17 September 2013 Photon counting detector for satellite laser ranging with sub-picosecond timing stability
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The concept and experimental results of photon counting detector package based on a single photon avalanche diode with active gating and quenching circuit are presented. The single shot timing resolution of time-correlated photon counting experiment is about 30 ps, however demonstrated long-time stability allows averaging for both indoor and satellite laser ranging or similar photon counting experiments. The picosecond laser is employed as signal source to demonstrate detector capability. The long term delay stability sub-picosecond range and small temperature drifts of all elements of measuring chain are crucial to obtain useful data for final satellite laser experiments.
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Josef Blazej, Ivan Prochazka, Jan Kodet, "Photon counting detector for satellite laser ranging with sub-picosecond timing stability", Proc. SPIE 8872, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring XIV, 88720R (17 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023695; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2023695
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