We present the results of an experiment in which we observed photon-number statistics of twin beams emerging from a nondegenerate optical parametric oscillator. We generated the photocurrent for recording by detecting the light and mixing it with a standard electrical oscillator. The measured photocurrent variances exhibited a quantum correlation of as much as -4.9 dB between signal and idler, whereas their photon number distributions were super-Poissonian. We also obtained the difference photon-number distribution.
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Yun Zhang, Katsuyuki Kasai, and Masayoshi Watanabe, "Investigation of the photon-number statistics of twin beams by direct detection," Opt. Lett. 27, 1244-1246 (2002)