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Improving angular resolution of telescopes through probabilistic single-photon amplification?
Author(s): Aglae Kellerer; Petr Marek; Sylvestre Lacour
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Paper Abstract

The use of probabilistic amplification for astronomical imaging is discussed. Probabilistic single photon amplification has been theoretically proven and practically demonstrated in quantum optical laboratories. In astronomy it should allow to increase the angular resolution beyond the diffraction limit at the expense of throughput: not every amplification event is successful - unsuccessful events contain a large fraction of noise and need to be discarded. This article indicates the fundamental limit in the trade-off between gain in angular resolution and loss in throughput. The practical implementation of probabilistic amplification for astronomical imaging remains an open issue.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 2018
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 10701, Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI, 107011W (9 July 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2312442
Show Author Affiliations
Aglae Kellerer, European Southern Observatory (Germany)
Petr Marek, Palacký Univ. Olomouc (Czech Republic)
Sylvestre Lacour, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, PSL Research Univ., CNRS (France)
Max Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10701:
Optical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VI
Michelle J. Creech-Eakman; Peter G. Tuthill; Antoine Mérand, Editor(s)

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