Adaptive tracking of a time-varying field with a quantum sensor

Cristian Bonato, Dominic W. Berry

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Sensors based on single spins can enable magnetic field detection with very high sensitivity and spatial resolution. Previous work has concentrated on sensing of a constant magnetic field or a periodic signal. Here, we instead investigate the problem of estimating a field with non-periodic variation described by a Wiener process. We propose and study, by numerical simulations, an adaptive tracking protocol based on Bayesian estimation. The tracking protocol updates the probability distribution for the magnetic field, based on measurement outcomes, and adapts the choice of sensing time and phase in real time. By taking the statistical properties of the signal into account, our protocol strongly reduces the required measurement time. This leads to a reduction of the error in the estimation of a time-varying signal by up to a factor 4 compared to protocols that do not take this information into account.
Original languageEnglish
Article number052348
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2017


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