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Ultra-low noise single-photon detector based on Si avalanche photodiode

By Yong-Su Kim, Youn-Chang Jeong, Sebastien Sauge, Vadim Makarov and Yoon-Ho Kim


We report operation and characterization of a lab-assembled single-photon detector based on commercial silicon avalanche photodiodes (PerkinElmer C30902SH, C30921SH). Dark count rate as low as 5 Hz was achieved by cooling the photodiodes down to -80 C. While afterpulsing increased as the photodiode temperature was decreased, total afterpulse probability did not become significant due to detector's relatively long deadtime in a passively-quenched scheme. We measured photon detection efficiency higher than 50% at 806 nm.Comment: Fixed a broken figure, updated references. 6 pages, 7 figures, 1 tabl

Topics: Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors, Quantum Physics
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1063/1.3641294
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