A complete two-dimensional imaging system based on a silicon monolithic array of 60 single-photon counters is presented. The fabricated solid-state array is rugged and operates at low voltages. Detection efficiency is higher than 40% in the visible range, and cross talk among 50?μm pixels is lower than 10^−4. The complete system provides a maximum throughput of 20?kframes∕s with truly parallel readout and nanosecond gating, thanks to the use of an integrated active quenching circuit for each pixel of the array. We report optical and electrical characterizations of the whole imaging system.
Optical Society of America
15 Nov 2005
Volume: 30 Issue: 22 Pages: 3024-3026