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Catching the elementary step of excitation of a coherent light state by a single photon
Author(s): Marco Bellini; Alessandro Zavatta; Silvia Viciani
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Paper Abstract

A new class of non-classical light states has been experimentally generated and their complete phase-space characterization has been achieved by quantum homodyne tomography. Such states are produced by the action of the photon creation operator on a coherent light field and are thus the result of the elementary excitation process of a classical field by a single quantum. Being intermediate between a single-photon Fock state and a coherent one, they offer the unique opportunity to closely follow the smooth evolution between the particle-like and the wave-like behavior of the light field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5893, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging III, 58930V (25 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.614366
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Marco Bellini, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
Univ. of Florence (Italy)
Alessandro Zavatta, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
Univ. of Florence (Italy)
Silvia Viciani, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy)
Univ. of Florence (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5893:
Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging III
Ronald E. Meyers; Yanhua Shih, Editor(s)

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