Acta Photonica Sinica ›› 2000, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (12): 1142-1147.

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PERFORMANCE OF A SILICON AVALANCHE DIODE AS A SINGLE PHOTON DETECTOR

Liang Chuang, Liao Jing, Liang Bing, Wu Lingan   

  1. Laboratory of Optical Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080
  • Received:2000-04-10 Online:2000-12-25 Published:2000-12-25

Abstract: Silicon avalanche photodiodes operating in the Geiger mode are capable of detecting single photon in the near infrared regime.It is designed and tested two types of quenching circuit,with a dead time of about 1μs in the passive quenching mode and 60~80ns in the active quenching mode.The output pulse width is about 20ns.The performance of the detector under various operating temperatures has been investigated down to liquid nitrogen temperatures,and a new observation is reported.

Key words: Avalanche photodiode, Quenching, Geiger mode, Single photon detection