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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 25 — Dec. 10, 2007
  • pp: 17099–17105

Large dynamic range photon detector with a temperature-stabilized Si-based multi-pixel photon counter

Minsoo Song, Eunil Won, and Tai Hyun Yoon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 25, pp. 17099-17105 (2007)

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We present an efficient fluorescence detector in the visible region of the spectrum with a photon detection dynamic range over 106 photons/s made of a temperature-stabilized Si-based multi-pixel photon counter at temperature down to 5 oC. We show that effective cooling of the device by means of a compact thermo-electric cooler brings several advantages, such as high gain, low dark noise rate, and thus high signal-to-noise ratio in the efficient fluorescence detection at 398.9 nm from the 1S01P1 transition of the ytterbium atoms in an effusive atomic beam. We present also a comparison of the fluorescence detection efficiencies between the device and a side-on photo-multiplier tube with known gain positioned at the symmetric location from the ytterbium atomic beam.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.5570) Detectors : Quantum detectors
(300.2530) Spectroscopy : Fluorescence, laser-induced
(040.1345) Detectors : Avalanche photodiodes (APDs)

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Original Manuscript: September 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 5, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2007
Published: December 6, 2007

Minsoo Song, Eunil Won, and Tai Hyun Yoon, "Large dynamic range photon detector with a temperature-stabilized Si-based multi-pixel photon counter," Opt. Express 15, 17099-17105 (2007)

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