We demonstrate a narrowline fiber loop laser using erbiumdoped fiber as the gain material, stabilized by using a microsphere as a transmissive frequency selective element. Stable lasing with a linewidth of 170 kHz is observed, limited by the experimental spectral resolution. A linear increase in output power and a redshift of the lasing mode were also observed with increasing pump power. Its potential applications are discussed. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Symmetric extension in twoway quantum key distribution
Geir Ove Myhr, Joseph M. Renes, Andrew C. Doherty, Norbert Luetkenhaus
We introduce symmetric extensions of bipartite quantum states as a tool for analyzing protocols that distill secret key from quantum correlations. Whether the correlations are coming from a prepareandmeasure quantum key distribution scheme or from an entanglementbased scheme, the protocol has to produce effective states without a symmetric extension in order to succeed. By formulating the symmetric extension problem as a semidefinite program, we solve the problem for Belldiagonal states. Applying this result to the sixstate and BennettBrassard 1984 schemes, we show that for the entangled states that cannot be distilled by current key distillation procedures, the failure can be understood in terms of a failure to break a symmetric extension.
Optomechanical stochastic resonance in a macroscopic torsion oscillator
Linear mechanical oscillators have been applied to measure very small forces, mostly with the help of noise suppression. In contrast, adding noise to nonlinear oscillators can improve the measurement conditions. Here, this effect of stochastic resonance is demonstrated in a macroscopic torsion oscillator, for an optomechanical nonlinear potential. The signal output is enhanced for a subthreshold electronic signal. This nonlinear oscillator serves as a model system for the enhancement of signaltonoise ratio in high precision optomechanical experiments.
TelecomWavelength Compatible THz nipnip Super lattice Photomixers
for Spectroscopical Applications
Sascha Preu, Stefan Malzer, Gottfried H. Doehler, Lijun Wang, Hong Lu, Arthur C. Gossard
TERAHERTZ AND MID INFRARED RADIATION: BASIC RESEARCH AND PRACTICAL
APPLICATIONS, WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS
8182
(2009)
We report on the progress of roomtemperature operating, continuouswave, tunable nipnip superlattice THz photomixers, compatible with 1.55 mu m telecom laser systems. An output power of 0.2 mu W at 1 THz has been achieved at a photocurrent of 9.4 mA, using a broadband antenna. The spectral power is at a level where high resolution spectroscopy becomes attractive. This is demonstrated by measuring the absorption spectrum of water vapor between 0.4 and 1.6 THz.
Generation of total angular momentum eigenstates in remote qubits
A. Maser, U. Schilling, T. Bastin, E. Solano, C. Thiel, J. von Zanthier
We propose a scheme enabling the universal coupling of angular momentum of N remote noninteracting qubits using linear optical tools only. Our system consists of N singlephoton emitters in a Lambda configuration that are entangled among their longlived groundstate qubits through suitably designed measurements of the emitted photons. In this manner, we present an experimentally feasible algorithm that is able to generate any of the 2(N) symmetric and nonsymmetric total angular momentum eigenstates spanning the Hilbert space of the Nqubit compound.
Dynamics and control of the early stage of supercontinuum generation in
submicroncore optical fibers
We describe the precise mechanism behind the rapid and large spectral broadening in the early stages of supercontinuum generation in submicroncore glass waveguides. The first spectral and temporal breathing period of higherorder solitons activates the solitonic resonant radiation by means of energy bursts. We demonstrate that this "activation length" is largely independent of the Raman effect but can be efficiently controlled by changing the input pulse chirp. Energy transfer between the input pulse and its resonant radiations has a marked steplike character, and can reach a large efficiency. This will lead to the design of devices based on millimetersize fibers, which are able to emit a clean, coherent, and controllable spectrum.
Colloquium: The EinsteinPodolskyRosen paradox: From concepts to
applications
M. D. Reid, P. D. Drummond, W. P. Bowen, E. G. Cavalcanti, P. K. Lam, H. A. Bachor, U. L. Andersen, G. Leuchs
REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS
81(4)
17271751
(2009)

Journal
This Colloquium examines the field of the Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen (EPR) gedanken experiment, from the original paper of Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen, through to modern theoretical proposals of how to realize both the continuousvariable and discrete versions of the EPR paradox. The relationship with entanglement and Bell's theorem are analyzed, and the progress to date towards experimental confirmation of the EPR paradox is summarized, with a detailed treatment of the continuousvariable paradox in laserbased experiments. Practical techniques covered include continuouswave parametric amplifier and optical fiber quantum soliton experiments. Current proposals for extending EPR experiments to massiveparticle systems are discussed, including spin squeezing, atomic position entanglement, and quadrature entanglement in ultracold atoms. Finally, applications of this technology to quantum key distribution, quantum teleportation, and entanglement swapping are examined.
Fiberassisted singlephoton spectrograph
Malte Avenhaus, Andreas Eckstein, Peter J. Mosley, Christine Silberhorn
OPTICS LETTERS
34(18)
28732875
(2009)
We demonstrate the implementation of a fiberintegrated spectrograph utilizing chromatic group velocity dispersion (GVD) in a singlemode fiber. By means of GVD we stretch an ultrafast pulse in time in order to spectrally resolve single photons in the time domain, detected by singlephoton counting modules with very accurate temporal resolution. As a result, the spectrum of a very weak pulse is recovered from a precise time measurement with high signaltonoise ratio. We demonstrate the potential of our technique by applying our scheme to analyzing the joint spectral intensity distribution of a parametric downconversion source at a telecommunication wavelength. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Brewster cross polarization
A. Aiello, M. Merano, J. P. Woerdman
OPTICS LETTERS
34(8)
12071209
(2009)
We theoretically derive the polarizationresolved intensity distribution of a TMpolarized fundamental Gaussian beam reflected by an airglass plane interface at Brewster incidence. The reflected beam has both a dominant (TM) and a crosspolarized (TM) component, carried by a TEM(10) and a TEM(01) HermiteGaussian spatial mode, respectively. Remarkably, we find that the TEmode power scales quadratically with the angular spread of the incident beam and is comparable to the TMmode power. Experimental confirmations of the theoretical results are also presented. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
An accurate envelope equation for light propagation in photonic
nanowires: new nonlinear effects
We derive a set of new unidirectional evolution equations for photonic nanowires, i.e. waveguides with subwavelength core diameter. Contrary to previous approaches, our formulation simultaneously takes into account both the vector nature of the electromagnetic field and the full variations of the effective modal profiles with wavelength. This leads to the discovery of new, previously unexplored nonlinear effects which have the potential to affect soliton propagation considerably. We specialize our theoretical considerations to the case of perfectly circular silica strands in air, and we support our analysis with detailed numerical simulations. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Producing high fidelity single photons with optimal brightness via
waveguided parametric downconversion
K. Laiho, K. N. Cassemiro, Ch. Silberhorn
OPTICS EXPRESS
17(25)
2282322837
(2009)
Parametric downconversion (PDC) offers the possibility to control the fabrication of nonGaussian states such as Fock states. However, in conventional PDC sources energy and momentum conservation introduce strict frequency and photon number correlations, which impact the fidelity of the prepared state. In our work we optimize the preparation of singlephoton Fock states from the emission of waveguided PDC via spectral filtering. We study the effect of correlations via photon number resolving detection and quantum interference. Our measurements show how the reduction of mixedness due to filtering can be evaluated. Interfering the prepared photon with a coherent state we establish an experimentally measured fidelity of the produced target state of 78%. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
A generalization of the Bell states and Pauli matrices to dimensions which are powers of 2 is considered. A basis of maximally entangled multidimensional bipartite states (MEMBS) is chosen very similar to the standard Bell states and constructed of only symmetric and antisymmetric states. This special basis of MEMBS preserves all basic properties of the standard Bell states. We present a recursive and nonrecursive method for the construction of MEMBS and discuss their properties. The antisymmetric MEMBS possess the property of rotationally invariant exclusive correlations which is a generalization of the rotational invariance of the antisymmetric singlet Bell state.
Recent developments in photonic crystal fibres
N. Y. Joly, A. Chugreev, T. G. Euser, H. Hundertmark, A. Nazarkin, A. Podlipensky, M. Scharrer, M. A. Schmidt, P. St. J. Russell
2009 LASERS & ELECTROOPTICS & THE PACIFIC RIM CONFERENCE ON LASERS AND
ELECTROOPTICS, VOLS 1 AND 2
115116
(2009)
In photonic crystal fibres (PCF), light propagates in either a solid or hollowcore surrounded by a periodic microstructured cladding, which greatly affects its optical properties. We will report recent results for both types of PCF.
Use of Fiber Nonlinearities for Signal Improvement in Optical
Transmission Systems
Bernhard Schmauss, Michael Holtmannspoetter, Christian Stephan, Klaus Sponsel, Georgy Onishchukov, Gerd Leuchs
Optical data signals suffer from signal distortion and noise accumulation during transmission over long distances. In this paper we report on the usage of nonlinear fiber effects for improvement of the signal quality in two examples. On the one hand side we describe our work on the regeneration of phase encoded signals using nonlinear optical loop mirror setups, On the other hand side Raman effect based optical attenuators for the suppression of power transient caused by changes in channel numbers are discussed.
Highrepetitionrate combustion thermometry with twoline atomic fluorescence excited by diode lasers
Robin S. M. Chrystie, Iain S. Burns, Johan Hult, Clemens F. Kaminski
OPTICS LETTERS
34(16)
24922494
(2009)
We report on kilohertzrepetitionrate flame temperature measurements performed using blue diode lasers. Twoline atomic fluorescence was performed by using diode lasers emitting at around 410 and 451 nm to probe seeded atomic indium. At a repetition rate of 3.5 kHz our technique offers a precision of 1.5% at 2000 K in laminar methane/air flames. The spatial resolution is better than 150 mu m, while the setup is compact and easy to operate, at much lower cost than alternative techniques. By modeling the spectral overlap between the locked laser and the probed indium lines we avoid the need for any calibration of the measurements. We demonstrate the capability of the technique for timeresolved measurements in an acoustically perturbed flame. The technique is applicable in flames with a wide range of compositions including sooting flames. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Novel Nanophotonic Waveguides Based on Metal, Semiconductor or Soft
Glass Modified Photonic Crystal Fibres
M. A. Schmidt, H. Tyagi, H. Lee, P. St J. Russell
ICTON: 2009 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPARENT OPTICAL
NETWORKS, VOLS 1 AND 2
10291031
(2009)
Here we review on our results of photonic crystal fibres (PCFs) which have been filled with solid materials such as metals, semiconductors and lowmelting temperature compound glasses. As filling method we used the hightemperature pressure cell technique. Depending on the material in the airholes, we observed the excitation of spiralling plasmonic modes, Mieresonances and coupled waveguide modes. The filling of the airholes is thus a novel concept to manipulate the optical properties of PCFs in a desired way and to create novel infibre and waveguiding devices.
Numerical Analysis of Parametric Downconversion
Wolfgang Mauerer, Christine Silberhorn
AIP Conference Proceedings
1110
220223
(2009)
Parametric downconversion (PDC) is a popular technique to produce twin beams of photons that are entangled in multiple degrees of freedom. The generated states form the basis for numerous applications that require entanglement. An exact quantification of this resource is therefore essential, for instance for quantum cryptography that relies on a complete knowledge of the correlation contained in the state. While the determination of an entanglement monotone for the PDC process is only possible analytically in special cases, an exact calculation must usually be performed numerically. Recent work by Mikhailova et al. [2] analyses a certain class of PDC states for which the concurrence entanglement measure can be obtained by an analytical approximation. In this contribution, we analyse the validity of the approximation by comparison with exact numerical methods.
Continuous Variable Entanglement Distillation of NonGaussian States
Mikael Lassen, Ruifang Dong, Joel Heersink, Christoph Marquardt, Radim Filip, Gerd Leuchs, Ulrik L. Andersen
AIP Conference Proceedings
1110
177180
(2009)
We experimentally demonstrate distillation of continuous variable entangled light that has undergone nonGaussian attenuation loss. The continuous variable entanglement is generated with optical fibers and sent through a lossy channel, where the transmission is varying in time. By employing simple linear optical components, a measurement induced operation and classical communication, we demonstrate that the entanglement is probabilistically increased.
Experimental observation of lensless coincidence fractional Fourier
transform with a Gaussian Schellmodel beam
A modified lensless optical system for implementing coincidence fractional Fourier transform (FRT) is proposed, and the conditions for the optical system to implement the coincidence FRT with incoherent or partially coherent light are discussed. Furthermore, we report the experimental observation of lensless coincidence FRT of an object (double slits) with a typical partially coherent beam  Gaussian Schellmodel (GSM) beam. The experimental results are analyzed and agree reasonably well with the theoretical results. (C) 2008 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
Quantum Key Distribution with Multi Letter Continuous Variable Alphabets
Denis Sych, Gerd Leuchs
AIP Conference Proceedings
1110
347350
(2009)
We present a new protocol for continuous variable quantum key distribution. The novelty of the protocol is a multi letter alphabet represented by coherent states of light with a fixed amplitude and variable phase. Information is encoded in the phase of a coherent state which can be chosen from a regular discrete set consisting, however, of an arbitrary number of letters. We evaluate the security of the protocol against the beam splitting attack. As a result we show the proposed protocol has advantages over the standard two letter coherent state protocol, especially in the case when losses in the communication channel are low.
The information of ambiguity
Ludmila Praxmeyer, Stig Stenholm, Nikolay V. Vitanov
JOURNAL OF MODERN OPTICS
56(10)
PII 912447899
12051219
(2009)

Journal
The phase space characteristics of a quantum state are best captured by the Wigner distribution. This displays transparently the diagonality information of the density matrix. The complementary function offering transparently the offdiagonal elements is captured by a function called the Sfunction, or the ambiguity. In carrying the maximal information about the quantum coherences it represents the uncertainties or ambiguity of the diagonal information. Mathematically this is manifested in its role as the phase space moment generating function. Formally it complements the information in the Wigner function. These formal relations provide the starting point for the present investigations. As a measure of quantum uncertainties, ambiguity may be used to define a probability measure on the offdiagonality. The mathematical and physical consistency of this view is presented in this paper. For a pure state, we find the extraordinary result that such distributions are their own Fourier transforms. The physical interpretation of this distribution as a carrier of classical signal fuzziness suggests the introduction of heuristic approximations to the observational uncertainties. We illustrate the properties and interpretation of the ambiguity function by some specific examples. We find that for smooth, 'Gaussianlike' distributions, the heuristic considerations provide good approximations. On the other hand, representing quantum interferences, the ambiguity serves as the most positive probe for the ultimate quantum structures which have been called subPlanckian. They are interesting because it has been argued that such structures are physically observable.
Asymptotic security of binary modulated continuousvariable quantum key
distribution under collective attacks
YiBo Zhao, Matthias Heid, Johannes Rigas, Norbert Luetkenhaus
We estimate a lower bound to the secret key rate of a binary modulated continuous variable quantum key distribution scheme. We consider the collective attack scenario with quantum channels that impose arbitrary noise on the exchanged signals. The analysis is done in the infinite key limit. Bob performs ideal homodyne measurements on the received states and the two honest parties employ a reverse reconciliation procedure in the classical postprocessing step of the protocol.
Development of new freefall absolute gravimeters
Ch Rothleitner, S. Svitlov, H. Merimeche, H. Hu, L. J. Wang
The design and first results of two freefall absolute gravimeters are reported: a stationary gravimeter is designed and can be used as a reference system and a portable gravimeter is aimed at field measurements.
The determination of the acceleration due to gravity is done interferometrically in both instruments. The whole fringe signal is digitized by a highspeed analoguetodigital converter, which is locked to a rubidium frequency standard. This fringe recording and processing is novel as compared with commercial freefall gravimeters, which use an electronic zerocrossing discrimination. Advantages such as the application of a zerophaseshifting digital filter to the digitized data are depicted. The portable gravimeter's mechanics deviate from the conventional type. Springs are used to accelerate and decelerate the carriage supporting the falling object.
A detailed uncertainty budget is given for both gravimeters. The combined standard uncertainty for the portable and for the stationary gravimeter is estimated at 38.8 mu Gal and 16.6 mu Gal, respectively. The corresponding statistical uncertainties are 1.6 mu Gal (over one day of measurement) and 0.6 mu Gal (over one month of measurement).
The different designs and dimensions of the new freefall gravimeters can help to reveal unknown or so far underestimated systematic effects. The assessments of the uncertainties due to seismic noise and shock vibrations, and electronic phase shifts give validity to this assumption.
Spectrum conditions for symmetric extendible states
We analyze bipartite quantum states that admit a symmetric extension. Any such state can be decomposed into a convex combination of states that allow a pure symmetric extension. A necessary condition for a state to admit a pure symmetric extension is that the spectra of the local and global density matrices are equal. This condition is also sufficient for two qubits but not for any larger systems. Using this condition, we present a conjectured necessary and sufficient condition for a twoqubit state to admit symmetric extension, which we prove in some special cases. The results from symmetric extension carry over to degradable and antidegradable channels and we use this to prove that all degradable channels with qubit output have a qubit environment.
Audiovisual NonVerbal Dynamic Faces Elicit Converging fMRI and ERP
Responses
Julie BrefczynskiLewis, Svenja Lowitszch, Michael Parsons, Susan Lemieux, Aina Puce
In an everyday social interaction we automatically integrate another's facial movements and vocalizations, be they linguistic or otherwise. This requires audiovisual integration of a continual barrage of sensory inputa phenomenon previously wellstudied with human audiovisual speech, but not with nonverbal vocalizations. Using both fMRI and ERPs, we assessed neural activity to viewing and listening to an animated female face producing nonverbal, human vocalizations (i.e. coughing, sneezing) under audioonly (AUD), visualonly (VIS) and audiovisual (AV) stimulus conditions, alternating with Rest (R). Underadditive effects occurred in regions dominant for sensory processing, which showed AV activation greater than the dominant modality alone. Right posterior temporal and parietal regions showed an AV maximum in which AV activation was greater than either modality alone, but not greater than the sum of the unisensory conditions. Other frontal and parietal regions showed Commonactivation in which AV activation was the same as one or both unisensory conditions. ERP data showed an early superadditive effect (AV > AUD + VIS, no rest), midrange underadditive effects for auditory N140 and facesensitive N170, and late AV maximum and commonactivation effects. Based on convergence between fMRI and ERP data, we propose a mechanism where a multisensory stimulus may be signaled or facilitated as early as 60 ms and facilitated in sensoryspecific regions by increasing processing speed (at N170) and efficiency (decreasing amplitude in auditory and facesensitive cortical activation and ERPs). Finally, higherorder processes are also altered, but in a more complex fashion.
Excitation of plasmonic gap waveguides by nanoantennas
We model and optimize the excitation of a plasmonic gap waveguide by a dipole antenna. The coupling efficiency strongly depends on antenna and waveguide properties where impedanec matching plays a critical role. The optimization of antenna lengths and gap widths shows that concepts of circuit networks can likewise be applied to optical frequencies. Using classical optimization schemes known from electrical engineering we manage to increase the coupling efficiency by a factor of 129 compared with the situation without antennas. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Transverse Angular Momentum and Geometric Spin Hall Effect of Light
Andrea Aiello, Norbert Lindlein, Christoph Marquardt, Gerd Leuchs
We present a novel fundamental phenomenon occurring when a polarized beam of light is observed from a reference frame tilted with respect to the direction of propagation of the beam. This effect has a purely geometric nature and amounts to a polarizationdependent shift or split of the beam intensity distribution evaluated as the timeaveraged flux of the Poynting vector across the plane of observation. We demonstrate that such a shift is unavoidable whenever the beam possesses a nonzero transverse angular momentum. This latter result has general validity and applies to arbitrary systems such as, e.g., electronic and atomic beams.
Photon number resolving detectors can enhance the performance of many practical quantum cryptographic setups. In this paper, we employ a simple method to estimate the statistics provided by such a photon number resolving detector using only a threshold detector together with a variable attenuator. This idea is similar in spirit to that of the decoy state technique, and is especially suited to those scenarios where only a few parameters of the photon number statistics of the incoming signals have to be estimated. As an illustration of the potential applicability of the method in quantum communication protocols, we use it to prove security of an entanglementbased quantum key distribution scheme with an untrusted source without the need for a squash model and by solely using this extra idea. In this sense, this detector decoy method can be seen as a different conceptual approach to adapt a singlephoton security proof to its physical, full optical implementation. We show that in this scenario, the legitimate users can now even discard the double click events from the raw key data without compromising the security of the scheme, and we present simulations on the performance of the BB84 and the 6state quantum key distribution protocols.
Duality between spatial and angular shift in optical reflection
We report a unified representation of the spatial and angular GoosHanchen and ImbertFedorov shifts that occur when a light beam reflects from a plane interface. We thus reveal the dual nature of spatial and angular shifts in optical beam reflection. In the GoosHanchen case we show theoretically and experimentally that this unification naturally arises in the context of reflection from a lossy surface (e. g., a metal)
Spatial modes in waveguided parametric downconversion
Andreas Christ, Kaisa Laiho, Andreas Eckstein, Thomas Lauckner, Peter J. Mosley, Christine Silberhorn
The propagation of several spatial modes has a significant impact on the structure of the emission from parametric downconversion in a nonlinear waveguide. This manifests itself not only in the spatial correlations of the photon pairs but also, due to new phasematching conditions, in the output spectrum, radically altering the degree of entanglement within each pair. Here we investigate both theoretically and experimentally the results of higherorder spatialmode propagation in nonlinear waveguides. We derive conditions for the creation of pairs in these modes and present observations of higherorder mode propagation in both the spatial and spectral domains. Furthermore, we observe correlations between the different degrees of freedom and finally we discuss strategies for mitigating any detrimental effects and optimizing pair production in the fundamental mode.
Atmospheric transfer of optical and radio frequency clock signals
B. Sprenger, J. Zhang, Z. H. Lu, L. J. Wang
OPTICS LETTERS
34(7)
965967
(2009)
The phase instability induced during the transfer of radio frequency and optical clock signals through the turbulent atmosphere was measured in a rooftop experiment. Radio frequency intensity modulation of a laser to transmit signals over 100 m results in an Allan deviation of 1.31 x 10(10) at 1 s. Optical transfer is more accurate at 1.68 x 10(13) at 1 s. As a consequence, fiber links are more suitable for the transfer of optical frequencies over very long distances while free space transmission might find applications in short distances of less than 1 km. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Allsolid bandgap guiding in telluritefilled silica photonic crystal
fibers
Markus A. Schmidt, Nicolai Granzow, Ning Da, Mingying Peng, Lothar Wondraczek, Philip St. J. Russell
OPTICS LETTERS
34(13)
19461948
(2009)
We report allsolid bandgapguiding fibers formed by pumping molten tellurite glass into silicaair photonic crystal fiber at high pressure. The spectral positions of the guidance bands agree well with multipole simulations and bandgap calculations. The micrometerdiameter tellurite strands are found to contain microheterogeneities (most probably originating from devitrification), which increase the fiber attenuation, although no evidence of crystallization is seen in the bulk tellurite glass. The technique offers a potential route to employing difficulttohandle glasses, or glasses unsuitable for fiber drawing, in fiberbased amplifiers, modulators, filters, and nonlinear devices. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Multimode states in decoybased quantumkeydistribution protocols
Wolfram Helwig, Wolfgang Mauerer, Christine Silberhorn
Every security analysis of quantumkey distribution (QKD) relies on a faithful modeling of the employed quantum states. Many photon sources, such as for instance a parametric downconversion (PDC) source, require a multimode description but are usually only considered in a singlemode representation. In general, the important claim in decoybased QKD protocols for indistinguishability between signal and decoy states does not hold for all sources. We derive bounds on the singlephoton transmission probability and error rate for multimode states and apply these bounds to the output state of a PDC source. We observe two opposing effects on the secure key rate. First, the multimode structure of the state gives rise to a new attack that decreases the key rate. Second, more contributing modes change the photon number distribution from a thermal toward a Poissonian distribution, which increases the key rate.
Demonstration of a universal oneway quantum quadratic phase gate
Yoshichika Miwa, Junichi Yoshikawa, Peter van Loock, Akira Furusawa
We demonstrate a quadratic phase gate for oneway quantum computation in the continuousvariable regime. This canonical gate, together with phasespace displacements and Fourier rotations, completes the set of universal gates for realizing any singlemode Gaussian transformation such as arbitrary squeezing. As opposed to previous implementations of measurementbased squeezers, the current gate is fully controlled by the local oscillator phase of the homodyne detector. Verifying this controllability, we give an experimental demonstration of the principles of oneway quantum computation over continuous variables. Moreover, we can observe subshotnoise quadrature variances in the output states, confirming that nonclassical states are created through cluster computation.
Continuous Variable Entanglement and Squeezing of Orbital Angular
Momentum States
We report the first experimental characterization of the firstorder continuous variable orbital angular momentum states. Using a spatially nondegenerate optical parametric oscillator (OPO) we produce quadrature entanglement between the two firstorder LaguerreGauss modes. The family of orbital angular momentum modes is mapped on an orbital Poincare sphere, where the mode's position on the sphere is spanned by the three orbital parameters. Using a nondegenerate OPO we produce squeezing of these parameters, and as an illustration, we reconstruct the "cigarshaped" uncertainty volume on the orbital Poincare sphere.
Experimental observation of spectral Bloch oscillations
Christoph Bersch, Georgy Onishchukov, Ulf Peschel
OPTICS LETTERS
34(15)
23722374
(2009)
We report on the first, to our knowledge, experimental observation of spectral Bloch oscillations in an optical fiber employing the interaction between a probe signal and a travelingwave periodic potential. The spectrum of weak probe pulses is shown to oscillate on account of their groupvelocity mismatch to the periodic field. The behavior of a cw probe spectrum reveals the actual discrete nature of the effect. Recurrences of the spectrum after one and two Bloch periods are demonstrated. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
The security of practical quantum key distribution
Valerio Scarani, Helle BechmannPasquinucci, Nicolas J. Cerf, Miloslav Dusek, Norbert Luetkenhaus, Momtchil Peev
REVIEWS OF MODERN PHYSICS
81(3)
13011350
(2009)

Journal
Quantum key distribution (QKD) is the first quantum information task to reach the level of mature technology, already fit for commercialization. It aims at the creation of a secret key between authorized partners connected by a quantum channel and a classical authenticated channel. The security of the key can in principle be guaranteed without putting any restriction on an eavesdropper's power. This article provides a concise uptodate review of QKD, biased toward the practical side. Essential theoretical tools that have been developed to assess the security of the main experimental platforms are presented (discretevariable, continuousvariable, and distributedphasereference protocols).
Reduction of Nonlinear Phase Noise in DPSK Transmission Using a NALM
C. Stephan, K. Sponsel, G. Onishchukov, B. Schmauss, G. Leuchs
2009 IEEE/LEOS WINTER TOPICALS MEETING SERIES (WTM 2009)
209210
(2009)
Performance of a NALM as phasepreserving amplitude 2Rregenerator in a DPSK transmission system has been investigated experimentally and numerically. A 3dB improvement of eye opening or alternatively a 3dB increase of fibrelaunched power are demonstrated.
Suppression of Nonlinear Phase Noise in a DPSK Transmission Using a
Nonlinear Amplifying Loop Mirror
C. Stephan, K. Sponsel, G. Onishchukov, B. Schmauss, G. Leuchs
Experimental and numerical investigations of phasepreserving amplitude regeneration in a DPSK transmission with a NALM have shown that a 3dB improvement of the Qfactor or alternatively a 3dB increase of fiberlaunched power could be achieved. (C) 2008 Optical Society of America
Optimizing antiStokes Raman scattering in gasfilled hollowcore
photonic crystal fibers
AntiStokes Raman scattering in gasfilled hollowcore photonic crystal fibers is discussed. It is shown that the efficient antiStokes generation observed under conditions of significant wave mismatch is caused by phase locking of the interacting fields. This leads to the establishment of a phase difference that is independent of the optical path. An optimization technique, based on the adjustment of the wave mismatch along a gasfilled hollow fiber using pressure control, is proposed. AntiStokes conversion efficiencies close to the theoretical maximum of 50% are predicted.
Scintillation properties of a rectangular dark hollow beam
Yangjian Cai, Yan Zhang
JOURNAL OF MODERN OPTICS
56(4)
502507
(2009)

Journal
The scintillation properties of a rectangular dark hollow beam (DHB) in a weak turbulent atmosphere are investigated. Explicit expression for the onaxis scintillation index of a rectangular DHB is derived. It is found that the scintillation index value of a rectangular DHB can be smaller than that of Gaussian, elliptical Gaussian and rectangular flattopped beams in a weak turbulent atmosphere under certain conditions. Our results will be useful in longdistance freespace optical communications. The scintillation properties of a rectangular DHB are closely controlled by its initial beam parameters.
Solitary Pulse Generation by Backward Raman Scattering in H2Filled
Photonic Crystal Fibers
A. Abdolvand, A. Nazarkin, A. V. Chugreev, C. F. Kaminski, P. St. J. Russell
Using a hydrogenfilled hollowcore photonic crystal fiber as a nonlinear optical gas cell, we study amplification of nslaser pulses by backward rotational Raman scattering. We find that the amplification process has two characteristic stages. Initially, the pulse energy grows and its duration shortens due to gain saturation at the trailing edge of the pulse. This phase is followed by formation of a symmetric pulse with a duration significantly shorter than the phase relaxation time of the Raman transition. Stabilization of the Stokes pulse profile to a solitonlike hyperbolic secant shape occurs as a result of nonlinear amplification at its front edge and nonlinear absorption at its trailing edge (caused by energy conversion back to the pump field), leading to a reshaped pulse envelope that travels at superluminal velocity.
Correlation measurement of squeezed light
Leonid A. Krivitsky, Ulrik L. Andersen, Ruifang Dong, Alexander Huck, Christoffer Wittmann, Gerd Leuchs
We study the implementation of a correlation measurement technique for the characterization of squeezed light which is nearly free of electronic noise. With two different sources of squeezed light, we show that the sign of the covariance coefficient, revealed from the timeresolved correlation data, is witnessing the presence of squeezing in the system. Furthermore, we estimate the degree of squeezing using the correlation method and compare it to the standard homodyne measurement scheme. We show that the role of electronic detector noise is minimized using the correlation approach as opposed to homodyning where it often becomes a crucial issue.
A method to unmix multiple fluorophores in microscopy images with
minimal a priori information
S. Schlachter, S. Schwedler, A. Esposito, G. S. Kaminski Schierle, G. D. Moggridge, C. F. Kaminski
The ability to quantify the fluorescence signals from multiply labeled biological samples is highly desirable in the life sciences but often difficult, because of spectral overlap between fluorescent species and the presence of autofluorescence. Several so called unmixing algorithms have been developed to address this problem. Here, we present a novel algorithm that combines measurements of lifetime and spectrum to achieve unmixing without a priori information on the spectral properties of the fluorophore labels. The only assumption made is that the lifetimes of the fluorophores differ. Our method combines global analysis for a measurement of lifetime distributions with singular value decomposition to recover individual fluorescence spectra. We demonstrate the technique on simulated datasets and subsequently by an experiment on a biological sample. The method is computationally efficient and straightforward to implement. Applications range from histopathology of complex and multiply labelled samples to functional imaging in live cells. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Stylus ion trap for enhanced access and sensing
Robert Maiwald, Dietrich Leibfried, Joe Britton, James C. Bergquist, Gerd Leuchs, David J. Wineland
Small, controllable, highly accessible quantum systems can serve as probes at the singlequantum level to study a number of physical effects, for example in quantum optics or for electric and magneticfield sensing. The applicability of trapped atomic ions as probes is highly dependent on the measurement situation at hand and thus calls for specialized traps. Previous approaches for ion traps with enhanced optical access included traps consisting of a single ring electrode(1,2) or two opposing endcap electrodes(2,3). Other possibilities are planar trap geometries, which have been investigated for Penning traps(4,5) and radiofrequency trap arrays(68). By not having the electrodes lie in a common plane, the optical access can be substantially increased. Here, we report the fabrication and experimental characterization of a novel radiofrequency ion trap geometry. It has a relatively simple structure and provides largely unrestricted optical and physical access to the ion, of up to 96% of the total 4 pi solid angle in one of the three traps tested. The trap might find applications in quantum optics and field sensing. As a force sensor, we estimate sensitivity to forces smaller than 1 yN Hz(1/2).
Microcavity polaritonlike dispersion doublet in resonant Bragg gratings
Fabio Biancalana, Leonidas Mouchliadis, Celestino Creatore, Simon Osborne, Wolfgang Langbein
Periodic structures resonantly coupled to excitonic media allow the existence of extra intragap modes ("Braggoritons") due to the coupling between Bragg photon modes and bulk excitons. This induces unique dispersive features, which can be tailored by properly designing the photonic band gap around the exciton resonance. We report that Braggoritons realized with semiconductor gratings have the ability to mimic the dispersion of quantumwell microcavity polaritons. This gives rise to peculiar nonlinear phenomena, such as slowlightenhanced nonlinear propagation and an efficient parametric scattering at two "magic frequencies."
A vibrationinsensitive optical cavity and absolute determination of its
ultrahigh stability
Y. N. Zhao, J. Zhang, A. Stejskal, T. Liu, V. Elman, Z. H. Lu, L. J. Wang
We use the threecorneredhat method to evaluate the absolute frequency stabilities of three different ultrastable reference cavities, one of which has a vibrationinsensitive design that does not even require vibration isolation. An Nd: YAG laser and a diode laser are implemented as light sources. We observe similar to 1 Hz beat note linewidths between all three cavities. The measurement demonstrates that the vibrationinsensitive cavity has a good frequency stability over the entire measurement time from 100 mu s to 200 s. An absolute, correlationremoved Allan deviation of 1.4 x 10(15) at 1 s of this cavity is obtained, giving a frequency uncertainty of only 0.44 Hz. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Generalized tensor ABCD law for an elliptical Gaussian beam passing
through an astigmatic optical system in turbulent atmosphere
Yangjian Cai, Q. Lin, H. T. Eyyuboglu, Y. Baykal
APPLIED PHYSICS BLASERS AND OPTICS
94(2)
319325
(2009)

Journal
The propagation of an elliptical Gaussian beam (EGB) through an astigmatic ABCD optical system in a turbulent atmosphere is investigated. An analytical formula for the average intensity of an EGB and a generalized tensor ABCD law for the generalized complex curvature tensor are derived. As an application example, we derived an analytical formula for the average intensity of an elliptical flattopped beam propagating through an astigmatic ABCD optical system in a turbulent atmosphere. As a numerical example, the focusing properties of an EGB focused by a thin lens in a turbulent atmosphere are studied. It is found that the focused beam at the focal plane becomes a circular Gaussian beam when the atmospheric turbulence is strong enough, and the beam width of the circular Gaussian beam is determined by atmospheric turbulence strength, focal length of the thin lens, and wavelength of the initial beam but is independent of the initial beam widths (i.e., initial intensity distribution).
Tripletlike correlation symmetry of continuous variable entangled
states
We report on a continuous variable analogue of the triplet twoqubit Bell states. We discuss the symmetry properties of entangled states of either kind, and theoretically and experimentally demonstrate a remarkable similarity of twomode continuous variable entangled states with triplet Bell states with respect to their correlation patterns. Understanding the symmetry properties helps finding decoherencefree subspaces.
Pure single photon generation by typeI PDC with backwardwave
amplification
A. Christ, A. Eckstein, P. J. Mosley, C. Silberhorn
We explore a promising method of generating pure heralded single photons. Our approach is based on parametric downconversion in a periodicallypoled waveguide. However, unlike conventional downconversion sources, the photon pairs are counterpropagating: one travels with the pump beam in the forward direction while the other is backpropagating towards the laser source. Our calculations reveal that these downconverted twophoton states carry minimal spectral correlations within each photonpair. This approach offers the possibility to employ a new range of downconversion processes and materials like PPLN (previously considered unsuitable due to its unfavorable phasematching properties) to produce heralded pure single photons over a broad frequency range. (c) 2009 Optical Society of America
Toward the production of micropolarizers by irradiation of composite
glasses with silver nanoparticles
Andrei Stalmashonak, Gerhard Seifert, Ahmet Akin Unal, Ulrich Skrzypczak, Alexander Podlipensky, Amin Abdolvand, Heinrich Graener
We investigate the possibility of preparation of laserinduced dichroism in composite glasses with a high concentration of silver nanoparticles. A detailed analysis based on the MaxwellGarnett theory and experimental results shows that particles at different volume fractions react differently to the same laser irradiation parameters. Based on these findings, we demonstrate that a welldefined sequence of multiple irradiation and intermediate annealing can maximize the particles' aspect ratio and avoid unwanted partial destruction. The proposed irradiation technique permits production of micropolarizing structures with high polarization contrast in the visible and nearIR regions. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Selforganized regular arrays of carbon nanocones induced by ultrashort
laser pulses and their field emission properties
Q. Z. Zhao, F. Ciobanu, L. J. Wang
JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS
105(8)
083103
(2009)

Journal
Periodic, selforganized carbon nanocone structures with a spatial period of up to 170 nm (less than 1/5 laser wavelength) are induced by exposing a graphite surface to a single beam 800 nm ultrashort pulsed laser. When a linearly polarized laser beam is used, the nanocones are aligned perpendicularly to the direction of polarization. This paper also demonstrates the fabrication of largearea carbon nanocone structures. The resulting carbon nanocones show a field emission performance with a turnon electric field of as low as 3.2 V/mu m.
Absolute frequency measurement of the molecular iodine hyperfine
components near 560 nm with a solidstate laser source
We report absolute frequency measurements of the molecular iodine R(34) 200 a(1), a(10), and a(15) hyperfine transitions, and the P(144) 230 a(1) hyperfine transition at 560 nm with a frequency comb. The light source is based on an allsolidstate frequency quadrupled laser system. A frequency stability of 4 x 10(12) is achieved over a 100 s integration time when the light source is frequency stabilized to the R(34) 200 a(1) line. The pressure and power broadening dependences of the R(34) 200 a(10) line are also investigated. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Extra phase noise from thermal fluctuations in nonlinear optical
crystals
J. E. S. Cesar, A. S. Coelho, K. N. Cassemiro, A. S. Villar, M. Lassen, P. Nussenzveig, M. Martinelli
We show theoretically and experimentally that scattered light by thermal phonons inside a secondorder nonlinear crystal is the source of additional phase noise observed in optical parametric oscillators. This additional phase noise reduces the quantum correlations and has hitherto hindered the direct production of multipartite entanglement in a single nonlinear optical system. We cooled the nonlinear crystal and observed a reduction in the extra noise. Our treatment of this noise can be successfully applied to different systems in the literature.
Experimental verification of high spectral entanglement for pulsed
waveguided spontaneous parametric downconversion
Malte Avenhaus, Maria V. Chekhova, Leonid A. Krivitsky, Gerd Leuchs, Christine Silberhorn
We study the spectral properties of spontaneous parametric downconversion (SPDC) in a periodically poled waveguided structure of potassiumtitanylphosphate (KTP) crystal pumped by ultrashort pulses. Our theoretical analysis reveals a strongly entangled and asymmetric structure of the twophoton spectral amplitude for typeII SPDC. We confirm these predictions experimentally by measuring singlephoton spectra, on one hand, and the dependence of HongOuMandel interference visibility on the width of spectral filtering, on the other hand.
ThreeColor Entanglement
A. S. Coelho, F. A. S. Barbosa, K. N. Cassemiro, A. S. Villar, M. Martinelli, P. Nussenzveig
Entanglement is an essential quantum resource for the acceleration of information processing as well as for sophisticated quantum communication protocols. Quantum information networks are expected to convey information from one place to another by using entangled light beams. We demonstrated the generation of entanglement among three bright beams of light, all of different wavelengths (532.251, 1062.102, and 1066.915 nanometers). We also observed disentanglement for finite channel losses, the continuous variable counterpart to entanglement sudden death.
Cavity Enhanced Spectroscopy of HighTemperature H2O in the
NearInfrared Using a Supercontinuum Light Source
Rosalynne S. Watt, Toni Laurila, Clemens F. Kaminski, Johan Hult
APPLIED SPECTROSCOPY
63(12)
13891395
(2009)
In this paper we demonstrate how broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy (CEAS) with supercontinuum (SC) radiation in the nearinfrared spectral range can be used as a sensitive, multiplexed, and simple tool to probe gasphase species in hightemperature environments. Nearinfrared SC radiation is generated by pumping a standard singlemode fiber with a picosecond fiber laser. Standard low reflectivity mirrors are used for the cavity and an optical spectrum analyzer is used for the detection of gasphase species in combustion. The method is demonstrated by measuring flame generated H2O in the 1500 to 1550 non region and roomtemperature CO2 between 1520 non and 1660 nm. The broadband nature of the technique permits hundreds of rotational features to be recorded, giving good potential to unravel complex, convoluted spectra. We discuss practical issues concerning the implementation of the technique and present a straightforward method for calibration of the CEAS system via a cavity ringdown measurement. Despite the large spectral variation of SC radiation from pulse to pulse, it is shown that SC sources can offer good stability for CEAS where a large number of SC pulses are typically averaged.
Flame front tracking in turbulent lean premixed flames using stereo PIV
and timesequenced planar LIF of OH
G. Hartung, J. Hult, R. Balachandran, M. R. Mackley, C. F. Kaminski
APPLIED PHYSICS BLASERS AND OPTICS
96(4)
843862
(2009)

Journal
This paper describes the simultaneous application of timesequenced laserinduced fluorescence imaging of OH radicals and stereoscopic particle image velocimetry for measurements of the flame front dynamics in lean and premixed LP turbulent flames. The studied flames could be acoustically driven, to simulate phenomena important in LP combustion technologies. In combination with novel image post processing techniques we show how the data obtained can be used to track the flame front contour in a plane defined by the illuminating laser sheets. We consider effects of chemistry and convective fluid motion on the dynamics of the observed displacements and analyse the influence of turbulence and acoustic forcing on the observed contour velocity, a quantity we term as s (d) (2D) . We show that this quantity is a valuable and sensitive indicator of flame turbulence interactions, as (a) it is measurable with existing experimental methodologies, and (b) because computational data, e.g. from large eddy simulations, can be post processed in an identical fashion. s (d) (2D) is related (to a twodimensional projection) of the threedimensional flame displacement speed s (d) , but artifacts due to out of plane convective motion of the flame surface and the uncertainty in the angle of the flame surface normal have to be carefully considered. Monte Carlo simulations were performed to estimate such effects for several distributions of flame front angle distributions, and it is shown conclusively that s (d) (2D) is a sensitive indicator of a quantity related to s (d) in the flames we study. s (d) (2D) was shown to increase linearly both with turbulent intensity and with the amplitude of acousting forcing for the range of conditions studied.
Tightly trapped acoustic phonons in photonic crystal fibres as highly
nonlinear artificial Raman oscillators
M. S. Kang, A. Nazarkin, A. Brenn, P. St. J. Russell
Interactions between light and hypersonic waves can be enhanced by tight field confinement, as shown in periodically structured materials(1), microcavities(2), micromechanical resonators(3) and photonic crystal fibres(46) (PCFs). There are many examples of weak soundlight interactions, for example, guided acousticwave Brillouin scattering in conventional optical fibres(7). This forwardscattering effect results from the interaction of coreguided light with acoustic resonances of the entire fibre crosssection, and is viewed as a noise source in quantumoptics experiments(8). Here, we report the observation of strongly nonlinear forward scattering of laser light by gigahertz acoustic vibrations, tightly trapped together in the small core of a silicaair PCF. Bouncing to and fro across the core at close to 90 degrees to the fibre axis, the acoustic waves form opticalphononlike modes with a flat dispersion curve and a distinct cutoff frequency Omega(a). This ensures automatic phasematching to the guided optical mode so that, on pumping with a dualfrequency laser source tuned to Omega(a), multiple optical side bands are generated, spaced by Omega(a). The number of strong side bands in this Ramanlike process increases with pump power. The results point to a new class of designable nonlinear optical device with applications in, for example, pulse synthesis, frequency comb generation for telecommunications and fibre laser modelocking.
Upper bounds for the secure key rate of the decoystate quantum key
distribution
The use of decoy states in quantum key distribution (QKD) has provided a method for substantially increasing the secret key rate and distance that can be covered by QKD protocols with practical signals. The security analysis of these schemes, however, leaves open the possibility that the development of better proof techniques or better classical postprocessing methods might further improve their performance in realistic scenarios. In this paper, we derive upper bounds on the secure key rate for decoystate QKD. These bounds are based basically only on the classical correlations established by the legitimate users during the quantum communication phase of the protocol. The only assumption about the possible postprocessing methods is that double click events are randomly assigned to single click events. Further, we consider only secure key rates based on the uncalibrated device scenario which assigns imperfections such as detection inefficiency to the eavesdropper. Our analysis relies on two preconditions for secure twoway and oneway QKD. The legitimate users need to prove that there exists no separable state (in the case of twoway QKD) or that there exists no quantum state having a symmetric extension (oneway QKD) that is compatible with the available measurements results. Both criteria have been previously applied to evaluate singlephoton implementations of QKD. Here we use them to investigate a realistic source of weak coherent pulses. The resulting upper bounds can be formulated as a convex optimization problem known as a semidefinite program which can be efficiently solved. For the standard fourstate QKD protocol, they are quite close to known lower bounds, thus showing that there are clear limits to the further improvement of classical postprocessing techniques in decoystate QKD.
Nonparaxial polarizers
Andrea Aiello, Christoph Marquardt, Gerd Leuchs
OPTICS LETTERS
34(20)
31603162
(2009)
We develop a theoretical description for polarizers that goes beyond the paraxial approximation. By combining existing theories for fields with nonplanar wavefronts, we are able to derive a simple power series expansion expressing the electric field of a light beam after a polarizer as a linear function of the field and its spatial derivatives evaluated before the polarizer. The first few terms of such expansion are explicitly given, and their physical meaning is discussed. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Quantum computing with continuousvariable clusters
Mile Gu, Christian Weedbrook, Nicolas C. Menicucci, Timothy C. Ralph, Peter van Loock
Continuousvariable cluster states offer a potentially promising method of implementing a quantum computer. This paper extends and further refines theoretical foundations and protocols for experimental implementation. We give a clusterstate implementation of the cubic phase gate through photon detection, which, together with homodyne detection, facilitates universal quantum computation. In addition, we characterize the offline squeezed resources required to generate an arbitrary graph state through passive linear optics. Most significantly, we prove that there are universal states for which the offline squeezing per mode does not increase with the size of the cluster. Simple representations of continuousvariable graph states are introduced to analyze graph state transformations under measurement and the existence of universal continuousvariable resource states.
An improved method for calculating resonances of multiple dielectric
disks arbitrarily positioned in the plane
We present a numerically improved multipole formulation for the calculation of resonances of multiple disks located at arbitrary positions in a 2d plane, and suitable for the accurate computation of the resonances of large numbers of disks and of highwavenumber eigenstates. Using a simple reformulation of the field expansions and boundary conditions, we are able to transform the multipole formalism into a linear eigenvalue problem, for which fast and accurate methods are available. Observing that the motion of the eigenvalues in the complex plane is analytic with respect to a two parameter family, we present a numerical algorithm to compute a range of multipledisk resonances and field distributions using only two diagonalizations. This method can be applied to photonic molecules, photonic crystals, photonic crystal fibers, and random lasers. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Experimental Observation of Bloch Oscillations in the Spectral Domain
Christoph Bersch, Georgy Onishchukov, Ulf Peschel
2009 IEEE/LEOS WINTER TOPICALS MEETING SERIES (WTM 2009)
116117
(2009)
We have experimentally demonstrated for the first time spectral Bloch oscillations using the interaction between a probe signal and a travelingwave periodic potential in an optical fiber.
LightMatter Interactions in Photonic Crystal Fibres
P. St J. Russell
AIP Conference Proceedings
1176
34
(2009)
The microstructure in photonic crystal fibre permits lowloss guidance of light both in solid material and in vacuum. The field profiles and group velocity dispersion of the guided modes can be engineered over wide ranges of parameters. The resulting improved control over lightmatter interactions is permitting studies of, for example, intense nonlinear phononphoton interactions, efficient generation of broadband supercontinuum light, precisely controlled propulsion and guidance of small particles, plasmonic effects in metallic nanowire arrays, and hugely enhanced nonlinear gaslaser interactions.
Generation of Emission Centers for Broadband NIR Luminescence in
Bismuthate Glass by Femtosecond Laser Irradiation
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY
92(2)
542544
(2009)

Journal
Bismuthdoped glasses have recently received significant interest as potential material for ultrabroadband optical amplification in the telecommunication spectral bands, as well as as gain material for fiber lasers. However, the nature of the active centers that are responsible for the observed nearinfrared (NIR) luminescence is still highly debated. In order to probe the mechanism that leads to NIR emission in bismuthcontaining glasses, femtosecond (fs) laser irradiation was used. It is shown that local absorption properties in the visible spectral range can be altered in initially transparent bismuthate glasses after fs laser irradiation. Induced absorption centers exhibit the wellknown broadband optical emission peaking at similar to 1250 nm when excited with a 785 nm diode laser. Absorption and emission intensities increase with increasing average pulse energy. These observations are interpreted as a photoinduced reduction reaction of Bi(3+) to Bi(+) species, while the previously discussed formation of Biclusters by ion diffusion is excluded due to the very short interaction time that results from the use of fs laser. Bi(+) species are, therefore, proposed as the major origin of NIR emission from Bidoped glasses.
Improvement of DPSK Transmission by PhasePreserving Amplitude
Regeneration Using Cascaded Nonlinear Amplifying Loop Mirrors
Ch. Stephan, K. Sponsel, G. Onishchukov, B. Schmauss, G. Leuchs
ICTON: 2009 11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPARENT OPTICAL
NETWORKS, VOLS 1 AND 2
345348
(2009)
Experimental results obtained on 10 Gb/s RZDPSK transmission in a recirculating fiberloop setup have shown that nonlinear amplifying loop mirrors (NALM) can efficiently enhance system performance: cascaded phasepreserving amplitude regeneration can efficiently prevent the accumulation of amplitude and nonlinear phase noise components in such systems. It was possible to significantly augment the transmitted signal quality; alternatively a considerable increase of fiber launch power could be achieved. Amplified Rayleigh backscattering in the highly nonlinear fiber in the NALM has been identified as main limiting effect when the regenerator is passed multiple times.
Octavespanning supercontinuum generated in SF6glass PCF by a 1060 nm
modelocked fibre laser delivering 20 pJ per pulse
H. Hundertmark, S. Rammler, T. Wilken, R. Holzwarth, T. W. Haensch, P. St. J. Russell
We report the generation of an octavespanning supercontinuum in SF6glass photonic crystal fiber using a diodepumped passively modelocked fs Ybfiber laser oscillating at 1060 nm. The pulses (energy up to 500 pJ and duration 60 fs) were launched into a 4 cm length of PCF (core diameter 1.7 mu m and zerodispersion wavelength similar to 1060 nm). Less than 20 pJ of launched pulse energy was sufficient to generate a supercontinuum from 600 nm to 1450 nm, which represents the lowest energy so far reported for generation of an octavespanning supercontinuum from a 1 mu m pump. Since the laser pulse energy scales inversely with the repetition rate, highly compact and efficient sources based on SF6glass PCF are likely to be especially useful for efficient spectral broadening at high repetition rates (several GHz), such as those needed for the precise calibration of astronomical spectrographs, where a frequency comb spacing > 10 GHz is required for the best performance. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Feasibility of free space quantum key distribution with coherent
polarization states
D. Elser, T. Bartley, B. Heim, Ch Wittmann, D. Sych, G. Leuchs
We demonstrate for the first time the feasibility of free space quantum key distribution with continuous variables under real atmospheric conditions. More specifically, we transmit coherent polarization states over a 100m free space channel on the roof of our institute's building. In our scheme, signal and local oscillator (LO) are combined in a single spatial mode, which autocompensates atmospheric fluctuations and results in an excellent interference. Furthermore, the LO acts as a spatial and spectral filter, thus allowing unrestrained daylight operation.
Direct probing of the Wigner function by timemultiplexed detection of
photon statistics
K. Laiho, M. Avenhaus, K. N. Cassemiro, Ch Silberhorn
We investigate the capabilities of losstolerant quantum state characterization using a photonnumber resolving, timemultiplexed detector (TMD). We employ the idea of probing the Wigner function pointbypoint in phase space via photon parity measurements and displacement operations, replacing the conventional homodyne tomography. Our emphasis lies on reconstructing the Wigner function of nonGaussian Fock states with highly negative values in a scheme that is based on a realistic experimental setup. In order to establish the concept of losstolerance for state characterization, we show how losses can be decoupled from the impact of other experimental imperfections, i.e. the nonunity transmittance of the displacement beamsplitter and nonideal mode overlap. We relate the experimentally accessible parameters to effective ones that are needed for an optimized state reconstruction. The feasibility of our approach is tested by Monte Carlo simulations, which provide bounds resulting from statistical errors that are due to limited data sets. Our results clearly show that high losses can be accepted for a defined parameter range, and moreover, thatin contrast to homodyne detectionmode mismatch results in a distinct signature, which can be evaluated by analysing the photon number oscillations of the displaced Fock states.
Direct Measurement of the SpatialSpectral Structure of Waveguided
Parametric DownConversion
Peter J. Mosley, Andreas Christ, Andreas Eckstein, Christine Silberhorn
We present a study of the propagation of higherorder spatial modes in a waveguided parametric downconversion photonpair source. Observing the multimode photonpair spectrum from a periodically poled KTiOPO(4) waveguide allowed us to isolate individual spatial modes through their distinctive spectral properties. We have measured directly the spatial distribution of each mode of the photon pairs, confirming the findings of our waveguide model, and demonstrated by coincidence measurements that the total parity of the modes is conserved in the nonlinear interaction. Furthermore, we show that we can combine the advantages of a waveguide source with the potential to generate spatially entangled photon pairs as in bulkcrystal downconverters.
Quantum error correction beyond qubits
Takao Aoki, Go Takahashi, Tadashi Kajiya, Junichi Yoshikawa, Samuel L. Braunstein, Peter van Loock, Akira Furusawa
Quantum computation and communication rely on the ability to manipulate quantum states robustly and with high fidelity. To protect fragile quantumsuperposition states from corruption through socalled decoherence noise, some form of error correction is needed. Therefore, the discovery of quantum error correction(1,2) (QEC) was a key step to turn the field of quantum information from an academic curiosity into a developing technology. Here, we present an experimental implementation of a QEC code for quantum information encoded in continuous variables, based on entanglement among nine optical beams(3). This ninewavepacket adaptation of Shor's original ninequbit scheme(1) enables, at least in principle, full quantum error correction against an arbitrary singlebeam error.
CO2 laser writing of longperiod fiber grating in photonic crystal fiber
under tension
We demonstrate that the efficiency of CO2 laser writing of longperiod fiber gratings in a solidcore photonic crystal fiber (PCF) can be enhanced greatly by applying tension to the fiber during the writing process through the mechanism of frozenin viscoelasticity. Using this mechanism, we are able to write strong gratings in PCFs with a dosage of CO2 laser radiation low enough not to cause any significant fiber structure deformation. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Characterization of the absolute frequency stability of an individual
reference cavity
T. Liu, Y. N. Zhao, V. Elman, A. Stejskal, L. J. Wang
OPTICS LETTERS
34(2)
190192
(2009)
We demonstrated for the first time (to our knowledge) the characterization of absolute frequency stability of three reference cavities by cross beating three laser beams that are independently locked to these reference cavities. This method shows the individual feature of each reference cavity, while conventional beat note measurement between two cavities can provide only an upper bound. This method allows for numerous applications such as optimizing the performance of the reference cavity for optical clockwork. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
PhasePreserving Amplitude Regeneration in DPSK Transmission Systems
Using a Nonlinear Amplifying Loop Mirror
Christian Stephan, Klaus Sponsel, Georgy Onishchukov, Bernhard Schmauss, Gerd Leuchs
IEEE JOURNAL OF QUANTUM ELECTRONICS
45(11)
13361343
(2009)

Journal
A phasepreserving 2R regenerator based on a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror was implemented in a RZDPSK transmission system. Its performance has been investigated in numerical simulations and experimentally. The results show that amplitude regeneration using a NALM can efficiently prevent accumulation of nonlinear phase noise in a 10 Gb/s DPSK transmission system. In the experiments, significant improvements of eye opening and of BER as well as a 3 dB increase in fiber launch power have been demonstrated. Simulations at 10 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s indicated that the enhancement of the transmission quality is smaller at 100 Gb/s. The reason is that at 100 Gb/s nonlinear intrachannel effects rather than pure nonlinear phase noise are the main limiting factor and the NALM can only reduce the accumulation of amplitude noise in that case.
Fibermodes and fiberanisotropy characterization using lowcoherence
interferometry
Y. Z. Ma, Y. Sych, G. Onishchukov, S. Ramachandran, U. Peschel, B. Schmauss, G. Leuchs
APPLIED PHYSICS BLASERS AND OPTICS
96(23)
345353
(2009)

Journal
An optical lowcoherence interferometry technique has been used to simultaneously resolve the mode profile and to measure the intermodal dispersion of guided modes of a fewmode fiber. Measurements are performed using short samples of fiber (about 50 cm). There is no need for a complex modeconversion technique to reach a high interference visibility. Four LP mode groups of the fewmode fiber are resolved. Experimental results and numerical simulations show that the ellipticity of the fiber core leads to a distinct splitting of the degenerate highorder modes in group index. For the first time, to the best of our knowledge, it has been demonstrated that degenerate LP11 modes are much more sensitive to core shape variations than the fundamental modes and that intermodal dispersion of highorder degenerate modes can be used for characterizing the anisotropy of an optical waveguide.
Heralded entanglement of arbitrary degree in remote qubits
U. Schilling, C. Thiel, E. Solano, T. Bastin, J. von Zanthier
Incoherent scattering of photons off two remote atoms with a Lambdalevel structure is used as a basic Youngtype interferometer to herald longlived entanglement of an arbitrary degree. The degree of entanglement, as measured by the concurrence, is found to be tunable by two easily accessible experimental parameters. Fixing one of them to certain values unveils an analog to the Malus' law. An estimate of the variation in the degree of entanglement due to uncertainties in an experimental realization is given.
Manipulation of coherent Stokes light by transient stimulated Raman
scattering in gas filled hollowcore PCF
A. V. Chugreev, A. Nazarkin, A. Abdolvand, J. Nold, A. Podlipensky, P. St. J. Russell
Transient stimulated Raman scattering is investigated in methanefilled hollowcore photonic crystal fiber. Using frequencychirped pspulses at 1.06 mu m as pump and tunable CWradiation as Stokes seed, the vibrational excitation of the CH4 molecules can be controlled on the sub T2 timescale. In this way the generated Stokes pulse can be phaselocked to the pump pulse and its spectrum manipulated. (c) 2009 Optical Society of America
phi(FLIM)F2: a technique for aliasfree frequency domain fluorescence
lifetime imaging
Alan D. Elder, Clemens F. Kaminski, Jonathan H. Frank
A new approach to aliasfree widefield fluorescence lifetime imaging in the frequency domain is demonstrated using a supercontinuum source for fluorescence excitation and a phasemodulated image intensifier for detection. This technique is referred to as phisquared fluorescence lifetime imaging (phi(FLIM)F2). The phase modulation and squarewave gating of the image intensifier eliminate aliasing by the effective suppression of higher harmonics. The ability to use picosecond excitation pulses without aliasing expands the range of excitation sources available for frequencydomain fluorescence lifetime imaging (fdFLIM) and improves the modulation depth of conventional homodyne fdFLIM measurements, which use sinusoidal intensity modulation of the excitation source. The phi(FLIM)F2 results are analyzed using ABplots, which facilitate the identification of monoexponential and multiexponential fluorescence decays and provide measurements of the fluorophore fractions in two component mixtures. The rapid acquisition speed of the technique enables lifetime measurements in dynamic systems, such as temporally evolving samples and samples that are sensitive to photobleaching. Rapid phi(FLIM)F2 measurements are demonstrated by imaging the dynamic mixing of two different dye solutions at 5.5 Hz. The tunability of supercontinuum radiation enables excitation wavelength resolved FLIM measurements, which facilitates analysis of samples containing multiple fluorophores with different absorption spectra. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Precise balancing of viscous and radiation forces on a particle in
liquidfilled photonic bandgap fiber
T. G. Euser, M. K. Garbos, J. S. Y. Chen, P. St. J. Russell
OPTICS LETTERS
34(23)
36743676
(2009)
A great challenge in microfluidics is the precise control of laser radiation forces acting on single particles or cells, while allowing monitoring of their optical and chemical properties. We show that, in the liquidfilled hollow core of a singlemode photonic crystal fiber, a micrometersized particle can be held stably against a fluidic counterflow using radiation pressure and can be moved to and fro (over tens of centimeters) by ramping the laser power up and down. Accurate studies of the microfluidic drag forces become possible, because the particle is trapped in the center of the single guided optical mode, resulting in highly reproducible radiation forces. The counterflowing liquid can be loaded with sequences of chemicals in precisely controlled concentrations and doses, making possible studies of single particles, vesicles, or cells. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
NonPoissonian statistics from Poissonian light sources with application
to passive decoy state quantum key distribution
We propose a method to prepare different nonPoissonian signal pulses from sources of Poissonian photon number distribution, using only linear optical elements and threshold photon detectors. This method allows a simple passive preparation of decoy states for quantum key distribution. We show that the resulting key rates are comparable with the performance of active choices of intensities of Poissonian signals. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Nonlinear Phase Noise Reduction in a DPSK Transmission System Using
Cascaded Nonlinear Amplifying Loop Mirrors
C. Stephan, K. Sponsel, G. Onishchukov, B. Schmauss, G. Leuchs
The performance of a nonlinear amplifying loop mirror as a phasepreserving amplitude 2R regenerator in a differential phaseshiftkeying transmission system with nonlinear phase noise as dominant limiting effect has been investigated in a recirculating fiberloop setup. The experimental results show that cascaded regenerators can efficiently prevent the accumulation of nonlinear phase noise in such systems. It was possible to significantly increase the transmission quality; alternatively, a considerable increase of fiber launch power could be achieved for the same biterror ratio. As a limiting effect, the amplified Rayleigh backscattering in the highly nonlinear fiber is identified when the regenerator is passed multiple times.
Broadband sensitive pumpprobe setup for ultrafast optical switching of
photonic nanostructures and semiconductors
Tijmen G. Euser, Philip J. Harding, Willem L. Vos
REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS
80(7)
073104
(2009)

Journal
We describe an ultrafast time resolved pumpprobe spectroscopy setup aimed at studying the switching of nanophotonic structures. Both femtosecond pump and probe pulses can be independently tuned over broad frequency range between 3850 and 21 050 cm(1). A broad pump scan range allows a large optical penetration depth, while a broad probe scan range is crucial to study strongly photonic crystals. A new data acquisition method allows for sensitive pumpprobe measurements, and corrects for fluctuations in probe intensity and pump stray light. We observe a tenfold improvement of the precision of the setup compared to laser fluctuations, allowing a measurement accuracy of better than Delta R=0.07% in a 1 s measurement time. Demonstrations of the improved technique are presented for a bulk Si wafer, a threedimensional Si inverse opal photonic bandgap crystal, and zscan measurements of the twophoton absorption coefficient of Si, GaAs, and the threephoton absorption coefficient of GaP in the infrared wavelength range.
Generation and Direct Detection of Broadband Mesoscopic
PolarizationSqueezed Vacuum
Using a travelingwave optical parametric amplifier with two orthogonally oriented typeI BBO crystals pumped by picosecond pulses, we generate vertically and horizontally polarized squeezed vacuum states within a broad frequencyangular range. Depending on the phase between these states, fluctuations in one or another Stokes parameter are suppressed below the shotnoise limit. Because of the large number of photon pairs produced, no local oscillator is required, and 3 dB squeezing is observed by means of direct detection.
Quadrature measurements of a bright squeezed state via sideband swapping
Jessica Schneider, Oliver Gloeckl, Gerd Leuchs, Ulrik L. Andersen
OPTICS LETTERS
34(8)
11861188
(2009)
The measurement of an arbitrary quadrature of a bright quantum state of light is a commonly requested action in many quantum information protocols, but it is experimentally challenging with previously proposed schemes. We suggest that the quadrature be measured at a specific sideband frequency of a bright quantum state by transferring the sideband modes under interrogation to a vacuum state and subsequently measuring the quadrature via homodyne detection. The scheme is implemented experimentally, and it is successfully tested with a bright squeezed state of light. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Interferometric quasiabsolute tests for aspherics using a radial shear
position
Klaus Mantel, Eduard Geist, Irina Harder, Norbert Lindlein, Gerd Leuchs
OPTICS LETTERS
34(20)
31783180
(2009)
Increasing accuracy requirements in aspheric metrology make the development of absolute testing procedures for aspheric surfaces important. One strategy is transferring the standard practice threeposition test for spheres to aspherics. The threeposition test, however, involves a cat's eye position and therefore has certain drawbacks. We propose an absolute testing method for rotationally symmetric aspherics where the cat's eye position is replaced with a radially sheared position. Together with rotational movements of the specimen, the surface deviations can be obtained in an absolute manner. To demonstrate the validity of the procedure, we present a measurement result for a sphere and compare it with a result obtained by the standard threeposition test. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Influence of airfilling fraction on forward Ramanlike scattering by
transversely trapped acoustic resonances in photonic crystal fibers
A. Brenn, G. S. Wiederhecker, M. S. Kang, H. Hundertmark, N. Joly, P. St. J. Russell
JOURNAL OF THE OPTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BOPTICAL PHYSICS
26(8)
16411648
(2009)
Ramanlike forward scattering by acoustic phonons transversely trapped in birefringent silicaair photonic crystal fibers is studied. As the airfilling fraction increases, coreconfined acoustic resonances become increasingly apparent at higher frequencies (> 1.1 GHz), while the number of claddingconfined acoustic modes involved in scattering falls. Two main types of scattering are observed: intramodal (scattering to new frequencies within the same optical mode) and intermodal (frequencyshifted scattering to a different optical mode). It is shown that the twofold symmetric microstructure in a birefringent fiber causes strongly polarizationdependent intramodal scattering. Good agreement is obtained between the experimental measurements and numerical solutions of both the acoustic and electromagnetic wave equations by using a fullvectorial finiteelement approach. Phononic bandgaps are found to play a significant role at higher airfilling fractions, leading to the appearance of additional bands in the scattering spectrum. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
Optimization of DispersionImbalanced Loop Mirror for PhasePreserving
Amplitude Regeneration
T. Roethlingshoefer, K. Sponsel, C. Stephan, G. Onishchukov, B. Schmauss, G. Leuchs
2009 IEEE/LEOS WINTER TOPICALS MEETING SERIES (WTM 2009)
256257
(2009)
The adaptation and optimization of a dispersionimbalance loop mirror for phasepreserving amplitude 2R regeneration is shown by numerical simulations. Its performance has been evaluated for DPSK transmission. A 4.8dB Qfactor improvement has been demonstrated.
Coherent Superposition of Terahertz Beams from a Phased Linear
Photomixer Array
Sebastian Bauerschmidt, Sascha Preu, Stefan Malzer, Gottfried H. Doehler, Lijun Wang, Hong Lu, Arthur C. Gossard
TERAHERTZ AND MID INFRARED RADIATION: BASIC RESEARCH AND PRACTICAL
APPLICATIONS, WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS
7576
(2009)
We report on a 4 element linear array of free standing, tunable THz nipnip superlattice photomixers. The individual THz beams are coherently combined at a target plane distance of 4.2 m. The measurements of the interference pattern confirm the theoretically expected quadratic intensity increase of the center beam with the number of sources. At the same time, the beam waist is reduced in one dimension by a factor of 6 compared to a single beam. This technique allows for high resolution, THz stand off imaging.
Temperature response of turbulent premixed flames to inlet velocity
oscillations
B. Ayoola, G. Hartung, C. A. Armitage, J. Hult, R. S. Cant, C. F. Kaminski
EXPERIMENTS IN FLUIDS
46(1)
2741
(2009)

Journal
Flameturbulence interactions are at the heart of modern combustion research as they have a major influence on efficiency, stability of operation and pollutant emissions. The problem remains a formidable challenge, and predictive modelling and the implementation of active control measures both rely on further fundamental measurements. Model burners with simple geometry offer an opportunity for the isolation and detailed study of phenomena that take place in realworld combustors, in an environment conducive to the application of advanced laser diagnostic tools. Lean premixed combustion conditions are currently of greatest interest since these are able to provide low NO (x) and improved increased fuel economy, which in turn leads to lower CO(2) emissions. This paper presents an experimental investigation of the response of a bluffbodystabilised flame to periodic inlet fluctuations under lean premixed turbulent conditions. Inlet velocity fluctuations were imposed acoustically using loudspeakers. Spatially resolved heat release rate imaging measurements, using simultaneous planar laserinduced fluorescence (PLIF) of OH and CH(2)O, have been performed to explore the periodic heat release rate response to various acoustic forcing amplitudes and frequencies. For the first time we use this method to evaluate flame transfer functions and we compare these results with chemiluminescence measurements. Qualitative thermometry based on twoline OH PLIF was also used to compare the periodic temperature distribution around the flame with the periodic fluctuation of local heat release rate during acoustic forcing cycles.
Cascaded PhasePreserving Amplitude Regeneration in a DPSK Transmission
System
Ch Stephan, K. Sponsel, G. Onishchukov, B. Schmauss, G. Leuchs
2009 35TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON OPTICAL COMMUNICATION (ECOC)
(2009)
Experimental results obtained on 10 Gb/s RZDPSK transmission in a recirculating fiberloop setup show that nonlinear amplifying loop mirrors can efficiently enhance system performance. Main limiting factor is amplified Rayleigh backscattering in highly nonlinear fiber.
Bistability and Stationary Gap Solitons in Quasiperiodic Photonic
Crystals Based on ThueMorse Sequence
Victor Grigoriev, Fabio Biancalana
AIP Conference Proceedings
1176
6668
(2009)
The nonlinear properties of quasiperiodic photonic crystals based on ThueMorse sequence are investigated. The intrinsic asymmetry of these 1D structures for odd generation numbers results in bistability thresholds which are sensitive to propagation direction. Along with resonances of perfect transmission, this feature allows to obtain strongly nonreciprocal propagation and to create an alloptical diode (ADD). The efficiency of two schemes is compared: passive and active when an additional shortterm pump signal is applied. The existence of stationary gap solitons for quasiperiodic photonic crystals is shown numerically, and their difference from the Bragg case is emphasized.
Propagation of a decentered astigmatic partially coherent beam in a
turbulent atmosphere
Propagation properties of a decentered general astigmatic partially coherent beam (i.e., decentered twisted anisotropic Gaussian Schellmodel beam) in a turbulent atmosphere are investigated. Analytical formulas for the crossspectral density and decentered parameter of a decentered astigmatic partially coherent beam propagating in a turbulent atmosphere are derived. Irradiance properties of a decentered astigmatic partially coherent beam in a turbulent atmosphere are studied graphically, and are found to be quite different from its properties in free space. (C) 2007 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
4ODmediated solitonic radiations in HCPCF cladding
F. Biancalana, F. Benabid, P. S. Light, F. Couny, A. Luiten, P. J. Roberts, Jiahui Peng, A. V. Sokolov
2009 CONFERENCE ON LASERS AND ELECTROOPTICS AND QUANTUM ELECTRONICS AND
LASER SCIENCE CONFERENCE (CLEO/QELS 2009), VOLS 15
14371438
(2009)
We observe for the first time the simultaneous emission of two resonant radiation frequencies by optical solitons in a small waveguiding glassfeature within the cladding of a HCPCF. We attributes this phenomenon to the unusually large 4thorder GVD coefficient of the waveguide. (C)2009 Optical Society of America
Microwave whisperinggallery resonator for efficient optical
upconversion
D. V. Strekalov, H. G. L. Schwefel, A. A. Savchenkov, A. B. Matsko, L. J. Wang, N. Yu
Conversion of microwave radiation into the optical range has been predicted to reach unity quantum efficiency in whisperinggallery resonators made from an optically nonlinear crystal and supporting microwave and optical modes simultaneously. In this work, we theoretically explore and experimentally demonstrate a resonator geometry that can provide the required phase matching for such a conversion at any desired frequency in the subTHz range. We show that such a ringshaped resonator not only allows for the phase matching but also maximizes the overlap of the interacting fields. As a result, unityefficient conversion is expected in a resonator with feasible parameters.
Perfect excitation of a matter qubit by a single photon in free space
We propose a scheme for perfect excitation of a single twolevel atom by a single photon in free space. The photon state has to match the time reversed photon state originating from spontaneous decay of a twolevel system. Here, we discuss its experimental preparation. The state is characterized by a particular asymmetric exponentially shaped temporal profile. Any deviations from this ideal state limit the maximum absorption. Although perfect excitation requires an infinite amount of time, we demonstrate that there is a class of initial onephoton quantum states which can achieve almost perfect absorption even for a finite interaction time. Our results pave the way for realizing perfect coupling between flying and stationary qubits in free space thus opening a possibility for building scalable quantum networks. Copyright (C) EPLA, 2009
GoosHanchen shift for a rough metallic mirror
M. Merano, J. B. Goette, A. Aiello, M. P. van Exter, J. P. Woerdman
We investigate experimentally the dependence of the GoosHanchen shift on the surface properties of an airmetal interface. The shift depends on the microscopic roughness of the metal surface but it is insensitive to the largescale variations associated with surface nonflatness. Both an effective medium model of roughness and the RayleighRice theory of scattering are used to interpret the observed phenomenon. (C) 2009 Optical Society of America
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