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Rev Sci Instrum. 2012 Jan;83(1):013104. doi: 10.1063/1.3675579.

Fully programmable single-photon detection module for InGaAs/InP single-photon avalanche diodes with clean and sub-nanosecond gating transitions.

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Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Milano, Italy. alberto.tosi@polimi.it

Abstract

We present the design and characterization of a modern near-infrared photon counting module, able to exploit the best performance of InGaAs/InP single-photon avalanche diodes for the detection of fast and faint optical signals up to 1.7 μm. Such instrument is suitable for many applications, thanks to the user-friendly interface and the fully adjustable settings of all operating parameters. We extensively characterized both the electronics and the detector, and we validated such instrument up to 133 MHz gate repetition frequency, for photon-counting and photon-timing applications, with very clean temporal response and excellent timing performance of less than 100 ps.

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10.1063/1.3675579
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