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Single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) is the new generation of Geiger–Muller (GM) detectors, developed with semiconductor technology, and able to detect single photons, mainly in visible range. In this work we study the signal generation process and the dead time (DT) mechanisms of the device under a constant light regime. According to our results, it is possible to discriminate low rate signals from afterpulse and noise production and, moreover, to overcome the saturation effect due to the dead time losses. Starting from hybrid DT model [S. H. Lee and R. P. Gardner, Appl. Radiat. Isot. 53, 731 (2000)] we have been able to evaluate the real amount of incident photon rate up to 107 cps using a passive quenched device with 0.97 μs total dead time. In this way the passive quenched SPAD achieves the same performance of the active quenched one showing that relatively complex data analysis and complex …
American Institute of Physics
Publication date: 
26 Aug 2010

L Neri, S Tudisco, F Musumeci, A Scordino, G Fallica, M Mazzillo, M Zimbone

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Volume: 81 Issue: 8 Pages: 086102
Review of Scientific Instruments