Structured light, transmission, and scattering

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Numerous theoretical and experimental studies have established the principle that beams conveying orbital angular momentum offer a rich scope for information transfer. However, it is not clear how far it is practicable to operate such a concept at the single-photon level - especially when such a beam propagates through a system in which scattering can occur. In cases where scattering leads to photon deflection, it produces losses; however in terms of the retention of information content, there should be more concern over forward scattering. Based on a quantum electrodynamical formulation of theory, this paper aims to frame and resolve the key issues. A quantum amplitude is constructed for the representation of single and multiple scattering events in the propagation an individual photon, from a suitably structured beam. The analysis identifies potential limitations of principle, undermining complete fidelity of quantum information transmission.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventComplex Light and Optical Forces V - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 26 Jan 2011 → …


ConferenceComplex Light and Optical Forces V
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period26/01/11 → …

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