Quantum-enhanced stimulated Brillouin scattering spectroscopy and imaging Academic Article uri icon


  • Brillouin microscopy is an emerging label-free imaging technique used to assess local viscoelastic properties. Quantum-enhanced stimulated Brillouin scattering is demonstrated using low power continuous-wave lasers at 795nm. A signal-to-noise ratio enhancement of 3.4dB is reported by using two-mode intensity-difference squeezed light generated with the four-wave mixing process in atomic rubidium vapor. The low optical power and the excitation wavelengths in the water transparency window have the potential to provide a powerful bio-imaging technique for probing mechanical properties of biological samples prone to phototoxicity and thermal effects. The performance enhancement affordable through the use of quantum light may pave the way for significantly improved sensitivity that cannot be achieved classically. The proposed method for utilizing squeezed light for enhanced stimulated Brillouin scattering can be easily adapted for both spectroscopic and imaging applications in biology.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Li, T., Li, F. u., Liu, X., Yakovlev, V. V., & Agarwal, G. S.

complete list of authors

  • Li, Tian||Li, Fu||Liu, Xinghua||Yakovlev, Vladislav V||Agarwal, Girish S

publication date

  • August 2022

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