Silicon photomultipliers: Operation, performance, and possible applications

Slawomir Piatek, PhD, Hamamatsu Corporation & New Jersey Institute of Technology
January 11, 2018

The silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) has evolved into a premier photodetector with high internal gain (~106) and low excess noise (F~1.2). Compared to the first prototype built in the 1990s, modern devices have much lower rates of dark counts and crosstalk, and almost non-existent afterpulsing. These characteristics and improved performance factors are progressively making the SiPM a detector of choice in an increasing number of applications, specifically flow cytometry, radiation monitoring, and automotive LiDAR.

This webinar reviews:

  • Principles of operation
  • Comparison between SiPMs and photomultiplier tubes (PMTs)
  • Report on the latest performance characteristics
  • Electronic detection circuits
  • Possible applications in flow cytometry, radiation monitoring, and automotive time-of-flight LiDAR

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About the presenter

Slawomir Piatek, PhD, is a senior university lecturer of physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology. In his role as scientific consultant at Hamamatsu Corporation, he has developed a photonics training program for engineers and is involved in popularizing SiPM as a novel photodetector by writing and lecturing about the device.

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