Statistics of single-electron signals in electron-multiplying charge-coupled devices

Taras Plakhotnik*, Arjun Chennu, Andrei V. Zvyagin

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Electron-multiplying charge coupled devices promise to revolutionize ultrasensitive optical imaging. The authors present a simple methodology allowing reliable measurement of camera characteristics and statistics of single-electron events, compare the measurements to a simple theoretical model, and report camera performance in a truly photon-counting regime that eliminates the excess noise related to fluctuations of the multiplication gain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)618-622
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

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