Transmitting more than 10 bit with a single photon

Tristan Bernhard Horst Tentrup, T. Hummel, Tom Wolterink, Ravitej Uppu, Allard Mosk, Pepijn Willemszoon Harry Pinkse

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Encoding information in the position of single photons has no known limits, given infinite resources. Using a heralded single-photon source and a Spatial Light Modulator (SLM), we steer single photons to specific positions in a virtual grid on a large-area spatially resolving photon-counting detector (ICCD). We experimentally demonstrate selective addressing any location (symbol) in a 9072 size grid (alphabet) to achieve 10.5 bit of mutual information between the sender and receiver per detected photon. Our results set the stage for very-high-dimensional quantum information processing.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2016


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