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Characterization of avalanche photodiode arrays for temporally resolved photon counting

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dc.contributor.author Strasburg, Jana Dee, 1976- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-07T00:14:16Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-07T00:14:16Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.other b52849983 en_US
dc.identifier.other 57470335 en_US
dc.identifier.other Thesis 53927 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773/9710
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 2004 en_US
dc.description.abstract The Apache Point Observatory Lunar Laser-ranging Operation (APOLLO) is a next-generation campaign aimed at measuring the earth-moon separation with millimeter precision. Doing so requires precision measurements of the time-of-flight of photons between the earth and moon. APOLLO will utilize new technology in the form of avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays to detect and time-tag the lunar return photons. The APD arrays were provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lincoln Laboratory but with no accompanying electronic circuitry for biasing or reading out the detectors. I describe the design, construction and testing of the electronics to bias the arrays and detect photons. Once a final prototype version of the electronics was developed, I characterized the temporal and spatial response of the detectors at two different wavelengths: 786 nm and 668 nm. A simple model of APD performance was developed and compared reasonably well with the experimental data. This model was used to predict the detector performance at 532 nm---the wavelength used for APOLLO. en_US
dc.format.extent xi, 179 p. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject.other Theses--Physics en_US
dc.title Characterization of avalanche photodiode arrays for temporally resolved photon counting en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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