Quantum state correction using a measurement-based feedforward mechanism

Ross J. Donaldson, Luca Mazzarella, Ugo Zanforlin, Robert J. Collins, John Jeffers, Gerald S. Buller

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Abstract

One of the weaknesses of quantum optical state postselection schemes is the low success probability. Typically there is a trade-off between amplifier properties such as success probability and output state fidelity. However, here we present a state comparison amplifier for optical coherent states, which features an active measurement and feedforward mechanism to correct for errors made during the initial amplification. The simple and relatively low latency mechanism allows us to correct for a binary phase alphabet. We demonstrate a significant simultaneous improvement in the amplifier characteristic parameters: output state fidelity, correct state fraction, and success probability. This demonstrates that nondeterministic quantum amplification can be enhanced significantly by measurement and feedforward.
Original languageEnglish
Article number023840
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume100
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • quantum optical state postselection schemes
  • optical-fiber communications
  • photonics
  • quantum key distribution
  • QKD
  • quantum bit error rate
  • QBER
  • state comparison amplifier
  • SCAMP

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