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  • Journal of Lightwave Technology
  • Vol. 31,
  • Issue 23,
  • pp. 3591-3596
  • (2013)

Characterization of a Commercially Available Large Area, High Detection Efficiency Single-Photon Avalanche Diode

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Abstract

We characterize a new commercial, back-illuminated reach-through silicon single-photon avalanche photo diode (SPAD) SAP500 (Laser Components. Inc.), operated in Geiger-mode for purpose of photon counting. We show that for this sensor a significant interplay exists between dark counts, detection efficiency, afterpulsing, excess voltage and operating temperature, sometimes requiring a careful optimization tailored for a specific application. We find that a large flat plateau of sensitive area of about 0.5 mm in diameter, a peak quantum efficiency of 73% at 560 nm and timing precision down to 150 ps full-width at half-maximum are the main distinguishing characteristics of this SPAD.

© 2013 IEEE

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