ECE Seminar: Introduction to Commercial Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detectors

May 3

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm


Dr. Aaron J. Miller, Founder and President Quantum Opus, LLC.

Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) have enabled new scientific measurements and secure communication systems by significantly improving the detection of nearinfrared photons, a band that is traditionally problematic for semiconductor- and photomultiplier-based detectors. These devices can achieve >90% near-infrared efficiency, 25 ns dead times, <50 ps jitter, and near zero dark count rates. In this talk you will be introduced to the technology of superconducting nanowire detectors, including aspects of their design, fabrication, and operation. I will also present a brief history of Quantum Opus and how we are working to bring SNSPD technology to researchers through our present commercial systems and new products expected as a result of recent DARPA sponsored efforts.Biography: Dr. Aaron J. Miller has been working in the field of high-performance superconducting detectors for 20 years. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2001, worked at NIST (Boulder, CO) through 2005, and was a professor at Albion College until 2015. He founded Quantum Opus, LLC in 2013 to commercialize SNSPD systems.