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Title: Non-Geiger mode single photon detector with multiple amplification and gain control mechanisms

A new type of single photon detector, Multiple Amplification Gain with Internal Control (MAGIC), is proposed and analyzed using Monte Carlo simulations based on a physical model of the device. The MAGIC detector has two coupled amplification mechanisms, avalanche multiplication and bipolar gain, and the net gain is regulated by a built-in feedback mechanism. Compared to conventional Geiger mode single photon avalanche detectors (SPADs), the MAGIC detector produces a much greater single photon detection efficiency of nearly 100%, low bit-error-ratio for single photon signals, and a large dynamic range. All these properties are highly desirable for applications that require single photon sensitivity and are absent for conventional Geiger-mode SPADs.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, California-92093 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22273462
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 17; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; AMPLIFIERS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CONTROL SYSTEMS; EFFICIENCY; FEEDBACK; GAIN; MONTE CARLO METHOD; PHOTONS; RADIATION DETECTION; RADIATION DETECTORS; SENSITIVITY; TOWNSEND DISCHARGE