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Single-Photon Detection


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Quantum Measurement Division

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50.68.41.B8321 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.


Name E-mail Phone
Bienfang, Joshua C. 301.975.2105


Single-photon detectors serve not only as sensitive receivers; they also represent a critical bridge between the quantum and classical worlds. The capabilities of single-photon detectors have a major impact on what is and is not feasible in developing new quantum technologies. We are interested in expanding the capabilities of single-photon detectors, and using them to demonstrate new applications in quantum information science. We have used radio-frequency interferometry to achieve ultra-sensitive high-speed single-photon detection in an InGaAs/InP avalanche diode, an approach that achieves unprecedented efficiency and low-noise, and enables a variety of quantum key distribution and correlated-photon experiments. We have also developed low-latency single-photon detectors and used them to build random number generators for an all-photonic loophole-free test of the Bell inequalities. Researchers interested single-photon detection technologies, quantum optics, and high-speed electronics are encouraged to apply.


Single-photon detectors; Quantum optics; Random number generation; Quantum communications;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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