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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Oct. 12, 2009
  • pp: 18782–18787

Photon-number-resolving detection based on InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiode in the sub-saturated mode

Guang Wu, Yi Jian, E Wu, and Heping Zeng  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 18782-18787 (2009)

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We demonstrated a robust spike cancellation by virtue of optical balancing technique for the near-infrared single-photon detection based on InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiode. A 31 dB suppression of the spike noise provided an efficient technique to read out weak avalanche currents at the early built-up, allowing the study on the photon number resolving dynamics of the InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiode. With the detection efficiency varied from 1% to 36%, the avalanche gain was shown to vary from the linear mode to the saturated mode and evidenced as a sub-saturated avalanche state. Multi-photon avalanche saturation was observed at different photon numbers as the avalanche gain varied. A photon-number-resolving detection was achieved with the detection efficiency as high as 36%.

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(040.3060) Detectors : Infrared
(040.1345) Detectors : Avalanche photodiodes (APDs)

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Original Manuscript: July 29, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 26, 2009
Published: October 2, 2009

Guang Wu, Yi Jian, E. Wu, and Heping Zeng, "Photon-number-resolving detection based on InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiode in the sub-saturated mode," Opt. Express 17, 18782-18787 (2009)

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