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From quantum to classical: watching a single photon become a wave

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Marco Bellini, Alessandro Zavatta, Silvia Viciani

Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata (Italy) and Univ. of Florence (Italy)

Proc. SPIE 5866, The Nature of Light: What Is a Photon?, 278 (August 04, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.614374
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  • The Nature of Light: What Is a Photon?
  • Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Katherine Creath
  • San Diego, California, United States | July 31, 2005

abstract

We present the experimental generation of a new class of non-classical light states and their complete phase-space characterization by quantum homodyne tomography. These states are the result of the most elementary amplification process of classical light fields by a single quantum of excitation and can be generated by the process of stimulated emission of a single photon in the mode of a coherent state. Being intermediate between a single-photon Fock state and a coherent one, they offer the unique opportunity to closely follow the smooth evolution between the particle-like and the wave-like behavior of the light field and to witness the gradual change from the spontaneous to the stimulated regimes of light emission.

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Marco Bellini ; Alessandro Zavatta and Silvia Viciani
"From quantum to classical: watching a single photon become a wave", Proc. SPIE 5866, The Nature of Light: What Is a Photon?, 278 (August 04, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.614374; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.614374


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