KIP publications

year 2023
author(s) Häußler, M; Terhaar, R; Wolff, M A; Gehring, H; Beutel, F; Hartmann, W; Walter, N; Tillmann, M; Ahangarianabhari, M; Wahl, M; Röhlicke, T; Rahn, H-J; Pernice, W H P; Schuck,C
title Scaling waveguide-integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detector solutions to large numbers of independent optical channels
KIP-Nummer HD-KIP 23-13
KIP-Gruppe(n) F31
document type Paper
source Review of Scientific Instruments 94, No. 1: 013103
Abstract (en)

Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors are an enabling technology for modern quantum information science and are gaining attractiveness for the most demanding photon counting tasks in other fields. Embedding such detectors in photonic integrated circuits enables additional counting capabilities through nanophotonic functionalization. Here we show how a scalable number of waveguide-integrated superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors can be interfaced with independent fiber optic channels on the same chip. Our plug-and-play detector package is hosted inside a compact and portable closed-cycle cryostat providing cryogenic signal amplification for up to 64 channels. We demonstrate state-of-the-art photon counting performance with up to 60 % system detection efficiency and down to 26.0 ps timing accuracy for individually addressable detectors. Our multi-channel single photon receiver offers exciting measurement capabilities for future quantum communication, remote sensing and imaging applications.

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