Sub-binomial light. Academic Article uri icon


  • The click statistics from on-off detector systems is quite different from the counting statistics of the more traditional detectors. This necessitates the introduction of new parameters to characterize the nonclassicality of fields from measurements using on-off detectors. To properly replace the Mandel Q(M) parameter, we introduce a parameter Q(B). A negative value represents a sub-binomial statistics. This is possible only for quantum fields, even for super-Poisson light. It eliminates the problems encountered in discerning nonclassicality using Mandel's Q(M) for on-off data.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Sperling, J., Vogel, W., & Agarwal, G. S.

citation count

  • 60

complete list of authors

  • Sperling, J||Vogel, W||Agarwal, GS

publication date

  • August 2012