Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM) & Multi-Pixel Photon Counters (MPPC)

The silicon photomultiplier, which is also referred to as a multi-pixel photon counter, uses the technique whereby an array of CMOS compatible photon counting (Geiger mode) photodiodes, each with an integrated quench circuit, are connected together in parallel on a single piece of silicon. An incident photon on any photodiode produces a pulse of current at the sensor output. The total output is the sum of all individual current pulses from each photodiode detecting a photon at a moment in time. The output current is thus proportional to the incident photon flux. At one million, the total SiPM gain is significantly higher than that of a normal APD which is typically near 100. This novel device combines the main advantages of conventional silicon APDs — namely small size, low voltage operation, and robustness — with the main advantages of PMTs, namely high gain, sensitivity, and stability. Listed below are some of the more common SiPM and MPPC arrays available today from SensL and Hamamatsu.

 

ArrayC-60035-64P
S13361-3050NE-08
S11064
S13361-3050AE-04
SensL ArrayC-60035-64P 8 x 8 Array

SensL ArrayC-60035-64PThe latest array technology released by SensL. It is an 8 x 8 Array of MicroFB-60035-SMT on PCB with individual pixel fast and standard readout. The array is four side tilable.

 

 

Compatible Vertilon Interface Board: SIB464
SensL ArrayC-30035-16P 4 x 4 Array

SensL ArrayC-30035-16PThis latest array from Sensl is offered in a 35 um micropixel sizes. It is a 4 x 4 array of 3mm square pixels on a PCB with individual pixel fast and standard readout.

 

 

Compatible Vertilon Interface Board: SIB616
Hamamatsu S13361-3050AE-04 4 x 4 Array

Hamamatsu S13361-3050AE-04This latest series of new MPPCs from Hamamatsu is a 4 x 4 array of detectors available with 3.0 mm square photosensitive area per detector and 50um micropixel pitch. They are used in PET, SPECT, and high energy physics.

 

 

Compatible Vertilon Interface Board: SIB716
Hamamatsu S13361-3050NE-08 8 x 8 Array

Hamamatsu S13361-3050NE-08This latest series of new MPPCs from Hamamatsu is a 8 x 8 array of detectors available with 3.0 mm square photosensitive area per detector and 50um micropixel pitch. They are used in PET, SPECT, and high energy physics.

 

 

Compatible Vertilon Interface Board: SIB764
Hamamatsu S11064 4 x 4 Array

Hamamatsu S11064This series MPPCs from Hamamatsu is a 4 x 4 array of detectors available with either 3,600 or 14,400 pixels per detector. They are high gain, Geiger mode APDs that have excellent time resolution and photon detection efficiency. They find uses in biomedical fluorescence detection, fluorescence lifetime measurements, confocal microscopes, PET, SPECT, and high energy physics.

 

 

Compatible Vertilon Interface Board: SIB416