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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2494–2499

Heisenberg-limited polarimetry using multiphoton two-mode Fock states

Kazuyuki Muroo and Yoshitaka Takubo  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 9, pp. 2494-2499 (2007)

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We show that appropriate nonclassical photon states can attain Heisenberg-limited sensitivity in polarimetric measurements, in which the squared amplitudes of the photon states are measured. These photon states, which can be constructed from the two-mode Fock states, are found as the eigenstates of a Hermitian operator, which is closely related to the quantum Stokes operators. The algebraic property of the Hermitian operator governs the interferometric behavior in polarimetric interactions and provides the frequency of the interferometric fringes scaled by the total number of photons of the state. Thus, the polarimetry is able to achieve Heisenberg-limited sensitivity.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: March 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 15, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: July 16, 2007
Published: August 31, 2007

Kazuyuki Muroo and Yoshitaka Takubo, "Heisenberg-limited polarimetry using multiphoton two-mode Fock states," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2494-2499 (2007)

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