TY - JOUR

T1 - Contradiction of quantum mechanics with local hidden variables for quadrature phase measurements on pair-coherent states and squeezed macroscopic superpositions of coherent states

AU - Gilchrist, A.

AU - Deuar, P.

AU - Reid, M. D.

PY - 1999/12

Y1 - 1999/12

N2 - We demonstrate a contradiction of quantum mechanics with local hidden variable theories for continuous quadrature phase amplitude ("position" and "momentum") measurements. A contradiction is shown possible for two quantum states: a pair-coherent state, and a superpositions of two coherent states, where the superposition state has been squeezed by the action of a two-mode squeezing operator. In one case a contradiction is still possible for states of increasing photon number, though the effect becomes smaller and more difficult to observe. The high efficiency of the homodyne method of measurement of quadrature phase amplitudes may open a way for a loophole-free test of local hidden variable theories, and the effect of detection loss on the contradiction with local hidden variables is calculated.

AB - We demonstrate a contradiction of quantum mechanics with local hidden variable theories for continuous quadrature phase amplitude ("position" and "momentum") measurements. A contradiction is shown possible for two quantum states: a pair-coherent state, and a superpositions of two coherent states, where the superposition state has been squeezed by the action of a two-mode squeezing operator. In one case a contradiction is still possible for states of increasing photon number, though the effect becomes smaller and more difficult to observe. The high efficiency of the homodyne method of measurement of quadrature phase amplitudes may open a way for a loophole-free test of local hidden variable theories, and the effect of detection loss on the contradiction with local hidden variables is calculated.

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M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0000664426

VL - 60

SP - 4259

EP - 4271

JO - Physical Review A: covering atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information

JF - Physical Review A: covering atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information

SN - 2469-9926

IS - 6

ER -