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New avalanche device with an ability of few-photon light pulse detection in analog mode
Author(s): Dmitry A. Shushakov; Vitaly E. Shubin
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Paper Abstract

The model of non-stationary multiplication process in Avalanche semiconductor structure with Negative Feedback (ANF) is presented. Simulated dependencies of multiplication probability distribution, noisefactor and character avalanche rise time illustrate the main features ofANF process. Some experimental resuits, obtained on a laboratory Si-based ANF device samples, are found to be in good agreement with the model predictions, and demonstrate high threshold characteristics of such devices. A unique combination of high gain, low noise, fast response and high quantum efficiency is shown to allow an analog detection of few-photon short light pulses -thetask, unsolved up to present time. Opportunities of creation of matrix devices and devices, based on non-silicon semiconductors and intended for other spectral ranges are also considered as well as the prospects of their use in free space laser communication.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 April 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2699, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VIII, (22 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.238418
Show Author Affiliations
Dmitry A. Shushakov, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Vitaly E. Shubin, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2699:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VIII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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