, Volume 43, Issue 9, pp 1205–1208 | Cite as

Generation efficiency of single-photon current pulses in the Geiger mode of silicon avalanche photodiodes

  • A. V. VerkhovtsevaEmail author
  • V. A. Gergel
Physics of Semiconductor Devices


Statistical fluctuations of the avalanche’s multiplication efficiency were studied as applied to the single-photon (Geiger) mode of avalanche photodiodes. The distribution function of partial multiplication factors with an anomalously wide (of the order of the average) dispersion was obtained. Expressions for partial feedback factors were derived in terms of the average gain and the corresponding dependences on the diode’s overvoltage were calculated. Final expressions for the photon-electric pulse’s conversion were derived by averaging corresponding formulas over the coordinate of initiating photoelectron generation using the functions of optical photon absorption in silicon.

PACS numbers

73.40.Lq 85.30.Mn 85.60.Dw 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and ElectronicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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