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4 August 2005 From quantum to classical: watching a single photon become a wave
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We present the experimental generation of a new class of non-classical light states and their complete phase-space characterization by quantum homodyne tomography. These states are the result of the most elementary amplification process of classical light fields by a single quantum of excitation and can be generated by the process of stimulated emission of a single photon in the mode of a coherent state. Being intermediate between a single-photon Fock state and a coherent one, they offer the unique opportunity to closely follow the smooth evolution between the particle-like and the wave-like behavior of the light field and to witness the gradual change from the spontaneous to the stimulated regimes of light emission.
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Marco Bellini, Alessandro Zavatta, and Silvia Viciani "From quantum to classical: watching a single photon become a wave", Proc. SPIE 5866, The Nature of Light: What Is a Photon?, (4 August 2005);

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