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Detecting femtowatt with lasers
Author(s): Laurent Renaud Gabet; Guy Michel Stephan; Pascal Besnard
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Paper Abstract

We show that lasers can be used as detectors. The experimental set-up consists in optically injecting a slave laser with a laser whose linewidth is smaller. Heterodyne technique allows us to detect signals as small as -1 17 dBm or 0.2 photon per correlation time. We explain the experiment by interpreting the laser as a nonlinear amplifier and filter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2000
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 4087, Applications of Photonic Technology 4, (15 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406311
Show Author Affiliations
Laurent Renaud Gabet, ENSSAT (France)
Guy Michel Stephan, ENSSAT (France)
Pascal Besnard, ENSSAT (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4087:
Applications of Photonic Technology 4
Roger A. Lessard; George A. Lampropoulos, Editor(s)

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