Relevant projects will employ novel materials (e.g., vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes, two-dimensional materials) or devices (e.g., transition edge sensors, superconducting nanowire single photon detectors) to expand the capabilities for infrared detection. Areas of particular interest include single photon detection at mid-infrared wavelengths, high sensitivity methods for far-infrared detection, and wide bandwidth UV-to-IR devices for absolute calibration of incident photon flux. A qualified candidate would already have expertise in at least some of the following areas: carbon nanotube device fabrication, 2D materials device fabrication, silicon nitride device fabrication, optical and e-beam lithography, FTIR spectroscopy, IR measurements, cryogenic experimental techniques, superconductivity, SQUID measurement techniques, and noise measurements.
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Marsili F, Verma VB, Stern JA, Harrington S, Lita AE, Gerrits T, Vayshenker I, Baek B, Shaw MD, Mirin RP, Nam SW: Detecting single infrared photons with 93% system efficiency. Nature Photonics 7: 210, 2013
Thongrattanasiri S, Koppens FHL, Garcia de Abajo FJ: Complete Optical Absorption in Periodically Patterned Graphene. Physical Review Letters 108: 047401, 2012
Single-photon detectors; Mid-IR detectors; Far-IR detectors; Carbon nanotubes; Two-dimensional materials; Graphene; Superconducting nanowires; Transition edge sensor;