Ancilla-assisted measurement of photonic spatial correlations and entanglement

Author(s): M. Hor-Meyll, J. O. de Almeida, G. B. Lemos, P. H. Souto Ribeiro, S. P. Walborn

Journal: Phys. Rev. Lett

Volume: 112

Page(s): 053602

Year: 2014

DOI Number: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.053602

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We report an experiment in which the moments of spatial coordinates of down-converted photons are measured directly, without having to reconstruct any marginal probability distributions. We use a spatial light modulator to couple the spatial degrees of freedom and the polarization of the fields, which act as ancilla systems. Information about the spatial correlations is obtained via measurements on the ancilla qubits. Among other applications, this new method provides a more efficient technique to identify continuous variable entanglement.


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