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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2001
  • pp: 6012–6018

Peltier-cooled and actively quenched operation of InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiodes as photon counters at a 1.55-µm wavelength

Ivan Prochazka  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 33, pp. 6012-6018 (2001)

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The performance of commercially available InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiodes as single-photon detectors at a 1.55-µm wavelength has been investigated. A new active quenching and gating circuit, tailored for operation of these diodes at temperatures in the range from room temperature to -60 °C and achievable by means of thermoelectrical cooling, has been developed. Careful tuning of the diodes’ operating conditions resulted in a significant reduction of afterpulsing effects; it permitted operation of the detectors with high repetition rates. A noise-equivalent power of 7 × 10-16 W/Hz1/2 was obtained at a 1.55-µm wavelength.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.3060) Detectors : Infrared
(040.5570) Detectors : Quantum detectors

Original Manuscript: February 20, 2001
Revised Manuscript: August 7, 2001
Published: November 20, 2001

Ivan Prochazka, "Peltier-cooled and actively quenched operation of InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiodes as photon counters at a 1.55-µm wavelength," Appl. Opt. 40, 6012-6018 (2001)

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