|Title||Scalable multiplexed detector system for high-rate telecom-band single-photon detection|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||G. Brida, I. P. Degiovanni, F. Piacentini, V. Schettini, S. V. Polyakov, and A. L. Migdall|
|Journal||Rev. Sci. Instrum.|
|Keywords||2009, infrared detectors, multiplexing, optical receivers, photodetectors, Photon counting, quantum communication, Quantum optics|
We present an actively multiplexed photon-counting detection system at telecom wavelengths that overcomes the difficulties of photon-counting at high rates. We find that for gated detectors, the heretofore unconsidered deadtime associated with the detector gate is a critical parameter, that limits the overall scalability of the scheme to just a few detectors. We propose and implement a new scheme that overcomes this problem and restores full scalability that allows an order of magnitude improvement with systems with as few as 4 detectors. When using just two multiplexed detectors, our experimental results show a 5x improvement over a single detector and a greater than 2x improvement over multiplexed schemes that do not consider gate deadtime.