Wednesday, June 26, 2013

1306.5813 (H. Shi et al.)

Mechanical memory for photons with orbital angular momentum    [PDF]

H. Shi, M. Bhattacharya
We propose to use an acoustic surface wave as a memory for a photon carrying orbital angular momentum. We clarify the physical mechanism that enables the transfer of information, derive the angular momentum selection rule that must be obeyed in the process, and show how to optimize the optoacoustic coupling. We theoretically demonstrate that high fidelities can be achieved, using realistic parameters, for the transfer of a coherent optical Laguerre-Gaussian state, associated with large angular momentum, to a mechanical shear mode. Our results add a significant possibility to the ongoing efforts towards the implementation of quantum information processing using photonic orbital angular momentum.
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