Mapping coherence in measurement via full quantum tomography of a hybrid optical detector

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2012.107
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TypeArticle
ISSN1749-4885
1749-4893
Volume6
Issue6
Pages364368
SubjectQuantum optics; Optoelectronic devices and components
AbstractQuantum states and measurements exhibit wave-like (continuous) or particle-like (discrete) character. Hybrid discrete–continuous photonic systems are key to investigating fundamental quantum phenomena, generating superpositions of macroscopic states, and form essential resources for quantum-enhanced applications such as entanglement distillation and quantum computation, as well as highly efficient optical telecommunications. Realizing the full potential of these hybrid systems requires quantum-optical measurements sensitive to non-commuting observables such as field quadrature amplitude and photon number. However, a thorough understanding of the practical performance of an optical detector interpolating between these two regions is absent. Here, we report the implementation of full quantum detector tomography, enabling the characterization of the simultaneous wave and photon-number sensitivities of quantum-optical detectors. This yields the largest parameterization to date in quantum tomography experiments, requiring the development of novel theoretical tools. Our results reveal the role of coherence in quantum measurements and demonstrate the tunability of hybrid quantum-optical detectors.
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AffiliationMeasurement Science and Standards; National Research Council Canada
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