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Quantum imaging with uncorrelated single photon sources
Author(s): T. Bastin; C. Thiel; E. Solano; J. von Zanthier; G. S. Agarwal
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Paper Abstract

We propose a technique to obtain sub-wavelength resolution using photons from uncorrelated single photon sources. The method employs N photons of wavelength λ spontaneously emitted from N atoms and subsequently detected by N detectors. We demonstrate that for certain detector positions the N-th order correlation function as a function of the first detector position is a pure sinusoidal oscillation with a fringe spacing of λ/N and a contrast of 100%. The result corresponds to an N-fold increase in resolution compared to classical microscopy. Our technique is also capable of imaging a distinct physical object with sub-Rayleigh resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7092, Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging VI, 70920C (5 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.794783
Show Author Affiliations
T. Bastin, Univ. de Liège (Belgium)
C. Thiel, Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
E. Solano, Univ. del País Vasco (Spain)
J. von Zanthier, Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
G. S. Agarwal, Oklahoma State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7092:
Quantum Communications and Quantum Imaging VI
Ronald E. Meyers; Yanhua Shih; Keith S. Deacon, Editor(s)

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