Interferometric methods to measure orbital and spin, or the total angular momentum of a single photon

J. Leach, J. Courtial, K. Skeldon, S.M. Barnett, S. Franke-Arnold, M.J. Padgett

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Abstract

We propose interferometric methods capable of measuring either the total angular momentum, or simultaneously measuring the spin and orbital angular momentum of single photons. This development enables the measurement of any angular momentum eigenstate of a single photon. The work allows the investigation of single-photon two-qubit entangled states and has implications for high density information transfer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)013601-1
Number of pages13600
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume92
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

Keywords

  • photons
  • high density information transfer
  • interferometric methods
  • angular momentum eigenstate
  • optics
  • photonics

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    Leach, J., Courtial, J., Skeldon, K., Barnett, S. M., Franke-Arnold, S., & Padgett, M. J. (2004). Interferometric methods to measure orbital and spin, or the total angular momentum of a single photon. Physical Review Letters, 92(1), 013601-1. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.013601