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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 35, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 1996
  • pp: 2986–2996

Single-photon detection beyond 1 μm: performance of commercially available InGaAs/InP detectors

A. Lacaita, F. Zappa, S. Cova, and P. Lovati  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 35, Issue 16, pp. 2986-2996 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.35.002986


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Abstract

Commercially available InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiodes, designed for optical receivers and range finders, can be operated biased above the breakdown voltage, achieving single-photon sensitivity. We describe in detail how to select the device for photon-counting applications among commercial samples. Because of the high dark-counting rate the detector must be cooled to below 100 K and operated in a gated mode. We achieved a noise equivalent power of 3 × 10−16 W/Hz1/2 to a 1.55-μm wavelength and a time resolution well below 1 ns with a best value of 200-ps FWHM. Finally we compare these figures with the performance of state-of-the-art detectors in the near IR, and we highlight the potentials of properly designed InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiodes in single-photon detection.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: July 26, 1995
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 1995
Published: June 1, 1996

Citation
A. Lacaita, F. Zappa, S. Cova, and P. Lovati, "Single-photon detection beyond 1 μm: performance of commercially available InGaAs/InP detectors," Appl. Opt. 35, 2986-2996 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-35-16-2986

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