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Monolithic time-to-digital converter chips for time-correlated single-photon counting and fluorescence lifetime measurements
Author(s): Bojan Markovic; Davide Tamborini; Simone Bellisai; Andrea Bassi; Antonio Pifferi; Federica Villa; Giorgio Michele Padovini; Alberto Tosi
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Paper Abstract

We present a low-power Time-to-Digital Converter (TDC) chip, fabricated in a standard cost-effective 0.35 μm CMOS technology, which provides 160 ns dynamic range, 10 ps timing resolution and Differential Non-Linearity better than 0.01 LSB rms. This chip is the core of a compact TDC module equipped with an USB 2.0 interface for user-friendly control and data-acquisition. The TDC module is suitable for a wide variety of applications such as Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM), time-resolved spectroscopy, Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy (DOS), Optical Time-Domain Reflectometry (OTDR), quantum optics, etc. In particular, we show the application of our TDC module to fluorescence lifetime measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8631, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices X, 86311F (4 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2005537
Show Author Affiliations
Bojan Markovic, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Davide Tamborini, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Simone Bellisai, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Andrea Bassi, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Antonio Pifferi, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Federica Villa, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Giorgio Michele Padovini, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Alberto Tosi, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8631:
Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices X
Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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