Applied Physics B

, 123:200 | Cite as

An optical multimode fiber as pseudothermal light source

  • Thomas Mehringer
  • Steffen Oppel
  • Joachim von Zanthier


We report on a novel pseudothermal light source based on laser light coupled into an optical multimode fiber. The setup is simple, low cost, exhibits inherently high directional light emission and allows for a flexible arrangement. By measuring the photon statistics and spatial two point intensity correlations in the far field we show that the setup exhibits all characteristics of a Gaussian random source.



The authors gratefully acknowledge funding by the Universitätsbund Erlangen-Nürnberg e.V. and the Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT) by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the framework of the German excellence initiative.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Information und PhotonikUniversität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany
  2. 2.Erlangen Graduate School in Advanced Optical Technologies (SAOT)Universität Erlangen-NürnbergErlangenGermany

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