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  • Vol. 66, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 1976
  • pp: 968–970

Ideal light source for an optical communication channel

L. Mandel  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 66, Issue 9, pp. 968-970 (1976)

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It is shown that, in principle, there exists a light source giving a higher information rate per symbol in an optical communication channel than a single-mode laser. Such a source emits a definite number of photons per symbol. A possible form for this source is suggested, and the corresponding information rates are compared.

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L. Mandel, "Ideal light source for an optical communication channel," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 66, 968-970 (1976)

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