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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2009
  • pp: 1705–1714

Active quenching circuit for single-photon detection with Geiger mode avalanche photodiodes

Mario Stipčević  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 9, pp. 1705-1714 (2009)

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In this paper a novel construction of an active quenching circuit intended for single-photon detection is presented, along with a few original methods for its evaluation. The circuit has been combined with a standard avalanche photodiode C30902S to form a single-photon detector. This detector has a dead time of 39 ns , maximum random counting frequency of 14 MHz , small afterpulsing probability, an estimated peak detection efficiency of over 20%, and a dark count rate of less than 100 Hz . This simple and robust active quenching circuit can be built from off-the-shelf electronic components and is presented with the detailed schematic diagram.

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OCIS Codes
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(040.1345) Detectors : Avalanche photodiodes (APDs)

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Original Manuscript: September 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: December 31, 2008
Published: March 13, 2009

Mario Stipčević, "Active quenching circuit for single-photon detection with Geiger mode avalanche photodiodes," Appl. Opt. 48, 1705-1714 (2009)

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