Thursday, July 25, 2013

1307.6364 (Olivier Morin et al.)

Experimentally accessing the optimal temporal mode of traveling quantum
light states

Olivier Morin, Claude Fabre, Julien Laurat
The characterization or subsequent use of propagating optical quantum state require the knowledge of its precise temporal mode. Defining this mode structure very often relies on a detailed a priori knowledge of the used resources, when available, and can additionally call for an involved theoretical modeling. In contrast, here we investigate a practical method enabling to infer the optimal temporal mode directly from experimental data acquired via homodyne detection, without any assumptions on the state. The approach is based on a multimode analysis using eigenfunction expansion of the autocorrelation function. This capability is illustrated by experimental data from Fock states and Schrodinger cat-like state preparation.
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