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Detection of orbital angular momentum superposition photon states using hologram and path interferometer

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6 Author(s)
Miyamoto, Y. ; Univ. of Electro-Commun., Tokyo ; Takeda, M. ; Kawase, D. ; Takeuchi, S.
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Detection of photons in orbital angular momentum (OAM) superposition states is crucial to verification of OAM entanglement. In the past this has been realized by laterally shifting a hologram designed to remove a charge 1 phase singularity at its center. Such a laterally shifted hologram converts a beam with an off-center singularity (similar to that created by superposing an m = 0 beam and an m = 1 beam, where in is the OAM mode number) into a Gaussian beam, which is then filtered through a single mode fiber (SMF). However, it has been shown that a photon detected by this method is not a simple superposition of a photon in the m = 0 Gaussian mode and the m = 1 mode detected with an unshifted hologram, making it necessary to apply complicated analysis. One problem is that the radial distributions of the detected m = 0 and 1 components as determined by the SMF change as the hologram is shifted. Another, possibly more serious problem is the mixing of other OAM components. To overcome this problem we propose a new scheme for the detection of OAM superposition states consisting of a hologram and a path interferometer. The hologram is designed so that the output is equally distributed between the 0th and 1st order diffraction beams. The 0th order is the input beam itself, whose m = 0 Gaussian component is filtered through an SMF. In the 1st order beam the m = 1 component is converted to m = 0 and is filtered through a second SMF. The filtered beams now have the same spatial distribution, and can be superposed by a beam splitter. By inserting attenuators and phase modulators within the interferometer, superpositions with varying amplitude ratios and relative phases can be detected without shifting the hologram.

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Lasers and Electro-Optics, 2007 and the International Quantum Electronics Conference. CLEOE-IQEC 2007. European Conference on

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17-22 June 2007

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