Nanowire superconducting single-photon detectors integrated with optical microcavities based on GaAs substrates

S. Jahanmiri Nejad*, A. Gaggero, F. Marsili, F. Mattioli, R. Leoni, D. Bitauld, D. Sahin, G. J. Hamhuis, R. Nötzel, R. Sanjines, A. Fiore

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Abstract

Nanowire superconducting single photon detectors (SSPDs) are superior detectors of choice for many applications particularly in quantum information and communication technology. SSPD's excellent sensitivity and time resolution are brought about by the ultrafast transition of the very thin and narrow NbN nanowire meander from superconducting to normal state upon absorption of a single photon at near-infrared wavelengths [1]. However, low optical absorption in the ultrathin nanowire structures, puts a limit on the detection efficiency of these devices. A promising approach to improve the photon absorption in SSPDs is integrating them with advanced optical structures [2]. In this work, we report on the successful integration of SSPDs with optical cavity based on GaAs/AlAs distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) to enhance their detection efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO EUROPE/EQEC 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO EUROPE/EQEC 2011 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 22 May 201126 May 2011

Conference

Conference2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO EUROPE/EQEC 2011
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period22/05/1126/05/11

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