Controlling single-photon Fock-state propagation through opaque scattering media

Thomas J. Huisman, Simon R. Huisman*, Allard P. Mosk, Pepijn W.H. Pinkse

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The control of light scattering is essential in many quantum optical experiments. Wavefront shaping is a technique used for ultimate control over wave propagation through multiple-scattering media by adaptive manipulation of incident waves. We control the propagation of single-photon Fock states through opaque scattering media by spatial phase modulation of the incident wavefront. We enhance the probability that a single photon arrives in a target output mode with a factor 30. Our proof-of-principle experiment shows that the propagation of quantum light through multiple-scattering media can be controlled, with prospective applications in quantum communication and quantum cryptography
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-607
Number of pages5
JournalApplied physics B: Lasers and optics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2014


  • Speckle pattern
  • Spatial light modulator
  • Phase pattern
  • Reflection configuration
  • Coincidence count rate


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