Test Facilities Overview

In the context of SENSE a collaboration between several labs experienced in measuring photosensors was developed and is regulated within a MoU. The aim is to characterize LLL sensors and standardize measurements and analysis procedures. Each lab has slightly different test facilities for the measurement of photosensors so as a first step each platform is characterized and systematic errors relevant for various measurements are compared. By this doubled efforts characterizing sensors are minimized and common precisions on measured quantities are established. All results should be published jointly under open access.

A Cooperation Agreement for providing a framework for the testing and performance studies of photosensors was developed and all included test facilities will be described in detail below. At the moment the document is signed by the following institutions:

DESY, University of Geneva (UNIGE), Max-Planck-Institut für Physik (MPI), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania (INAF-CT), Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University (Nagoya), University of Heidelberg, Kirchhoff-Institut für Physik (Heidelberg)  

If your institution wants to be part of the agreement contributing on measurement please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The first publication with a comparison of photon detection efficiency and optical crosstalk of various SiPM devices is available here.

If you have any questions about the different facilities, if you want to share your experience in photosensor measurement or if you have a device that should be measured at our test facilities please feel free to directly get in touch with the given contact person or write a post in our forum.


Overview of available test facilities:





Detailed description of individual test facilities: