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Experimental demonstration of the near-quantum optimal receiver

TitleExperimental demonstration of the near-quantum optimal receiver
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
Authors, I.. A. Burenkov, F. R. N. Annafianto, A.. Battou, and
JournalOSA Continuum
Date Publisheddec

We implement the cyclic quantum receiver based on the theoretical proposal of Roy Bondurant and demonstrate experimentally below the shot-noise limit (SNL) discrimination of quadrature phase-shift keying signals (PSK). We also experimentally test the receiver generalized for longer communication alphabet lengths and coherent frequency shift keying (CFSK) encoding. Using off-the-shelf components, we obtain state discrimination error rates that are 3 dB and 4.6 dB below the SNLs of ideal classical receivers for quadrature PSK and CFSK encodings, respectively. The receiver unconditionally surpasses the SNL for M=8 PSK and CFSK. This receiver can be used for the simple and robust practical implementation of quantum-enhanced optical communication. (C) 2020 Optical Society of America under the terms of the OSA Open Access Publishing Agreement