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Photon-counting detectors for space-based applications
Author(s): Michael A. Krainak; Guangning Yang; Wei Lu; Xiaoli Sun
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Paper Abstract

Photon-counting detectors are required for numerous NASA future space-based applications including science instruments and free-space optical communication terminals. We discuss the baseline and alternative photon counting detectors that are under evaluation for deployment on the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat2) Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS). Future NASA science instruments and free space laser communication terminal receiver performance can be improved by using single-photon-sensitive detectors. Photomultipliers and avalanche photodiodes are the primary candidates. Single-photon-sensitive detectors provide efficient receivers that minimize the required space-based resources (size, weight, power and cost).

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2010
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7780, Detectors and Imaging Devices: Infrared, Focal Plane, Single Photon, 77801J (18 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.864025
Show Author Affiliations
Michael A. Krainak, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Guangning Yang, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Wei Lu, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Xiaoli Sun, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7780:
Detectors and Imaging Devices: Infrared, Focal Plane, Single Photon
Eustace L. Dereniak; John P. Hartke; Paul D. LeVan; Randolph E. Longshore; Ashok K. Sood; Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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