A scheme of measurement of quantum-vacuum geometric phases in a noncoplanar fibre system
2004 (English)In: Journal of Optics B-Quantum and Semiclassical Optics, ISSN 1464-4266, E-ISSN 1741-3575, Vol. 6, no 7, L13-L17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We study the quantum-vacuum geometric phases resulting from the vacuum fluctuation of photon fields in a Tomita-Chiao-Wu noncoplanar curved fibre system, and suggest a scheme to test for the potential existence of such a vacuum effect. Since the signs of the quantum-vacuum geometric phases of left- and right-handed (LRH) circularly polarized light are opposite, the sum of the geometric phases at the vacuum level is necessarily zero in the fibre experiments performed previously by other authors. By using the present approach where a fibre made of gyroelectric media is employed, the quantum-vacuum geometric phases of LRH light cannot be exactly cancelled, and it may therefore be possible to test this experimentally.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 6, no 7, L13-L17 p.
quantum-vacuum geometric phases, gyroelectric medium, noncoplanar fibre system
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-41832DOI: 10.1088/1464-4266/6/7/L01ISI: 000223398100001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-3543149020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-41832DiVA: diva2:453813
QC 201111032011-11-032011-10-032011-11-03Bibliographically approved