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Phys Rev Lett. 2010 Apr 2;104(13):133601. Epub 2010 Mar 31.

Quantum noise limited and entanglement-assisted magnetometry.

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  • 1Niels Bohr Institute, Danish Quantum Optics Center QUANTOP, Copenhagen University, Blegdamsvej 17, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.

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  • Phys Rev Lett. 2010 May 21;104(20):209902.


We study experimentally the fundamental limits of sensitivity of an atomic radio-frequency magnetometer. First, we apply an optimal sequence of state preparation, evolution, and the backaction evading measurement to achieve a nearly projection noise limited sensitivity. We furthermore experimentally demonstrate that Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen entanglement of atoms generated by a measurement enhances the sensitivity to pulsed magnetic fields. We demonstrate this quantum limited sensing in a magnetometer utilizing a truly macroscopic ensemble of 1.5x10(12) atoms which allows us to achieve subfemtotesla/square root(Hz) sensitivity.

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