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Entangled Images from Four-Wave Mixing



Vincent Boyer, Alberto M. Marino, Raphael C. Pooser, Paul D. Lett


Two beams of light can be quantum mechanically entangled through correlations of their phase and intensity fluctuations. For a pair of spatially extended image-carrying light fields, the concept of entanglement can be applied not only to the entire images but also to their smaller details. We used a spatially multimode amplifier based on four-wave mixing in a hot vapor to produce twin images that exhibit localized entanglement. The images can be bright fields that display position-dependent quantum noise reduction in their intensity difference or vacuum twin beams that are strongly entangled when projected onto a large range of different spatial modes. The high degree of spatial entanglement demonstrates that the system is an ideal source for parallel continuous-variable quantum information protocols.


alkali vapor, four-wave mixing, nonlinear optics, quadrature entanglement, quantum imaging, spatial entanglement, squeezed light


Boyer, V. , Marino, A. , Pooser, R. and Lett, P. (2008), Entangled Images from Four-Wave Mixing, Science, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created July 25, 2008, Updated February 17, 2017