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Detectors: Options for Low-Light Applications

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Silicon photomultipliers and photomultiplier tubes each boast unmatched sensitivity, yet their distinct characteristics make them suited for different uses.

SLAWOMIR PIATEK AND EARL HERGERT, HAMAMATSU CORPORATION

Developed in the early 1990s, the silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) is a solid-state photodetector whose sensitivity to light rivals that of a photomultiplier tube (PMT) in a regime where a few hundred photons per second illuminate the detector. A very high (~106) internal gain gives SiPMs and PMTs...Read full article

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