Efficient Low-Dark-Count Detector for Photon Counting

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: SB1341-08-SE-0665
Agency Tracking Number: 409-08
Amount: $90,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 230, Beaverton, OR, 97005
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Huntington
 (971) 233-5646
 andrewh@voxtel-inc.com
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Abstract
Voxtel proposes to develop fiber-coupled near-infrared avalanche photodiode (APD) receivers with photon detection efficiency (PDE) and dark count rate (DCR) with more than two orders of magnitude faster maximum count rate (MCR) than Geiger-mode APDs, which are constrained by a fundamental tradeoff between DCR and MCR: if the APD is cooled to reduce DCR, then its dead time must increase to avoid afterpulsing, which reduces MCR.

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