1 July 1997 Wigner distribution function for finite signals
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We construct a bilinear form with the properties of the Wigner distribution function for a model of finite optics: the multimodal linear waveguide. This is a guide that can carry a finite number of oscillator modes, and sends/reads the data by an equal number of sensors. The Wigner distribution function is a function of the classical observables of position and momentum, as well as the mode content; it provides a visual image corresponding to the (`musical') score of the signal. The dynamical group for this model is SU(2) and the wavefunctions span the space of a finite-dimensional irreducible representation of this group. Phase space is a sphere and the linear optical transformations are: translations along the waveguide, refractive wedges and inclined slabs, which correspond to rotations around the 3-, 1-, and 2-axes, respectively. Coherent and Schrodinger cat states are readily identified.
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Kurt Bernardo Wolf, Kurt Bernardo Wolf, Natig M. Atakishiyev, Natig M. Atakishiyev, Sergey M. Chumakov, Sergey M. Chumakov, } "Wigner distribution function for finite signals", Proc. SPIE 3076, Photonic Quantum Computing, (1 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277653; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.277653


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