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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1229–1231

Silicon photomultiplier detector for atmospheric lidar applications

Jordi Riu, Michaël Sicard, Santiago Royo, and Adolfo Comerón  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 7, pp. 1229-1231 (2012)

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The viability and performance of using a silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) in atmospheric lidar applications is experimentally compared against the well-established use of photomultiplier tubes. By using a modified lidar setup for simultaneous data acquisition of both types of sensors, we demonstrate that a SiPM can offer appropriate qualities for this specific application where the detection of fast, extremely low light pulses and large dynamic range signals are essential capabilities. The experimental results show that the SiPM has an appropriate behaviour offering suitable capabilities for elastic, backscatter aerosol lidars. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study showing SiPM for atmospheric lidar applications.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(040.5250) Detectors : Photomultipliers
(040.6070) Detectors : Solid state detectors
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 2012
Published: March 27, 2012

Jordi Riu, Michaël Sicard, Santiago Royo, and Adolfo Comerón, "Silicon photomultiplier detector for atmospheric lidar applications," Opt. Lett. 37, 1229-1231 (2012)

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