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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Jan. 16, 2012
  • pp: 1608–1616

Gated mode superconducting nanowire single photon detectors

Mohsen K. Akhlaghi and A. Hamed Majedi  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 1608-1616 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.001608


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Abstract

Single Photon Detectors are fundamental to quantum optics and quantum information. Superconducting nanowire detectors exhibit high performance in free-running mode, but have a limited maximum count rate. By exploiting a bistable superconducting nanowire system, we demonstrate the first gated-mode operation of these detectors for a large active area single element device at 625MHz, one order of magnitude faster than its free-running counterpart. We show the maximum count rate in gated-mode operation can be pushed to GHz range without a compromise on the active area or quantum efficiency, while reducing the dark count rate.

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OCIS Codes
(040.0040) Detectors : Detectors
(040.5570) Detectors : Quantum detectors
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

ToC Category:
Detectors

History
Original Manuscript: November 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 30, 2011
Published: January 10, 2012

Citation
Mohsen K. Akhlaghi and A. Hamed Majedi, "Gated mode superconducting nanowire single photon detectors," Opt. Express 20, 1608-1616 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-2-1608


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