Propagation of quantum states of light through absorbing and amplifying media Academic Article uri icon


  • We describe how quantum features of light fields become modified upon propagation through absorbing and amplifying media. Both absorption and amplification add noise to a beam of light. We examine the extent to which quantum features remain after this noise is added. We also examine the question of whether certain quantum states are more robust than others against degradation due to loss. Quantum states of this sort would constitute an important resource for use in quantum information processing. We quantify this thought by determining how the integration time required to achieve a specified signal-to-noise ratio increases in the presence of transmission losses. We find that under certain circumstances the required integration time increases more rapidly with transmission loss for measurement strategies based on coincidence detection of entangled photons than for strategies based on the properties of squeezed light. 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Optics Communications

author list (cited authors)

  • Boyd, R. W., Agarwal, G. S., Chan, K., Jha, A. K., & OSullivan, M. N.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Boyd, Robert W||Agarwal, Girish S||Chan, Kam Wai Clifford||Jha, Anand Kumar||O‚ÄôSullivan, Malcolm N

publication date

  • July 2008