Single-photon experiments for high schools.
VII - Didattica e storia della fisica
Aula GSSI Ex ISEF - Sala Rossa - Giovedì 26 h 09:00 - 12:30
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We built a versatile experimental apparatus based on a Mach-Zehnder interferometer at the single-photon level for the study of various aspects of the quantum nature of light: Young interference, photon statistics, correlations, conditional generation of random numbers. These topics not only address the core of quantum physics (statistics, superposition states), but can also be used to introduce students to quantum technologies. Nevertheless, none of them is included in the standard high-school physics curriculum. To fill the gap, since 2006, we have used the apparatus for curricular and extracurricular activities with students and teachers, involving either entire classes or small groups.