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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 1988
  • pp: 3429–3432

Complex homodyne reception from discrete photons

Lawrence Mertz  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 16, pp. 3429-3432 (1988)

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It is shown how to use a lenticular fringe detector as a complex homodyne receiver working ratiometrically in a photon counting mode. While analog outputs for both quadrature components are available simultaneously it is argued that recursive digital filtering confers the benefits of photon antibunching. A successful hardware implementation of the polar innovations form of such a digital filter is also demonstrated.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 30, 1987
Published: August 15, 1988

Lawrence Mertz, "Complex homodyne reception from discrete photons," Appl. Opt. 27, 3429-3432 (1988)

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