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Influence of atmospheric turbulence on the propagation of quantum states of light using plane-wave encoding

Boyd, Robert W. and Rodenburg, Brandon and Mirhosseini, Mohammad and Barnett, Stephen M. (2011) Influence of atmospheric turbulence on the propagation of quantum states of light using plane-wave encoding. Optics Express, 19 (19). pp. 18310-18317. ISSN 1094-4087

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    Abstract

    We consider the possibility of performing quantum key distribution (QKD) by encoding information onto individual photons using plane-wave basis states. We compare the results of this calculation to those obtained by earlier workers, who considered encoding using OAM-carrying vortex modes of the field. We find theoretically that plane-wave encoding is less strongly influenced by atmospheric turbulence than is OAM encoding, with potentially important implications for free-space quantum key distribution.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 34849
    Keywords: orbital angular momentum, entanglement, Optics. Light, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    Subjects: Science > Physics > Optics. Light
    Department: Faculty of Science > Physics
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2011 19:05
    Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 22:06
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/34849

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