Measurements of the dependence of the photon-number distribution on the number of modes in parametric down-conversion

L. Dovrat*, M. Bakstein, D. Istrati, A. Shaham, H. S. Eisenberg

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Abstract

Optical parametric down-conversion (PDC) is a central tool in quantum optics experiments. The number of collected down-converted modes greatly affects the quality of the produced photon state. We use Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) number-resolving detectors in order to observe the photon-number distribution of a PDC source, and show its dependence on the number of collected modes. Additionally, we show how the stimulated emission of photons and the partition of photons into several modes determine the overall photon number. We present a novel analytical model for the optical crosstalk effect in SiPM detectors, and use it to analyze the results.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2266-2276
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Jan 2012

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