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Measuring high-order coherences of chaotic and coherent optical states

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Martin J. Stevens, Burm Baek, Eric Dauler, Andrew J. Kerman, Richard J. Molnar, Scott A. Hamilton, Karl Berggren, Richard P. Mirin, Sae Woo Nam

Abstract

We demonstrate a new approach to measuring high-order temporal coherences that uses a four-element superconducting nanowire single-photon detector (SNSPD) in which four independent, single-photon-sensitive elements are interleaved over a single spatial mode of the optical beam. We show the power of this technique by measuring nth-order coherences (n = 2,3,4) both of a chaotic, pseudo-thermal source that exhibits high-order photon bunching (up to n!), and of a coherent state source for which all coherences are ~1. Our results demonstrate that using multiple detector elements to parse an optical beam over dimensions smaller than the minimum diffraction-limited spot size can be equivalent--and in some cases superior--to using multiple beamsplitters and discrete detectors that each sample a replica of the entire mode.
Proceedings Title
CQIQC III: Conference on Quantum Information and Quantum Control
Conference Dates
August 24-27, 2009
Conference Location
Toronto

Citation

Stevens, M. , Baek, B. , Dauler, E. , Kerman, A. , Molnar, R. , Hamilton, S. , Berggren, K. , Mirin, R. and Nam, S. (2009), Measuring high-order coherences of chaotic and coherent optical states, CQIQC III: Conference on Quantum Information and Quantum Control, Toronto, -1, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=903081 (Accessed May 19, 2024)

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Created August 24, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017