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Quantum polarization characterization and tomography


Sanchez-Soto,  L. L.
Guests, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;


Leuchs,  G.
Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Soederholm, J., Bjoerk, G., Klimov, A. B., Sanchez-Soto, L. L., & Leuchs, G. (2012). Quantum polarization characterization and tomography. NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, 14: 115014. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/14/11/115014.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-6859-C
We present a complete polarization characterization of any quantum state of two orthogonal polarization modes and give a systematic measurement procedure to collect the necessary data. Full characterization requires measurements of the photon number in both modes and linear optics. In the case where only the photon-number difference can be determined, a limited but useful characterization is obtained. The characteristic Stokes moment profiles are given for several common quantum states.