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Title: Resources in quantum imaging, detection and estimation
Author: Ragy, Sammy
ISNI:       0000 0004 5370 1038
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2015
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The research included in this thesis comes in two main bodies. In the first, the focus is on intensity interferometric schemes, and I attempt to identify the types of correlations dominant in their operation. This starts with the, now rather historical, Hanbury Brown and Twiss setup from the 1950s and progresses to more recent interests such as ghost imaging and a variant of `quantum illumination', which is a quantum-enhanced detection scheme. These schemes are considered in the continuous variable regime, with Gaussian states in particular. Intensity interferometry has been the cause of a number of disputes between quantum opticians over the past 60 years and I weigh in on the arguments using relatively recent techniques from quantum information theory. In the second half, the focus turns away from the optical imaging and detection schemes, and onto quantum estimation -- multiparameter quantum estimation to be precise. This is an intriguing area of study where one has to carefully juggle tradeoffs in choosing both the optimal measurement and optimal state for performing an estimation in two or more parameters. I lay out a framework for circumventing some of the difficulties involved in this and apply it to several physical examples, revealing some interesting and at times counterintuitive features of multiparameter estimation.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QC170 Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter