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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 1984
  • pp: 1060–1065

Variable threshold discrimination in a photon-imaging detector

Thomas Gonsiorowski  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 7, pp. 1060-1065 (1984)

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The photon statistics of a particular photon-imaging detector are studied, and the conditional probability of photon counts in the output given a certain number of counts in an associated reference channel is derived. This result is applied in a variable level discrimination technique which significantly reduces detection errors approaching the ideal limit. These results can be applied to other photon-limited detectors with nonideal pulse height distributions.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 19, 1983
Published: April 1, 1984

Thomas Gonsiorowski, "Variable threshold discrimination in a photon-imaging detector," Appl. Opt. 23, 1060-1065 (1984)

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