Measurement of the photon statistics and the noise figure of a fiber-optic parametric amplifier

Paul L. Voss*, Renyong Tang, Prem Kumar

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Abstract

We report measurement of the noise statistics of spontaneous parametric fluorescence in a fiber parametric amplifier with single-mode, single-photon resolution. We employ optical homodyne tomography for this purpose, which also provides a self-calibrating measurement of the noise figure of the amplifier. The measured photon statistics agree with quantum-mechanical predictions, and the amplifier's noise figure is found to be almost quantum limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-551
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Volume28
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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