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6 September 2011 Quantum-enhanced ladar ranging with squeezed-vacuum injection, phase-sensitive amplification, and slow photodetectors
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Theory has shown [1] that the quantum enhancements afforded by squeezed-vacuum injection (SVI) and phasesensitive amplification (PSA) can improve the spatial resolution of a soft-aperture, homodyne-detection laserradar (ladar) system. Here we show they can improve the range resolution of such a ladar system. In particular, because an experimental PSA-enhanced system is being built whose slow photodetectors imply multi-pulse integration, we develop range-measurement theory that encompasses its processing architecture. We allow the target to have an arbitrary mixture of specular and speckle components, and present computer simulation results demonstrating the range-resolution improvement that accrues from quantum enhancement with PSA.
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Ranjith Nair, Brent J. Yen, Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Jian Chen, Zachary Dutton, Saikat Guha, and Marcus P. da Silva "Quantum-enhanced ladar ranging with squeezed-vacuum injection, phase-sensitive amplification, and slow photodetectors", Proc. SPIE 8163, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging IX, 816310 (6 September 2011); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.903360
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