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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 19 — Sep. 12, 2011
  • pp: 18310–18317

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

Robert W. Boyd, Brandon Rodenburg, Mohammad Mirhosseini, and Stephen M. Barnett  »View Author Affiliations

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

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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

Original Manuscript: July 26, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 18, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 19, 2011
Published: September 2, 2011

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)

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