Advanced Detector Centre

Chee Hing Tan, Jo Shien Ng, Jon Willmott, John David


• Increase industry funding
• Provide solutions for photon detection through development focused project
• Translates fundamental research in detector to prototypes and instrumentations
• Strengthen and build new links with industry and external organisations
• Enhance alignment of research at Sheffield and industrial needs

Academic Team

Member Role Email
Prof. Chee Hing Tan Director
High speed and low noise avalanche photodiodes lead
Prof. John David Infrared technology lead
Dr. Jo Shien Ng X-ray and single photon detection
Dr. Jon Willmott Optics and Instrumentation

Project Overview

ADC Diagram

We have experience in a wide range of projects:

Current Projects

Date Sponsor Title
1. March 2015 - Sept 2015 UK Space Agency (RP10G0348B02) Infrared sensing above 10μm using Type II Superlattice Photodetectors
2. Jan 2015 - Sept 2015 IIKE and LAND Instruments Ratio detectors incorporating on-chip temperature monitoring
3. Feb 2015 - Jul 2018 H2020: Marie Curie ITN PROMIS
4. Jan 13 - Jan 15 European Space Agency (4000107110) InAs APD development for NIR and SWIR applications
5. May13 - May15 TSB-KTP (KTP009051) Novel multi-colour radiation thermometry
6. Apr13 – Oct16 EPSRC(EP/K001469/1) Next generation avalanche photodiodes: realising new potentials using nm wide avalanche regions
7. Nov12 – Oct 15 EPSRC CASE with
LAND Instruments International Ltd.

High sensitivity, multispectral InAsNSb based infrared detectors for thermal imaging and non-contact temperature measurement.

8. Sep 12 - Aug 15 EPSRC (EP/J015814/1) InAsNSb Dilute Nitride Materials for Mid-infrared Devices & Applications.
9. Aug 12 – Feb 16 Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTLX1000064084) Novel lateral cascaded InAs avalanche photodiodes for infrared sensing: Towards a true solid state photomultiplier

Completed Projects

Date Sponsor Title
1. Aug 10 – Apr 14 EPSRC (EP/H031464/1) Ultra high detectivity single carrier multiplication InAs avalanche photodiodes for IR optical detection.
2. May 07 – Sep 10 TSB Superconducting Systems
3. Apr 09 - Sept 10 UK Ministry of Defence
Detectors for Infrared Algorithmic Spectrometer
4. Apr 07 - Apr 09 UK Ministry of Defence
Novel low voltage InAs avalanche photodiodes for affordable 2D IR photodetectors
5. Apr 06 - Mar 07 UK Ministry of Defence
Novel low voltage InAs avalanche photodiode
6. Jul 06 - Jun 10 (w ext.) EPSRC(EP/D064759/1) Novel InGaAs/InAlAs travelling-wave avalanche photodiode for ultra high speed photonic applications
7. Nov 07 – Oct 08 UK Ministry of Defence
Competition of Ideas
2 Band Quantum Dot Infrared Photodiodes for Mid- and Long-Wave Infrared Scene Sensing
8. Oct 04 - Sep 07 Bookham (now Oclaro) CASE studentship: InAlAs avalanche photodiodes