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Scalable multiplexed detector system for high-rate telecom-bandsingle-photon detection

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Author(s)

Sergey V. Polyakov, Alan L. Migdall, Giorgio Brida, Ivo P. Degiovanni, Fabrizio Piacentini, V Schettini

Abstract

We present a photon-counting detection system at telecom wavelengths that overcomes the difficulties of photon-counting at high rates. Our detection system uses active multiplexing, an array of N detectors, and a 1-by-N optical switch with a control circuit to direct input light to live detectors. We analyze typical bottlenecks in infrared single-photon detectors and optimize switching algorithms for better performance. We conclude that in addition to detection deadtime reduction, the switching algorithm for the multiplexed detectors array should reduce the so-called trigger deadtime, common to any gated detectors. This switching algorithm is shown to scale better than other multiplexed schemes with the number of detectors. Implementing the algorithm reduces overall deadtime by 5x when using just N=2 multiplexed detectors. Our experimental results show the advantage of our improved system as compared to passive multi-detector detection systems and previously reported multiplexed detector array based on a switching algorithm that addresses only detection deadtime and not gate deadtime.
Citation
Review of Scientific Instruments
Volume
80

Keywords

Photon Counting, Detector, Down-Conversion, Correlated Photons, Statistical Methods, Multiplexing, Infrared

Citation

Polyakov, S. , Migdall, A. , Brida, G. , Degiovanni, I. , Piacentini, F. and Schettini, V. (2009), Scalable multiplexed detector system for high-rate telecom-bandsingle-photon detection, Review of Scientific Instruments, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=902508 (Accessed June 16, 2024)

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Created November 25, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017