30 August 2017 The first sub shot noise wide field microscope
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Abstract
Quantum technologies promise to overcome by far the limits of the classical schemes. However, the present challenge is to overpass the limits of proof of principle demonstrations to approach real applications. In this paper, we present an experiment which aims to bridge this gap in the field of quantum enhanced imaging. In particular, we realize a sub-shot noise wide field microscope based on spatially multi-mode non-classical photon number correlations in twin beams. The microscope produces real time images of 8000 pixels at full resolution, with noise reduced to the 80% of the shot noise level (for each pixel), hence able to image faint samples at low illumination level. The noise can be further reduced (less than 30% of the shot noise level) turning down the resolution. It demonstrates the best sensitivity per incident photon ever achieved in absorption microscopy.
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A. Meda, A. Meda, N. Samantaray, N. Samantaray, F. Scafirimuto, F. Scafirimuto, E. Losero, E. Losero, I. Ruo-Berchera, I. Ruo-Berchera, M. Genovese, M. Genovese, } "The first sub shot noise wide field microscope", Proc. SPIE 10409, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging XV, 104090L (30 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2272429; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2272429
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