Nano-Net. Third International ICST Conference, NanoNet 2008, Boston, MA, USA, September 14-16, 2008, Revised Selected Papers

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Counting Photons Using a Nanonetwork of Superconducting Wires

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-02427-6_20,
        author={Andrea Fiore and Francesco Marsili and David Bitauld and Alessandro Gaggero and Roberto Leoni and Francesco Mattioli and Aleksander Divochiy and Alexander Korneev and Vitaliy Seleznev and Nataliya Kaurova and Olga Minaeva and Gregory Gol’tsman},
        title={Counting Photons Using a Nanonetwork of Superconducting Wires},
        proceedings={Nano-Net. Third International ICST Conference, NanoNet 2008, Boston, MA, USA, September 14-16, 2008, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={NANO-NET},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
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        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-02427-6_20}
    }
    
  • Andrea Fiore
    Francesco Marsili
    David Bitauld
    Alessandro Gaggero
    Roberto Leoni
    Francesco Mattioli
    Aleksander Divochiy
    Alexander Korneev
    Vitaliy Seleznev
    Nataliya Kaurova
    Olga Minaeva
    Gregory Gol’tsman
    Year: 2012
    Counting Photons Using a Nanonetwork of Superconducting Wires
    NANO-NET
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02427-6_20
Andrea Fiore1,*, Francesco Marsili, David Bitauld1, Alessandro Gaggero2, Roberto Leoni2, Francesco Mattioli2, Aleksander Divochiy3, Alexander Korneev3, Vitaliy Seleznev3, Nataliya Kaurova3, Olga Minaeva3, Gregory Gol’tsman3
  • 1: Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 2: CNR
  • 3: Moscow State Pedagogical University (MSPU)
*Contact email: a.fiore@tue.nl

Abstract

We show how the parallel connection of photo-sensitive supercon-ducting nanowires can be used to count the number of photons in an optical pulse, down to the single-photon level. Using this principle we demonstrate photon-number resolving detectors with unprecedented sensitivity and speed at telecommunication wavelengths.