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Classical entanglement of vector vortex beams
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Paper Abstract

Vector beams are defined by spatially inhomogeneous states of polarization, that is, the spatial distribution and polarization state of the beam are non-separable. These beams have found interest in a variety of optical fields such as microscopy, interferometry and optical tweezing. It is therefore important to determine the degree to which these beams are non-separable or to determine the vectorness of such beams. We show that the nonseparability of vector beams is analogous to that of entangled quantum states and as such, we use traditionally quantum techniques such as a Bell inequality, to determine the vectorness of our generated vector vortex beams.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9581, Laser Beam Shaping XVI, 958106 (25 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187915
Show Author Affiliations
Melanie McLaren, Univ. of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Thomas Konrad, Univ. of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa)
Andrew Forbes, Univ. of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9581:
Laser Beam Shaping XVI
Andrew Forbes; Todd E. Lizotte, Editor(s)

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