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High-gain and low-excess noise near-infrared single-photon avalanche detector arrays
Author(s): Krishna Linga; Yuriy Yevtukhov; Bing Liang
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Paper Abstract

We have designed and developed a new family of photodetectors and arrays with Internal Discrete Amplification (IDA) mechanism for the realization of very high gain and low excess noise factor in the visible and near infrared spectral regions. These devices surpass many limitations of the Single Photon Avalanche Photodetectors such as ultra low excess noise factor, very high gain, lower reset time (< 200 ns). These devices are very simple to operate in the non-gated mode under a constant dc bias voltage. Because of its unique characteristics of self-quenching and self-recovery, no external quenching circuit is needed. This unique feature of self quenching and self-recovery makes it simple to less complex readout integrated circuit to realize large format detector arrays. In this paper, we present the discrete amplification design approach used for the development of self reset, high gain photodetector arrays in the near infrared wavelength region. The demonstrated device performance far exceeds any available solid state Photodetectors in the near infrared wavelength range. These devices are ideal for researchers in the field of spectroscopy, industrial and scientific instrumentation, Ladar, quantum cryptography, night vision and other military, defense and aerospace applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7681, Advanced Photon Counting Techniques IV, 76810X (28 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.851804
Show Author Affiliations
Krishna Linga, Amplification Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Yuriy Yevtukhov, Amplification Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Bing Liang, Amplification Technologies, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7681:
Advanced Photon Counting Techniques IV
Mark A. Itzler; Joe C. Campbell, Editor(s)

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