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Project reference: 255914
Funded under: FP7-ICT

A Toolbox for Photon Orbital Angular Momentum Technology [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]

From 2010-10-01 to 2013-09-30

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 954 100

EU contribution:

EUR 2 242 200

Coordinated in:

Italy

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2009-C

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

 

Orbital angular momentum (OAM) is a degree of freedom of light associated with rotationally structured transverse spatial modes of light beams, as in helical wave-front beams. In many respects OAM is analogous to polarization, but in contrast to polarization it is defined in an unbounded infinite-dimensional space. This may allow for the encoding of a much larger amount of information in a single photon than in the case of polarization, a feature that offers very interesting prospects for applications in photonics and, in particular, in the fields of quantum communication and computation, optical data storage and materials probing.The objective of this proposal is the development of a "toolbox" of highly innovative optical components and devices for the full control of OAM, including its generation, manipulation, transmission and detection. These proposed components are based on entirely new designs and ideas and/or on the novel combination of recently proposed new concepts. The toolbox as a whole will provide a dramatic breakthrough in our capability of controlling the OAM of light and exploiting it in photonic applications and in new scientific investigations.The proposal vision is to make the OAM generation, manipulation, transmission and detection as easy and commonplace as currently is the management of the polarization degree of freedom of light, for future applications in quantum information technology, high density optical data storage, and materials probing.

Objective

Orbital angular momentum (OAM) is a degree of freedom of light associated with rotationally structured transverse spatial modes of light beams, as in helical wave-front beams. In many respects OAM is analogous to polarization, but in contrast to polarization it is defined in an unbounded infinite-dimensional space. This may allow for the encoding of a much larger amount of information in a single photon than in the case of polarization, a feature that offers very interesting prospects for applications in photonics and, in particular, in the fields of quantum communication and computation, optical data storage and materials probing.\nThe objective of this proposal is the development of a "toolbox" of highly innovative optical components and devices for the full control of OAM, including its generation, manipulation, transmission and detection. These proposed components are based on entirely new designs and ideas and/or on the novel combination of recently proposed new concepts. The toolbox as a whole will provide a dramatic breakthrough in our capability of controlling the OAM of light and exploiting it in photonic applications and in new scientific investigations.\nThe proposal vision is to make the OAM generation, manipulation, transmission and detection as easy and commonplace as currently is the management of the polarization degree of freedom of light, for future applications in quantum information technology, high density optical data storage, and materials probing.

Related information

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II.
Italy
Complesso Universitario di Monte S. Angelo, via Cintia 40
Napoli, Italy
Administrative contact: Lorenzo Marrucci
Tel.: +39 081 676124
Fax: +39 081 676346
E-mail

Participants

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO
Brazil
AV BRIGADEIRO TROMPOWSKI SN 2
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil
Administrative contact: Stephen Walborn
Tel.: +55 21 2562 7900
Fax: +55 21 2562 7466
E-mail
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Spain
AVINGUDA CARL FRIEDRICH GAUSS
Castelldefels, Spain
Administrative contact: Txomin Martino Acha
Tel.: +34 935534053
Fax: +34935534000
E-mail
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
Piazzale Aldo Moro
ROMA, Italy
Administrative contact: Fabio Sciarrino
Tel.: +39 0649913517
Fax: +39 0649913525
E-mail
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
RAPENBURG
LEIDEN, Netherlands
Administrative contact: Ton Brouwer
Tel.: +31 71 527 3149
Fax: +31 71 526 6921
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
University Avenue
GLASGOW, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Joseph Galloway
Tel.: +44 141 330 3884
Fax: +44 141 330 5611
E-mail
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
SENATE HOUSE, TYNDALL AVENUE
BRISTOL, United Kingdom
Administrative contact: Johanna Rule
Tel.: +44 117 9288696
Fax: +44 117 9250900
E-mail
Record Number: 102231 / Last updated on: 2014-09-09