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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 5213–5218

Hong-Ou-Mandel interference mediated by the magnetic plasmon waves in a three-dimensional optical metamaterial

S. M. Wang, S. Y. Mu, C. Zhu, Y. X. Gong, P. Xu, H. Liu, T. Li, S. N. Zhu, and X. Zhang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 5213-5218 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.005213


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Abstract

We studied the quantum properties of magnetic plasmon waves in a three-dimensional coupled metamaterial. A Hong-Ou-Mandel dip of two-photon interference with a visibility of 86 ± 6.0% was explicitly observed, when the sample was inserted into one of the two arms of the interferometer. This meant that the quantum interference property survived in such a magnetic plasmon wave-mediated transmission process, thus testifying the magnetic plasmon waves owned a quantum nature. A full quantum model was utilized to describe our experimental results. The results showed that the metamaterials could not only steer the classical light but also the non-classical light and they might have potential application in the future quantum information.

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OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 16, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 9, 2012
Published: February 16, 2012

Citation
S. M. Wang, S. Y. Mu, C. Zhu, Y. X. Gong, P. Xu, H. Liu, T. Li, S. N. Zhu, and X. Zhang, "Hong-Ou-Mandel interference mediated by the magnetic plasmon waves in a three-dimensional optical metamaterial," Opt. Express 20, 5213-5218 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-5-5213


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