Multi-time quantum correlations with no spatial analog

Martin Ringbauer, Fabio Costa, Michael E. Goggin, Andrew G. White, Alessandro Fedrizzi

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Abstract

Multipartite quantum correlations are a powerful resource that underpins applications from quantum metrology to quantum computing. While most research has focused on spatial correlations, it is now becoming clear that a sequence of measurements on a single quantum system at different points in time reveals a similarly rich, yet fundamentally different structure of multipartite temporal correlations. Here we experimentally observe genuine multi-time correlations in a sequence of three generalized measurements on a single photon. These correlations, manifest by a simultaneous violation of all pairwise Bell inequalities, cannot be reproduced by any spatial quantum state of equal dimension. Our work lays the foundation for the exploration of temporal correlations arising in quantum networks for quantum information applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number37
Journalnpj Quantum Information
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2018

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