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Photocount statistics in mesoscopic optics

Balog, Sandor ; Zakharov, Pavel ; Scheffold, Frank ; Skipetrov, S. E.

In: Physical Review Letters, 2006, vol. 97, p. 103901

We report the first observation of the impact of mesoscopic fluctuations on the photocount statistics of coherent light scattered in a random medium. A Poisson photocount distribution of the incident light widens and gains additional asymmetry upon transmission through a suspension of small dielectric spheres. The effect is only appreciable when the average number of photocounts becomes... Plus

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    Summary
    We report the first observation of the impact of mesoscopic fluctuations on the photocount statistics of coherent light scattered in a random medium. A Poisson photocount distribution of the incident light widens and gains additional asymmetry upon transmission through a suspension of small dielectric spheres. The effect is only appreciable when the average number of photocounts becomes comparable or larger than the effective dimensionless conductance g of the sample.