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Quantum inspired image augmentation applicable to waveguides and optical image transfer via Anderson Localization

Nikolaos Palaiodimopoulos; Vitor Fortes Rey; Matthias Tschöpe; Christina Jörg; Paul Lukowicz; Maximilian Kiefer-Emmanouilidis
In: ICASSP 2024-2024 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP). International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), Pages 116-120, IEEE, 2024.


We present a quantum inspired image augmentation protocol which is applicable to classical images and, in principle, due to its known quantum formulation applicable to quantum systems and quantum machine learning in the future. The augmentation technique relies on the phenomenon Anderson localization. As we will illustrate by numerical examples the technique changes classical wave properties by interference effects resulting from scatterings at impurities in the material. We explain that the augmentation can be understood as multiplicative noise, which counter-intuitively averages out, by sampling over disorder realizations. Furthermore, we show how the augmentation can be implemented in arrays of disordered waveguides with direct implications for an efficient optical image transfer.