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Thermal and deadtime effects in APD pulse detectors: a unified model
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Paper Abstract

Avalanche photodiodes offer many advantages for photon counting in the visible and near IR. However, as with all pulse counting systems, finite response times result in missed pulses as signal levels are increased. Further, APDs build up a pulse by accelerating electrons through large potential drops before being quenched which can result in significant heating with increasing signal levels and subsequent loss of quantum efficiency. Both these effects, heating and deadtime, result in a significantly non-linear response at high signal levels. We report here a combination of simple models of the thermal behavior of the detectors and the finite nature of counting electronics that allows us to account for these efects. We also demonstrate a simple method for measuring off line the parameters of this model. With a relatively few free parameters we are able to restore linearity very close to detector saturation. A silver lining is that the combined loss of quantum efficiency (heating) and detected pulses (deadtime) provides a factor of two gain in incoming signal levels before saturation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 62681O (28 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672094
Show Author Affiliations
D. M. Peterson, Stony Brook Univ. (United States)
D. Mozurkewich, Seabrook Engineering (United States)
C. A. Hummel, European Southern Observatory (Chile)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6268:
Advances in Stellar Interferometry
John D. Monnier; Markus Schöller; William C. Danchi, Editor(s)

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