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Photons in polychromatic rotating modes

van Enk, S. J. and Nienhuis, G. (2007) Photons in polychromatic rotating modes. Physical Review A, 76 (5). Art. No. 053825. ISSN 1050-2947. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:ENKpra07b

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Abstract

We propose a quantum theory of rotating light beams and study some of its properties. Such beams are polychromatic and have either a slowly rotating polarization or a slowly rotating transverse mode pattern. We show that there are, for both cases, three different natural types of modes that qualify as rotating, one of which is a type not previously considered. We discuss differences between these three types of rotating modes on the one hand and nonrotating modes as viewed from a rotating frame of reference on the other. We present various examples illustrating the possible use of rotating photons, mostly for quantum information processing purposes. We introduce in this context a rotating version of the two-photon singlet state.


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Additional Information:©2007 The American Physical Society. (Received 23 July 2007; published 19 November 2007)
Subject Keywords:light polarization; optical information processing; optical rotation; quantum entanglement; quantum optics; quantum theory; two-photon processes
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Deposited On:27 Nov 2007
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