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Experimental Test of Fidelity Limits in Six-Photon Interferometry and of Rotational Invariance Properties of the Photonic Six-Qubit Entanglement Singlet State
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Uniwersytet Gdański.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics.
2009 (English)In: Physical Review Letters, ISSN 0031-9007, Vol. 103, no 150501Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Quantum multiphoton interferometry has now reached the six-photon stage. Thus far, the observed fidelities of entangled states never reached 2/3. We report a high fidelity (estimated at 88%) experiment in which six-qubit singlet correlations were observed. With such a high fidelity we are able to demonstrate the central property of these “singlet” correlations, their “rotational invariance,” by performing a full set of measurements in three complementary polarization bases. The patterns are almost indistinguishable. The data reveal genuine six-photon entanglement. We also study several five-photon states, which result upon detection of one of the photons. Multiphoton singlet states survive some types of depolarization and are thus important in quantum communication schemes.

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2009. Vol. 103, no 150501
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-33050DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.150501ISI: 000270672100001OAI: diva2:282275
Available from: 2009-12-18 Created: 2009-12-18 Last updated: 2010-03-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Photonic quantum information and experimental tests of foundations of quantum mechanics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Photonic quantum information and experimental tests of foundations of quantum mechanics
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Entanglement is a key resource in many quantum information schemes and in the last years the research on multi-qubit entanglement has drawn lots of attention. In this thesis the experimental generation and characterisation of multi-qubit entanglement is presented. Specifically we have prepared entangled states of up to six qubits. The qubits were implemented in the polarisation degree of freedom of single photons. We emphasise that one type of states that we produce are rotationally invariant states, remaining unchanged under simultaneous identical unitary transformations of all their individual constituents. Such states can be applied to e.g. decoherence-free encoding, quantum communication without sharing a common reference frame, quantum telecloning, secret sharing and remote state preparation schemes. They also have properties which are interesting in studies of foundations of quantum mechanics.

In the experimental implementation we use a single source of entangled photon pairs, based on parametric down-conversion, and extract the first, second and third order events. Our experimental setup is completely free from interferometric overlaps, making it robust and contributing to a high fidelity of the generated states. To our knowledge, the achieved fidelity is the highest that has been observed for six-qubit entangled states and our measurement results are in very good agreement with predictions of quantum theory.

We have also performed another novel test of the foundations of quantum mechanics. It is based on an inequality that is fulfilled by any non-contextual hidden variable theory, but can be violated by quantum mechanics. This test is similar to Bell inequality tests, which rule out local hidden variable theories as possible completions of quantum mechanics. Here, however, we show that non-contextual hidden variable theories cannot explain certain experimental results, which are consistent with quantum mechanics. Hence, neither of these theories can be used to make quantum mechanics complete.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Physics, Stockholm University, 2010. 117 p.
Quantum information, quantum optics, foundations of quantum mechanics, entanglement, non-contextuality, Kochen-Specker theorem, parametric down-conversion, quantum state engineering
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Physical Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37464 (URN)978-91-7447-028-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-04-15, sal FB42, AlbaNova universitetscentrum, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2010-03-24 Created: 2010-03-05 Last updated: 2010-03-29Bibliographically approved

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