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ID Quantique honoured by Laser World of Photonics 2022 Innovation Award

Laser World of Photonics 2022 has finished, and what a successful conference it was! Over 900 exhibitors from 30 countries took part and more than 15,000 trade fair visitors attended. IDQ thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone at the event. We made some great connections and shared some exciting new developments coming out of the IDQ labs. We are already looking forward to the next event.

IDQ are honoured to be winners of the Laser World of Photonics 2022 Innovation Award, in the Quantum Technologies category.

Across six categories, IDQ’s ultrafast and PNR superconducting nanowire detectors have been recognised as a breakthrough in single-photon measurement. These detectors are propelling users to the next level of research in quantum light sources, photonic quantum computing, optical communication, ultrahigh-precision LiDAR, and a host of high-speed low-signal applications.

Standard superconducting nanowire single-photon detector (SNSPD) designs can only detect the presence or absence of photons, and their performance is limited by the photon pile-up effect, often limiting their performance to detection rates of tens of MHz at best. An innovative solution is found in the parallel-pixel detectors of IDQ’s ID281 Superconducting Nanowire Series. In these devices (patent pending), an array of SNSPDs are connected in parallel to a single readout circuit. Here, single photons are much less likely to pile up at one pixel, and more than one photon can be resolved in a single detection event. All while benefitting from SNSPDs’ near-ideal detection efficiency, unparalleled timing precision, ultra-low noise, and broadband operation, and the ID281’s true latch-free operation.


Since 2001 ID Quantique provides photon counting solutions for the visible and near infrared regions of the optical spectrum, pulsed laser sources, counting & timing electronics and photonic sensing solutions for both industrial and research applications in various domains such as Quantum Physics, Communication, Bio and Material Sciences, Defence and Security, Trace Gas detection, etc. With over 20 years’ experience, and from OEM to integrated solutions, IDQ’s range of products helps customers to solve complex scientific and industrial problems with state-of-the-art tools and instrumentation combined with real-world experience.

Find out more: Latest from our Labs: Parallel-pixel SNSPDs for Ultrafast and Photon-Number-Resolved Detection

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