Experimental violation of a Bell-like inequality with optical vortex beams Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. Optical beams with topological singularities have a Schmidt decomposition. Hence, they display features typically associated with bipartite quantum systems; in particular, these classical beams can exhibit entanglement. This classical entanglement can be quantified by a Bell inequality formulated in terms of Wigner functions.Weexperimentally demonstrate the violation of this inequality for LaguerreGauss (LG) beams and confirm that the violation increases with increasing orbital angular momentum. Our experimental scheme, which is designed to give directly the parity of the Wigner function, yields negativity at the origin or LG10 beams, whereas for LG20 we always get a positive value.

published proceedings

  • New Journal of Physics

altmetric score

  • 1.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Stoklasa, B., Motka, L., Rehacek, J., Hradil, Z., Snchez-Soto, L. L., & Agarwal, G. S.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Stoklasa, B||Motka, L||Rehacek, J||Hradil, Z||S├ínchez-Soto, LL||Agarwal, GS

publication date

  • November 2015