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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1257–1262

Squeezing of photon-number fluctuations in the frequency range wider than 300 MHz in light-emitting diodes at room temperature

Masahide Kobayashi, Yutaka Kadoya, Hiroyuki Yuji, Ryuji Masuyama, and Masamichi Yamanishi  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 1257-1262 (2000)

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We present the experimental results on the squeezing of photon-number fluctuations in tailor-made light-emitting diodes (LED's). In the LED, a highly p-doped separate confinement heterostructure is adopted as the active region to shorten the radiative recombination lifetime. In addition, a photodiode is monolithically integrated with the LED to enhance the photon-collection efficiency, which allows strong squeezing. The squeezing below the standard quantum-limit level over a wide frequency range, near-dc to 300 MHz, at room temperature and the maximum squeezing depths, 0.86 dB at room temperature and 2.6 dB at low temperature, are demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(270.6570) Quantum optics : Squeezed states

Masahide Kobayashi, Yutaka Kadoya, Hiroyuki Yuji, Ryuji Masuyama, and Masamichi Yamanishi, "Squeezing of photon-number fluctuations in the frequency range wider than 300 MHz in light-emitting diodes at room temperature," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 1257-1262 (2000)

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