Correlation properties of single photon binary waveforms used in quantum radar/lidar

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Recently, much of the quantum radar/lidar research is focused on correlating single photon detection events with no delay line on the idler path. In other words, measuring the idler immediately, and correlating these events with later received photon events from the returning signal. This research approach has raised some questions due to the fact that all measurements done are classical, yet researchers are still observing sensor improvement in comparison to classical techniques. This therefore implies that the benefits from quantum radar/lidar using these techniques should be able to be explained entirely classically. This paper explores this concept by asserting that the correlation between the signals used in quantum remote sensing is largely due to the fact that the signal and idler photons are created simultaneously (which is only possible from an entangled source). We show, using very simple computer simulations, that having a single photon correlated (binary) waveform leads to correlation SNR advantages only in the low photon level regime, agreeing with previous literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRadar Sensor Technology XXIV
EditorsKenneth I. Ranney, Ann M. Raynal
ISBN (Electronic)9781510635937
StatePublished - 2020
EventRadar Sensor Technology XXIV 2020 - None, United States
Duration: Apr 27 2020May 8 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceRadar Sensor Technology XXIV 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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