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Negative avalanche feedback detectors for photon-counting optical communications
Author(s): William H. Farr
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Paper Abstract

Negative Avalanche Feedback photon counting detectors with near-infrared spectral sensitivity offer an alternative to conventional Geiger mode avalanche photodiode or phototube detectors for free space communications links at 1 and 1.55 microns. These devices demonstrate linear mode photon counting without requiring any external reset circuitry and may even be operated at room temperature. We have now characterized the detection efficiency, dark count rate, after-pulsing, and single photon jitter for three variants of this new detector class, as well as operated these uniquely simple to use devices in actual photon starved free space optical communications links.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7199, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXI, 71990Q (24 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.814865
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William H. Farr, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7199:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXI
Hamid Hemmati, Editor(s)

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