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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2171–2173

Photon-number-resolved detection of photon-subtracted thermal light

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  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 13, pp. 2171-2173 (2013)

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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.

OCIS Codes
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

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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