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Optical Channels: Practical Limits with Photon Counting

Pierce, J. R. (1978) Optical Channels: Practical Limits with Photon Counting. IEEE Transactions on Communications, 26 (12). pp. 1819-1821. ISSN 0096-2244. doi:10.1109/TCOM.1978.1094043.

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n optical communication, ideal amplification of the received signal leads to a limiting signaling rate of 1 nat per photon. This is much inferior to the optimum limit ofkTjoules/nat, which we can theoretically approach by counting photons. Practically, the rates we can attain by photon counting will be limited by how elaborate codes we can instrument rather than by thermal photons.

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Additional Information:© 1978 IEEE. Paper approved by the Editor for Communication Theory of the IEEE Communications Society for publication without oral presentation. Manuscript received April 7,1978; revised June 14, 1978.
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Official Citation:J. Pierce, "Optical Channels: Practical Limits with Photon Counting," in IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 26, no. 12, pp. 1819-1821, December 1978. doi: 10.1109/TCOM.1978.1094043
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