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Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) for Homeland Security and Analytical Instruments

Silicon photomultipliers from First Sensor are state-of-the-art solid-state silicon detectors with single photon sensitivity.

Silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) are an effective alternative to photomultiplier tubes. The key benefits of these detectors are very good timing performance, high gain and low operating voltage. They have a high integration level and are insensitive to magnetic field. The detectors are improved for Near Ultraviolet (NUV) or red, green and blue (RGB) light detection with peak sensitivities at 420 nm or 550 nm. The Chip Scale Package (CSP) offers a cost-effective solution with an edgeless SiPM die to capitalize on the active area.

Main applications include nuclear medicine, high energy physics, medical imaging, homeland security and analytical instruments.

Special Features

  • Light detection from 350 to 900 nm
  • Single photon sensitivity
  • Dark count rate <100/<200 kHz/mm2
  • Excellent breakdown voltage uniformity
  • Very high gain (106)
  • Not damaged by ambient light
  • Excellent temperature stability
  • Insensitive to magnetic fields
  • Very good timing performance
  • RoHS compliant Chip Scale Package (CSP)

Additionally, First Sensor designs SiPM modules that can be adapted to specific requirements and allow for easy test runs and integration into user’s systems.

Near Ultraviolet (NUV) SiPMs

Technical Specifications and PDF Datasheet

Order # Chip package Active area (mm) Pixel size (µm) Pixel Fill-factor Dark count rate (kHz/mm²) Photon detection efficiency (%) Gain
50162801 SMD 1x1 40x40 625 60 <50 @ 2 V OV
<100 @ 6 V OV
43 3.6x106
50162802 SMD Ø 1.2 40x40 673 60 <50 @ 2 V OV
<100 @ 6 V OV
43 3.6x106
50162803 SMD 3x3 40x40 5520 60 <50 @ 2 V OV
<100 @ 6 V OV
43 3.6x106
50162804 SMD 4x4 40x40 9340 60 <50 @ 2 V OV
<100 @ 6 V OV
43 3.6x106

Red, Green, Blue (RGB) SiPMs

Technical Specifications and PDF Datasheet

Order # Chip package Active area (mm) Pixel size (µm) Pixel Fill-factor Dark count rate (kHz/mm²) Photon detection efficiency (%) Gain
50162901 SMD 1x1 40x40 625 60 <100 @ 2 V OV
<200 @ 4 V OV
32.5 2.7x106
50162902 SMD Ø 1.2 40x40 673 60 <100 @ 2 V OV
<200 @ 4 V OV
32.5 2.7x106
50162903 SMD 3x3 40x40 5520 60 <100 @ 2 V OV
<200 @ 4 V OV
32.5 2.7x106
50162904 SMD 4x4 40x40 9340 60 <100 @ 2 V OV
<200 @ 4 V OV
32.5 2.7x106

Near Ultraviolet (NUV) SiPMs

Silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) from First Sensor are state-of-the-art solid-state silicon detectors with single photon sensitivity. SiPMs are an effective alternative to photomultiplier tubes. The key benefits of these detectors are extremely good timing performance, high gain and low operating voltage. They are insensitive to magnetic field and possess a high integration level. The detectors are enhanced for Near Ultraviolet (NUV) light detection.

Features

  • Small and compact
  • NUV light detection from 350 to 900 nm (peak efficiency at 420 nm)
  • Very high gain (106)
  • Afterpulsing probability <4%
  • Dark Count Rate <100 kHz/mm2
  • Excellent breakdown voltage uniformity
  • Superior temperature stability
  • Detection of extremely faint light
  • Very good timing performance
  • Insensitive to magnetic fields
  • Not damaged by ambient light
  • Nickel free Chip Scale Package (CSP)

Applications

  • High energy physics
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Medical imaging
  • Analytical instruments
  • Homeland security

Certificates

  • RoHS compliant (2011/65/EU)

Red, Green, Blue (RGB) SiPMs

Silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) from First Sensor are advanced solid-state silicon detectors with single photon sensitivity. SiPMs are an effective alternative to photomultiplier tubes. The key benefits of these detectors are high gain, very good timing performance and low operating voltage. They have a high integration level and are insensitive to magnetic field. The detectors are enhanced for red, green and blue (RGB) light detection.

Features

  • RGB light detection from 350 to 900 nm (peak efficiency at 550 nm)
  • Small and compact
  • Low noise
  • Very high gain (106)
  • Excellent breakdown voltage uniformity
  • Extremely good timing performance
  • Excellent temperature stability
  • Detection of extremely faint light
  • Insensitive to magnetic fields
  • Nickel free Chip Scale Package (CSP)
  • Not damaged by ambient light

Applications

  • Homeland security
  • Nuclear medicine
  • High energy physics
  • Analytical instruments
  • Medical imaging

Certificates

RoHS compliant (2011/65/EU)

SiPM Module

The SiPM Module combines a stable voltage supply, interfaces, signal amplification and the SiPM detector in a compact plug and play unit. Included software allows optimization of the operating point of the detector to the corresponding application by the precise and individual setting and storage of the supply voltage. The SiPM Module is used for test set-ups in R&D and is perfectly suited for photon counting applications.

Features

  • Light detection from 350 to 900 nm
  • Different SiPM sizes, 1x1, 3x3, 4x4 mm
  • Very light weight
  • Ultra compact
  • Control software
  • Voltage supply with low ripple
  • Non cooled, analog output
  • Setup board for voltage setting
  • Built-in SiPM optimized for NUV (420 nm) or RGB (550 nm) light detection
  • Optional version with LYSO scintillation crystal

Applications

  • Ultra-low-level light measurement
  • Gamma counting
  • Scientific applications
  • Single photon counting
  • Scintillator readout

Certificates

RoHS compliant (2011/65/EU)

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