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Optics Express

  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 3 — Feb. 2, 1998
  • pp: 58–58
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Focus Issue: Experiments on Generation and Application of Novel Quantum Light States

Prem Kumar  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 2, Issue 3, pp. 58-58 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.2.000058


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Abstract

This issue, the largest issue of Optics Express to date, focuses on some recent developments in the generation and application of novel quantum states of light, particularly those quantum states of light that manifest one or more of the following characteristics upon detection: quadrature squeezing, sub-Poissonian photon statistics, or nonclassical photon correlation. The interest in such quantum states of light stems not only from their fundamental importance, but also from their potential utility in practical applications. The sensitivity of many optical measurements that can be made with laser light can be enhanced by use of such light states.

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This issue, the largest issue of Optics Express to date, focuses on some recent developments in the generation and application of novel quantum states of light, particularly those quantum states of light that manifest one or more of the following characteristics upon detection: quadrature squeezing, sub-Poissonian photon statistics, or nonclassical photon correlation. The interest in such quantum states of light stems not only from their fundamental importance, but also from their potential utility in practical applications. The sensitivity of many optical measurements that can be made with laser light can be enhanced by use of such light states.

The authors of this focus issue were invited to report results from their recent accomplishments in either the methods of generation or the application of the novel light states. Several of the authors have exploited the multimedia features of electronic publishing to present their results.

The paper by Schneider, Lang, Mlynek, and Schiller describes a semi- monolithic degenerate optical parametric amplifier that produces a bright beam of squeezed light having a record 6.5 dB of amplitude squeezing. The authors emphasize the stability of this source which can maintain a high degree of squeezing over long periods of time. In the subsequent paper, Teja and Wong describe their measurements of quantum correlations on the twin beams emitted by a triply-resonant dual-cavity optical parametric oscillator. They are motivated by this system's ability to allow separation of all the three interacting fields; which will make measurements possible in future experiments under conditions of strong pump depletion.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the authors of this focus issue for their excellent contributions, and for their willingness to experiment with this new medium of scientific publication.

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Focus Issue: Experiments on generation and application of quantum light states

History
Original Manuscript: February 2, 1998
Published: February 2, 1998

Citation
Prem Kumar, "Introduction," Opt. Express 2, 58-58 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-2-3-58


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