Quantum-assisted optical interferometers: Instrument requirements

Andrei Nomerotski, Paul Stankus, Anže Slosar, Stephen Vintskevich, Shane Andrewski, Gabriella Carini, Denis Dolzhenko, Duncan England, Eden Figueroa, Sonali Gera, Justine Haupt, Sven Herrmann, Dimitrios Katramatos, Michael Keach, Alexander Parsells, Olli Saira, Jonathan Schiff, Peter Svihra, Thomas Tsang, Yingwen Zhang

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It has been recently suggested that optical interferometers may not require a phase-stable optical link between the stations if instead sources of quantum-mechanically entangled pairs could be provided to them, enabling extra- long baselines and benefiting numerous topics in astrophysics and cosmology. We developed a new variation of this idea, proposing that two photons from different sources could be interfered at two decoupled stations, requiring only a slow classical information link between them. We show that this approach could allow high- precision measurements of the relative astrometry of the two sources, with a basic calculation giving angular precision of 10 μas in a few hours' observation of two bright stars. We also give requirements on the instrument for these observations, in particular on its temporal and spectral resolution. Finally, we discuss possible technologies for the instrument implementation and first proof-of-principle experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOptical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VII
EditorsPeter G. Tuthill, Antoine Merand, Stephanie Sallum
ISBN (Electronic)9781510636798
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2020
EventOptical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VII 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 14 Dec 202022 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceOptical and Infrared Interferometry and Imaging VII 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • Entanglement
  • Fast camera
  • Optical interferometry
  • Spectrograph


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