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John Garrison and Raymond Chiao

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508861.001.0001

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Photon detection

Photon detection

(p.265) 9 Photon detection
Quantum Optics

J. C. Garrison

R. Y. Chiao

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a brief description of methods of primary photon detection: the photoelectric effect, rectifying detection, photothermal effects, photon beam amplifiers, single-microwave-photon counting, and quantum nondemolition detection. The theory of photoelectric detection is applied to derive the connection between the statistics of the incident light field and the ejected photoelectrons. This is followed by a description of several electron multiplication schemes that convert the microscopic detection event into a classical, irreversible process that is registered as a count. The remaining topics are coincidence counting, and homodyne and heterodyne detection schemes.

Keywords:   photoelectric effect, rectifying detection, photothermal, photoelectron statistics, electron multiplication, coincidence counting, homodyne detection, heterodyne detection

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