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Spatial dependence of output pulse delay in a niobium nitride nanowire superconducting single-photon detector

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Sae Woo Nam, J. A. O'Connor, Michael Tanner, C. M. Natarajan, G. S. Buller, R. J. Warburton, S Miki, Z. Wang, Robert Hadfield

Abstract

We report on the position-dependent variation in output pulse timing across a superconducting single- photon detector. Our device consists of a single niobium nitride nanowire meander (100 nm width, 4 nm film thickness, 2 mm length). We use a confocal microscope configuration (full width at half maximum- spot size 1.3 υm at 1550 nm wavelength) and a femtosecond laser to study local variations in detection efficiency and output pulse timing. Pulse delays of up to 50 ps across the device correlate to local detection efficiency and resistance variations. This study indicates an underlying mechanism for timing jitter in superconductingnanowire devices.
Citation
Applied Physics Letters
Volume
98
Issue
20

Keywords

superconductivity, single photon detectors, nanowire, jitter

Citation

Nam, S. , , J. , Tanner, M. , , C. , , G. , , R. , Miki, S. , Wang, Z. and Hadfield, R. (2011), Spatial dependence of output pulse delay in a niobium nitride nanowire superconducting single-photon detector, Applied Physics Letters, [online], https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3581054 (Accessed May 20, 2024)

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Created May 16, 2011, Updated November 10, 2018