Conditional linear-optical measurement schemes generate effective photon nonlinearities

G.G. Lapaire, Pieter Kok, Jonathan P. Dowling, and J.E. Sipe

Physical Review A 68, 042314 (2003)

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We provide a general approach for the analysis of optical state evolution under conditional measurement schemes, and identify the necessary and sufficient conditions for such schemes to simulate unitary evolution on the freely propagating modes. If such unitary evolution holds, an effective photon nonlinearity can be identified. Our analysis extends to conditional measurement schemes more general than those based solely on linear optics.

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