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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2010
  • pp: 6033–6039

Enhancing image contrast using coherent states and photon number resolving detectors

A. J. Pearlman, A. Ling, E. A. Goldschmidt, C. F. Wildfeuer, J. Fan, and A. Migdall  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 6, pp. 6033-6039 (2010)

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We experimentally map the transverse profile of diffraction-limited beams using photon-number-resolving detectors. We observe strong compression of diffracted beam profiles for high detected photon number. This effect leads to higher contrast than a conventional irradiance profile between two Airy disk-beams separated by the Rayleigh criterion.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: November 23, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 24, 2010
Published: March 11, 2010

A. J. Pearlman, A. Ling, E. A. Goldschmidt, C. F. Wildfeuer, J. Fan, and A. Migdall, "Enhancing image contrast using coherent states and photon number resolving detectors," Opt. Express 18, 6033-6039 (2010)

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