Abstract

Photon number resolving detectors can be highly useful for studying the statistics of multiphoton quantum states of light. In this work we study the counts statistics of different states of light measured on multiplexed on–off detectors. We put special emphasis on artificial nonclassical features of the statistics obtained. We show new ways to derive analytical formulas for counts statistics and their moments. Using our approach we are the first, to the best of our knowledge, to derive statistics moments for multimode thermal states measured on multiplexed on–off detectors. We use them to determine empirical Mandel parameters and recently proposed sub-binomial parameters suitable for tests of nonclassicality of the measured states. Additionally, we investigate sub-Poissonian and superbunching properties of the two-mode squeezed state measured on a pair of multiplexed detectors, and we present results of the Fano factor and second-order correlation function for these states.

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