Classical-wave analogs of quantum state measurement

K. F. Lee, F. Reil, J. E. Thomas

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Summary form only given. It is well-known that in the paraxial approximation, the transverse mode of an optical field of frequency ω obeys an equation which is formally identical in structure to the Schrodinger wave equation of quantum mechanics: i ∂ε(x,y,z)/∂z = ∇tr 2ε(x,y,z)/2k - 2πκΔχ(x,y)ε(x,y,z). We employ a local oscillator (LO) comprising a phase-locked super-position of a large collimated Gaussian beam and a small focused Gaussian beam to directly measure the real and imaginary parts of the correlation function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnical Digest - Summaries of Papers Presented at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)155752663X, 9781557526632
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
EventQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: May 6 2001May 11 2001


OtherQuantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, QELS 2001
CountryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Radiation

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