Improved measurement of two-mode quantum correlations using a phase-sensitive amplifier

28 Aug 2017  ·  Li Tian, Anderson Brian E., Horrom Travis, Schmittberger Bonnie L., Jones Kevin M., Lett Paul D. ·

We demonstrate the ability of a phase-sensitive amplifier (PSA) to pre-amplify a selected quadrature of one mode of a two-mode squeezed state in order to improve the measurement of two-mode quantum correlations that exist before degradation due to optical and detection losses. We use four-wave mixing (4WM) in $^{85}$Rb vapor to generate bright beams in a two-mode squeezed state... One of these two modes then passes through a second 4WM interaction in a PSA configuration to noiselessly pre-amplify the desired quadrature of the mode before loss is intentionally introduced. We demonstrate an enhancement in the measured degree of intensity correlation and intensity-difference squeezing between the two modes. read more

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