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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2010
  • pp: 5906–5911

Method for characterizing single photon detectors in saturation regime by cw laser

Jungmi Oh, Cristian Antonelli, Moshe Tur, and Misha Brodsky  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 6, pp. 5906-5911 (2010)

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We derive an analytical expression for the count probability of a single photon detector for a wide range of input optical power that includes afterpulsing effects. We confirm the validity of the expression by fitting it to the data obtained from a saturated commercial Single Photon Detector by illuminating it with a cw laser. Detector efficiency and afterpulsing probability extracted from the fits agree with the manufacture specs for low repetition frequencies.

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(060.2380) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sources and detectors
(270.5290) Quantum optics : Photon statistics
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

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Original Manuscript: November 20, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 25, 2010
Published: March 10, 2010

Jungmi Oh, Cristian Antonelli, Moshe Tur, and Misha Brodsky, "Method for characterizing single photon detectors in saturation regime by cw laser," Opt. Express 18, 5906-5911 (2010)

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