Relevant projects will employ novel devices (e.g., transition edge sensors, superconducting nanowire single photon detectors) or materials (e.g., vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes, 2D materials) 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-IR devices for absolute calibration of incident photon flux. A qualified candidate would already have expertise in at least some of the following areas: single photon measurements (with superconducting nanowire detectors or transition edge sensors), cryogenic experimental techniques, infrared measurements, FTIR spectroscopy, device fabrication (superconductors, carbon nanotubes, 2D materials, or silicon nitride), optical and e-beam lithography, digital acquisition and control, superconductivity, SQUID measurement techniques, and noise measurements.
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Tomlin NA, White M, Vayshenker I, Woods SI, Lehman JH: Planar electrical-substitution carbon nanotube cryogenic radiometer. Metrologia 52: 376, 2015.
Thongrattanasiri S, Koppens FHL, Garcia de Abajo FJ: Complete Optical Absorption in Periodically Patterned Graphene. Physical Review Letters 108: 047401, 2012.
single photon detector; infrared detector; mid-IR detector; far-IR detector; superconducting nanowire detector; transition edge sensor; SQUID; carbon nanotubes; 2D materials; graphene