High Accuracy Verification of a Correlated-Photon-Based Method for Determining Photon-Counting Detection Efficiency
NATIONAL INST OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY GAITHERSBURG MD
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We have characterized an independent primary standard method to calibrate detection efficiency of photon-counting detectors based on two-photon correlations. We have verified this method and its uncertainty by comparing it to a substitution method using a conventionally calibrated transfer detector tied to a national primary standard detector scale. We obtained a relative standard uncertainty for the correlated-photon method of 0.18 k1 and for the substitution method of 0.17 k1. From a series of measurements we found that the two independent calibration techniques differ by 0.1414 , which is within the established uncertainty of comparison. We believe this is the highest accuracy characterization and independent verification of the correlated photon method yet achieved.
- Optical Detection and Detectors
- Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods