Date Thesis Awarded

5-2018

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Physics

Advisor

Irina Novikova

Committee Member

Keith Griffioen

Committee Member

Adwait Jog

Abstract

The goal of the project is to produce a pair of intensity-squeezed light fields using Four-Wave Mixing (FWM) in hot Rubidium vapor. In this process, interaction of atoms with near-resonant strong control optical field results in strong amplification of a weak probe optical field and in generation of a quantum correlated conjugate Stokes optical field. In order to establish the quantum correlation between the Stokes and probe fields, we measured the differential intensity noise between the Stokes and probe fields. If the noise falls below the quantum noise limit, then two-mode intensity squeezing has been achieved, as a first step toward realization of the polarization Bell states. We also examine the conservation of orbital angular momentum (OAM) in the FWM process with OAM-bearing input fields.

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