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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detectors


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Applied Physics Division

opportunity location
50.68.62.B8069 Boulder, CO

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Richard Mirin 303.497.7955
Martin J. Stevens 303.497.4740
Varun Boehm Verma 815-354-0373


Our group is developing superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) for use in a variety of applications, ranging from materials characterization to fundamental tests of quantum mechanics. Our best detectors are based on tungsten silicide and typically operate at a temperature of 1 K or below. We are interested in exploring new materials for detectors that operate at higher temperatures, as well as novel refrigeration schemes for achieving low temperatures. In addition to single-element, fiber-coupled detectors, we are also developing both arrays of detectors for imaging applications and waveguide-based devices for on-chip quantum information demonstrations. We invite proposals to investigate any aspect of SNSPDs, including device design, fabrication, cryogenics, testing implementation in ultrafast and quantum optics experiments, and exploration of the underlying superconductor physics. Available resources include state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities, ultrafast lasers, high-speed electronics, and extensive infrastructure and expertise in cryogenics.



Marsili F, Verma VB, Stern JA, Harrington S, Lita AE, Gerrits T, Vayshenker I, Baek B, Shaw MD, Mirin RP, Nam SW: Nature Photonics 7: 210, 2013


key words
Superconductors; Single-photon detectors; Quantum optics; Ultrafast optics; Quantum information; Quantum metrology;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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