Control and Measurement of Quantum Light Pulses for Quantum Information Science and Technology

Michał Karpiński, Alex O.C. Davis, Filip Sośnicki, Valérian Thiel, Brian J. Smith

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Manipulation of quantum optical pulses, such as single photons or entangled photon pairs, enables numerous applications, from quantum communications and networking to enhanced sensing. Common methods to shape laser pulses based upon filtering or amplification cannot be employed with quantum light pulses as these approaches introduce detrimental loss and noise to the system. Here, methods to control and measure quantum light pulses based upon deterministic application of targeted phases in time and frequency domains are reviewed, along with recent demonstrations of quantum applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000150
JournalAdvanced Quantum Technologies
Issue number9
Early online date23 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful for many fruitful discussions regarding the topic of temporal mode manipulation over the past decade with our colleagues. Particularly we thank James Ashby, Konrad Banaszek, Benjamin Brecht, Claude Fabre, Ali Golestani, Michał Jachura, Michał Mikołajczyk, Czesław Radzewicz, Michael Raymer, Christine Silberhorn, Nicolas Treps, Ian Walmsley and Adam Widomski. BJS acknowledges financial support from NSF Award Numbers 1620822 and 1839216, while MK and FS from First TEAM program of the Foundation for Polish Science (Project No. POIR.04.04.00‐00‐5E00/18), co‐financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.


  • frequency shift
  • pulse compression
  • pulse shaping
  • quantum information
  • quantum network
  • quantum optics
  • quantum state tomography
  • temporal modes
  • time–frequency conversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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