Abstract

We analyze statistical properties of multicomponent superpositions of coherent states of light amplified by quantum-mechanical amplifiers with reduced quantum fluctuations. We show that sub-Poissonian (i.e., amplitude-squeezed) amplifiers can transform any initial superposition of coherent states of light into a nonclassical state with a high degree of sub-Poissonian photon statistics. Simultaneously the shape of the photon-number distribution of the initial state of light is preserved but shifted toward higher photon numbers. On the other hand, we show that phase-sensitive (i.e., quadrature-squeezed) amplifiers may preserve the initial reduction of quadrature fluctuations (quadrature squeezing). We show that by using amplifiers with reduced quantum noise one can, in principle, control the influence of the noise transferred from the amplifier to the system.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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