Single-photon wavefront-splitting interference

An illustration of the light quantum in action
  • V. Jacques
  • E. Wu
  • T. Toury
  • F. Treussart
  • A. Aspect
  • P. Grangier
  • J.-F. RochEmail author
Quantum Optics and Quantum Information


We present a new realization of the textbook experiment consisting in single-photon interference based on the pulsed, optically excited photoluminescence of a single colour centre in a diamond nanocrystal. Interferences are created by wavefront-splitting with a Fresnel’s biprism and observed by registering the “single-photon clicks” with an intensified CCD camera. This imaging detector provides also a real-time movie of the build-up of the single-photon fringes. We perform a second experiment with two detectors sensitive to photons that follow either one or the other interference path. Evidence for single photon behaviour is then obtained from the absence of time coincidence between detections in these two paths.


Colour Spectroscopy Neural Network Complex System Nonlinear Dynamics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Jacques
    • 1
  • E. Wu
    • 1
    • 2
  • T. Toury
    • 1
    • 3
  • F. Treussart
    • 1
  • A. Aspect
    • 4
  • P. Grangier
    • 4
  • J.-F. Roch
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Photonique Quantique et MoléculaireCachan CedexFrance
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Optical and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, East China Normal UniversityShanghaiP.R. China
  3. 3.Palais de la Découverte, avenue Franklin RooseveltParisFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l’Institut d’OptiqueOrsay CedexFrance

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