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Detection mechanism of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

Engel, Andreas and Renema, J J and Ilin, Konstantin and Semenov, A. (2015) Detection mechanism of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors. Superconductor Science & Technology, 28, p. 114003. Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing. DOI: 10.1088/0953-2048/28/11/114003 ISSN 0953-2048

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In this paper we intend to give a comprehensive description of the current understanding of the detection mechanism in superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors. We will review key experimental results related to the detection mechanism, e.g. the variations of the detection probability as a function of bias current, temperature or magnetic field. Commonly used detection models will be introduced and we will analyze their predictions in view of the experimental observations. Although none of the proposed detection models is able to describe all experimental data, it is becoming increasingly clear that vortices are essential for the formation of the initial normal-conducting domain that triggers a detection event.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/101476/
Document Type:Article
Title:Detection mechanism of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Engel, AndreasUniversity of ZürichUNSPECIFIED
Renema, J JLeiden Institute of Physics, Leiden University, The NetherlandsUNSPECIFIED
Ilin, KonstantinUniversity of KarlsruheUNSPECIFIED
Date:25 September 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Superconductor Science & Technology
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1088/0953-2048/28/11/114003
Page Range:p. 114003
Publisher:Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing
Keywords:single-photon detector, superconducting nanowire, vortex, vortex–antivortex pair, detection mechanism
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systemtechnologien
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Optical Sensor Systems
Deposited By: Semenov, Prof.Dr. Alexey
Deposited On:04 Jan 2016 08:03
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:21

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