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  • Vol. 33, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 1994
  • pp: 6895–6901

Photon counting with passively quenched germanium avalanche

P. C. M. Owens, J. G. Rarity, P. R. Tapster, D. Knight, and P. D. Townsend  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 33, Issue 30, pp. 6895-6901 (1994)

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We demonstrate photon counting in germanium avalanche photodiodes biased beyond breakdown and quenched with a simple series resistance circuit. The devices show moderate (> 7%) quantum efficiency with limited afterpulsing and dark counts and subnanosecond jitter.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 9, 1994
Revised Manuscript: May 31, 1994
Published: October 20, 1994

P. C. M. Owens, J. G. Rarity, P. R. Tapster, D. Knight, and P. D. Townsend, "Photon counting with passively quenched germanium avalanche," Appl. Opt. 33, 6895-6901 (1994)

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