation and manipulation of bipartite multidimensional entangled states. (B) Framework for correlation measurements on a shared d-dimensional state Embedded Image. Embedded Image and Embedded Image represent the operators associated with local measurements x on Alice and y on Bob, with outcomes a and b, respectively. (C) Photograph of the device. Silicon waveguides and 16 SFWM sources can be observed as black spirals. Gold wires allow the electronic access of each phase shifter. (D) Visibilities for the two-photon RHOM experiments to test sources’ indistinguishability. The inset shows the histogram of all 120 measured visibilities, with a mean value of 0.984 ± 0.025. (E) Statistical fidelity for d-dimensional projectors in both the computational Embedded Image-basis and the Fourier Embedded Image-basis. The inset shows the measured distribution for the 16-dimensional projector in the Embedded Image-basis.

The 16 photon-pair sources are designed to be identical. Two-photon reversed Hong-Ou-Mandel (RHOM) interference is used to verify their performance, where the fringe visibility gives an estimate of the sources’ indistinguishability (26). RHOM interference is tested between all the possible pairs of the 16 sources, performing Embedded Image quantum interference experiments and evaluating the corresponding visibilities. The pair of sources used for each interference experiment is selected each time by reconfiguring the interferometric network. The observed rate of photon-pair coincidences was approximately 2 kHz in typical measurement conditions, from which accidentals were subtracted. For the measured visibilities (Fig. 1D), in all cases we obtained a visibility greater than 0.90, and more than 80% of cases presented a visibility of >0.98. These results show a state-of-the-art degree of source indistinguishability in all 120 RHOM experiments, leading to the generation of high-quality entangled qudit states.

Each of the MZIs and phase shifters can be rapidly reconfigured (kHz rate) with high precision (26, 28). The quality of the qudit projectors is characterized by the classical statistical fidelity, which quantifies the output distribution obtained preparing and measuring a qudit on a fixed basis. We measured the fidelity of projectors in dimension d = 2 to 16 in the computational basis Embedded Image as well as in the Fourier-transform basis Embedded Image, where Embedded Image and k, = 0, …, d – 1 (Fig. 1E). For d = 8, we observed fidelities of 98% in the Embedded Image-basis and 97% in the Embedded Image-basis; for d = 16, fidelities were 97% in the Embedded Image-basis and 85% in the Embedded Image-basis (29). The residual imperfections are mainly due to thermal cross-talk between phase shifters (higher in the Embedded Image-basis), which can be mitigated using optimized designs for the heaters (28) or ad hoc characterization techniques (23).

Because of a fabrication imperfection in the routing circuit, one of the modes (triangle label in Fig. 1A) for the idler photon presents an additional 10-dB loss. For simplicity, we exclude this lossy mode in the rest of our experiments and study multidimensional entanglement for dimensions up to 15.

Figure 1B represents the experiment in the standard framework for bipartite correlation. The correlations between two parties, Alice (A) and Bob (B)—here identified by the signal and idler photon, respectively—are quantified by joint probabilities p(ab|xy) = Embedded Image, where Embedded Image is the shared d-dimensional state; x, y ∈ {1, …, m} represent the m measurement settings chosen by Alice and Bob; and a, b ∈ {0, …, d – 1} denote the possible outcomes with associated measurement operators Embedded Image and Embedded Image. The joint probabilities for each measurement are calculated by normalizing the coincidence counts over all the d2 outcomes in a given basis.

Quantum state tomographies

Quantum state tomography (QST) allows us to estimate the full state of a quantum system, providing an important diagnostic tool. In general, performing a complete tomography is an expensive task both in terms of the number of measurements and the computational time to reconstruct the density matrix from the data. For these reasons, complete QST on entangled qudit states has been achieved only up to eight-dimensional systems (30). To perform the tomographic reconstructions of larger entangled states, we use quantum compressed sensing techniques. Inspired by advanced classical methods for data analysis, these techniques reduce the experimental cost for state reconstruction (31), are general for density matrices of arbitrary dimension (32), and have been experimentally demonstrated to characterize complex quantum systems (32, 33). Compressed sensing QST was implemented to reconstruct bipartite entangled states with local dimension up to d = 12. Fidelities with ideal states Embedded Image are reported in Fig. 2A. For dimensions d = 4, 8, and 12, we plot the reconstructed density matrices, with fidelities of 96%, 87%, and 81%, respectively (Fig. 2, B to D). These results show an improvement of the quality for multidimensional entanglement (18, 30). See (29) for more details.

Fig. 2 Experimental quantum state tomographies.

(A) Measured quantum fidelities Embedded Image, where Embedded Image represents the reconstructed states and Embedded Image refers to the ideal d-dimensional maximally entangled state. (B to D) Reconstructed density matrices for the entangled states in dimension 4 (B), 8 (C), and 12 (D) using compressed sensing techniques. Column heights represent the absolute values |ρ|; colors represent the phases |Arg(ρ)|. The phase information for matrix elements with module |ρij| < 0.01 is approximately randomly distributed but is not displayed for clarity.

Certification of system dimensionality

The dimension of a quantum system quantifies its ability to store information and represents a key resource for quantum applications. Device-independent (DI) dimension witnesses enable us to set a lower bound for the dimension of a quantum system solely from the observed statistics [i.e., correlation probabilities p(ab|xy)], making no prior assumptions on the experimental apparatus [see, e.g., (34, 35)]. Here, we adopt the approach of (35) to verify the local dimension of entangled states in a DI way in the context where shared randomness is not a free resource. The lower bound on the system dimension is given by Embedded Image, where Embedded Image(p) is a nonlinear function of the correlations, and Embedded Image indicates the least integer greater than or equal to ε. Whereas with d we indicate the local dimension of the qudit encoded in d modes, Embedded Image represents the certified dimension of the quantum system—that is, the minimum dimension required to describe the observed correlations. We adopt two different DI measurement scenarios, with experimental results shown in Fig. 3A. In scenario I, we calculate the bound from the measured (partial) correlations for the Magic Square and Magic Pentagram games (36) (Fig. 3B). For example, to certify 8 × 8 entangled states (locally equivalent to a three-qubit system), we perform a Embedded Image-basis measurement on Alice’s system, while on Bob’s system we use the Embedded Image-basis and the one that simultaneously diagonalizes the commuting operators ZZZ, ZXX, XZX, and XXZ (Fig. 3B, lines L3 and L5, respectively). In the absence of noise, we would achieve Embedded Image. Using the measured correlations, we obtain Embedded Image, which yields the optimal lower bound Embedded Image. In scenario II, we compute Embedded Image for correlations Embedded Image obtained by performing Embedded Image-basis measurements on both sides of the maximally entangled state of local dimension d. We expect less experimental noise in this scenario (see Fig. 1D). As shown in Fig. 3A, the experimentally observed correlations Embedded Image yield Embedded Image for all d ≤ 14, certifying the correct dimensions. See (29) for further details.

Fig. 3 Verification of system dimensionality.

(A) Experimental results. Data points refer to the measured lower bounds on the local dimension of the generated entangled states; green and red points represent data for measurement scenarios I and II, respectively. The yellow line refers to ideal values. Errors are smaller than the markers and are neglected here for clarity. (B) Correlation measurements associated with optimal strategies for Magic Square and Magic Pentagram games. X, Y, and Z are Pauli operators and I is the identity. Red lines Ci, Ri, and Li are associated with different measurement settings. A single Magic Square game, a single Magic Pentagram game, and two copies of the Magic Square game are used in an attempt to certify the dimension for states with local dimension d = 4, d = 6 or 8, and d = 10, 12, 14, or 15, respectively. The correct dimension is certified for up to d = 10 when using measurement scenario I and up to d = 14 when using scenario II.

Multidimensional Bell correlations and state self-testing

Bell inequalities enable experimental studies of quantum nonlocality, which indicates the presence of correlations incompatible with local hidden variables (LHV) theories. Nonlocality can be demonstrated by the violation of Bell inequalities of the form SdCd, where Sd is a linear function of the joint probabilities and Cd is the classical bound for LHV models. Although our implementation does not represent a rigorous and loophole-free test of nonlocality, Bell inequalities are here used as an experimental tool to benchmark the quality of the multidimensional entanglement and to investigate possible future applications. We study two types of generalized Bell-type inequalities for d-dimensional bipartite systems: the SATWAP (Salavrakos-Augusiak-Tura-Wittek-Acin-Pironio) inequalities, recently introduced in (6), and the standard CGLMP (Collins-Gisin-Linden-Massar-Popescu) inequalities (5). In contrast to CGLMP inequalities, SATWAP inequalities are explicitly tailored to obtain a maximal violation for maximally entangled qudit states. Here, we test the two-input version of the SATWAP inequalities by measuring the joint probabilities to obtain the quantityEmbedded Image(2)where the 2(d – 1) values Embedded Image represent generalized Bell correlators, whose explicit form is given in (29). The Bell inequality here is given by Embedded Image, where the bound for classical LHV models is Cd = [3 cot(π/4d) – cot(3π/4d)]/2 – 2. The maximum value of Embedded Image obtainable with quantum states (known as the Tsirelson bound, Qd) is known analytically for arbitrary dimensions and is given by Embedded Image. This maximal violation is achieved with maximally entangled states (6).

In Fig. 4A we show the experimental values of the generalized correlators Embedded Image. The correlation measurements are performed in the Fourier bases provided in (29). Figure 4B shows the obtained values of Embedded Image for dimensions 2 to 8, together with the analytical quantum and classical bounds. In all cases the classical bound is violated. In particular, in dimensions 2 to 4, a strong violation is observed, closely approaching Qd.

Fig. 4 Bell violation and self-testing on multidimensional entangled states.

(A) Measured values of the 2(d – 1) correlators Embedded Image. Dashed boxes indicate theoretical values. (B) Violation of the generalized SATWAP Bell-type inequalities for d-dimensional states. Red points are experimentally measured Embedded Image values. Bell inequalities of the form Embedded Image are here violated, where Cd is the classical LHV bound (dashed line). The Tsirelson bound Qd (solid line) represents the maximal violation for quantum systems. The dotted line represents the threshold above which more than 1 random bit can be extracted per output symbol from Bell correlations. (C) DI self-testing of entangled qutrit states Embedded Image for γ = 1, 0.9, or 0.792. Self-tested lower bounds on the fidelities to ideal states are plotted as a function of the relative violation for more clarity. The significant uncertainty of the fidelity value is due to the general limited robustness of self-testing protocols. All errors are estimated from photon Poissonian statistics; those in (B) are smaller than markers.

We report in Table 1 the experimental values for the CGLMP inequalities. Again, strong violations of LHV models are observed. As an example, for d = 4 we observe S4 = 2.867 ± 0.014, which violates the classical bound (i.e., Cd = 2 for CGLMP inequalities) by 61.9σ and is higher than the maximal value achievable by two-dimensional quantum systems Embedded Image by 2.8σ, indicating stronger quantumness for higher dimensions.

Table 1 Experimental values for multidimensional CGLMP Bell correlations.

Measured CGLMP values are given with experimental errors. Values in parentheses refer to the LHV classical bound; those in braces refer to theoretical bounds for d-dimensional maximally entangled states. Errors are given by photon Poissonian noise.

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The near-optimal Bell violations enable the self-testing of multidimensional entangled states. The task of self-testing represents the DI characterization of quantum devices by a classical user, based solely on the observed Bell correlations (37, 38), and thus does not require making any assumption about the devices being tested—a desirable attribute for practical quantum applications. If the maximal violation of a Bell inequality can only be achieved by a unique quantum state and set of measurements (up to local isometries), a near-optimal violation enables characterization of the experimental device. In (6) it was shown that the SATWAP inequality can be used to self-test the maximally entangled state of two qutrits Embedded Image; in particular, using a numerical approach from (39), a lower bound on the state fidelity can be obtained from the measured value of Embedded Image. In (29) we generalize it also for arbitrary qutrit states of the form |00〉 + γ|11〉 + |22〉 (up to normalization). In Fig. 4C, we report the experimental self-tested lower bounds on the fidelities for different values of γ = 1, 0.9, and Embedded Image. This is made possible by exploiting the capability of the device to generate multidimensional states with tunable entanglement. In particular, γ = 1 indicates Embedded Image, and Embedded Image represents the state that maximally violates the CGLMP inequality (39). We experimentally achieve self-tested lower bounds on the fidelities of 79.9%, 83.2%, and 68.0%, respectively, for the three states. Note that the certification of high fidelities in a self-testing context is achievable only in the presence of near-ideal experimental correlations. The measured self-tested fidelities are comparable with the reported values obtained from full tomographies in other experimental approaches (18, 30). Although our device also provides high violations for dimensions higher than 3, it remains unknown whether the approach based on SATWAP inequalities can be generalized to self-test states in arbitrary dimension (6).

Multidimensional randomness expansion

Randomness is a key resource in many practical applications. Generating certified randomness, however, is a notoriously difficult problem. Quantum theory, being fundamentally nondeterministic, provides a natural solution. The probabilistic nature of measurements forms the basis of quantum random number generators (40). Remarkably, quantum theory can go one step further and allows a stronger form of certified randomness: Measurement statistics that exhibit nonlocal correlations are necessarily uncertain and contain randomness. This remains true even if some or all of the experimental apparatuses used to generate the nonlocal correlations are uncharacterized or untrusted (41). That is, the measurement statistics are random not only for the user of the devices but also for any other party who may have additional knowledge about the devices, such as a potential eavesdropper.

The two scenarios considered here are (i) randomness certified by Bell inequality violations, where two untrusted measuring apparatuses are used to generate randomness, providing a fully DI certification (41), and (ii) randomness certified by EPR steering inequality violations, where one trusted and one untrusted measuring apparatus are used, with randomness generated from the untrusted device, providing a one-sided DI (1SDI) certification (42).

The protocol in either case consists of performing n runs of a Bell or steering test, using a small seed of randomness to choose the measurement settings in each run. The violation of the corresponding Bell or steering inequality is then estimated from the raw data. The randomness of the string s of measurement outcomes of the untrusted apparatuses is then lower-bounded as a function of the observed violation. Because an initial seed of randomness is necessary, this process achieves randomness expansion as new private randomness is generated in the process. The randomness of the string s is quantified in terms of min-entropy Hmin = –log2 Pg, where Pg is the predictability of s (i.e., the probability that it can be correctly guessed).

To study DI randomness expansion, we use violations of the above SATWAP Bell inequalities (6), whereas in the 1SDI case we use violations of the EPR steering inequalities tailored for maximal randomness expansion recently introduced in (29, 42):Embedded Image(3)where p(a|x) are the probabilities of Alice’s uncharacterized measurements; Embedded Image and Embedded Image are the characterized measurements of Bob, with |k〉 corresponding to the Embedded Image-basis and |〉 to the Embedded Image-basis, defined above; and Embedded Image indicates the reduced state for Bob when the measurement x is performed on Alice and outcome a is obtained. Quantum states can violate this inequality and maximally achieve βd = 2. Figure 5A reports the experimentally measured values of βd up to dimension 15, which display violations of the local bound in all dimensions. We note that this provides a 1SDI certification of the presence of bipartite multidimensional entanglement between Alice and Bob in all cases (4).

Fig. 5 Certification of multidimensional randomness expansion.

(A) Multidimensional EPR steering is certified by violating the inequality Embedded Image (dashed line). Red points are experimentally measured steering values βd. The dotted line denotes the threshold above which more than 1 random bit is generated per round from steering correlations. (B) Randomness per round certified in a one-sided DI scenario by d-dimensional steering correlations. (C) Randomness per round certified in a fully DI scenario by d-dimensional Bell correlations. Above the dashed line in (B) and (C), more than 1 private random bit is generated per round. Error bars are given by Poissonian statistics; those in (A) are smaller than markers.

In the DI setting, the measuring apparatuses of Alice and Bob are both untrusted, and the string of outcomes s = (a, b), where a and b are the lists of data collected by Alice and Bob, respectively. In the 1SDI setting, the measuring apparatus of Alice is untrusted, and the string of outcomes is s = a. [See (29) for details of how randomness is certified, as well as the maximal theoretical amount of randomness that can be certified in each case.] A particularly demanding task is the efficient generation of randomness so as to generate more than one bit of randomness per experimental run (i.e., to achieve Hmin > n). For qubits, this is only possible using nonprojective measurements (with more than two outcomes) (43) or with sequences of measurements (44). In contrast, multidimensional entangled states provide a natural route based on projective measurements.

In Figs. 4B and 5A, the minimum values of Embedded Image and βd above which more than one bit of randomness per run is certified in the DI or 1SDI setting are shown as a function of dimension (yellow regions). Figure 5C shows the randomness associated with the Bell violations shown in Fig. 4A. Efficiency Hmin/n > 1 is achieved for d = 3 and 4. The largest amount of randomness per run is obtained for d = 4, where Hmin/n = 1.82 ± 0.35 random bits. The experimentally measured values of βd are shown in Fig. 5A, and the associated randomness is reported in Fig. 5B. Here, efficiency Hmin/n > 1 is preserved for the range 4 ≤ d ≤ 14, indicating, as expected, stronger robustness in the 1SDI case.


We have shown how silicon photonics quantum technologies have reached the maturity level that enables fully on-chip generation, manipulation, and analysis of multidimensional quantum systems. The achieved complexity of our integrated device represents a major step forward for large-scale quantum photonic technologies. Note that in the experimental tests performed here, the detection and locality loopholes were not closed, which was not an immediate goal of this work. However, the results demonstrate the unprecedented capabilities of multidimensional integrated quantum photonics, which will enable a wide range of practical applications. For example, high-rate, device-independent randomness generators can be realized by harnessing the abilities of efficient randomness expansion shown here, in combination with high-speed on-chip state manipulation. As a single-chip proof-of-principle demonstration of quantum key distribution, we report in (29) that Alice and Bob can share high-rate secure keys enabled by the high-fidelity control and analysis of the entangled qudits. Together with developed techniques for phase-coherent chip-to-chip qudit transmission—for example, via a multicore optical fiber (45), encoding in other degrees of freedom in free space (46), or exploiting reference frame–independent schemes (47)—our integrated platform can allow the development of high-dimensional quantum communications. All these possible applications can benefit from the monolithic integration of high-performance sources, universal operations, and detectors (26). Moreover, the scalability of silicon quantum photonics can further increase system dimensionality and allow the coherent control of multiple photons entangled over a large number of modes. Our results pave the way for the development of advanced multidimensional quantum technologies.

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Acknowledgments: We thank A. C. Dada, P. J. Shadbolt, J. Carolan, C. Sparrow, W. McCutcheon, A. A. Gentile, D. A. B. Miller, and Q. He for useful discussions, and W. A. Murray, M. Loutit, and R. Collins for experimental assistance. Funding: Supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Research Council (ERC), and European Commission, including PICQUE, BBOI, QuChip, QITBOX, UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Communications Technologies (EP/M013472/1) and the Center of Excellence, Denmark SPOC (ref DNRF123), Bristol NSQI; the Spanish MINECO (QIBEQI FIS2016-80773-P and Severo Ochoa SEV-2015-0522), the Fundacio Cellex, the Generalitat de Catalunya (SGR875 and CERCA Program), and the AXA Chair in Quantum Information Science; and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreements 705109, 748549, and 609405. Also supported by the Chinese National Young 1000 Talents Plan (J.W.); the Royal Society through a University Research Fellowship (UHQT) (P.K.); the Villum Fonden via the QMATH Centre of Excellence (no. 10059) and EPSRC grant EP/L021005/1 (L.M.); National Key R&D Program of China grant 2013CB328704 (Q.G.); a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies (J.L.O.); EPSRC fellowship EP/N003470/1 (A.L.); and ERC starter grant ERC-2014-STG 640079 and EPSRC Early Career Fellowship EP/K033085/1 (M.G.T.). Author contributions: J.W. designed the experiment; Y.D. designed and fabricated the device. J.W., S.P., Y.D., R.S., and J.W.S. built the setup and carried out the experiment. S.P., P.S., A.S., J.T., R.A., L.M., D.Ba., and D.Bo. performed the theoretical analysis; A.L. contributed the tomography scheme; and Q.G., A.A., K.R., L.K.O., J.L.O., A.L., and M.G.T. managed the project. All authors discussed the results and contributed to the manuscript. Competing interests: All authors declare no competing financial interests. Data and materials availability: All data are available in the manuscript or in the supplementary materials.

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