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Photon statistic measurement of down-converted light
Author(s): Dániel Oszetzky; Aladár Czitrovsky
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Paper Abstract

Taking advantage of our previous experimental results and calculations that establish a new approach to the calibration of photo detectors using correlated photon pairs, we developed an experimental setup with a fast electronic control unit for the direct measurement of photon statistics. The most convenient source for generating such correlated photon pairs is a nonlinear optical process of spontaneous parametric down conversion (SPDC). When a photon of the pump beam is incident to a nonlinear crystal with phase matching condition, a pair of photons (signal and idler) is created at the same time. The photons are detected in the signal beam, and a controllable shutter is placed in the idler beam. When a detection event is made in the signal beam the fast optical shutter opens for a certain (pre-programmed) time. While the opening time of the shutter is adjustable with good time resolution, the time interval between the photons in the idler beam can be scanned, so the photon statistics can be determined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6028, ICO20: Lasers and Laser Technologies, 60281W (29 December 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.667328
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Dániel Oszetzky, Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics (Hungary)
Aladár Czitrovsky, Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics (Hungary)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6028:
ICO20: Lasers and Laser Technologies
Y. C. Chen; Dianyuan Fan; Chunqing Gao; Shouhuan Zhou, Editor(s)

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