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Overview of single photon detection technologies

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1 Author(s)
Farr, W.H. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA

Single photon detectors are one of the essential tools connecting the photonic and electronic domains at the quantum level. A plethora of single photon detector technologies and their acronyms available today - PMT, IPD, SPAD, SNSPD, MKID, RULLE, NFAD, TCB, DAPD, TES, and many others - primarily because all have significant gaps to “ideal” performance and practical usability. Some do approach ideal performance in a specific metric such as detection efficiency or dark count rate, and there is promising new progress in new material systems and new understandings of the semiconductor avalanche gain process.

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Photonics Conference (IPC), 2012 IEEE

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23-27 Sept. 2012