The search for Planck scale effects is one of holy grains of physics. At Fermilab, a system of two Michelson interferometers (MIs) was built for this purpose: the holometer. This device operates using classical light, and, therefore, its sensitivity is shot-noise limited. In collaboration with the Danish Technical University, we built a proof of principle experiment devoted to experimentally demonstrate how quantum light could improve the holometer sensitivity below the shot noise limit. It is the first time that quantum light is used in a correlated interferometric system. In particular the injection of two single mode squeezed state (one in each interferometer) and of a twin-beam state is considered, and the system performance compared in the two cases. In this proceeding, after a general introduction to the holometer purposes and to our experimental set-up, we present some characterization measurements concerning the quantum light injection.
In this paper we describe the preliminary results obtained at INRiM laboratories toward realizing a couple of correlated power-recycled Michelson interferometers. This system is the first step toward the realization of a quantum-enhanced holometer.
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.