Reconstruction of photon statistics of optical states provides fundamental information on the nature of any optical field and finds various relevant applications. Nevertheless, no detector that can accurately discriminate the number of incident photons is available, whereas reconstruction by quantum tomography is not an easily implementable technique suited for a diffuse use. Even if on/off detectors, as usual avalanche photodiodes operating in Geiger mode, seem useless as photocounters, recently it was shown that reconstruction of photon statistics is possible by considering variable quantum efficiency. We have experimentally demonstrated the potential of this technique by reconstructing photon statistics for various optical fields both in the cw and pulsed regime ranging from heralded photon states to multi-thermal and coherent ones. In this paper, after having introduced the method, a review of the results obtained for the mono-partite case is given and the extension to bi-partite case is presented in detail.
|Titolo:||On reconstructing photon statistics by on/off detectors : toward multipartite case|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1134/S0030400X07070156|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|