Photon-number-resolving superconducting nanowire detectors

F. Mattioli, Z. Zhou, A. Gaggero, R. Gaudio, S. Jahanmirinejad, D. Sahin, F. Marsili, R. Leoni, A. Fiore

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In recent years, photon-number-resolving (PNR) detectors have attracted great interest, mainly because they can play a key role in diverse application fields. A PNR detector with a large dynamic range would represent an ideal photon detector, bringing the linear response of conventional analogue detectors down to the single-photon level. Several technologies, such as InGaAs single photon avalanche detectors (SPADs), arrays of silicon photomultipliers, InGaAs SPADs with self-differencing circuits and transition edge sensors have shown photon number resolving capability. Superconducting nanowires provide free-running single-photon sensitivity from visible to mid-infrared frequencies, low dark counts, excellent timing resolution (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104001-1/15
Number of pages15
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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