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A Science Kit for Quantum Physics.

  • quED Entanglement Demonstrator - A Science Kit for Quantum Physics

  • Overview
  • Sample Experiments
  • Add-Ons
  • Key Features
  • References
  • Applications
  • System Includes

Quantum mechanics is deeply rooted in the heart of modern physics. But it is not easy to teach. Quantum theory often contradicts our everyday life experience and the corresponding experiments are neither easy to setup nor to maintain.When Aspect, Roger and Dalibard showed that entangled photons violate Bell’s inequality for the first time in 1982, their setup filled the whole basement lab. The quED fits on any lab desk and can be set up in minutes. And it is more accurate and a lot more efficient than the apparatus of Aspect and his colleagues.

qutools’ Entanglement Demonstrator is designed for educational purposes. The easy-to-use system frees the hands and brains of anyone trying to explain the complex phenomena of quantum mechanics. Because that’s already hard enough.

quED: “Spooky action at a distance”? Not so spooky anymore…

It’s a science project kit for modern physics.

Sample Experiments

Here is a list of the experiments you can do with the quED and its add-ons.

Single Photon Experiments without Interference
Particle Nature of Photons
Quantum Random Number Generation
Single Photon Experiments with Interference
Wave Nature of Photons: Single Photon Michelson Interferometer
Quantum Eraser
Wave-Particle Dualism: Michelson + HBT
Photon Pair Experiments with Polarisation Entanglement
Violation of Bell’s Inequality (CHSH)
“Non-Classical” Polarisation Correlations
Photon Pair Experiments without Polarisation Entanglement
Hong-Ou-Mandel 2-Photon Interference
Hong-Ou-Mandel Interference + Hanbury Brown & Twiss
Franson Interference

These are the experiments we have come up with so far and found interesting enough to put them here. Do you have more ideas? Please let us know!

The functionality of the quED system can easily be extended with three add-ons:

+ quED-MI Michelson Interferometer

Demonstrate the wave nature of single photons through their interference or build a quantum eraser.

Single Photon Michelson Interferometer Add-On for the quED.

  • Single Photon Michelson Interferometer Add-On for the quED.

Interference is generally considered to be a wave phenomenon. Curiously it also works with single quantum objects. Use the quED-MI Michelson Interferometer add-on together with the quED to show that this is the case. (The photograph shows the motorised version.)

Read more about the quED-MI Michelson Interferometer.

+ quED-HBT Hanbury Brown Twiss Add-On
Perform the “Grangier Experiment”, explore the particle nature of single photons with a Hanbury Brown & Twiss setup and build a quantum random bit generator.

Hanbury Brown & Twiss Setup for Heralded Single Photon Sources.

  • Hanbury Brown-Twiss setup Add-On for the quED

Photons (or generally quantum objects) sometimes also behave like particles. With this add-on you can show that photons can not be split up. You can also explore a simple quantum random bit/number generator and use it in combination with the quED-MI to show wave and particle nature of photons in one experiment.

Read more about the quED-HBT.

+ quED-HOM Hong–Ou–Mandel Effect
Experience the purely quantum 2-photon interference effect by revealing the Hong-Ou-Mandel dip.

Hong-Ou-Mandel Interferometer Demonstrating 2-Photon Interference.

  • Hong-Ou-Mandel effect Add-On for the quED

When you have two indistinguishable photons and each of them hit one input of a beam splitter, they exit the beam splitter together in one output port. This is an effect you cannot demonstrate with bright light, but with this add-on you can.

Read more about the quED-HOM.

Key Features

The quED design combines recent achievements of quantum optics technology into an easy-to-use system for academic, research and applied purposes with precise accuracy. Advanced models for scientific purposes are available as well, with a high performance meeting the requirements of state-of-the-art physics experiments.

  • Hands-on study of quantum entanglement
  • Compact design, user-friendly operation
  • Complete system: Ready to violate Bell’s inequalities
  • High performance: Entanglement verification in only a few seconds
  • Optional: Add-ons to extend the number of experiments

References

George Musser, editor at Scientific American magazine and the author “Spooky Action at a Distance” and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory” about the quED: “Do-it-yourself quantum spooky action! An experiment that used to fill a basement lab now fits on any table.”

Dr. Eleni Diamanti, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris: “We use the quED in my laboratory as a central element for our teaching activities; it is always a great and guaranteed success thanks to its stability and reliability. We have also extensivley used it in experiments ranging from the demonstration of nonlocal quantum games (Phys. Rev. Lett. 2015) to the reference-frame-independent quantification of bipartire entanglement (Phys. Rev. A 2014), more experiments are underway. “

Dr. Ulrich Busk Hoff, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet: “At DTU Physics we are proud to have high-quality products from qutools which allow us to do engaging outreach and hands-on teaching of fundamental quantum physics. The quED is an impressive product that puts everyone in a position to experiment with quantum physics. Thanks to our setups from qutools, Bell’s inequality has finally been violated for the first time in Denmark.”

Further Reading

General Publications
Scientific Publications by our Customers
  • E. Pomarico et al., Various quantum nonlocality tests with a commercial two-photon entanglement source, Phys. Rev. A 83, 052104 (2011): Institute Website | PRA
  • T. Lawson et al., Reliable experimental quantification of bipartite entanglement without reference frames, Phys. Rev. A 90, 042336 (2014): PRA | Preprint
  • A. Pappa et al., Nonlocality and Conflicting Interest Games, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 020401 (2015): PRL | Preprint
  • D. Aktas et al., Demonstration of Quantum Nonlocality in the Presence of Measurement Dependence, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 220404 (2015): PRL | Preprint
  • G. Pütz et al., Quantum Nonlocality with Arbitrary Limited Detection Efficiency, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 010401 (2016): PRL | Preprint

Applications

qutools’ Entanglement Demonstrator is designed with educators in mind. It’s the easiest and most reliable way to explain the complex phenomena of quantum mechanics by generating and analysing polarization-entangled photon pairs.

Specific applications are:

  • Student lab course experiments
  • Demonstration experiments in lectures
  • Hands-on experiments for science centers
  • Project kits for students’ research centers

For demonstration experiments, we propose to use the motorised version. When students are supposed to perform the experiments themselves, the manual versions are recommended.

System Includes

The standard quED package includes everything you need to violate Bell’s inequality and perform similar experiments.

  • Source of fiber-coupled polarization-entangled photon pairs
  • Two silicon single photon avalanche detectors
  • Alignment help utilities including auxiliary low-power visible laser module
  • Four-channel counter with integrated coincidence logic unit
  • Control and read-out unit

Have a look at our add-ons if you would like to perform additional experiments!