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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2014
  • pp: 552–554

Timing optimization utilizing order statistics and multichannel digital silicon photomultipliers

Shingo Mandai, Esteban Venialgo, and Edoardo Charbon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 552-554 (2014)

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We present an optimization technique utilizing order statistics with a multichannel digital silicon photomultiplier (MD-SiPM) for timing measurements. Accurate timing measurements are required by 3D rangefinding and time-of-flight positron emission tomography, to name a few applications. We have demonstrated the ability of the MD-SiPM to detect multiple photons, and we verified the advantage of detecting multiple photons assuming incoming photons follow a Gaussian distribution. We have also shown the advantage of utilizing multiple timestamps for estimating time-of-arrivals more accurately. This estimation technique can be widely available in various applications, which have a certain probability density function of incoming photons, such as a scintillator or a laser source.

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OCIS Codes
(000.5490) General : Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics
(030.5290) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon statistics
(040.5250) Detectors : Photomultipliers
(120.3890) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Medical optics instrumentation
(170.6920) Medical optics and biotechnology : Time-resolved imaging
(280.3400) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser range finder

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Original Manuscript: October 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 20, 2013
Published: January 24, 2014

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Shingo Mandai, Esteban Venialgo, and Edoardo Charbon, "Timing optimization utilizing order statistics and multichannel digital silicon photomultipliers," Opt. Lett. 39, 552-554 (2014)

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