Silicon photomultipliers: Theory & practice

Slawomir Piatek, PhD, Hamamatsu Corporation & New Jersey Institute of Technology
January 11, 2017

The silicon photomultiplier (SiPM), also known as Multi-Pixel Photon Counter (MPPC), is becoming a popular choice of a photodetector in applications where even single photons must be detected. The ability of a SiPM to detect single photons is due to its very high internal gain. The goals of this presentation are for you to: 1) develop a strong theoretical understanding of how a SiPM functions; 2) become familiar with its key optoelectronic characteristics; and 3) understand the pros and cons of SiPMs. Some discussion of which applications could benefit from the use of SiPMs is included.

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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