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Advanced Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting Techniques

  • A. W. CastlemanJr.
  • J.P. Toennies
  • W. Zinth

Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 81)

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About this book


Time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) is a remarkable technique for recording low-level light signals with extremely high precision and picosecond-time resolution. TCSPC has developed from an intrinsically time-consuming and one-dimensional technique into a fast, multi-dimensional technique to record light signals. So this reference and text describes how advanced TCSPC techniques work and demonstrates their application to time-resolved laser scanning microscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, photon correlation experiments, and diffuse optical tomography of biological tissue. It gives practical hints about constructing suitable optical systems, choosing and using detectors, detector safety, preamplifiers, and using the control features and optimising the operating conditions of TCSPC devices. Advanced TCSPC Techniques is an indispensable tool for everyone in research and development who is confronted with the task of recording low-intensity light signals in the picosecond and nanosecond range.


Diffuse optical tomography Fluorescence lifetime imaging Fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy Single molecule spectroscopy Time-correlated single photon counting fluorescence spectroscopy microscopy spectroscopy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Becker & Hickl GmbHBerlinGermany

Editors and affiliations

  • A. W. CastlemanJr.
    • 1
  • J.P. Toennies
    • 2
  • W. Zinth
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für StrömungsforschungGöttingenGermany
  3. 3.Institut für Medizinische OptikUniversität MünchenMünchenGermany

About the editors

Wolfgang Becker is a specialist of optical short-time measurement techniques and obtained his PhD 1979 in Berlin, Germany. Since 1993 he is the head of Becker & Hickl GmbH in Berlin. His field of interest is development and application of time-correlated single photon counting techniques. He is an amatuer astronomer and telescope maker and likes cats, skiing and beach volleyball.

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