Information amplification via postselection: A parameter-estimation perspective

Saki Tanaka, Naoki Yamamoto

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It is known that weak measurement can significantly amplify the mean of measurement results, sometimes out of the range limited in usual quantum measurement. This fact, as actively demonstrated recently in both theory and experiment, implies the possibility to estimate a very small parameter using the weak measurement technique. But does the weak measurement really bring about the increase of "information" for parameter estimation? This paper clarifies that, in a general situation, the answer is NO; more precisely, the weak measurement cannot further decrease the lower bound of the estimation error, i.e., the so-called Cramér-Rao bound, which is proportional to the inverse of the quantum Fisher information.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042116
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Oct 21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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