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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2013
  • pp: 16946–16954

Silicon avalanche photodiode operation and lifetime analysis for small satellites

Yue Chuan Tan, Rakhitha Chandrasekara, Cliff Cheng, and Alexander Ling  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 14, pp. 16946-16954 (2013)

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Silicon avalanche photodiodes (APDs) are sensitive to operating temperature fluctuations and are also susceptible to radiation flux expected in satellite-based quantum experiments. We introduce a low power voltage adjusting mechanism to overcome the effects of in-orbit temperature fluctuations. We also present data on the performance of Si APDs after irradiation (γ-ray and proton beam). Combined with an analysis of expected orbital irradiation, we propose that a Si APD in a 400 km equatorial orbit may operate beyond the lifetime of the satellite.

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OCIS Codes
(040.1345) Detectors : Avalanche photodiodes (APDs)
(270.5565) Quantum optics : Quantum communications
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

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Original Manuscript: June 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 25, 2013
Published: July 9, 2013

Yue Chuan Tan, Rakhitha Chandrasekara, Cliff Cheng, and Alexander Ling, "Silicon avalanche photodiode operation and lifetime analysis for small satellites," Opt. Express 21, 16946-16954 (2013)

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