High Speed Room Temperature Single Photon Counters

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$374,994.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-13-C-0028
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4986
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T008
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
1840 Oak Ave., Suite 212S, Evanston, IL, 60201
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
133619234
Principal Investigator:
Gregory Kanter
VP Engineering
(847) 733-8750
kanterg@nucrypt.net
Business Contact:
Prem Kumar
Manager / CEO
(847) 275-8996
kumarp@nucrypt.net
Research Institution:
Northwestern University
Elizabeth H Adams
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL, 60208-1110
(847) 491-3003
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
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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