7 December 2016 Experimental optical phase measurement at the exact Heisenberg limit (Conference Presentation)
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Optical phase measurement through its application in quantum metrology has pushed the precision limit with which some physical quantities can be measured accurately. At the very fundamental level, the laws of quantum mechanics dictate that the uncertainty in phase estimations scales as 1/N, where N is the number of quantum resources employed in the protocol [1]. This is the well known Heisenberg limit (HL) which is quadratically better than the traditional precision limit known as the standard quantum limit (SQL) with uncertainty asymptotically scaling as 1/sqrt{N} [1]. Several experiments have demonstrated that the SQL can be beaten by using an entangled state as the probe and a specific measurement scheme for ab initio estimation of unknown phases [2,3]. It has also been shown experimentally that even in the absence of the entanglement one can measure an unknown phase with imprecision scaling at the HL [4]. In this work we first present a new protocol able to estimate an optical phase at the Heisenberg limit, and then experimentally explore fundamental and practical issues in generating high-quality novel entangled states, for use in this protocol and beyond. Our aim in this study is to measure an unknown phase in the interval [0,2pi) with uncertainty attaining the exact HL. There is a condition that should be met to address this objective: preparation of an optimal state [5]. This would cover part of the presentation through which we explain how to experimentally realise such an optimal state with the current technological limitations and the feasibility of the scheme. In particular, we generate an entangled 3-photon (2-photon) state of specific superposition of GHZ (Bell) states. Our numerical simulation of the phase measurement gate together with the experimental outcomes show that the created state should have a high fidelity and purity to be able to have the phase uncertainty achieving the exact HL. Therefore, we briefly explain the modelling for experimental imperfections and finally present the results of experimental phase measurements.
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Shakib Daryanoosh, Sergei Slussarenko, Howard M. Wiseman, Geoff J. Pryde, "Experimental optical phase measurement at the exact Heisenberg limit (Conference Presentation)", Proc. SPIE 9996, Quantum Information Science and Technology II, 99960O (7 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2241070; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2241070
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