Detection of light with a silicon photomultiplier: operation, circuits, and applications

Slawomir Piatek, Ph.D., Hamamatsu Corporation and New Jersey Institute of Technology
Jan 15, 2020

About this webinar

Silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) is a photodetector with many attractive attributes such as very high intrinsic gain, immunity to electromagnetic fields, or low bias voltage. Due to its novel status, a full awareness of the detector’s opto-electronic characteristics, modes of operation, and suitable applications is still lacking. The purpose of the webinar is to increase this awareness among students, engineers, and scientists involved in photodetection, especially of faint sources.


The presentation is divided into three parts:


  1. Review of the basic principles governing the operation of a SiPM, together with a description of its opto-electronic characteristics.
  2. Discussion of electronic circuits needed to operate a SiPM.
  3. Discussion why a SiPM is an excellent choice of a photodetector in three applications: flow cytometry, LiDAR, and luminometry.

Visit (MPPCs (SiPMs)/MPPC arrays)

Visit (Single-pixel photon counting modules)

About the presenter

Slawomir S. Piatek has been measuring proper motions of nearby galaxies using images obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope as a senior university lecturer of physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has developed a photonics training program for engineers at Hamamatsu Corporation in New Jersey in the role of a science consultant. Also at Hamamatsu, he is involved in popularizing a SiPM as a novel photodetector by writing and lecturing about it, and by experimenting with the device. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 1994.