Waveguide integrated superconducting single-photon detectors with high internal quantum efficiency at telecom wavelengths
Superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) provide high efficiency for detecting individual photons while keeping dark counts and timing jitter minimal. Besides superior detection performance over a broad optical bandwidth, compatibility with an integrated optical platform is a crucial requirement for applications in emerging quantum photonic technologies. Here we present SNSPDs embedded in nanophotonic integrated circuits which achieve internal quantum efficiencies close to unity at 1550 nm wavelength. This allows for the SNSPDs to be operated at bias currents far below the critical current where unwanted dark count events reach milli-Hz levels while on-chip detection efficiencies above 70% are maintained. The measured dark count rates correspond to noise-equivalent powers in the 10-19 W/Hz -1/2 range and the timing jitter is as low as 35 ps. Our detectors are fully scalable and interface directly with waveguide-based optical platforms.
Achievement of the ultimate sensitivity along with a high spectral resolution is one of the frequently addressed problems, as the complication of the applied and fundamental scientific tasks being explored is growing up gradually. In our work, we have investigated performance of a superconducting nanowire photon-counting detector operating in the coherent mode for detection of weak signals at the telecommunication wavelength. Quantum-noise limited sensitivity of the detector was ensured by the nature of the photon-counting detection and restricted by the quantum efficiency of the detector only. Spectral resolution given by the heterodyne technique and was defined by the linewidth and stability of the Local Oscillator (LO). Response bandwidth was found to coincide with the detector's pulse width, which, in turn, could be controlled by the nanowire length. In addition, the system noise bandwidth was shown to be governed by the electronics/lab equipment, and the detector noise bandwidth is predicted to depend on its jitter. As have been demonstrated, a very small amount of the LO power (of the order of a few picowatts down to hundreds of femtowatts) was required for sufficient detection of the test signal, and eventual optimization could lead to further reduction of the LO power required, which would perfectly suit for the foreseen development of receiver matrices and the need for detection of ultra-low signals at a level of less-than-one-photon per second.
Theoretical and experimental results of microwave radiation influence on the multi-layered biological tissues at 2450 MHz electromagnetic field frequency oscillations. Model and analytical calculation method of the temperature distribution inside the volume of biological tissue are presented. The prospects of the microwave radiation therapy are shown.
Theoretical and experimental research results in the field of highly effective rod material's with low thermal conductivity microwave heat treatment technologies are presented. Rods made of polymeric composite materials are used as reinforcement in construction industry. Proposed microwave throughout the volume uniform heating method of the dielectric rod removes the internal thermal stresses in the process of polymerization reactions. Volumetric heating of the dielectric rods leads to fullness of polymerization and high quality of products. A loaded long line with given boundary conditions was used as a model of microwave device with the processed material. Microwave device, consisting of two different in design electrodynamic system sections with complementary temperature distribution over the cross section of a rod, was proposed for a highly efficient dielectric rods' with different diameters heat treatment. The first electrodynamic system (round waveguide) provides the maximum temperature along the axis of the dielectric rod and its decline along the radius to the outer surface of the rod. The second electrodynamic system (diaphragmatic waveguide slowwave structure) provides the maximum temperature on the outer surface of the rod, and its decline along the radius to the axis of the dielectric rod. The resulting temperature distribution over the cross section of a rod from the two sections of the microwave device should provide the temperature distribution over the cross section of a rod, which satisfies the technological process requirements. Experimental studies were carried out on the electromagnetic field frequency oscillations of 2450 MHz with a rod of 40 mm in diameter. Divergence of the theoretical and experimental crosssection temperature values of the rod does not exceed 6%, and the temperature deviation in the material rod does not exceed 8% from the nominal temperature value. Polymer composite materials' thermal conductivity is very small and their heat treatment with gas or other known methods does not lead to the entire volume uniformity of heating, which leads to various flaws in the finished products during production.
The results of calculation and measurement of temperature distribution in the leasing out of dielectric materials which are heated up in the microwave devices wave-water type. The calculation method of microwave devices of a waveguide type of heat treatment of sheet dielectric materials. Considered microwave devices, Otley-exclusive feature of which is the change of the geometrical sizes of a narrow wall of a rectangular waveguide, working mainly on the type of waves to ensure a uniform temperature in the processed sheet the dielectric-dielectric material.
A thorough spectral study of the intrinsic single-photon detection efficiency in superconducting TaN and NbN nanowires with different widths has been performed. The experiment shows that the cut-off of the intrinsic detection efficiency at near-infrared wavelengths is most likely controlled by the local suppression of the barrier for vortex nucleation around the absorption site. Beyond the cut-off quasi-particle diffusion in combination with spontaneous, thermally activated vortex crossing explains the detection process. For both materials, the reciprocal cut-off wavelength scales linearly with the wire width where the scaling factor agrees with the hot-spot detection model.
The development of terahertz imaging instruments for security systems is on the cutting edge of terahertz technology. We are developing a THz imaging system based on a superconducting integrated receiver (SIR). An SIR is a new type of heterodyne receiver based on an SIS mixer integrated with a flux-flow oscillator (FFO) and a harmonic mixer which is used for phase-locking the FFO. Employing an SIR in an imaging system means building an entirely new instrument with many advantages compared to traditional systems. In this project we propose a prototype THz imaging system using an 1 pixel SIR and 2D scanner. At a local oscillator frequency of 500 GHz the best noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) of the SIR is 10 mK at an integration time of 1 s and a detection bandwidth of 4 GHz. The scanner consists of two rotating flat mirrors placed in front of the antenna consisting of a spherical primary reflector and an aspherical secondary reflector. The diameter of the primary reflector is 0.3 m. The operating frequency of the imaging system is 600 GHz, the frame rate is 0.1 FPS, the scanning area is 0.5 × 0.5 m2, the image resolution is 50 × 50 pixels, the distance from an object to the scanner was 3 m. We have obtained THz images with a spatial resolution of 8 mm and a NETD of less than 2 K.
The results of microwave influence aimed at the temperature rise in local area in multilayered biological tissues are given. the experimental results of temperature distribution in multilayered biological tissue are presented at the electromagnetic field frequency of 2450MHz. The model and analytic calculations for the temperature distribution inside the biological tissue are presented. The calculation results for the temperature distribution in multilayered biological tissues are given.
The dynamics of a two-component Davydov-Scott (DS) soliton with a small mismatch of the initial location or velocity of the high-frequency (HF) component was investigated within the framework of the Zakharov-type system of two coupled equations for the HF and low-frequency (LF) fields. In this system, the HF field is described by the linear Schrödinger equation with the potential generated by the LF component varying in time and space. The LF component in this system is described by the Korteweg-de Vries equation with a term of quadratic influence of the HF field on the LF field. The frequency of the DS soliton`s component oscillation was found analytically using the balance equation. The perturbed DS soliton was shown to be stable. The analytical results were confirmed by numerical simulations.
Radiation conditions are described for various space regions, radiation-induced effects in spacecraft materials and equipment components are considered and information on theoretical, computational, and experimental methods for studying radiation effects are presented. The peculiarities of radiation effects on nanostructures and some problems related to modeling and radiation testing of such structures are considered.
This volume presents new results in the study and optimization of information transmission models in telecommunication networks using different approaches, mainly based on theiries of queueing systems and queueing networks .
The paper provides a number of proposed draft operational guidelines for technology measurement and includes a number of tentative technology definitions to be used for statistical purposes, principles for identification and classification of potentially growing technology areas, suggestions on the survey strategies and indicators. These are the key components of an internationally harmonized framework for collecting and interpreting technology data that would need to be further developed through a broader consultation process. A summary of definitions of technology already available in OECD manuals and the stocktaking results are provided in the Annex section.