Heralded single photon partial coherence

P. Ben Dixon, Gregory Howland, Mehul Malik, David J. Starling, R. W. Boyd, Emil Wolf, John C. Howell

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Abstract

Optical spatial coherence, characterizing correlations between optical fields at distinct points, plays a key role in the understanding of classical and quantum phenomena. Recent decades' technological advances, such as powerful lasers and fast, efficient photon counters enabled the study of nonclassical optical fields. Here, we describe single photon partial coherence, providing a theoretical model from quantum coherence theory and experimental observation. In particular, we make clear the role of quantum birth-zones for SPDC sources. These birth-zones are the quantum analog of classical emitters; they characterize the heralded single photon's coherence properties. We make the first observation of the predicted inversion of the single photon degree of coherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference: 2010 Laser Science to Photonic Applications, CLEO/QELS 2010
StatePublished - 2010
EventLasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference: 2010 Laser Science to Photonic Applications, CLEO/QELS 2010 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: May 16 2010May 21 2010

Other

OtherLasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference: 2010 Laser Science to Photonic Applications, CLEO/QELS 2010
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period5/16/105/21/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Radiation

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    Dixon, P. B., Howland, G., Malik, M., Starling, D. J., Boyd, R. W., Wolf, E., & Howell, J. C. (2010). Heralded single photon partial coherence. In Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference: 2010 Laser Science to Photonic Applications, CLEO/QELS 2010 [5499955]