Title page for ETD etd-04162009-223853

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Huver, Sean DuCharme
Author's Email Address huver@phys.lsu.edu
URN etd-04162009-223853
Title Quantum Optical Improvements in Metrology, Sensing, and Lithography
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Physics & Astronomy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jonathan Dowling Committee Chair
Hwang Lee Committee Member
Richard Kurtz Committee Member
Robert O'Connell Committee Member
Louis Thibodeaux Dean's Representative
  • physics
  • optics
  • quantum mechanics
Date of Defense 2009-04-15
Availability unrestricted
In this dissertation we begin with a brief introduction of quantum mechanics, its impact

on technology in the 20th century, and the likely impact quantum optics will have on the

next generation of technology. The following chapters display research performed in many of

these next generation areas. In Chapter 2 we describe work performed in the area of designing

quantum optical logic gates for use in quantum computing. In Chapter 3 we discuss findings

made in regards to using quantum states of light for remote sensing and imaging. We move

on to Fabry-Perot interferometers in Chapter 4 and show discoveries made in the differences

between classical and non-classical detection schemes with non-classical states of light. Lastly, in Chapter 5 we discuss how to create photonic bandgap coatings that have unique thermal

emissivity properties that could have benefits ranging from increased energy efficiency in

light bulbs to better thermal management of satellites.

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