Volume 85, Number 1, January 2009
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics|
|Published online||07 January 2009|
A new analysis of multi-photon interference
Key Laboratory of Quantum Information University of Science and Technology of China, CAS - Hefei, 230026, PRC
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 25 November 2008
We consider photons as wave packets in time domain and analyze the Hong-Ou-Mandeltype interferences in different conditions. The general analytic formula of the -photon interference is deduced. It is shown that the widths of the time interval distributions of the -fold coincidence are proportional to the widths of the photon wave packets and inversely proportional to . Good agreement between previous experimental results and our theory for 2- and 4-photon interferences confirms the validity of this method. The method is also generalized to multi-beam interference and some new phenomena compared with two-beam interference are obtained.
PACS: 42.50.-p – Quantum optics / 03.67.-a – Quantum information
© EPLA, 2009
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