## Influence of atmospheric turbulence on the propagation of quantum states of light using plane-wave encoding |

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 19, pp. 18310-18317 (2011)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.018310

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### Abstract

We consider the possibility of performing quantum key distribution (QKD) by encoding information onto individual photons using plane-wave basis states. We compare the results of this calculation to those obtained by earlier workers, who considered encoding using OAM-carrying vortex modes of the field. We find theoretically that plane-wave encoding is less strongly influenced by atmospheric turbulence than is OAM encoding, with potentially important implications for free-space quantum key distribution.

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**OCIS Codes**

(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence

(270.5568) Quantum optics : Quantum cryptography

**ToC Category:**

Quantum Optics

**History**

Original Manuscript: July 26, 2011

Revised Manuscript: August 18, 2011

Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 2011

Published: September 2, 2011

**Citation**

Robert W. Boyd, Brandon Rodenburg, Mohammad Mirhosseini, and Stephen M. Barnett, "Influence of atmospheric turbulence on the propagation of quantum states of light using plane-wave encoding," Opt. Express **19**, 18310-18317 (2011)

http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-19-18310

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