Hyper-Entangled Photon Pairs

November 17, 2005 | Source: Physics News Update

Physicists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated for the first time the entanglement of two objects not merely in one aspect of their quantum natures, such as spin, but in a multitude of other ways: energy, momentum, and orbital angular momentum.

For the purpose of quantum computing or communication it might be of some advantage if multiple quantum bits (or qubits) of information can be encoded in a single pair of entangled particles. Paul Kwiat, leader of the Illinois group, says that his lab detects a record two million entangled photon pairs per second with ample determination of numerous properties, allowing a complete characterization of the entanglement produced.