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Bell-state Measurements

  1. Mar 27, 2012 #1
    In entanglement swapping:

    If we detect photons 2 and 3 in the following states |135>|45> or |45>|135> (accompanied by the appropriate coincidence counts), do we project photons 1 and 4 into the same bell-state (so photons 1 and 4 are also found in either |135>|45> or |45>|135>)?

    How would we write this four photon GHZ state in terms of |V> and |H> polarisation? Would it be |H>|V>|H>|V> (+ OR -?) |V>|H>|V>|H>?

    We have a list of the four bell states.
    Taking the first, do we expand as:
    |A>|B> = |0>|1> + |1>|0> ? Which would be |H>|V> + |V>|H>?
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  3. Mar 29, 2012 #2
    Looking over it being |V>|H>|V>|H> - |H>|V>|H>|V>:

    Would the following basis in 45/135 be the only ones allowed:

    In all honesty I don't know how these are calculated. Two H's expanded in |135> make a +, because they're both - 135.
    Do we expand over |V>|H>|V>|H> then minus that result by what we get for |H>|V>|H>|V>? Or is it all done in one go?
  4. Mar 29, 2012 #3
    Okay, I think I've figured it out. Appropriately detecting 2 and 3 in |45>|135> etc to create that bell state, and throwing 1 and 4 into the same bell state we get this GHZ state:
    |V>|H>|H>|V> - |H>|V>|V>|H>

    which allows the following combinations in 45/135 basis:

    EDIT: corrected last |..> to say |45> rather than |135>
  5. Apr 1, 2012 #4


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    Let's write |45> as C for short and |135> as D.
    So then [itex]|H\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(C+D)[/itex] and [itex]|V\rangle=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(C-D)[/itex]
    Now [itex]|V_1\rangle|H_2\rangle|H_3\rangle|V_4\rangle - |H_1\rangle|V_2\rangle|V_3\rangle|H_4\rangle=[/itex]
    That results in 32 terms where 8 term will cancel with other 8 terms and 8 terms will add with last 8 terms. So you will have 8 terms like that:

    As you can see these are terms with odd number of C and D. If you would swap - for + in the initial expression you would get terms with even number of C and D.
  6. Apr 2, 2012 #5
    Okay, I see now. If we start off with photons entangled as |H>V|> - |V>|H>, and we detect photons 2 and 3 (one from each pair) in this bell state: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/math/7/2/a/72abd9fcf335bb2788ca7776cca077a2.png
    I would assume in this bell-state measuring in 45/135 basis, we would detect |45>|135> or |135>|45>

    What is the overall GHZ state now?
    Is it |V>|H>|V>|H> + |H>|V>|H>|V> ?
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  8. Apr 2, 2012 #7


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    Why do you think so?
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