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Superconducting Detectors



Kent D. Irwin


Superconducting detectors operated at temperatures near absolute zero are bringing about a broad revolution in measurement capabilities in a wide range of fields. Superconducting detectors are used in measurements across the entire electromagnetic spectrum from radio through gamma rays, as well as with ions, DNA fragments, and weakly interacting particles. They are being applied in materials analysis, astronomy, particle physics, and in the new discipline of quantum information.
Scientific American
Nov 2006


detectors, microcalorimeter, superconducting, transition edge sensor, tunnel junction


Irwin, K. (2004), Superconducting Detectors, Scientific American (Accessed July 20, 2024)


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Created May 24, 2004, Updated January 27, 2020