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Chinese Optics Letters


  • Vol. 1, Iss. 2 — Feb. 20, 2003
  • pp: 118–121

The bright and dark photon number states in Young's interference experiment

Weihan Tan and Qizhi Guo  »View Author Affiliations

Chinese Optics Letters, Vol. 1, Issue 2, pp. 118-121 (2003)

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In this paper, we derive the bright and dark photon number states for spatial interference of two or more light beams and succeed in the explanation of Young's interference experiment, and also achieve a better comprehension of the well known comment of Dirac "each photon only interferences with itself". From the fully quantum point of view, the origin of the interference fringes consists in the mode transformation and the detection of double-slit states.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(040.5570) Detectors : Quantum detectors
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

Weihan Tan and Qizhi Guo, "The bright and dark photon number states in Young's interference experiment," Chin. Opt. Lett. 1, 118-121 (2003)

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