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Empowering Light-Detection Apps with InGaAs Avalanche Photodiodes

July 2, 2024
Thanks to the sensitivity of Phlux’s APDs, they’re able to detect signals at up 50% greater distance. Ben White, Co-founder and CEO, offers his insight into these devices.

Phlux Technology, a spin-out from Sheffield University, UK, designs, manufactures, and markets 1,550-nm infrared (IR) sensors that are up to 12X more sensitive than alternative solutions. As a result, the company’s Noiseless InGaAs Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) can detect signals at up to 50% greater distance in laser range finders, LiDAR systems, and optical fiber test equipment.

They also benefit communications systems, including free-space optical communications (FSOC) and gas sensing. In every application, Phlux sensors boost performance, simplify thermal management, and cut system cost and size. In this podcast, Ben White, Co-founder and CEO, explains more about the company and its technology.

About the Author

Alix Paultre | Editor-at-Large, Electronic Design

An Army veteran, Alix Paultre was a signals intelligence soldier on the East/West German border in the early ‘80s, and eventually wound up helping launch and run a publication on consumer electronics for the US military stationed in Europe. Alix first began in this industry in 1998 at Electronic Products magazine, and since then has worked for a variety of publications in the embedded electronic engineering space. Alix currently lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Also check out his YouTube watch-collecting channel, Talking Timepieces

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