Abstract

A photon-statistics technique that is based on the time-interval probability, W(θ), is studied. This technique consists of measuring the transform QR(X)=0W(θ)R(X,θ)dθ, where R(X, θ) is a square-wave function of frequency X. This function oscillates between one and zero as θ varies. The measurement of QR(X) can be carried out in a simple way. We study the error with which the period of a low-intensity square-wave-modulated light beam can be obtained by fitting a Lorentzian curve to the experimental values of QR(X). It is found that this technique is more accurate than the intensity-correlation technique when the intensity is small. The advantage increases as the intensity of the light beam decreases. This technique can be applied for those experiments in which oscillating-intensity light beams are obtained, the period providing the required information. For instance, it can be used in laser Doppler velocimetry and in quantum-beat spectroscopy.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Relationship between cutoff frequency and accuracy in time-interval photon statistics applied to oscillating signals

M. A. Rebolledo and J. A. Martinez-Betorz
Appl. Opt. 28(8) 1579-1581 (1989)

Analysis of a light beam with a periodically modulated intensity by triggered photon counting

M. A. Rebolledo, J. M. Alvarez, and J. C. Amaré
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 3(1) 108-112 (1986)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (4)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (2)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (15)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription