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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2014
  • pp: 2924–2927

Efficient sorting of quantum-optical wave packets by temporal-mode interferometry

D. V. Reddy, M. G. Raymer, and C. J. McKinstrie  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 10, pp. 2924-2927 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.002924


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Abstract

Long-distance quantum communication relies on storing and retrieving photonic qubits in orthogonal field modes. The available degrees of freedom for photons are polarization, spatial-mode profile, and temporal/spectral profile. To date, methods exist for decomposing, manipulating, and analyzing photons into orthogonal polarization modes and spatial modes. Here we propose and theoretically verify the first highly efficient method to carry out analogous operations for temporally and spectrally overlapping, but field-orthogonal, temporal modes. The method relies on cascaded nonlinear-optical quantum frequency conversion.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(060.1155) Fiber optics and optical communications : All-optical networks
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing
(270.5565) Quantum optics : Quantum communications

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: January 28, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 7, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 11, 2014
Published: May 9, 2014

Citation
D. V. Reddy, M. G. Raymer, and C. J. McKinstrie, "Efficient sorting of quantum-optical wave packets by temporal-mode interferometry," Opt. Lett. 39, 2924-2927 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-10-2924


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