State of the art time-to-digital converter
The Time-Tagger that grows with your needs
- Use cases
Two models are available:
- The basic model
This model is the entry model for the cost-sensitive customer. It features 1 start and 2 stop channels. The graphical user interface for recording timestamps and the API for your customized solution is included as well. All features of the standard model can be upgraded at your lab.
- The standard model
This model features 1 start and 4 stop channels. A separate channel for external clock is available and easily accessible on the front panel. The device allows synchronizing with up to four standard models with all 16 stop channels using the same timebase and clock input. The software includes an analyzing tool for lifetime measurements and correlation functions (e.g. HBT measurements, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy).
|+ Stop channel extension|
The quTAG basic features two stop channels that can be extended by up to two more flexible stop channels. The quTAG standard has all 4 stop channels enabled by default.
|+ Lifetime software|
This software addon enables the user to analyze lifetime measurements on the fly. It calculates the histograms, fits exponential decreases and takes response function of the system into account.
|+ Correlation software|
This software extension is intended for calculating the correlation function, as needed for example in Hanbury Brown-Twiss experiments or fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. Standard functions can be fitted to assess the relevant parameters.
|+ Clock Input|
The quTAG can be synchronized to an external clock of 10 MHz to allow more precise long-term accuracy.
|+ Synchronization between devices|
This extension allows you to synchronize up to 4 quTAG devices. By this, up to 16 equal stop channels are offered and behave like one device – all sharing the same clock input and time base.
|+ Marker Input|
This extension allows the use of additional input channels with less resolution that can be used for your trigger signals (e.g. pixel clock, line clock). These inputs are included in your timeline and help you sorting and assigning your timestamps.
|+ Virtual Channels|
This extension allows you to enable user-defined filters or virtual channels (e.g. coincidence filter or artificial dead time). This filtering happens inside the device so that you save bandwith on your USB connection.
|+ User-defined Clock frequency|
Allow to use any frequency between 1-100 MHz as clock input for long-term accuracy.
|+ Start Channel as Input|
The start channel can be converted to another stop channel allowing the device to have 5 completely equal input channels with 1 ps resolution.
|+ Divider for stop channels|
This option allows you to enable a divider on all stop channels. This allows higher (periodic) frequencies to be recorded.
Additional extensions are available upon request. Customized solutions, e.g. signal outputs, are possible. Contact us for details!
|Timing jitter||< 10|
|Number of stop channels||basic: 2|
|Max event rate||100|
|M/s (per device)
M/s (per channel)
|Input signals||e.g. LVTTL, NIM|
everything between -3 V and +3 V
|Connection to PC||USB 3.0|
|Software||GUI, DLL, LabView, Python, Command line|
|Dimensions||44 x 30 x 5||cm x cm x cm|
All specifications can be found in the datasheet.
Measurement 1: Laser trigger as Start, Single Quantum SNSPD as Stop
We measured a time difference histogram between the trigger pulse from the laser as start and the SQ detector signal as stop.
This is basically the setup for a Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) measurement..
Whole system response function (blue, measured with quTAG): Timing jitter 17.8 ps RMS, 35.9 ps FWHM
For comparison: Detector response function (red, measured with fast oscilloscope): Timing jitter 14.5 ps RMS, 26.1 ps FWHM.
Measurement 2: One SQ Detector as Start, another one as Stop
Here, we measured the time difference histogram between one of the two SQ SNSPDs as Start and the other one as Stop pulse.
Timing jitter of 2 SQ SNSPDs measured with the quTAG (blue): 21.6 ps RMS, 45.6 ps FWHM.