Entanglement distribution in multi-platform buffered-router-assisted frequency-multiplexed automated repeater chains

Mohsen Falamarzi Askarani, Kaushik Chakraborty, Gustavo Castro Do Amaral*

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Realization of a globe-spanning quantum network is a current worldwide goal, where near and long term implementations will benefit from connectivity between platforms optimized for specific tasks. Towards this goal, a quantum network architecture is herewith proposed whereby quantum processing devices based on NV- colour centers act as quantum routers (QR) and, between which, long-distance entanglement distribution is enabled by spectrally-multiplexed quantum repeaters based on absorptive quantum memories in rare-earth ion-doped crystals and imperfect entangled photon-pair sources. The inclusion of a quantum buffer structure between repeaters and routers is shown to, albeit the increased complexity, improve the achievable entanglement distribution rates in the network. Although the expected rate and fidelity results are presented for a simple linear network (point-to-point), complex topologies are compatible with the proposed architecture through the inclusion of an extra layer of temporal multiplexing in the QR's operation. Figures of merit are extracted based on parameters found in the literature for near-term scenarios and attest the availability of the proposed buffered-router-assisted frequency-multiplexed automated repeater chain network.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063078
Number of pages23
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • entanglement distribution
  • quantum internet
  • quantum repeaters


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