Abstract

Photon statistics effects are analyzed for Mach–Zehnder and Michelson interferometers in which a strong coherent state is inserted into one input port and a squeezed vacuum is inserted in the other input port. We study the effects related to entanglement, for the general case, by using Zassenhaus’s perturbation theory as a function of the squeezing parameter. For the special case in which the strong coherent state exits fully through one output port while the squeezed vacuum exits through the other “dark” output port, the Lie group disentangling method is used. For this case we show that the signal can be amplified with sub-Poissonian photon statistics.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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