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Tungsten Transition-Edge Sensors for IR/Optical/UV Photon Counting



Aaron J. Miller, Sae Woo Nam, John M. Martinis, Alexander V. Sergienko


Tungsten transition-edge sensors have been demonstrated to have impressive photon-counting capabilities. Of particular interest is the expected impact to the applications of low-flux astronomy and photonic quantum information. The combination of high quantum efficiency, negligible dark count rate, and moderate energy resolution is unique among IR/optical/UV single-photon detectors and has enabled a new class of measurements to be performed for the first time. This paper gives a background on tungsten TES (W-TES) technology and major applications and discusses recent progress at NIST toward devices with improved optical efficiency.
International Progress on Advanced Optics and Sensors
Publisher Info
Universal Academy Press, Inc., Tokyo, JA


photon counting, quantum information, transition-edge sensor


Miller, A. , Nam, S. , Martinis, J. and Sergienko, A. (2003), Tungsten Transition-Edge Sensors for IR/Optical/UV Photon Counting, Universal Academy Press, Inc., Tokyo, JA (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created May 31, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021