Large baseline optical imaging assisted by single photons and linear quantum optics

Marta Maria Marchese (U of Siegen)

Feb 15. 2023, 11:50 — 12:15

In this work [1], we show that by combining quantum metrology and networking tools, it is possible to extend the baseline of an interferometric optical telescope and thus improve diffraction-limited imaging of point source positions. The quantum interferometer is based on single-photon sources, linear optical circuits, and efficient photon number counters. Surprisingly, with thermal (stellar) sources of low photon number per mode and high transmission losses across the baseline, the detected photon probability distribution still retains a large amount of Fisher information about the source position, allowing for a significant improvement in the resolution of positioning point sources, on the order of 10 µas. Our proposal can be implemented with current technology. In particular, our proposal does not require experimental optical quantum memories.

 

[1]  M. M. Marchese and P. Kok, Large baseline optical imaging assisted by single photons and linear quantum optics, arXiv:2212.08516v1 (2022)

Further Information
Venue:
ESI Boltzmann Lecture Hall
Recordings:
Recording
Associated Event:
Blackbody Radiation Induced Effects and Phenomena (Workshop)
Organizer(s):
Philipp Haslinger (TU Vienna)
Francesco Intravaia (HU Berlin)
Arkadiusz Kosior (U of Innsbruck)
Dennis R├Ątzel (ZARM, Bremen)