Publications by Steven Kolthammer


Quantum enhanced estimation of optical detector efficiencies

Quantum Measurements and Quantum Metrology Walter de Gruyter GmbH 3 (2016)

M Barbieri, A Datta, TJ Bartley, X-M Jin, WS Kolthammer, IA Walmsley

<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Quantum mechanics establishes the ultimate limit to the scaling of the precision on any parameter, by identifying optimal probe states and measurements. While this paradigm is, at least in principle, adequate for the metrology of quantum channels involving the estimation of phase and loss parameters, we show that estimating the loss parameters associated with a quantum channel and a realistic quantum detector are fundamentally different. While Fock states are provably optimal for the former, we identify a crossover in the nature of the optimal probe state for estimating detector imperfections as a function of the loss parameter using Fisher information as a benchmark. We provide theoretical results for on-off and homodyne detectors, the most widely used detectors in quantum photonics technologies, when using Fock states and coherent states as probes.</jats:p>


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