Hamamatsu Photonics introduce a wide range of Silicon Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs), designed for applications requiring high sensitivity in the 800nm wavelength band. These new APDs feature an added benefit of a low bias operation, ideal for certain applications.
APDs are high sensitivity photodiodes with low terminal capacitance, whose internal gain mechanism enables reliable measurements to be taken even at very low light levels. These APDs are supplied in compact, high reliability TO-18 packages. Their special low bias operation means that voltages of less than 200V can be used whilst still maintaining stable operation.
Due to their high-speed response, low power consumption and high sensitivity, these new detectors are ideal for a variety of applications including optical range finding.