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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Jul. 16, 2012
  • pp: 17050–17058

Imaging using quantum noise properties of light

Jeremy B. Clark, Zhifan Zhou, Quentin Glorieux, Alberto M. Marino, and Paul D. Lett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 17050-17058 (2012)

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We show that it is possible to estimate the shape of an object by measuring only the fluctuations of a probing field, allowing us to expose the object to a minimal light intensity. This scheme, based on noise measurements through homodyne detection, is useful in the regime where the number of photons is low enough that direct detection with a photodiode is difficult but high enough such that photon counting is not an option. We generate a few-photon state of multi-spatial-mode vacuum-squeezed twin beams using four-wave mixing and direct one of these twin fields through a binary intensity mask whose shape is to be imaged. Exploiting either the classical fluctuations in a single beam or quantum correlations between the twin beams, we demonstrate that under some conditions quantum correlations can provide an enhancement in sensitivity when estimating the shape of the object.

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OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.6570) Quantum optics : Squeezed states

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: May 25, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 29, 2012
Published: July 11, 2012

Jeremy B. Clark, Zhifan Zhou, Quentin Glorieux, Alberto M. Marino, and Paul D. Lett, "Imaging using quantum noise properties of light," Opt. Express 20, 17050-17058 (2012)

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