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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2012
  • pp: 3876–3878

Active quench and reset integrated circuit with novel hold-off time control logic for Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes

Shijie Deng and Alan P. Morrison  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 18, pp. 3876-3878 (2012)

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This Letter presents an active quench-and-reset circuit for Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes (GM-APDs). The integrated circuit was fabricated using a conventional 0.35 μm complementary metal oxide semiconductor process. Experimental results show that the circuit is capable of linearly setting the hold-off time from several nanoseconds to microseconds with a resolution of 6.5 ns. This allows the selection of the optimal afterpulse-free hold-off time for the GM-APD via external digital inputs or additional signal processing circuitry. Moreover, this circuit resets the APD automatically following the end of the hold-off period, thus simplifying the control for the end user. Results also show that a minimum dead time of 28.4 ns is achieved, demonstrating a saturated photon-counting rate of 35.2Mcounts/s.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(040.1345) Detectors : Avalanche photodiodes (APDs)

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Original Manuscript: July 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2012
Published: September 14, 2012

Shijie Deng and Alan P. Morrison, "Active quench and reset integrated circuit with novel hold-off time control logic for Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes," Opt. Lett. 37, 3876-3878 (2012)

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