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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1494–1498

Photon statistics as a probe for weak measurements

Bertúlio de Lima Bernardo  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 1494-1498 (2014)

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We propose a framework to perform weak measurements in which photon statistics is employed as the measuring device. Specifically, we show that when a coherent state is utilized as the probe, as a result, a super-Poissonian statistics is obtained whose average number of photons and variance are strongly dependent on the weak effect that takes place in the interim between pre- and post-selection. These results shed new light on the study of weak measurements in what concerns the sensibility of the measurer.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(030.5290) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon statistics
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: April 15, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 5, 2014
Published: June 5, 2014

Bertúlio de Lima Bernardo, "Photon statistics as a probe for weak measurements," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 31, 1494-1498 (2014)

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