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Photon counting detector silicon

Mats Persson, Staffan Holmin, Staffan Karlsson, Hans Bornefalk, Mats Danielsson
The detector pixel size can be a severe limitation in x-ray imaging of fine details in the human body. We demonstrate a method of using spectral x-ray measurements to image the spatial distribution of the linear attenuation coefficient on a length scale smaller than one pixel, based on the fact that interfaces parallel to the x-ray beam have a unique spectral response, which distinguishes them from homogeneous materials. We evaluate the method in a simulation study by simulating projection imaging of the border of an iodine insert with [Formula: see text] in a soft tissue phantom...
January 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
Javier Tiffenberg, Miguel Sofo-Haro, Alex Drlica-Wagner, Rouven Essig, Yann Guardincerri, Steve Holland, Tomer Volansky, Tien-Tien Yu
We have developed ultralow-noise electronics in combination with repetitive, nondestructive readout of a thick, fully depleted charge-coupled device (CCD) to achieve an unprecedented noise level of 0.068  e^{-} rms/pixel. This is the first time that discrete subelectron readout noise has been achieved reproducible over millions of pixels on a stable, large-area detector. This enables the contemporaneous, discrete, and quantized measurement of charge in pixels, irrespective of whether they contain zero electrons or thousands of electrons...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Roberto Massari, Antonio Ucci, Annunziata D'Elia, Costantino Campisi, Emilio Bertani, Alessandro Soluri
PURPOSE: The sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy technique has highly evolved during the last 20 yr. Consequently, the intraoperative use of Gamma Probes (GPs) for SLN mapping is increased. This preliminary study evaluates a novel directional GP prototype. This proof-of-concept prototype is designed to identify the direction of radiopharmaceuticals uptakes, by combining the information from multiple detectors. The purpose of this work is to develop a tool able to effectively guide the surgeon reducing the surgery time...
February 2018: Medical Physics
Yicheng Shi, Janet Zheng Jie Lim, Hou Shun Poh, Peng Kian Tan, Peiyu Amelia Tan, Alexander Ling, Christian Kurtsiefer
Quantum key distribution (QKD) at telecom wavelengths (1260 - 1625 nm) has the potential for fast deployment due to existing optical fibre infrastructure and mature telecom technologies. At these wavelengths, Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) avalanche photodiode (APD) based detectors are the preferred choice for photon detection. Similar to their Silicon counterparts used at shorter wavelengths, they exhibit fluorescence from recombination of electron-hole pairs generated in the avalanche breakdown process...
November 27, 2017: Optics Express
Ivan Prochazka, Jan Kodet, Johann Eckl, Josef Blazej
We are reporting on the design, construction, and performance of a photon counting detector system, which is based on single photon avalanche diode detector technology. This photon counting device has been optimized for very high timing resolution and stability of its detection delay. The foreseen application of this detector is laser ranging of space objects, laser time transfer ground to space and fundamental metrology. The single photon avalanche diode structure, manufactured on silicon using K14 technology, is used as a sensor...
October 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Nan Zhou, Wen-Hao Jiang, Luo-Kan Chen, Yu-Qiang Fang, Zheng-Da Li, Hao Liang, Yu-Ao Chen, Jun Zhang, Jian-Wei Pan
Silicon single-photon detectors (SPDs) are the key devices for detecting single photons in the visible wavelength range. Here we present high detection efficiency silicon SPDs dedicated to the generation of multiphoton entanglement based on the technique of high-frequency sine wave gating. The silicon single-photon avalanche diode components are acquired by disassembling 6 commercial single-photon counting modules (SPCMs). Using the new quenching electronics, the average detection efficiency of SPDs is increased from 68...
August 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
T Masuda, S Okubo, H Hara, T Hiraki, S Kitao, Y Miyamoto, K Okai, R Ozaki, N Sasao, M Seto, S Uetake, A Yamaguchi, Y Yoda, A Yoshimi, K Yoshimura
We developed a fast X-ray detector system for nuclear resonant scattering (NRS) experiments. Our system employs silicon avalanche photo-diode (Si-APD) as a fast X-ray sensor. The system is able to acquire both timing and energy of a single X-ray photon simultaneously in a high rate condition, 106 counts per second for one Si-APD. The performance of the system was investigated in SPring-8, a synchrotron radiation facility in Japan. Good time resolution of 120 ps (FWHM) was achieved with a slight tail distribution in the time spectrum by a level of 10-9 at 1 ns apart from the peak...
June 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
S E Brunner, D R Schaart
Due to detector developments in the last decade, the time-of-flight (TOF) method is now commonly used to improve the quality of positron emission tomography (PET) images. Clinical TOF-PET systems based on L(Y)SO:Ce crystals and silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) with coincidence resolving times (CRT) between 325 ps and 400 ps FWHM have recently been developed. Before the introduction of L(Y)SO:Ce, BGO was used in many PET systems. In addition to a lower price, BGO offers a superior attenuation coefficient and a higher photoelectric fraction than L(Y)SO:Ce...
June 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Liisa M Hirvonen, Merlin Fisher-Levine, Klaus Suhling, Andrei Nomerotski
TimepixCam is a novel fast optical imager based on an optimized silicon pixel sensor with a thin entrance window and read out by a Timepix Application Specific Integrated Circuit. The 256 × 256 pixel sensor has a time resolution of 15 ns at a sustained frame rate of 10 Hz. We used this sensor in combination with an image intensifier for wide-field time-correlated single photon counting imaging. We have characterised the photon detection capabilities of this detector system and employed it on a wide-field epifluorescence microscope to map phosphorescence decays of various iridium complexes with lifetimes of about 1 μs in 200 μm diameter polystyrene beads...
January 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Mohamed Elsayed Eldib, Mohamed Hegazy, Yang Ji Mun, Myung Hye Cho, Min Hyoung Cho, Soo Yeol Lee
We introduce an efficient ring artifact correction method for a cone-beam computed tomography (CT). In the first step, we correct the defective pixels whose values are close to zero or saturated in the projection domain. In the second step, we compute the mean value at each detector element along the view angle in the sinogram to obtain the one-dimensional (1D) mean vector, and we then compute the 1D correction vector by taking inverse of the mean vector. We multiply the correction vector with the sinogram row by row over all view angles...
January 30, 2017: Sensors
A K Liang, M Koniczek, L E Antonuk, Y El-Mohri, Q Zhao
PURPOSE: Photon counting arrays (PCAs) offer several advantages over conventional, fluence-integrating x-ray imagers, such as improved contrast by means of energy windowing. For that reason, we are exploring the feasibility and performance of PCA pixel circuitry based on polycrystalline silicon. This material, unlike the crystalline silicon commonly used in photon counting detectors, lends itself toward the economic manufacture of radiation tolerant, monolithic large area (e.g., ∼43×43 cm2) devices...
June 2016: Medical Physics
Manuel Unternährer, Bänz Bessire, Leonardo Gasparini, David Stoppa, André Stefanov
We demonstrate coincidence measurements of spatially entangled photons by means of a multi-pixel based detection array. The sensor, originally developed for positron emission tomography applications, is a fully digital 8×16 silicon photomultiplier array allowing not only photon counting but also per-pixel time stamping of the arrived photons with an effective resolution of 265 ps. Together with a frame rate of 500 kfps, this property exceeds the capabilities of conventional charge-coupled device cameras which have become of growing interest for the detection of transversely correlated photon pairs...
December 12, 2016: Optics Express
Risheng Cheng, Xiang Guo, Xiaosong Ma, Linran Fan, King Y Fong, Menno Poot, Hong X Tang
We describe a micromachining process to allow back-side coupling of an array of single-mode telecommunication fibers to individual superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPDs). This approach enables a back-illuminated detector structure which separates the optical access and electrical readout on two sides of the chip and thus allows for compact integration of multi-channel detectors. As proof of principle, we show the integration of four detectors on the same silicon chip with two different designs and their performances are compared...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Huanjun Ding, David Sennung, Hyo-Min Cho, Sabee Molloi
PURPOSE: The positive predictive power for malignancy can potentially be improved, if the chemical compositions of suspicious breast lesions can be reliably measured in screening mammography. The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility of quantifying breast lesion composition, in terms of water and lipid contents, with spectral mammography. METHODS: Phantom and tissue samples were imaged with a spectral mammography system based on silicon-strip photon-counting detectors...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Andreas Vetter, Simone Ferrari, Patrik Rath, Rasoul Alaee, Oliver Kahl, Vadim Kovalyuk, Silvia Diewald, Gregory N Goltsman, Alexander Korneev, Carsten Rockstuhl, Wolfram H P Pernice
Ultrafast single-photon detectors with high efficiency are of utmost importance for many applications in the context of integrated quantum photonic circuits. Detectors based on superconductor nanowires attached to optical waveguides are particularly appealing for this purpose. However, their speed is limited because the required high absorption efficiency necessitates long nanowires deposited on top of the waveguide. This enhances the kinetic inductance and makes the detectors slow. Here, we solve this problem by aligning the nanowire, contrary to usual choice, perpendicular to the waveguide to realize devices with a length below 1 μm...
November 9, 2016: Nano Letters
E Martinenghi, L Di Sieno, D Contini, M Sanzaro, A Pifferi, A Dalla Mora
We present the design and preliminary characterization of the first detection module based on Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) tailored for single-photon timing applications. The aim of this work is to demonstrate, thanks to the design of a suitable module, the possibility to easily exploit SiPM in many applications as an interesting detector featuring large active area, similarly to photomultipliers tubes, but keeping the advantages of solid state detectors (high quantum efficiency, low cost, compactness, robustness, low bias voltage, and insensitiveness to magnetic field)...
July 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Subhrajit Mukherjee, Rishi Maiti, Ajit K Katiyar, Soumen Das, Samit K Ray
Silicon compatible wafer scale MoS2 heterojunctions are reported for the first time using colloidal quantum dots. Size dependent direct band gap emission of MoS2 dots are presented at room temperature. The temporal stability and decay dynamics of excited charge carriers in MoS2 quantum dots have been studied using time correlated single photon counting spectroscopy technique. Fabricated n-MoS2/p-Si 0D/3D heterojunctions exhibiting excellent rectification behavior have been studied for light emission in the forward bias and photodetection in the reverse bias...
2016: Scientific Reports
Shouleh Nikzad, Michael Hoenk, April D Jewell, John J Hennessy, Alexander G Carver, Todd J Jones, Timothy M Goodsall, Erika T Hamden, Puneet Suvarna, J Bulmer, F Shahedipour-Sandvik, Edoardo Charbon, Preethi Padmanabhan, Bruce Hancock, L Douglas Bell
Ultraviolet (UV) studies in astronomy, cosmology, planetary studies, biological and medical applications often require precision detection of faint objects and in many cases require photon-counting detection. We present an overview of two approaches for achieving photon counting in the UV. The first approach involves UV enhancement of photon-counting silicon detectors, including electron multiplying charge-coupled devices and avalanche photodiodes. The approach used here employs molecular beam epitaxy for delta doping and superlattice doping for surface passivation and high UV quantum efficiency...
June 21, 2016: Sensors
Justyna Aleksandra Wojdyla, Ezequiel Panepucci, Isabelle Martiel, Simon Ebner, Chia-Ying Huang, Martin Caffrey, Oliver Bunk, Meitian Wang
A fast continuous grid scan protocol has been incorporated into the Swiss Light Source (SLS) data acquisition and analysis software suite on the macromolecular crystallography (MX) beamlines. Its combination with fast readout single-photon counting hybrid pixel array detectors (PILATUS and EIGER) allows for diffraction-based identification of crystal diffraction hotspots and the location and centering of membrane protein microcrystals in the lipid cubic phase (LCP) in in meso in situ serial crystallography plates and silicon nitride supports...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Applied Crystallography
David Schug, Christoph Lerche, Bjoern Weissler, Pierre Gebhardt, Benjamin Goldschmidt, Jakob Wehner, Peter Michael Dueppenbecker, Andre Salomon, Patrick Hallen, Fabian Kiessling, Volkmar Schulz
Hyperion-II(D) is a positron emission tomography (PET) insert which allows simultaneous operation in a clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. To read out the scintillation light of the employed lutetium yttrium orthosilicate crystal arrays with a pitch of 1 mm and 12 mm in height, digital silicon photomultipliers (DPC 3200-22, Philips Digital Photon Counting) (DPC) are used. The basic PET performance in terms of energy resolution, coincidence resolution time (CRT) and sensitivity as a function of the operating parameters, such as the operating temperature, the applied overvoltage, activity and configuration parameters of the DPCs, has been evaluated at system level...
April 7, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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