Andres H. La Rosa
Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Physics and University Honors
Quantum, Optics, Spontaneous, Parametric, Downconversion, Photon
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.
Field, Sheldon Lee, "Characterizing the Single-Photon State: Quantum Physics Experiments with Single-Photon Sensitivity" (2022). University Honors Theses. Paper 1273.