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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2007
  • pp: 175–177

Effective signal-to-noise ratio improvement by parametric image amplification

Fabrice Devaux, Jean Luc Blanchet, and Eric Lantz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 175-177 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.000175


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Abstract

We show experimentally that parametric optical preamplification greatly improves the signal-to-noise ratio of an image if the detector has a poor quantum efficiency and/or a great level of readout noise. Results are fully consistent with the theory of quantum-noise-limited amplification.

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OCIS Codes
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 25, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2006
Published: December 23, 2006

Citation
Fabrice Devaux, Jean Luc Blanchet, and Eric Lantz, "Effective signal-to-noise ratio improvement by parametric image amplification," Opt. Lett. 32, 175-177 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-2-175


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