Abstract

Extending the concept of the classical addition of wave packets to that of a random ensemble, a hypothesis has been proposed that treats the classical field as such an ensemble. Computations of the resulting field envelope and short-term counting statistics were also made. As a consequence, a test was proposed that would essentially measure the “shot noise” inherent in such a model and differentiate it from the discreteness resulting from the photodetection process. In this paper the test is examined in terms of the resources and environment necessary to perform it.

© 1976 Optical Society of America

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