Photonic State Tomography

J. B. Altepeter, E. R. Jeffrey, P. G. Kwiat

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Quantum state tomography is the process by which an identical ensemble of unknown quantum states is completely characterized. A sequence of identical measurements within a series of different bases allow the reconstruction of a complete quantum wavefunction. This article reviews state representation and notation, lays out the theory of ideal tomography, and details the full experimental realization (measurement, electronics, error correction, numerical analysis, measurement choice, and estimation of uncertainties) of a tomographic system applied to polarized photonic qubits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
EditorsP.R. Berman, C.C. Lin
Number of pages55
StatePublished - 2005

Publication series

NameAdvances in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
ISSN (Print)1049-250X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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