6 May 2015 Active quenching and gating circuit of the photon counting detector for laser time transfer with improved timing resolution and stability
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We are presenting the results of research and development of a new active quenching and gating electronics for Single Photon Avalanche Detector (SPAD). The goal of the work was to develop a new SPAD detector package for Laser Time Transfer ground to space with improved timing resolution and stability. The first version of a SPAD detector is operational on board of GNSS navigation satellites. They are based on 25 μm diameter K14 series SPAD chips. They do provide timing resolution of typically 125 ps and stability of the order of 10 ps. The new control electronics provides timing resolution of 25 ps and timing stability and drifts of the order of one picosecond. The device is constructed on a basis of electronics components for which the space qualified equivalents are commercially available. The device construction, tests and results will be presented in detail.
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Ivan Prochazka, Josef Blazej, Jan Kodet, Vojtech Michalek, "Active quenching and gating circuit of the photon counting detector for laser time transfer with improved timing resolution and stability", Proc. SPIE 9504, Photon Counting Applications 2015, 950409 (6 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178498; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2178498
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