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Publication Citation: Achieving Higher Photon Counting Rates Using Multiplexed Detectors

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Author(s): Stefania Castelletto; Ivo P. Degiovanni; Alan L. Migdall; Sergey V. Polyakov; V Schettini;
Title: Achieving Higher Photon Counting Rates Using Multiplexed Detectors
Published: August 13, 2006
Abstract: As the quantum information field advances, the need for improved single-photon devices is becoming more critical. Quantum information systems are often limited by detector deadtime to count rates of a few MHz, at best. We present a multiplexed detection scheme that allows photon counting at higher rates than possible with single detectors. The system uses an array of detectors and an optical switch system to direct incoming photons to detectors known to be live. We model the system for realistic individual detector deadtimes and optical switching times. We show that such a system offers more promise than simply reducing the deadtime of an individual detector. We find that a system of N detectors with a given deadtime, can count photons at faster rates than a single detector with a deadtime reduced by 1/N, even if it were practical to make such a large improvement.
Conference: SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference
Proceedings: SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference | 2006| Proc. SPIE 6305
Volume: 6305
Pages: pp. 63050R-1 - 63050R-7
Location: San Diego, CA
Dates: August 14-15, 2006
Keywords: deadtime,detector,photon counting,quantum computing,quantum cryptography,single photon
Research Areas: Quantum Optics, Quantum Information, Single Photon Detectors, Quantum Devices, Single Photon Sources, Correlated Photon Radiometry, Quantum Information Technology
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