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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 22 — Oct. 29, 2007
  • pp: 14539–14549

SiPM for fast Photon-Counting and Multiphoton Detection

P. Eraerds, M. Legré, A. Rochas, H. Zbinden, and N. Gisin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 22, pp. 14539-14549 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.014539


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Abstract

We demonstrate fast counting and multiphoton detection abilities of a Silicon Photo Multiplier (SiPM). In fast counting mode we are able to detect two consecutive photons separated by only 2.3 ns corresponding to 430 MHz. The counting efficiency for small optical intensities at λ = 532 nm was found to be around 16% with a dark count rate of 52 kHz at T = -5° C. Using the SiPM in multiphoton detection mode, we find a good signal discrimination for different numbers of simultaneously detected photons.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.0040) Detectors : Detectors
(040.1240) Detectors : Arrays
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(040.5570) Detectors : Quantum detectors
(040.1345) Detectors : Avalanche photodiodes (APDs)

ToC Category:
Detectors

History
Original Manuscript: July 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2007
Published: October 19, 2007

Citation
P. Eraerds, M. Legré, A. Rochas, H. Zbinden, and N. Gisin, "SiPM for fast Photon-Counting and Multiphoton Detection," Opt. Express 15, 14539-14549 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-22-14539


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