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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 27177–27184

Low-filling-factor superconducting single photon detector with high system detection efficiency

Taro Yamashita, Shigehito Miki, Hirotaka Terai, and Zhen Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 27177-27184 (2013)

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We designed, fabricated, and measured superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SSPDs) with low filling factor which achieve high system detection efficiency (SDE) and counting rate simultaneously. Numerical simulation reveals that high optical absorptance is possible in SSPDs even for low filing factor by tuning the device design. The SDEs of fabricated 18-50% filling factor SSPDs were measured systematically, and all SSPDs showed high SDEs of 61-80% and the lowest 18% filling factor SSPD achieved a high SDE of 69%.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(270.5570) Quantum optics : Quantum detectors

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Original Manuscript: August 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2013
Published: November 1, 2013

Taro Yamashita, Shigehito Miki, Hirotaka Terai, and Zhen Wang, "Low-filling-factor superconducting single photon detector with high system detection efficiency," Opt. Express 21, 27177-27184 (2013)

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