Detection of Low-Level Optical Signals

Photodetectors, Focal Plane Arrays and Systems

  • M. A. Trishenkov

Part of the Solid-State Science and Technology Library book series (SSST, volume 4)

Table of contents

About this book


This book is addressed to designers of photodetectors and photodetecting systems, designers of focal plane arrays, charge-coupled devices, specialists in IR technologies, designers of optoelectronic detecting, guiding and tracking systems, systems for IR direction finders, lidars, lightwave communication systems, IR imagers. All these specialists are united by one common purpose: they are all striving to catch the weakest possible optical signal. The most important characteristic of photosensitive devices is their detectivity, which determines the lowest level of optical signal they are able to detect above the noise level. These threshold characteristics define the most important tactical and technical parameters of the entire optoelectronic system, such as its range, resolution, precision. The threshold characteristics of optoelectronic system depend on many of its components; all designers agree, however, that the critically responsible part of the system is the photodetector [1]. By the end of the 1960s the physicists and the engineers were able to overcome many obstacles and to create photodetectors (at least single-element or few-element ones) which covered all the main optical bands (0. 4 . . . 2,2 . . . 3, 3 . . . 5,8 . . . 14 J. . Lm), carried out the detection almost without any loss (the quantum yield being as high as 0. 7 . . . 0. 9), and reduced the noise level to the lowest possible limit.


Photodiode Signal communication development imaging laser optical communication signal processing

Authors and affiliations

  • M. A. Trishenkov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Applied PhysicsRussian State Scientific and Production Center “Orion”MoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4892-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-1290-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-7141
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Materials & Steel
Consumer Packaged Goods