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Full statistical mode reconstruction of a light field via a photon-number resolved measurement



Ivan A. Burenkov, Sergey V. Polyakov, Thomas Gerrits, Timothy J. Bartley, Georg Harder, Christine Silberhorn, Ankita Sharma, Elizabeth A. Goldschmidt


We present a method to reconstruct the mode structure and optical losses of multimode conjugated optical fields using an experimentally measured joint photon-number probability distribution. We demonstrate nearly-perfect reconstruction of a multimode field comprised of several correlated modes corresponding to squeezed vacuum states and several uncorrelated thermal and poisson modes corresponding to light background based on a minimal set of assumptions. To illustrate this method, we reconstruct the mode structure of an unknown bright parametric down-conversion source.
Physical Review A


bright squeezed vacuum, field mode reconstruction, loss inversion mesoscopic quantum states


Burenkov, I. , Polyakov, S. , Gerrits, T. , Bartley, T. , Harder, G. , Silberhorn, C. , Sharma, A. and Goldschmidt, E. (2017), Full statistical mode reconstruction of a light field via a photon-number resolved measurement, Physical Review A, [online], (Accessed June 21, 2024)


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Created May 2, 2017, Updated November 10, 2018