Quantum lithography with classical light. Academic Article uri icon


  • We show how to achieve subwavelength diffraction and imaging with classical light, previously thought to require quantum fields. By correlating wave vector and frequency in a narrow band, multiphoton detection process that uses Doppleron-type resonances, we show how to achieve arbitrary focal and image plane patterning with classical laser light at submultiples of the Rayleigh limit, with high efficiency, visibility, and spatial coherence. A frequency-selective measurement process thus allows one to simulate, semiclassically, the path-number correlations that distinguish a quantum entangled field.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Hemmer, P. R., Muthukrishnan, A., Scully, M. O., & Zubairy, M. S.

citation count

  • 74

complete list of authors

  • Hemmer, PR||Muthukrishnan, A||Scully, MO||Zubairy, MS

publication date

  • April 2006