Realizing controllable depolarization in photonic quantum-information channels

A. Shaham*, H. S. Eisenberg

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Controlling the depolarization of light is a long-standing open problem. In recent years, many demonstrations have used the polarization of single photons to encode quantum information. The depolarization of these photons is equivalent to the decoherence of the quantum information they encode. We present schemes for building various depolarizing channels with controlled properties using birefringent crystals. Three such schemes are demonstrated, and their effects on single photons are shown by quantum process tomography to be in good agreement with a theoretical model.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number022303
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Feb 2011


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