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. 2008 Jun 9;16(12):8381-94.
doi: 10.1364/oe.16.008381.

Optical Crosstalk in Single Photon Avalanche Diode Arrays: A New Complete Model

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Optical Crosstalk in Single Photon Avalanche Diode Arrays: A New Complete Model

Ivan Rech et al. Opt Express. .

Abstract

One of the main issues of Single Photon Avalanche Diode arrays is optical crosstalk. Since its intensity increases with reducing the distance between devices, this phenomenon limits the density of integration within arrays. In the past optical crosstalk was ascribed essentially to the light propagating from one detector to another through direct optical paths. Accordingly, reflecting trenches between devices were proposed to prevent it, but they proved to be not completely effective. In this paper we will present experimental evidence that a significant contribution to optical crosstalk comes from light reflected internally off the bottom of the chip, thus being impossible to eliminate it completely by means of trenches. We will also propose an optical model to predict the dependence of crosstalk on the distance between devices.

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