Anomalous vibration suppression in a weak-value-emulated heterodyne roll interferometer

Steven R. Gillmer, Julián Martínez-Rincón, Jonathan D. Ellis

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We experimentally validate the vibration suppression capabilities of a weak-value-like protocol. The phase-sensitive heterodyne technique exhibits advantageous characteristics of a weak measurement including anomalous amplification in sensitivity and technical noise suppression. It does not, however, leverage the entanglement between the system and meter to amplify the signal of interest, as is typical in a weak measurement. In this formalism, we demonstrate an amplification in sensitivity to the roll angle of over 700 times. High precision roll experiments anchor numerical simulations to show that the interferometer outperforms standard interferometry by a factor of 500 in terms of peak-to-peak noise amplitude. During the measurement of a rolling stage, technical noise - primarily in the form of vibrations - is substantially attenuated. This is the first demonstration of vibration suppression capabilities that are inherent to the light from a metrology instrument instead of achieved via mechanical damping. The emulation presented in this work also identifies an avenue to achieve anomalous amplification outside of the standard weak measurement protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29311-29318
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Issue number22
StatePublished - Oct 29 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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