Photon-counting statistics of pulsed light sources

Roy S. Bondurant, Prem Kumar, Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Michael M. Salour

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We report measurement of the photon-counting distributions of nanosecond-duration light pulses. Photon counting is performed on light sources with widely different photon statistics, such as (1) a Q-switched Nd:YAG-laserpumped dye laser operating well above threshold and producing single-mode nanosecond pulses, (2) the same laser operating close to threshold, and (3) a rotating ground-glass aberrator illuminated by the laser pulses of case (1). The method is particularly suitable for the investigation of the statistics of light generated by the nonlinear interaction of radiation with matter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-531
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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