Applied Physics B

, Volume 116, Issue 3, pp 603–607 | Cite as

Controlling single-photon Fock-state propagation through opaque scattering media

  • Thomas J. Huisman
  • Simon R. Huisman
  • Allard P. Mosk
  • Pepijn W. H. Pinkse


The control of light scattering is essential in many quantum optical experiments. Wavefront shaping is a technique used for ultimate control over wave propagation through multiple-scattering media by adaptive manipulation of incident waves. We control the propagation of single-photon Fock states through opaque scattering media by spatial phase modulation of the incident wavefront. We enhance the probability that a single photon arrives in a target output mode with a factor 30. Our proof-of-principle experiment shows that the propagation of quantum light through multiple-scattering media can be controlled, with prospective applications in quantum communication and quantum cryptography.


Speckle Pattern Spatial Light Modulator Phase Pattern Reflection Configuration Coincidence Count Rate 
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We thank C.A.M. Harteveld, J.P. Korterik, F.G. Segerink, K.-J. Boller, J.L. Herek, A. Lagendijk, A.I. Lvovsky, and W.L. Vos for discussions and support. A.P.M. acknowledges ERC grant 279248.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Huisman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Simon R. Huisman
    • 1
  • Allard P. Mosk
    • 1
  • Pepijn W. H. Pinkse
    • 1
  1. 1.MESA+ Institute for NanotechnologyUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Molecules and MaterialsRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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