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  • Vol. 33, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2008
  • pp: 443–445

Two quantum-mechanical photocount formulas

Hong-yi Fan and Li-yun Hu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 5, pp. 443-445 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000443


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Abstract

We derive two quantum-mechanical photocount formulas when a light field’s density operator ρ is known; one involves ρ’s coherent state mean value and the other involves ρ’s Wigner function; when this information is known, then using these two formulas to calculate the photocount would be convenient. We employ the technique of integration within an antinormally ordered (or Weyl-ordered) product of operators in our derivation.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 8, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 15, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: January 4, 2008
Published: February 21, 2008

Citation
Hong-yi Fan and Li-yun Hu, "Two quantum-mechanical photocount formulas," Opt. Lett. 33, 443-445 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-5-443


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