Development of a Novel Single-Channel, 24 cm2, SiPM-Based, Cryogenic Photodetector

Marco D'Incecco, Cristiano Galbiati, Graham K. Giovanetti, George Korga, Xinran Li, Andrea Mandarano, Alessandro Razeto, Davide Sablone, Claudio Savarese

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We report on the realization of a novel silicon photomultiplier (SiPM)-based, cryogenic photosensor with an active area of 24 cm2 that operates as a single-channel analog detector. The device is capable of single-photon counting with a signal-to-noise ratio better than 13, a dark rate lower than 10-2 Hz/mm2, and an overall photon detection efficiency significantly larger than traditional photomultiplier tubes. This development makes SiPM-based photosensors strong candidates for the next generation of dark matter and neutrino detectors, which will require multiple square meters of photosensitive area, low levels of intrinsic radioactivity, and a limited number of detector channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8113575
Pages (from-to)591-596
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Cryoelectronics
  • large photodetectors
  • low-noise electronics
  • photon counting
  • silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) arrays


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