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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 11 — May. 26, 2008
  • pp: 7634–7640

Spatial coherence effects on second- and fourth-order temporal interference

Timothy Yarnall, Ayman F. Abouraddy, Bahaa E. A. Saleh, and Malvin C. Teich  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 11, pp. 7634-7640 (2008)

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We report the results of two experiments performed with two-photon light, produced via collinear degenerate optical spontaneous parametric downconversion (SPDC), in which both second-order (one-photon) and fourth-order (two-photon) interferograms are recorded in a Mach–Zehnder interferometer (MZI). In the first experiment, high-visibility fringes are obtained for both the second- and fourth-order interferograms. In the second experiment, the MZI is modified by the removal of a mirror from one of its arms; this leaves the fourth-order interferogram unchanged, but extinguishes the second-order interferogram. A theoretical model that takes into consideration both the temporal and spatial degrees-of-freedom of the two-photon state successfully explains the results. While the temporal interference in the MZI is independent of the spatial coherence of the source, that of the modified MZI is not.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(270.5585) Quantum optics : Quantum information and processing

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: February 29, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 7, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2008
Published: May 12, 2008

Timothy Yarnall, Ayman F. Abouraddy, Bahaa E. Saleh, and Malvin C. Teich, "Spatial coherence effects on second- and fourth-order temporal interference," Opt. Express 16, 7634-7640 (2008)

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