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The development and application of single-photon detectors
Author(s): Xuejiao Zhang; Junli Wan; Chaojun Yan; Fangmin Dong
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Paper Abstract

The development and application of single-photon detectors are introduced. The operating principles of photomultiplier tube (PMT), avalanche photodiode (APD) and superconducting, single-photon detector (SSPD) are expounded. The characteristic, advantages and disadvantages of them are discussed. Then give a view for the perspective and the development of these devices. In the above types of single-photon detectors, the PMT can't detect photon in near-infrared while the APD has great advantage on it, so it is the most preponderant detector in the single-photon detection. The capability of SSPD are excelled the former single-photon detectors, besides, it can detect the arriving time and energy of the photon, so it has great potential in the astronomical observation and the high-speed quantum communication and so on.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7055, Infrared Systems and Photoelectronic Technology III, 70550V (3 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.792664
Show Author Affiliations
Xuejiao Zhang, China Three Gorges Univ. (China)
Junli Wan, China Three Gorges Univ. (China)
Chaojun Yan, China Three Gorges Univ. (China)
Fangmin Dong, China Three Gorges Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7055:
Infrared Systems and Photoelectronic Technology III
Eustace L. Dereniak; John P. Hartke; Paul D. LeVan; Randolph E. Longshore; Ashok K. Sood, Editor(s)

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