OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America

Journal of the Optical Society of America

  • Vol. 65, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1975
  • pp: 786–791

Dead-time-corrected photocounting distributions for laser radiation

B. I. Cantor and M. C. Teich  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 65, Issue 7, pp. 786-791 (1975)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (617 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Exact forward photocounting distributions for a source of optical radiation with arbitrary statistics are obtained in the presence of photodetector dead time. In particular, we examine the counting and pulse-interval distributions that arise from amplitude-stabilized radiation, from chaotic radiation, and from a Van der Pol laser with arbitrary excitation. The exact dead-time-corrected Poisson distribution is graphically compared with a previous approximate result and with the uncorrected Poisson. Plots of the Bose-Einstein distribution clearly indicate the dramatic anti-bunching effects of the dead time in overcoming the inherent bunching of this distribution. A simplified approximate solution is also found for the Van der Pol laser above threshold; this result is similar to light from an amplitude-stabilized source incident on a photodetector with a gaussian-distributed dead time. Information about photodetector dead-time variation can therefore be obtained either by using an amplitude-stabilized source or by properly choosing system parameters such that irradiance fluctuations are averaged out.

B. I. Cantor and M. C. Teich, "Dead-time-corrected photocounting distributions for laser radiation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 786-791 (1975)

Sort:  Author  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. L. Mandel, Proc. Phys. Soc. (Lond.) 72, 1037 (1958); 74, 233 (1959).
  2. P. L. Kelley and W. H. Kleiner, Phys. Rev. 136, A316 (1964); J. Peřina, Coherence of Light (Van Nostrand-Reinhold, New York, 1972).
  3. R. J. Glauber, in Physics of Quantum Electronics, edited by P. L. Kelley, B. Lax, and P. E. Tannenwald (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1965), p. 788.
  4. F. A. Johnson, R. Jones, T. P. McLean, and E. R. Pike, Phys. Rev. Lett. 16, 589 (1966).
  5. J. A. Armstrong and A. W. Smith, in Progress in Optics, VI, edited by E. Wolf (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1967), p. 213.
  6. M. C. Teich and P. Diament, J. Appl. Phys. 40, 625 (1969).
  7. P. Diament and M. C. Teich, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 60, 682 (1970); 60, 1489 (1970).
  8. I. DeLotto, P. F. Manfredi, and P. Principi, Energia Nucleare (Milan) 11, 557 (1964); 11, 599 (1964).
  9. G. Bédard, Proc. Phys. Soc. (Lond.) 90, 131 (1967).
  10. W. Feller, A Volume for the Anniversary of Courant (Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1948), p. 105.
  11. R. F. Chang, R. W. Detenbeck, V. Korenman, C. O. Alley, Jr., and U. Hochuli, Phys. Lett. 25A, 272 (1967).
  12. H. Risken, Z. Physik 186, 85 (1965).
  13. V. Arzt, H. Haken, H. Risken, H. Sauerman, C. Schmid, and W. Weidlich, Z. Physik 197, 207 (1966).
  14. Handbook of Mathematical Functions, edited by M. Abramowitz and I. A. Stegun. Natl. Bur. Std. (U.S.) Appl. Math. Ser. (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., 1964; Dover, New York, 1965).
  15. M. Lax and M. Zwanziger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 24, 937 (1970); Phys. Rev. A 7, 750 (1973).
  16. D. Meltzer, W. Davis, and L. Mandel, Appl. Phys. Lett. 17, 242 (1970).

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited