Study Papers

Single Photon Counting Detectors

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E. Shirokoff,
P. S. Barry,
C. M. Bradford,
P. Day, et al.
"Design and Performance of SuperSpec: An On-Chip, KID-Based, mm-Wavelength Spectrometer", Journal of Low Temperature Physics. February, 2014. (pdf)
S. Hailey-Dunsheath,
P. S. Barry,
C. M. Bradford,
G.Chattopadhyay, P. Day, S. Doyle, M. Hollister,
A. Kovacs,
H. G. LeDuc, et al.
"Optical Measurements of SuperSpec: A Millimeter-Wave On-Chip Spectrometer", Springer. January 23, 2014. (pdf)
M. J. Strader,
M. D. Johnson,
B. A. Mazin,
G. V. Spiro Jaeger, et al.
"Excess Optical Enhancement Observed with ARCONS for Early Crab Giant Pulses", The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 779:L12 (6pp). December 10, 2013. (pdf)
P. Szypryt,
G. E. Duggan,
B. A. Mazin,
S. R. Meeker,
M. J. Strader,
J .C. van Eyken,
D. Marsden,
K. O'Brien, et al.
"Direct Detection of SDSS J0926+3624 Orbital Expansion with ARCONS ", arXiv:1309.4087v1 [astro-ph.SR]. September 18, 2013. (pdf)
D. W. Marsden,
B. A. Mazin,
K. O'Brien,
C. Hirata
"Giga-z: A 100,000 Object Superconducting Spectrophotometer for LSST Follow-up ",
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series,
208:8 (15pp).
September, 2013. (pdf)
B. Mazin,
S. Meeker,
M. Strader,
B. Bumble,
K. O'Brien,
P. Szypryt, et al.
"ARCONS: A 2024 Pixel Optical through Near-IR Cryogenic Imaging Spectrophotometer ", arXiv:1306.4674v1 [astro-ph.IM]. June 21, 2013. (pdf)
M. R. Vissers,
J. Gao,
M. Sandberg,
S. M. Duff,
D. S. Wisbey,
K. D. Irwin,
D. P. Pappas
"Proximity-coupled Ti/TiN multilayers for use in kinetic inductance detectors", Applied Physics Letters 102, 232603 (2013);
doi: 10.1063/1.4804286.
June 14, 2013. (pdf)
L. J. Swenson,
P. Day, B. Eom,
H. G. Leduc,
N. Llombart,
C. M. McKenney, O. Noroozian,
J. Zmuidzinas
"Operation of a titanium nitride superconducting microresonator detector in the nonlinear regime", Journal of Applied Physics 113, 104501 (2013); doi: 10.1063/1.4794808.
March 8. 2013. (pdf)
M. Roesch,
A. Benoit,
A. Bideaud,
N. Boudou,
M. Calvo, et al.
"Development of Lumped Element Kinetic Inductance Detectors for NIKA", arXiv:1212.4585v1
[astro-ph.IM].
December 19, 2012. (pdf)
J. Gao,
M. R. Vissers,
M. O. Sandberg,
F. C. S. da Silva,
S. W. Nam, et al.
"A titanium-nitride near-infrared kinetic inductance photon-counting detector and its anomalous electrodynamics", Applied Physics Letters 101. October 5, 2012. (pdf)
E. Shirokoff,
P. S. Barry,
C. M. Bradford,
G.Chattopadhyay, P. Day, S. Doyle, et al.
"MKID development for SuperSpec: an on-chip, mm-wave, filter-bank spectrometer", SPIE  8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 84520R. September 27, 2012. (view online)
D. Marsden,
B. A. Mazin,
B. Bumble,
S. Meeker,
K. O'Brien,
S. McHugh,
M. Strader,
E. Langman
"Optical lumped element microwave kinetic inductance detectors", SPIE 8453, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy V, 84530B. September 25, 2012. (view online)
C. M. McKenney, H. G. Leduc,
L. J. Swenson,
P. K. Day,
B. H. Eom,
J. Zmuidzinas
"Design considerations for a background limited 350 micron pixel array using lumped element superconducting microresonators", SPIE  8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI. September 24, 2012. (view online)
P. S. Barry,
E. Shirokoff,
A. Kovacs,
T. J. Reck,
S. Hailey-Dunsheath, et al.
"Electromagnetic design for SuperSpec: a lithographically-patterned millimetre-wave spectrograph ", SPIE  8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 84522F. September 24, 2012. (view online)
K. O'Brien,
B. Mazin,
S. McHugh,
S. Meeker,
D. Marsden,
B. Bumble
"ARCONS: a 1024 pixel superconducting integral field spectrograph", SPIE 8446,
Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV.
September 24, 2012.
(view online)
M. R. Vissers,
J. Gao, J. S. Kline, M. Sandberg,
M. P. Weides,
D. S. Wisbey,
D. P. Pappas
"Characterization and In-situ Monitoring of Sub-stoichiometric Adjustable TC Titanium Nitride Growth", arXiv:1209.4626v1.
September 21, 2012. (pdf)
E. Driessen,
P. Coumou,
R. Tromp,
P. Visser,
T. Klapwijk
"Strongly Disordered TiN and NbTiN s-Wave Superconductors Probed by Microwave Electrodynamics", Physical Review Letters,
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.107003.
September 7, 2012. (pdf)
O. Noroozian,
P. K. Day,
B. Eom,
H. G. LeDuc,
J. Zmuidzinas
"Crosstalk Reduction for Superconducting
Microwave Resonator Arrays", IEEE Transactions, Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 60,
NO. 5.
May 5, 2012. (pdf)

J. Zmuidzinas
"Superconducting Microresonators: Physics and Applications", Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics, Vol. 3: 169-214. March 2012. (pdf)
H. Byeong,
P. Day,
H. LeDuc,
J. Zmuidzinas
"A Wideband, Low-Noise Superconducting Amplifier with High Dynamic Range", arXiv:1201.2392v1. January 11, 2012. (pdf)
B. Mazin,
B. Bumble,
K. O'Brien,
S. McHugh,
E. Langman
"A Superconducting focal plane array for ultraviolet, optical, and near-infrared astrophysics", Optics Express, Vol. 20,
Issue 2, pp.1503-1511.
January 10, 2012. (pdf)
K. O'Brien,
B. Mazin,
S. McHugh,
S. Meeker,
B. Bumble
"ARCONS: a Highly Multiplexed
Superconducting UV-to-Near-IR Camera", New Horizons in Time-Domain Astronomy
Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 285.

2011. (pdf)
W. Zhang,
P. Khosropanah,
J. R. Gao,
T. Bansal,
T. M. Klapwijk,
W. Miao,
S. C. Shi
"Noise temperature and beam pattern of an NbN hot electron bolometer mixer at 5.25 THz", Journal of Applied Physics, 108, 093102. November 1, 2010. (pdf)
M. Rosticher,
F. R. Ladan,
J. P. Maneval,
S. N. Dorenbos,
T. Zijlstra
"A high efficiency superconducting nanowire single electron detector", Applied Physics Letters, 97, 183106 (2010). November 1, 2010. (pdf)
S. N. Dorenbos,
H. Sasakura,
M. van Kouwen
"Position controlled nanowires for infrared single photon emission", Applied Physics Letters, 97, 171106. October 28, 2010. (pdf)
A.J. Annunziata,
O. Quaranta,
D.F. Santavicca,
A. Casaburi,
L. Frunzio,
M. Ejrnaes, et. al.
"Reset dynamics and latching in niobium superconducting nanowire single photon detectors", Journal of Applied Physics, 108, 084507 (2010). October 22, 2010. (pdf)
Y. Ren,
J. N. Hovenier,
R. Higgins,
J. R. Gao,
T. M Klapwijk,
S. C. Shi, et. al.
"Terahertz heterodyne spectrometer using a quantum cascade laser", Applied Physics Letters, 97, 161105, 2010.
October 19, 2010. (pdf)
R. Barends,
N. Vercruyssen,
A. Endo,
P. J. de Visser,
T. Zijlstra,
T. M. Klapwijk,
P. Diener, et. al.
"Minimal resonator loss for circuit quantum electrodynamics", Applied Physics Letters, 97, 023508 (2010). July 12, 2010. (pdf)
R. Barends,
N. Vercruyssen,
A. Endo,
P. J. de Visser,
T. Zijlstra, et. al.
"Reduced frequency noise in superconducting resonators", Applied Physics Letters, 97, 033507 (2010). June 1, 2010. (pdf)
J. R. Gao,
P. Khosropanah,
A. Baryshev,
W. Zhang, et. al.
"The Herschel-Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI)", A&A 518, L6 (2010).
July-August 2010. (pdf)
B.S. Karasik,
S.V. Pereverzev,
D. Olaya,
M.E. Gershenson,
R. Cantor, et. al.
"Development of the nano-HEB array for low-background far-IR applications", Proc. SPIE 7741, 774119 (2010). June - July 2010. (pdf)
M. G. Tanner,
C. M. Natarajan,
V. Pottapenjara,
J. A. O'Connor,
R. J. Warburton,
R. H. Hadfield,
B. Baek, et. al.
"Enhanced telecom wavelength single-photon detection with NbTiN superconducting nanowires on oxidized silicon", Applied Physics Letters, 96, 221109, 2010.
June 2, 2010. (pdf)
T. Klapwijk "Magnetic Nanostructures Supercurrents in ferromagnets", Nature Physics, Vol. 6.
May, 2010. (pdf)
W. Zhang,
P. Khosropanah,
J. R. Gao,
E. L. Kollberg,
K. S. Yngvesson,
T. Bansal, et. al.
"Quantum noise in a terahertz hot electron bolometer mixer", Applied Physics Letters, 96, 111113, 2010. March 19, 2010. (pdf)
D.F. Santavicca,
B. Reulet,
B.S. Karasik,
S.V. Pereverzev,
D. Olaya, et. al.
"Energy resolution of terahertz single-photon-sensitive bolometric detectors", Applied Physics Letters, 96, 083505 (2010).
February 25, 2010. (pdf)
S. Zhu,
T. Zijlstra,
A. A. Golubov,
M. van den Bemt,
A. M. Baryshev,
T. M. Klapwijk
"Magnetic field dependence of the coupling efficiency of a superconducting transmission line due to the proximity effect", Applied Physics Letters, 95 (25). p. 253502. (pdf)
J. R. Gao,
P. Khosropanah,
A. Baryshev,
W. Zhang,
W. Jellema, et. al
"Phase-locking of a 2.7-THz quantum cascade laser", Optics Letters, Vol. 34, No. 19. October 1, 2009. (pdf)
D. F. Santavicca,
B. Reulet,
B. S. Karasik,
S. V. Pereverzev,
D. Olaya,
M. E. Gershenson,
L. Frunzio,
D. E. Prober
"Characterization of terahertz single-photon-sensitive bolometric detectors using a pulsed microwave technique", AIP Conf. Proc. 1185, 72-75 (2009). 2009. (pdf)

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Nature Physics Journal Cover August 2012

Nature: Physics - August 2012 Volume 8 No 8, Photography by Peter Day (JPL).
This team described a parametric amplifier that overcomes these limitations through the use of a travelling-wave geometry and the nonlinear kinetic inductance of a superconducting transmission line. They measured gain extending over 2 GHz on either side of an 11.56 GHz pump tone and place an upper limit on the added noise of 3.4 photons at 9.4 GHz. The dynamic range is very large, and the concept can be applied from gigahertz frequencies to ~ 1 THz.