WHAT IS THE 167 CLUB = ARCHONS ARE ICONS = PHOTON HACKING = PHOTON FUSION
THE LIGHTING THIEF
YOU CAN'T BE AN ICON UNLESS YOU ARE AN ARCHON
BLOCK CHAIN = FREQUENTLY REPEATED BINARY CODE
Photons are the ideal carriers of quantum information for communication. Each photon can have a single qubit or even multiple qubits encoded in its internal quantum state, as defined by optical degrees of freedom such as polarization, wavelength, transverse modes, etc. Here, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a physical process, named "quantum state fusion", in which the two-dimensional quantum states (qubits) of two input photons are combined into a single output photon, within a four-dimensional quantum space. The inverse process is also proposed, in which the four-dimensional quantum state of a single photon is split into two photons, each carrying a qubit. Both processes can be iterated, and hence may be used to bridge multi-particle protocols of quantum information with the multi-degree-of-freedom ones, with possible applications in quantum communication networks.