Optimizing the signal-to-noise ratio of a beam-deflection measurement with interferometric weak values

David J. Starling, P. Ben Dixon, Andrew N. Jordan, John C. Howell

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Abstract

The amplification obtained using weak values is quantified through a detailed investigation of the signal-to-noise ratio for an optical beam-deflection measurement. We show that for a given deflection, input power and beam radius, the use of interferometric weak values allows one to obtain the optimum signal-to-noise ratio using a coherent beam. This method has the advantage of reduced technical noise and allows for the use of detectors with a low saturation intensity. We report on an experiment which improves the signal-to-noise ratio for a beam-deflection measurement by a factor of 54 when compared to a measurement using the same beam size and a quantum-limited detector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number041803
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume80
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 8 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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