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2021 Silver Medal Award

AWARD CITATION

The group is recognized for exceptional scientific achievement culminating in the first demonstration of an array of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPDs) with more than 1,000 pixels. The NIST array represents a 15X improvement in size and pixel count and over one hundred million times better noise properties than conventional arrays. Such arrays of SNSPDs are required for the most demanding applications of imaging at ultralow light levels for astronomy, deep space communications, and medical imaging. The group’s technology is already being adopted by industry.

GROUP AWARD

Varun Verma

Physicist
Physical Measurement Laboratory

Adriana Lita

Physicist
Physical Measurement Laboratory

Richard Mirin

Supervisory Electronics Engineer
Physical Measurement Laboratory

Sae Woo Nam

NIST Fellow
Physical Measurement Laboratory

Thomas Gerrits

Physicist
Information Technology Laboratory

Martin Stevens

Electronics Engineer
Physical Measurement Laboratory

Robert Horansky

Physicist
Communications Technology Laboratory