Phase-Sensitive Light Amplifiers in Stellar Interferometry
The signal-to-noise ratio problems in stellar interferometry are serious in a manner somewhat similar to the case of gravitational wave detection. For instance, Hanbury Brown determined the diameters of 32 stars by his intensity interferometer . Without some new technology development such as the squeezed state technique, there is not much chance for further improvement. As soon as the laser amplifier became available, I was interested in its possible applications to improve the sensitivity of the intensity interferometer. To my great disappointment I learned from Professor Charles Townes  that the (phase-insensitive) laser amplifier cannot improve the S/N but worsens the situation due to the excessive spontaneous emissions.
KeywordsQuadrature Component Gravitational Wave Detection Parametric Amplifier Laser Amplifier Incident Light Wave
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