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  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 7 — Mar. 28, 2011
  • pp: 6671–6683

Transport of orbital-angular-momentum entanglement through a turbulent atmosphere

Bart-Jan Pors, C. H. Monken, Eric R. Eliel, and J. P. Woerdman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 6671-6683 (2011)

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We demonstrate experimentally how orbital-angular-momentum entanglement of two photons evolves under the influence of atmospheric turbulence. Experimental results are in excellent agreement with our theoretical model, which combines the formalism of two-photon coincidence detection with a Kolmogorov description of atmospheric turbulence. We express the robustness to turbulence in terms of the dimensionality of the measured correlations. This dimensionality is surprisingly robust: scaling up our system to real-life dimensions, a horizontal propagation distance of 2 km seems viable.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(030.7060) Coherence and statistical optics : Turbulence
(270.5565) Quantum optics : Quantum communications

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: December 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 18, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 20, 2011
Published: March 24, 2011

Bart-Jan Pors, C. H. Monken, Eric R. Eliel, and J. P. Woerdman, "Transport of orbital-angular-momentum entanglement through a turbulent atmosphere," Opt. Express 19, 6671-6683 (2011)

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