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Proposal for witnessing non-classical light with the human eye

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Dodel Amaury, Mayinda Anthony, Oudot Enky, Martin Anthony, Sekatski Pavel, Bancal Jean-Daniel, Sngouard Nicolas,
Project Quantum metrology and macroscopic quantum states
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Quantum
Volume (Issue) 1
Page(s) 7
Title of proceedings Quantum
DOI 10.22331/q-2017-04-25-7

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


We give a complete proposal showing how to detect the non-classical nature of photonic states with naked eyes as detectors. The enabling technology is a sub-Poissonian photonic state that is obtained from single photons, displacement operations in phase space and basic non-photon-number-resolving detectors. We present a detailed statistical analysis of our proposal including imperfect photon creation and detection and a realistic model of the human eye. We conclude that a few tens of hours are sufficient to certify non-classical light with the human eye with a p-value of 10%.