Professor Daniel Prober describes the development and uses of single photon detectors, covering photon energies from MeV to meV, and wavelengths from 1 picometer to 1 mm. The developments have been driven by many applications, drawn from astronomy, biology, communications, and materials analysis. Intended for a general scientific audience, Professor Prober presents a selection of these developments and applications.
Dr. Prober is a Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University. He joined the faculty in 1975 as an Assistant Professor, after completing the Ph.D in Physics at Harvard. He was promoted to tenure in 1981. His main research interests are in low temperature electron transport in nanosystems, superconductivity, quantum noise and low temperature photon detectors. Dr. Prober is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences, and has received two NASA research awards and two Fulbright Faculty Fellowships. He is the Director of Graduate Admissions for the Yale Faculty of Engineering. He has trained over 30 PhD students and over a dozen postdoctoral fellows. His teaching ranges from a graduate course on superconductivity to a freshman seminar on 'Science of Modern Technology', and lectures in New Haven grade schools.