First Advisor

Andres H. La Rosa

Date of Award

Summer 8-4-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Physics and University Honors

Department

Physics

Language

English

Subjects

Quantum, Optics, Spontaneous, Parametric, Downconversion, Photon

Abstract

Coincidence-counting and spontaneous parametric downconversion are central to introductory quantum mechanical experimentation but have remained largely out of reach of undergraduate physics instructors. This thesis summarizes the theory behind light polarization, spontaneous parametric downconversion, birefringent refractive indices, and an affordable self-contained photon coincidence counting unit (CCU). A method for implementing a CCU to demonstrate downconversion is presented, and empirical results are provided.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/38329

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