Photoelectron Events: A Doubly Stochastic Poisson Process or Theory of Photoelectron Statistics

  • Bahaa Saleh
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 6)


In the previous chapter, we studied the classical statistical description of optical fields without any reference to the question of their measurement. In this chapter we study the statistical properties of photoelectrons that are generated when light illuminates a photodetector. If the light level is sufficiently low, then the photoelectrons can be treated as individual events, the statistics of whose occurrences have to be described by the techniques of point processes (Chap. 3).


Coherence Time Factorial Moment Coherent Light Discrete Convolution Dark Pulse 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahaa Saleh
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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