Single-photon light detection with transition-edge sensors

Rajteri, M. and Taralli, E. and Portesi, C. and Monticone, E. (2008) Single-photon light detection with transition-edge sensors. Il nuovo cimento C, 31 (4). pp. 549-555. ISSN 1826-9885

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Transition-Edge Sensors (TESs) are microcalorimeters that measure the energy of incident single photons by the resistance increase of a superconducting film biased within the superconducting-to-normal transition. TES are able to detect single photons from IR to X-ray with an intrinsic energy resolution and photon-number discrimination capability. Metrology, astronomy and quantum communication are the fields where these properties can be particularly useful. In this work, we report about characterization of different TESs based on Ti films. Single photons have been detected from 200nm to 800 nm working at transition temperature Tc ∼ 100 mK. Using a pulsed laser at 690nm we have demonstrated the capability to resolve up to five photons.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cryogenics; refrigerators, low-temperature detectors, and other low-temperature equipment ; Superconducting optical, X-ray, and γ-ray detectors (SIS, NIS, transition edge)
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 530 Fisica
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 16:53
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 16:53

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