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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 3 — Jan. 30, 2012
  • pp: 2266–2276

Measurements of the dependence of the photon-number distribution on the number of modes in parametric down-conversion

L. Dovrat, M. Bakstein, D. Istrati, A. Shaham, and H. S. Eisenberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 3, pp. 2266-2276 (2012)

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Optical parametric down-conversion (PDC) is a central tool in quantum optics experiments. The number of collected down-converted modes greatly affects the quality of the produced photon state. We use Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) number-resolving detectors in order to observe the photon-number distribution of a PDC source, and show its dependence on the number of collected modes. Additionally, we show how the stimulated emission of photons and the partition of photons into several modes determine the overall photon number. We present a novel analytical model for the optical crosstalk effect in SiPM detectors, and use it to analyze the results.

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OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(190.4975) Nonlinear optics : Parametric processes

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: December 5, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 30, 2011
Published: January 17, 2012

L. Dovrat, M. Bakstein, D. Istrati, A. Shaham, and H. S. Eisenberg, "Measurements of the dependence of the photon-number distribution on the number of modes in parametric down-conversion," Opt. Express 20, 2266-2276 (2012)

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