### Abstract

Discriminating coherent states of light is an important instance of quantum state discrimination that is central to all applications of laser light. We obtain the ultimate quantum limit on the error probability exponent for discriminating among any M multimode coherent-state signals via the recently developed theory of the quantum Chernoff exponent in M-ary multi-copy state discrimination. A receiver called the Sequential Waveform Nulling (SWN) receiver is proposed for discriminating an arbitrary coherent-state ensemble using only auxiliary coherent-state fields, beam splitters, and non-number-resolving single photon detectors. An explicit error probability analysis of the SWN receiver is used to show that it achieves the quantum limit on the error probability exponent, which is shown to be a factor of four greater than the error probability exponent of an ideal heterodyne-detection receiver on the same ensemble. Apart from being of fundamental interest, these results are relevant to communication, sensing, imaging, and quantum information processing systems that use laser light.

Original language | English (US) |
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Title of host publication | 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013 |

Pages | 729-733 |

Number of pages | 5 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Dec 19 2013 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013 - Istanbul, Turkey Duration: Jul 7 2013 → Jul 12 2013 |

### Publication series

Name | IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings |
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ISSN (Print) | 2157-8095 |

### Other

Other | 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013 |
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Country | Turkey |

City | Istanbul |

Period | 7/7/13 → 7/12/13 |

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Theoretical Computer Science
- Information Systems
- Modeling and Simulation
- Applied Mathematics

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*2013 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2013*(pp. 729-733). [6620322] (IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISIT.2013.6620322