High-Dimensional Single-Photon Quantum Gates: Concepts and Experiments

Author(s): M. Erhard, M. Malik, M. Krenn, A. Zeilinger, A. Babazadeh, R. Nouroozi, F. Wang

Journal: arXiv: quant-ph

Year: 2017

DOI Number: arXiv:1702.07299 [quant-ph]

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Transformations on quantum states form a basic building block of every quantum information system. From photonic polarization to two-level atoms, complete sets of quantum gates for a variety of qubit systems are well known. For multi-level quantum systems beyond qubits, the situation is more challenging. The orbital angular momentum modes of photons comprise one such high-dimensional system for which generation and measurement techniques are well-studied. However, arbitrary transformations for such quantum states are not known. Here we experimentally demonstrate a four-dimensional generalization of the Pauli X-gate and all of its integer powers on single photons carrying orbital angular momentum. Together with the well-known Z-gate, this forms the first complete set of high-dimensional quantum gates implemented experimentally. The concept of the X-gate is based on independent access to quantum states with different parities and can thus be easily generalized to other photonic degrees-of-freedom, as well as to other quantum systems such as ions and superconducting circuits.

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