Quantum and Nonlinear Optical Imaging
Final rept. 1 Jun 2001-31 May 2004
ROCHESTER UNIV NY INST OF OPTICS
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This document is the final report of a successful research program in the area of quantum and nonlinear optical imaging. This research area implements ideas and techniques from the fields of quantum optics and quantum information science to perform image formation with sensitivity and resolution exceeding that available using classical techniques. Examples of improved image formation addressed in this work included techniques to form images with resolution exceeding the traditional Rayleigh limit and techniques based on entangled photons to allow the formation of sharp images using photons that have never interacted with the object to be imaged. Quantum imaging systems can also be used to detect weak phase and amplitude objects in the presence of background noise with a sensitivity that exceeds the classical shot-noise limit. Possible long term implications of this work include their implementation in systems for quantum computing and quantum teleportation, thereby greatly increasing their information capacity by exploiting the parallelism intrinsic to image-bearing optical beams.
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