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Alignment sensing and control for squeezed vacuum states of light

Abstract : Beam alignment is an important practical aspect of the application of squeezed states of light. Misalignments in the detection of squeezed light result in a reduction of the observable squeezing level. In the case of squeezed vacuum fields that contain only very few photons, special measures must be taken in order to sense and control the alignment of the essentially dark beam. The GEO 600 gravitational wave detector employs a squeezed vacuum source to improve its detection sensitivity beyond the limits set by classical quantum shot noise. Here, we present our design and implementation of an alignment sensing and control scheme that ensures continuous optimal alignment of the squeezed vacuum field at GEO 600 on long time scales in the presence of free-swinging optics. This first demonstration of a squeezed light automatic alignment system will be of particular interest for future long-term applications of squeezed vacuum states of light.
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E. Schreiber, K. L. Dooley, H. Vahlbruch, C. Affeldt, A. Bisht, et al.. Alignment sensing and control for squeezed vacuum states of light . Optics Express, Optical Society of America - OSA Publishing, 2016, 24, pp. 146-152. ⟨10.1364/OE.24.000146⟩. ⟨in2p3-01294556⟩



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