Sub-geiger mode single-photon detector using a low-darkcurrent InGaAs avalanche photodiode

Yoshito Miyamoto, Kenji Tsujino, Jun Kataoka, Akihisa Tomita

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Abstract

We have developed a single-photon detector that uses an InGaAs avalanche photodiode (APD) operating in sub-Geiger mode. Sub-Geiger mode operation is a technique in which an APD is operated at a bias voltage that is lower than the breakdown voltage. This mode considerably reduces afterpulse probability, and single photons that arrive randomly can be detected. In the present study, we reduced the dark count rate of the sub-Geiger mode single-photon detector by using a low-darkcurrent InGaAs APD. Consequently, we obtained a dark count rate (DCR) of 5.6 counts per second (cps) with single-photon detection efficiency (SPDE) of 0.2%. Our single-photon detector is comparable in DCR to that of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors.

Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
EventEuropean Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication, ECEOC 2012 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2012 Sep 162012 Sep 20

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OtherEuropean Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication, ECEOC 2012
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period12/9/1612/9/20

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Miyamoto, Y., Tsujino, K., Kataoka, J., & Tomita, A. (2012). Sub-geiger mode single-photon detector using a low-darkcurrent InGaAs avalanche photodiode. Paper presented at European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication, ECEOC 2012, Amsterdam, Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.1364/ECEOC.2012.P7.04