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  • Vol. 73, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1983
  • pp: 1840–1843

Probability of detecting a coherent optical signal in thermal noise

C. Bendjaballah and K. Hassan  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 73, Issue 12, pp. 1840-1843 (1983)

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Probabilities of detection of coherent optical signals in thermal background noise of a Lorentzian spectrum are calculated and compared for two cases: counting the number of photoelectrons within a fixed time T and measuring time intervals between photoelectrons within the same T. Although a comparison between the two methods is not always possible, it is shown that in some cases the counting method leads to better performance.

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C. Bendjaballah and K. Hassan, "Probability of detecting a coherent optical signal in thermal noise," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 73, 1840-1843 (1983)

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