Generator of arbitrary classical photon statistics.
We propose and experimentally demonstrate a device for generating light with arbitrary classical photon-number distribution. We use a programmable acousto-optical modulator to control the intensity of light within the dynamic range of more than 30 dB divided to 128 levels, and inter-level transitions faster than 500 ns. We propose a universal method that allows high-fidelity generation of user-defined photon statistics. Using this method, we measured photon statistics specified for up to 16 elements with maximum error in the generated probabilities less than 0.001. Within the range of the generator and employed detector, we can produce any classical light statistics with given parameters including Poissonian, super-Poissonian, thermal, and heavy-tailed distributions like log-normal.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.03063
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