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Phys Rev Lett. 2011 Oct 14;107(16):163602. Epub 2011 Oct 11.

Heralding two-photon and four-photon path entanglement on a chip.

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Centre for Quantum Photonics, H H Wills Physics Laboratory & Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom.


Generating quantum entanglement is not only an important scientific endeavor, but will be essential to realizing quantum-enhanced technologies, in particular, quantum-enhanced measurements with precision beyond classical limits. We investigate the heralded generation of multiphoton entanglement for quantum metrology using a reconfigurable integrated waveguide device in which projective measurement of auxiliary photons heralds the generation of path-entangled states. We use four and six-photon inputs, to analyze the heralding process of two- and four-photon NOON states-a superposition of N photons in two paths, capable of enabling phase supersensitive measurements at the Heisenberg limit. Realistic devices will include imperfections; as part of the heralded state preparation, we demonstrate phase superresolution within our chip with a state that is more robust to photon loss.

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