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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 3 — Feb. 11, 2013
  • pp: 3043–3054

Plasmonic superconducting nanowire single photon detector

Amin Eftekharian, Haig Atikian, and A. Hamed Majedi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 3, pp. 3043-3054 (2013)

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A theoretical analysis to enhance the quantum efficiency of a meander-line superconducting single photon detector without increasing the length or thickness of the active element is proposed. The general idea is to utilize the plasmonic nature of a superconducting layer to increase the surface absorption of the input optical signal. To satisfy both optical guiding and photon detection considerations of the design, a coefficient is introduced as a measure to maintain the device sensitivity while crossing over from the current crowding to vortex-based detection mechanisms.

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

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Original Manuscript: December 6, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 23, 2013
Published: January 31, 2013

Amin Eftekharian, Haig Atikian, and A. Hamed Majedi, "Plasmonic superconducting nanowire single photon detector," Opt. Express 21, 3043-3054 (2013)

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