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Correlation optics at the single-photon level: device physics and quantum mechanics
Author(s): William T. Rhodes; Angela Maria Guzman; Jean-Pierre Goedgebuer
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Paper Abstract

Optical engineers will need to know progressively more about quantum optics as they move into fields like quantum cryptography, quantum computing, and quantum teleportation. Intuition based in classical optics can sometimes serve the system designer well, but in some cases classical intuition conflicts with quantum-regime fact. This paper provides an introductory review to certain important aspects of quantum optics, such as the particle-wave duality of photons, field quantization, quantum states of radiation, particularly as they relate to the first- and second-order correlation processes that are important in distinguishing the quantum regime of light from the classical regime. It also presents the results of two preliminary quantum-regime analyses of devices important in the engineering of information processing systems that operate at the individual photon level, the electro-optic modulator and the acousto-optic modulator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 February 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4607, Selected Papers from Fifth International Conference on Correlation Optics, (5 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.455170
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William T. Rhodes, Georgia Tech Lorraine, Georgia Institute of Technology, and GTL-CNRS Telecom (France)
Angela Maria Guzman, Georgia Tech Lorraine, GTL-CNRS Telecom, and Univ. Nacional de Colombia (Colombia)
Jean-Pierre Goedgebuer, GTL-CNRS Telecom and Univ. de Franche-Compte (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4607:
Selected Papers from Fifth International Conference on Correlation Optics

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