Hong–Ou–Mandel interference without beam splitters

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Mährlein S, Oppel S, Wiegner R, von Zanthier J
Journal: Journal of Modern Optics
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 64
Journal issue: 9
Pages range: 921-929
ISSN: 0950-0340
eISSN: 1362-3044


We propose a new interferometric setup which displays a completely destructive generalized N-photon Hong–Ou–Mandel interference. The key property of this scheme is that it does not require any optical elements like beam splitters or integrated waveguide structures. The interference is intrinsically produced by the evolution of N photons in free space when emitted by N identical single photon sources and measured by N detectors in the far field. In this sense, the setup is a most simple and natural implementation of the Hong–Ou–Mandel interference effect, i.e. of a completely destructive multi-photon interference produced by independent incoherent sources.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Mährlein, Simon
Professur für Experimentalphysik
Oppel, Steffen
Professur für Experimentalphysik
von Zanthier, Joachim Prof. Dr.
Professur für Experimentalphysik
Wiegner, Ralph
Professur für Experimentalphysik

How to cite

Mährlein, S., Oppel, S., Wiegner, R., & von Zanthier, J. (2017). Hong–Ou–Mandel interference without beam splitters. Journal of Modern Optics, 64(9), 921-929. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500340.2016.1242790

Mährlein, Simon, et al. "Hong–Ou–Mandel interference without beam splitters." Journal of Modern Optics 64.9 (2017): 921-929.


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