Abstract

We demonstrate, to the best of our knowledge, a new four-wave mixing geometry based on structured light. By utilizing near-field diffraction through a narrow slit, the pump beam is asymmetrically structured to modify the phase-matching condition, generating multimode output in both the spatial and frequency domains. We show that the frequency parameter enables selection of various spatial-mode outputs, including a twin-beam geometry, which preserves relative intensity squeezing shared between the two beams. The results suggest that the engineering of atomic states via structured light may provide a pathway to a diverse set of quantum resources based on multimode squeezed light.

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