We study the properties of a photodetector that has a numberresolving capability. In the absence of dark counts, due to its finite quantum efficiency, photodetection with such a detector can only eliminate the possibility that the incident field corresponds to a number of photons less than the detected photon number. We show that such a non-photon number-discriminating detector, however, provides a useful tool in the reconstruction of the photon number distribution of the incident field even in the presence of dark counts. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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Journal of Modern Optics
Lee, H., Yurtsever, U., Kok, P., Hockney, G., Adami, C., Braunstein, S., & Dowling, J. (2004). Towards photostatistics from photon-number discriminating detectors. Journal of Modern Optics, 51-9 (10), 1517-1528. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500340408235289