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Development and construction of the photon counting receiver for the European laser time transfer space mission
Author(s): Ivan Prochazka; Josef Blazej; Jan Kodet; Jan Brinek
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Paper Abstract

We are presenting the work progress and recent results in the development and construction of the photon counting receiver, which is prepared for the European Laser Timing experiment in space. It is an optical link prepared in the frame of the ESA mission Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space. The ultra short laser pulses will be used to synchronize the time scales ground to space with picosecond precision. To minimize the timing biases the photon counting concept of the space born receiver was selected. The requirements put on the photon counting receiver are quite challenging in terms of the long term detection delay stability, wide operation temperature range, extremely high background photon flux and others. Recently, the bread board version of the detector has been constructed and is under extensive test in our labs. The concept and construction will be presented along with the achieved device parameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8072, Photon Counting Applications, Quantum Optics, and Quantum Information Transfer and Processing III, 807209 (6 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883700
Show Author Affiliations
Ivan Prochazka, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Josef Blazej, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Jan Kodet, Czech Technical Univ. in Prague (Czech Republic)
Jan Brinek, Czech Space Research Ctr. (Czech Republic)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8072:
Photon Counting Applications, Quantum Optics, and Quantum Information Transfer and Processing III
Jaromír Fiurásek; Ivan Prochazka, Editor(s)

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