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  • Vol. 1, Iss. 12 — Dec. 18, 2006

Noise figure and photon statistics in coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering

D. Dimitropoulos, D. R. Solli, R. Claps, and B. Jalali  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 23, pp. 11418-11432 (2006)

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Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) is a well-known Raman scattering process that occurs when Stokes, anti-Stokes and pump waves are properly phase-matched. Using a quantum-field approach with Langevin noise sources, we calculate the noise figure for wavelength conversion between the Stokes and anti-Stokes waves in CARS and show its dependence on phase mismatch. Under phase matched conditions, the minimum noise figure is approximately 3 dB, with a correction that depends on the pump frequency, Stokes shift, refractive indices, and nonlinear susceptibilities. We calculate the photon statistics of CARS and show that the photon number distribution is non-Gaussian. Our findings may be significant for currently pursued applications of CARS including wavelength conversion in data transmission and spectroscopic detection of dilute biochemical species.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: August 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2006
Published: November 13, 2006

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D. Dimitropoulos, D. R. Solli, R. Claps, and B. Jalali, "Noise figure and photon statistics in coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering," Opt. Express 14, 11418-11432 (2006)

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