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Single photon detection timing jitter in a visible light photon counter



Burm Baek, Kyle S. McKay, Martin J. Stevens, Jungsang Kim, Henry H. Hogue, Sae Woo Nam


Visible light photon counters (VLPCs) offer many attractive features as photon detectors, such as high quantum efficiency and photon number resolution.We report measurements of the single-photon timing jitter in a VLPC, a critical performance factor in a time-correlated single-photon counting measurement, in a fiber-coupled closed-cycle cryocooler. The measured timing jitter is 240 ps full-width-at-half-maximum at a wavelength of 550 nm, with a dark count rate of 25 × 10^3^ counts per second. The timing jitter increases modestly at longer wavelengths to 300 ps at 1000 nm, and increases substantially at lower bias voltages as the quantum efficiency is reduced.
Applied Physics Letters


visible light photon detector, single photon detector, timing jitter


Baek, B. , McKay, K. , Stevens, M. , Kim, J. , Hogue, H. and Nam, S. (2010), Single photon detection timing jitter in a visible light photon counter, Applied Physics Letters, [online], (Accessed July 25, 2024)


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Created June 1, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017