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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2393–2401

Detailed analysis of a single-photon source using gated spontaneous parametric downconversion

Ryo Okamoto, Shigeki Takeuchi, and Keiji Sasaki  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 2393-2401 (2005)

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The photon-number distribution of an output state from a single-photon source using gated spontaneous parametric downconversion is analyzed in detail. For an improved experimental result of { P ( 0 ) , P ( 1 ) , P ( 2 ) } = { 0.59 , 0.40 , 0.009 } , it is found that P ( 1 ) is restricted by the optical loss of the signal photon path (62%) and the cause of nonzero P ( 2 ) is the imperfection of the optical shutter for gating. A method by which to reconstruct the photon-number distribution via photon-counting measurement is also presented.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(230.6080) Optical devices : Sources
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Ryo Okamoto, Shigeki Takeuchi, and Keiji Sasaki, "Detailed analysis of a single-photon source using gated spontaneous parametric downconversion," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 2393-2401 (2005)

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