A Review of the 8th Single Photon Workshop

The Single Photon Workshop 2017 was held in Boulder, Colorado, USA in the last week of July. It offered a great opportunity to interact with our customers and showcased great examples of how science is driving technological development (and vice versa).

At this year’s event we showcased the new ID900 Time Controller. I’m pleased to say it was very well received.

The Time Controller represents a big leap forward in electronics for time-correlated single-photon counting, real-time correlation and very fast instrument control. We had some great conversations with delegates and it was exciting to discuss the potential new applications of the technology; including the possibility of experiments with feed-forward control, where high speed inputs and outputs allow for 200 nanoseconds optical path adjustments.

The event featured several presentations on single photon avalanche photodiode (SPAD) development, superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPD) and their use in quantum physics research. ID Quantique is the only company operating at the forefront of both of these technologies and able to offer a range of solutions to address the needs of both scientists and engineers.

This was demonstrated by the latest results on improved temporal resolution, presented at the workshop. ID Quantique, in partnership with a team of scientists at the University of Geneva, recently achieved a resolution of less than 30 ps in amorphous SNSPDs.

Similarly, Emna Amri, a Hardware Research Engineer at ID Quantique and a PhD student at the University of Geneva, together with Hugo Zbinden, Boris Korzh and Gianluca Boso,presented her latest results in improving the jitter in InGaAs-based SPADs to less than 50 ps, which is a record-low value for such devices. Emna was awarded the best student poster prize at the workshop. Congratulations Emna.

If you are based in the US and would like to arrange a meeting with a local representative from Boston, contact Rik van Gorsel on: +1 857 636 23 27 or email rik.vangorsel@idquantique.com

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