15 February 2018 Timing resolution and time walk in super low K factor single-photon avalanche diode—measurement and optimization
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Abstract
Timing resolution (or timing jitter) and time walk are separate parameters associated with a detector’s response time. Studies have been done mostly on the time resolution of various single-photon detectors. As the designer and manufacturer of the ultra-low noise (ƙ-factor) silicon avalanche photodiode the super low K factor (SLiK) single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD), which is used in many single-photon counting applications, we often get inquiries from customers to better understand how this detector behaves under different operating conditions. Hence, here, we will be focusing on the study of these time-related parameters specifically for the SLiK SPAD, as a way to provide the most direct information for users of this detector to help with its use more efficiently and effectively. We will be providing the study data on how these parameters can be affected by temperature (both intrinsic to the detector chip and environmental input based on operating conditions), operating voltage, photon wavelength, as well as light spot size. How these parameters can be optimized and the trade-offs from optimization from the desired performance will be presented?
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Bernicy S. Fong, Murray Davies, Pierre Deschamps, "Timing resolution and time walk in super low K factor single-photon avalanche diode—measurement and optimization," Journal of Nanophotonics 12(1), 016015 (15 February 2018). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JNP.12.016015 . Submission: Received: 14 September 2017; Accepted: 4 January 2018
Received: 14 September 2017; Accepted: 4 January 2018; Published: 15 February 2018
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