Characterization and optimization of an optical and electronic architecture for photon counting

M. Del M. Correa, F. R. Pérez

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    This work shows a time-domain method for the discrimination and digitization of pulses coming from optical detectors, considering the presence of electronic noise and afterpulsing. The developed signal processing scheme is based on a time-to-digital converter (TDC) and a voltage discriminator. After setting appropriate parameters for taking spectra, acquisition data was corrected by wavelength, intensity response function, and noise suppression. The performance of this scheme is discussed by its characterization as well as the comparison of its spectra to those obtained by an Ocean Optics HR4000 commercial reference.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number012002
    JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 5 Apr 2018
    Event1st Multi-Campus Meeting on Basic Science - Medellin, Colombia
    Duration: 29 Sep 201729 Sep 2017

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    Funding Information:
    The authors thank Jean-Pierre Galaup from the Laboratory Aimé Cotton at the CNRS and University of Paris Sud-11 for providing some fluorescent samples and his valuable feedback throughout this work. Also, we thank Angel Salazar from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana for fruitful discussions. We acknowledge the financial support given by Colciencias for the junior researcher grants awarded during 2013 and 2014, and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana for the scholarship to pursue graduate studies.

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