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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2003
  • pp: 549–551

Measurement of the photon statistics and the noise figure of a fiber-optic parametric amplifier

Paul L. Voss, Renyong Tang, and Prem Kumar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 7, pp. 549-551 (2003)

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We report measurement of the noise statistics of spontaneous parametric fluorescence in a fiber parametric amplifier with single-mode, single-photon resolution. We employ optical homodyne tomography for this purpose, which also provides a self-calibrating measurement of the noise figure of the amplifier. The measured photon statistics agree with quantum-mechanical predictions, and the amplifier’s noise figure is found to be almost quantum limited.

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(060.2320) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics amplifiers and oscillators
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

Paul L. Voss, Renyong Tang, and Prem Kumar, "Measurement of the photon statistics and the noise figure of a fiber-optic parametric amplifier," Opt. Lett. 28, 549-551 (2003)

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