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The physics of nanowire superconducting single-photon detectors

Promotores: Prof.dr. D. Bouwmeester, Prof.dr. A. Fiore (TU Eindhoven)

J. Renema
05 March 2015
Thesis in Leiden Repository

We investigate the detection mechanism in superconducting single photon detectors via quantum detector tomography. We find that the detection event is caused by diffusion of quasiparticles from the absorption spot, combined with entrance of a vortex. Moreover, we investigate the behaviour of superconducting single photon detectors in an external magnetic field.

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