Interstellar Communication. VIII. Hard limits on the number of bits per photon

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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018

Michael Hippke
(Submitted on 18 Jan 2018)

A photon can encode several bits of information based on an alphabet of its time of arrival, energy, and polarization. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle places a limit on measuring pairs of physical properties of a particle, limiting the maximal information efficiency to <59 bits per photon in practice, and <171 bits per photon at Planck energy, at a data rate of one photon per second.

Comments:    3 pages, 1 figure
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Quantum Physics (quant-ph)
Cite as:    arXiv:1801.06218 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1801.06218v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
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From: Michael Hippke
[v1] Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:02:10 GMT (305kb,D)

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