Photonic lattices consisting of arrays of evanescently coupled waveguides fabricated with precisely controlled parameters have enabled the study of discrete optical phenomena, both classical and quantum, and the simulation of other physical phenomena governed by the same dynamics. In this dissertation, I have experimentally demonstrated transverse Anderson localization of classical light in arrays with off-diagonal coupling disorder and investigated theoretically and experimentally the propagation of entangled photon pairs through such disordered systems. I discovered a new phenomenon, Anderson co-localization, in which a spatially entangled photon pair in a correlated transversally extended state localizes in the correlation space, though neither photon localizes on its own. When the photons of a pair are in an anti-correlated state, they maintain their anti-correlation upon transmission through the disordered lattice, exhibiting Anderson anti-localization. These states were generated by use of parametric down conversion in a nonlinear crystal. The transition between the correlated and anti-correlated states was also explored by using a lens system in a configuration intermediate between imaging and Fourier transforming. In the course of this research, I discovered a curious aspect of light transmission through such disordered discrete lattices. An excitation wave of a single spatial frequency (transverse momentum) is transmitted through the system and is accompanied by another wave with the same spatial frequency but opposite sign, indicating some form of internal reflection facilitated by the disordered structure.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Optics and Photonics
Optics and Photonics
Optics and Photonics
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Optics and Photonics; Optics and Photonics -- Dissertations, Academic
Martin, Lane, "Entangled Photon Pairs in Disordered Photonic Lattices" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4602.