Simulating the photon stream of a real thermal light source

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Schneider R, Biernoth C, Hölzl J, Pscherer A, von Zanthier J
Journal: Applied Optics
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 57
Journal issue: 24
Pages range: 7076-7080
ISSN: 1559-128X
eISSN: 2155-3165


We present a computer algorithm capable of simulating the photon stream and the corresponding temporal photon statistics of thermal light sources. The algorithm implements realistic experimental conditions, incorporating the relevant parameters of the source as well as of the detection process. The code is verified by comparing the temporal photon autocorrelation function computed from the simulations to the one measured with a real thermal light source. In view of the renewed interest for intensity interferometry in astronomy and the life sciences, such simulations become increasingly relevant. (C) 2018 Optical Society of America

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Hölzl, Johannes
Institut für Optik, Information und Photonik
Pscherer, Andre
Lehrstuhl für Experimentalphysik (Alexander-von-Humboldt-Professur)
Schneider, Raimund
Professur für Experimentalphysik
von Zanthier, Joachim Prof. Dr.
Professur für Experimentalphysik

How to cite

Schneider, R., Biernoth, C., Hölzl, J., Pscherer, A., & von Zanthier, J. (2018). Simulating the photon stream of a real thermal light source. Applied Optics, 57(24), 7076-7080.

Schneider, Raimund, et al. "Simulating the photon stream of a real thermal light source." Applied Optics 57.24 (2018): 7076-7080.


Last updated on 2019-28-05 at 17:53