Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department


Major Professor

Andreas Muller, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Myung Kim, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Dmitry Voronine, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Theresa Evans-Nguyen, Ph.D.


Photon statistics, Quantum emitter, Quantum optics, Semiconductor


The ability to control the photon emission from light sources has sparked an increasing interest in the field of quantum optics due to potential applications in the development of quantum technologies. Motivated by such applications, photon statistics have been a powerful investigative tool used to characterize the properties of light sources capable of emitting a bundle of N photons. As such, the first-order and second-order photon correlations continue to be researched extensively providing invaluable information about the light and the mechanism underlying its generation. Meanwhile, third-order photon correlations have remained majorly unexplored due to the high degree of experimental challenges involving such measurements. This work presents experimental progress towards constructing the complete spectrally filtered three-photon spectrum of the resonance fluorescence generated from a single semiconductor quantum dot under strong monochromatic light excitation, and explores the effects imposed by the limited resolution of the filter bandwidth and environmental influences due to spectral diffusion. We investigated third-order auto-correlation measurements, in which photons were identically filtered, resulting in correlation maps that are functions of two relative time-delays. These measurements revealed accentuated nonclassical characteristics amongst the distinguishing features of the three-photon spectra following faithful agreement with theory. Additionally, we investigated third-order correlations where photons originate from opposite sidebands of the power spectrum. These three-photon cross-correlation measurements resulted in correlation maps with "anti-bunching" features as a consequence of correlations arising from the same sideband, and "bunching ridges"' due to opposite sideband correlated photons.

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