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20 September 1987 Cooled Avalanche Photodiodes Used For Photon Detection
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Proceedings Volume 0750, Infrared Systems and Components; (1987)
Event: OE LASE'87 and EO Imaging Symposium, 1987, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Commercial avalanche photodiodes (APDs) have been operated as single-photon detectors at an optimum operating temperature and bias voltage. These detectors were found to be 1.5 to 3 times more sensitive than presently-available photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). Both single-photon detection probability and detector noise increase with bias voltage; detection probabilities greater than 25% were obtained with detector noise levels comparable to the noise of a PMT; higher probabilities were measured at higher noise levels. The sources of noise and their dependence on temperature and bias voltage are discussed.
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Deborah L. Robinson and Brian D. Metscher "Cooled Avalanche Photodiodes Used For Photon Detection", Proc. SPIE 0750, Infrared Systems and Components, (20 September 1987);

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