New detector modules exploit recent progress in the technology of silicon single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) and in the design of associated electronic circuits. SPAD detectors with diameter up to 100 µm, good photon detection efficiency (48% peak at 550 nm wavelength) and low dark counting rate are used in these modules. Monolithic integrated active-quenching circuits (iAQC) and fast time-pickoff circuits ensure efficient photon counting and timing, with better than 50 ps FWHM time resolution and less than 50 ps centroid shift for counting rates up to 4 Mc/s. Experimental tests of the module performance and an application example are presented.
Taylor & Francis Group
20 Jan 2007
Volume: 54 Issue: 2-3 Pages: 225-237
Journal of Modern Optics