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A Toolbox for Photon Orbital Angular Momentum Technology

Project description


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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.

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2009-C
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 464 900
Administrative Contact
Lorenzo Marrucci (Prof.)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 91 500
Address
Av Brigadeiro Trompowski Sn 2
21941 590 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stephen Walborn (Prof.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 800
Address
Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Txomin Martino Acha (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 346 200
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fabio Sciarrino (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 384 400
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ton Brouwer (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 444 600
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joseph Galloway (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 262 800
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johanna Rule (Ms.)