Real-Time Characterization of Gated-Mode Single-Photon Detectors

@article{FerreiradaSilva2011RealTimeCO,
  title={Real-Time Characterization of Gated-Mode Single-Photon Detectors},
  author={Thiago Ferreira da Silva and Guilherme B. Xavier and Jean Pierre von der Weid},
  journal={IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics},
  year={2011},
  volume={47},
  pages={1251-1256}
}
We propose a characterization method for the overall detection efficiency, afterpulse and dark count probabilities of single-photon counting modules in real-time with simple instrumentation. This method can be applied when the module is running in its intended application, and is based on monitoring the statistics of the times between consecutive detections. A mathematical model is derived and fit to the data statistical distribution to simultaneously extract the characterization parameters… 

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