Quantum Fisher information of entangled coherent states in the presence of photon loss

Y. M. Zhang, X. W. Li, W. Yang, G. R. Jin
2013 Physical Review A. Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics  
We investigate the performance of entangled coherent state for quantum enhanced phase estimation. An exact analytical expression of quantum Fisher information is derived to show the role of photon losses on the ultimate phase sensitivity. We find a transition of the sensitivity from the Heisenberg scaling to the classical scaling due to quantum decoherence of the photon state. This quantum-classical transition is uniquely determined by the number of photons being lost, instead of the number of
more » ... ncident photons or the photon loss rate alone. Our results also reveal that a crossover of the sensitivity between the entangled coherent state and the NOON state can occur even for very small photon loss rate.
doi:10.1103/physreva.88.043832 fatcat:itsiqt6375aqhbhkwzsiv3pmti