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Generation of N00N-like interferences with two thermal light sources

  • Daniel Bhatti
  • Anton Classen
  • Steffen Oppel
  • Raimund Schneider
  • Joachim von Zanthier
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  1. Topical Issue: Quantum Correlations

Abstract

Measuring the Mth-order intensity correlation function of light emitted by two statistically independent thermal light sources may display N00N-like interferences of arbitrary order N = M∕2. We show that via a particular choice of detector positions one can isolate M-photon quantum paths where either all M photons are emitted from the same source or M∕2 photons are collectively emitted by both sources. The latter superposition displays N00N-like oscillations with N = M∕2 which may serve, e.g., in astronomy, for imaging two distant thermal sources with M∕2-fold increased resolution. We also discuss slightly modified detection schemes improving the visibility of the N00N-like interference pattern and present measurements verifying the theoretical predictions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Bhatti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anton Classen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Steffen Oppel
    • 1
  • Raimund Schneider
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joachim von Zanthier
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Optik, Information und Photonik, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)ErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)ErlangenGermany

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