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Quantum optics laboratories for undergraduates
Author(s): Mark Beck; Ethan Dederick

Paper Abstract

We have developed a series of undergraduate teaching laboratories that explore some of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics. All of the experiments involve performing measurements on individual photons or entangled-photon pairs. The experiments include: "Proving" that light consists of photons, single-photon interference, and tests of local realism. We will describe the experiments, placing an emphasis on an experiment which measures the quantum-mechanical polarization state of a photon. This experiment explicitly demonstrates that measurements performed on one member of an entangled-photon pair effect the results of measurements of the other photon. We will also describe how we have integrated the experiments with our upper-level undergraduate quantum mechanics course.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92891G (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070525
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Beck, Whitman College (United States)
Ethan Dederick, Whitman College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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