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Avalanche diodes as photon-counting detectors in astronomical photometry
Author(s): Dainis Dravins; Daniel Faria; Bo Nilsson
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Paper Abstract

Photon-counting silicon avalanche photo-diodes (APDs) offer very high quantum efficiency, and might eventually replace photocathode detectors in high-speed photometry of astronomical objects. Laboratory studies have been performed on both passively and actively quenched APDs. Peculiarities of APDs include that the dark signal may exhibit bistability, with the count rate jumping between discrete levels. Following any photon detection, the detector itself emits some light, which might be confusing under certain conditions. Deadtimes and after pulsing properties appear favorable, but the small physical size of APDs causes challenges in optically matching them to the entrance pupils of large telescopes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4008, Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors, (16 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.395485
Show Author Affiliations
Dainis Dravins, Lund Observatory (Sweden)
Daniel Faria, Lund Observatory (Sweden)
Bo Nilsson, Lund Observatory (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4008:
Optical and IR Telescope Instrumentation and Detectors
Masanori Iye; Alan F. M. Moorwood, Editor(s)

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