Part of: A Science Kit for Quantum Physics.
- Sample Experiments
- System Includes
Photons (or generally quantum objects) sometimes also behave like particles. With the quED and this add-on you can show that photons can not be split up. You can also explore a simple quantum random bit/number generator and use it in combination with the quED-MI to show wave and particle nature of photons in one experiment.
Here is a list of the experiments you can do with the quED + quED-HBT and possibly other add-ons.
Single Photon Experiments without Interference
Single Photon Experiments with Interference
Photon Pair Experiments without Polarisation Entanglement
These are the experiments we have come up with so far and found interesting enough to put them here. Do you have more ideas? Please let us know!
Here are more add-ons designed to be extend the functionality of the quED:
Demonstrate the wave nature of single photons through their interference or build a quantum eraser.
Single Photon Michelson Interferometer Add-On for the quED.
Interference is generally considered to be a wave phenomenon. Curiously it also works with single quantum objects. Use the quED-MI Michelson Interferometer add-on together with the quED to show that this is the case. (The photograph shows the motorised version.)
Hong-Ou-Mandel Interferometer Demonstrating 2-Photon Interference.
When you have two indistinguishable photons and each of them hit one input of a beam splitter, they exit the beam splitter together in one output port. This is an effect you cannot demonstrate with bright light, but with this add-on you can.
Securely distribute a secret key between Alice and Bob with the BB84 protocol.
Quantum Cryptography Add-On for the quED.
One of the most popular industrial applications for quantum phenomena right now is quantum cryptography, or better, quantum key distribution. With this add-on, you can use weak coherent pulses to simulate realistically how a secure communication between two parties (Alice and Bob) is made possible by the BB84 protocol in a real environment.
The quED-HBT is an add-on to the quED and consists of the following parts:
- 1 -> 2 Fiber Beam Splitter (Fiber Coupler)
- One silicon single photon avalanche detectors
Have a look at our add-ons if you would like to perform additional experiments!