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

Robert W. Boyd, Brandon Rodenburg, Mohammad Mirhosseini, Stephen M. Barnett

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18310-18317
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2011


  • orbital angular momentum
  • entanglement

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