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Lorentz Center Workshop on Nanowire Superconducting Single-Photon Detectors

November 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 1, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Working Group 1 is co-organising a workshop on the “Nanowire Superconducting Single-Photon Detectors“, to be held at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, Netherlands, from November 28 to December 1, 2016.

Event website : http://lorentzcenter.nl/lc/web/2016/835/info.php3?wsid=835&venue=Oort

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Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) consist of a thin and narrow superconducting nanowire sensitive to single photons. SNSPDs have a wide range of both technological and scientific uses, which makes them ideal for a series of applications ranging from cancer treatment to deep-space communication and quantum cryptography.

However, the detection mechanism is poorly understood, which restricts application of these detectors. Recently, there have been two important developments in the field of SNSPDs. Firstly, leaps were made in the performance of these detectors by using amorphous superconductors. Secondly, new experimental methods such as pump-probe techniques and multiphoton excitations were introduced which produced a slew of new experimental evidence regarding the internal workings of the device.

The workshop aims to address the recent developments in the physics of the detection mechanism. It will bring together the relevant groups (experimentalist, theorist and condensed-matter physicists) in a 5-day workshop and will try to come to a common picture of the working mechanism of these devices.


Due to the limited number of places available, we ask the interested participants to provide a brief research statement along with their application form. Importantly, if you are a member of WG1 (or wish to become one) please email Félix Bussières to manifest your interest in participating in the workshop (felix.bussieres[at]unige.ch).

For more information

Please contact Félix Bussières (felix.bussieres[at]unige.ch).


November 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am
December 1, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Jelmer Renema
Eduard Driessen
Alexander Korneev
Francesco Marsili
Félix Bussières


Lorentz Center @ Oort
Niels Bohrweg 2
Leiden, 2300 RA Netherlands
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