Quantum illumination with a generic Gaussian source

Athena Karsa, Gaetana Spedalieri, Quntao Zhuang, Stefano Pirandola

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With the aim to loosen the entanglement requirements of quantum illumination, we study the performance of a family of Gaussian states at the transmitter, combined with an optimal and joint quantum measurement at the receiver. We find that maximal entanglement is not strictly necessary to achieve quantum advantage over the classical benchmark of a coherent-state transmitter, in both settings of symmetric and asymmetric hypothesis testing. While performing this quantum-classical comparison, we also investigate a suitable regime of parameters for potential short-range radar (or scanner) applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023414
JournalPhysical Review Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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