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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2008
  • pp: 5660–5667

Holographic quantum eraser experiment reveals polarization structure of depolarized light

Gerhard K. Ackermann and Jürgen Eichler  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 30, pp. 5660-5667 (2008)

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It is shown that a holographic setup for real-time interferometry can be used to realize a quantum eraser (QE) experiment. Circular polarized light is used to distinguish between the photons of the reconstructed image of the object and the direct object wave consisting of scattered photons from the illuminated flat object. To erase the “which path information,” a linear polarizer is used. The experimental results show that polarized light, after depolarizing reflection from a dielectric surface, contains an internal polarization structure, which can be described extending the well-known Jones vector formalism.

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OCIS Codes
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(120.2880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Holographic interferometry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(270.5565) Quantum optics : Quantum communications
(090.5694) Holography : Real-time holography

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Original Manuscript: April 17, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 28, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: September 17, 2008
Published: October 16, 2008

Gerhard K. Ackermann and Jürgen Eichler, "Holographic quantum eraser experiment reveals polarization structure of depolarized light," Appl. Opt. 47, 5660-5667 (2008)

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