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Large-area low-jitter silicon single photon avalanche diodes
Author(s): Massimo Ghioni; Angelo Gulinatti; Ivan Rech; Piera Maccagnani; Sergio Cova
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Paper Abstract

Single photon counting (SPC) and time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) techniques have been developed in the past four decades relying on photomultiplier tubes (PMT), but interesting alternatives are nowadays provided by solid-state single photon detectors. In particular, silicon Single Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPAD) fabricated in planar technology join the typical advantages of microelectronic devices (small size, ruggedness, low operating voltage and low power dissipation, etc.) with remarkable basic performance, such as high photon detection efficiency over a broad spectral range up to 1 μm wavelength, low dark count rate and photon timing jitter of a few tens of picoseconds. In recent years detector modules employing planar SPAD devices with diameter up to 50 µm have become commercially available. SPADs with larger active areas would greatly simplify the design of optical coupling systems, thus making these devices more competitive in a broader range of applications. By exploiting an improved SPAD technology, we have fabricated planar devices with diameter of 200 μm having low dark count rate (1500 c/s typical @ -25 °C). A photon timing jitter of 35 ps FWHM is obtained at room temperature by using a special pulse pick-up network for processing the avalanche current. The state-of-the-art of large-area SPADs will be reviewed and prospects of further progress will be discussed pointing out the challenging issues that must be faced in the design and technology of SPAD devices and associated quenching and timing circuits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6900, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices V, 69001D (1 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.761578
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Massimo Ghioni, Politecnico di Milano, DEI (Italy)
MPD Micro-Photon-Devices (Italy)
Angelo Gulinatti, Politecnico di Milano, DEI (Italy)
Ivan Rech, Politecnico di Milano, DEI (Italy)
Piera Maccagnani, IMM-CNR sezione di Bologna (Italy)
Sergio Cova, Politecnico di Milano, DEI (Italy)
MPD Micro-Photon-Devices (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6900:
Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices V
Rengarajan Sudharsanan; Christopher Jelen, Editor(s)

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