Quantum state reconstruction of the single-photon Fock state
A. I. Lvovsky, H. Hansen, T. Aichele, O. Benson, J. Mlynek, S. Schiller

Abstract

We have reconstructed the quantum state of optical pulses containing single photons using the method of phase-randomized pulsed optical homodyne tomography. The single-photon Fock state |1> was prepared using conditional measurements on photon pairs born in the process of parametric down-conversion. A probability distribution of the phase-averaged electric field amplitudes with a strongly non Gaussian shape is obtained with the total detection efficiency of (55 ± 1)%. The angle-averaged Wigner function reconstructed from this distribution shows a strong dip reaching classically impossible negative values around the origin of the phase space.

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