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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 17 — Aug. 18, 2008
  • pp: 12550–12558

Analysis of the possibility of analog detectors calibration by exploiting Stimulated Parametric Down Conversion

Giorgio Brida, Maria Chekhova, Marco Genovese, and Ivano Ruo-Berchera  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 17, pp. 12550-12558 (2008)

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Spontaneous parametric down conversion (SPDC) has been largely exploited as a tool for absolute calibration of photon-counting detectors, i.e detectors registering very small photon fluxes. In [J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 2185 (2006)] we derived a method for absolute calibration of analog detectors using SPDC emission at higher photon fluxes, where the beam is seen as a continuum by the detector. Nevertheless intrinsic limitations appear when high-gain regime of SPDC is required to reach even larger photon fluxes. Here we show that stimulated parametric down conversion allow one to avoid this limitation, since stimulated photon fluxes are increased by the presence of the seed beam.

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OCIS Codes
(120.1880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Detection
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(270.4180) Quantum optics : Multiphoton processes

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: May 30, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 9, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2008
Published: August 5, 2008

Giorgio Brida, Maria Chekhova, Marco Genovese, and Ivano Ruo-Berchera, "Analysis of the possibility of analog detectors calibration by exploiting stimulated parametric down conversion," Opt. Express 16, 12550-12558 (2008)

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