Abstract

We have produced amplitude-squeezed light whose noise is reduced by ~10 dB below the quantum noise limit in four different feedback systems. In our experimental method we have directly compared the noise power spectrum of the laser diode with the quantum noise limit in the low-frequency region, where the classical noise is stronger than the quantum noise. In addition to the well-known methods for extracting the out-loop beams from the feedback system by use of a 50:50 beam splitter, a polarizing beam splitter, or the leakage light from the rear side of a laser diode, we also have tried to use the spatial coherence of the laser light. We also have examined the vacuum fluctuations that prohibited the out-loop beam from being amplitude squeezed. In all these systems we have verified that the noise power spectrum for the in-loop beam is reduced below the quantum noise limit but not that for the out-loop beam; the difference arises mainly because vacuum fluctuations enter each system differently.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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