High Speed Room Temperature Single Photon Counters

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-13-C-0028
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4986
Amount: $374,994.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: A11a-T008
Solicitation Number: 2011.A
Small Business Information
1840 Oak Ave., Suite 212S, Evanston, IL, 60201
DUNS: 133619234
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gregory Kanter
 VP Engineering
 (847) 733-8750
Business Contact
 Prem Kumar
Title: Manager / CEO
Phone: (847) 275-8996
Email: kumarp@nucrypt.net
Research Institution
 Northwestern University
 Elizabeth H Adams
 633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL, 60208-1110
 (847) 491-3003
 Nonprofit college or university
Detecting light at the single photon level is a fundamental measurement function that is useful in a wide variety of applications, including such diverse fields as quantum communications, laser ranging, and biological spectroscopy. Avalanche photodiode based single-photon detectors are convenient solid-state devices that do not require cryogenic cooling. We will build avalanche photodiode based single-photon-detection systems that make use of advanced gating techniques to improve their count rate. The single-photon detectors will be used in quantum measurement, such as entanglement distribution, and lidar applications. We will also use nonlinear frequency conversion to enable improved single-photon detectors in the telecom-wavelength bands around 1.3 and 1.5 microns.

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