We examine the photon statistics of photon-subtracted thermal light using photon-number-resolved detection. We demonstrate experimentally that the photon number distribution transforms from a Bose–Einstein distribution to a Poisson distribution as the number of subtracted photons increases. We also show that second- and higher-order photon correlation functions can be directly determined from the photon-number-resolved detection measurements of a single optical beam.
Original Manuscript: February 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2013
Published: June 18, 2013
Yanhua Zhai, Francisco E. Becerra, Boris L. Glebov, Jianming Wen, Adriana E. Lita, Brice Calkins, Thomas Gerrits, Jingyun Fan, Sae Woo Nam, and Alan Migdall, "Photon-number-resolved detection of photon-subtracted thermal light," Opt. Lett. 38, 2171-2173 (2013)
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