The Effect of Measurement on Interference in Phase-Space
In a recent paper Schleich and Wheeler have shown that the oscillations in the tail of the photon number distribution for squeezed light may be explained in terms of “interference in phase-space”.(1) In this paper the concept of phase-space interference will be developed in terms of the Q-function of quantum optics. While this approach is quite different to that of Schleich and Wheeler, the result is of course the same. The use of the Q-function permits a direct comparison of the quantum result with that expected classically.
KeywordsCoherent State Interference Fringe Probability Amplitude Rotational Sheer Photon Number Distribution
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