Implementation of single-photon creation and annihilation operators: Experimental issues in their application to thermal states of light

Year: 2009

Authors: Parigi V., Zavatta A., Bellini M.

Autors Affiliation: European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS), University of Florence, Via N. Carrara 1, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino Firenze, Italy; Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (INOA-CNR) Largo E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze, Italy

Abstract: We have recently realized experimental schemes to implement the action of single-photon creation and annihilation operators onto completely classical and fully incoherent thermal light states (Parigi et al 2007 Science 317 1890). By applying alternated sequences of the creation and annihilation operators we observed that the resulting states depend on the order in which the two quantum operators are applied, thus obtaining the most direct experimental test of non-commutativity. Here we provide an extensive and detailed discussion of the main experimental issues related to the realization of these schemes.

Journal/Review: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B-ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS

Volume: 42 (11)      Pages from: 114005-1  to: 114005-7

KeyWords: Commutativity; Creation and annihilation; Experimental scheme; Experimental test; Photon creation; Quantum operators; Thermal light; Thermal state, Particle beams, Photons
DOI: 10.1088/0953-4075/42/11/114005

Citations: 15
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