Quantum-enhanced standoff detection using correlated photon pairs

Quantum-enhanced standoff detection using correlated photon pairs

We investigate the use of correlated photon pair sources for the improved quantum-level detection of a target in the presence of a noise background. Photon pairs are generated by spontaneous four-wave mixing, one photon from each pair (the herald) is measured locally while the other (the signal) is sent to illuminate the target. Following diffuse reflection from the target, the signal photons are detected by a receiver and non-classical timing correlations between the signal and herald are measured in the presence of a configurable background noise source. Quantum correlations from the photon pair source can be used to provide an enhanced signal-to-noise ratio when compared to a classical light source of the same intensity.

Phys. Rev. A 99, 023828 – Published 19 February 2019
arXiv 1811.04113  – Submitted on 9 Nov 2018

 

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