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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 14 — Jul. 4, 2011
  • pp: 13268–13276

Probing higher order correlations of the photon field with photon number resolving avalanche photodiodes

J. F. Dynes, Z. L. Yuan, A. W. Sharpe, O. Thomas, and A. J. Shields  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 14, pp. 13268-13276 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.013268


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Abstract

We demonstrate the use of two high speed avalanche photodiodes in exploring higher order photon correlations. By employing the photon number resolving capability of the photodiodes the response to higher order photon coincidences can be measured. As an example we show experimentally the sensitivity to higher order correlations for three types of photon sources with distinct photon statistics. This higher order correlation technique could be used as a low cost and compact tool for quantifying the degree of correlation of photon sources employed in quantum information science.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5290) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon statistics
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors
(270.5585) Quantum optics : Quantum information and processing

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 30, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2011
Published: June 24, 2011

Citation
J. F. Dynes, Z. L. Yuan, A. W. Sharpe, O. Thomas, and A. J. Shields, "Probing higher order correlations of the photon field with photon number resolving avalanche photodiodes," Opt. Express 19, 13268-13276 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-14-13268


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