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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 4 — Aug. 17, 1998
  • pp: 154–161

Optical homodyne tomography of information carrying laser beams

J. W. Wu, P. K. Lam, M. B. Gray, and H.-A. Bachor  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 3, Issue 4, pp. 154-161 (1998)

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Optical homodyne tomography (OHT) is a tool that allows the reconstruction of Wigner functions for each detection frequency of a propagating optical beam. It can measure probability distribution functions (PDF’s) of the field amplitude for any given quadrature of interest. We demonstrate OHT for a range of classical optical states with constant and time varying modulations and show the advantage of OHT over conventional homodyne detection. The OHT simultaneously determines the signal to noise ratio in both amplitude and phase quadratures. We show that highly non-Gaussian Wigner functions can be obtained from incoherent superpositions of optical states.

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OCIS Codes
(270.2500) Quantum optics : Fluctuations, relaxations, and noise
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

ToC Category:
Focus Issue: Quantum noise reduction in optical systems

Original Manuscript: April 3, 1998
Published: August 17, 1998

Jinwei Wu, Ping Lam, Malcolm Gray, and Hans Bachor, "Optical homodyne tomography of information carrying laser beams," Opt. Express 3, 154-161 (1998)

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