Acousto-electric single-photon detector
Journal article, 2007

We propose a novel concept for a semiconductor-based single-photon detector for quantum information processing, which is capable of discriminating the number of photons in a light pulse. The detector exploits the charge transport by a surface acoustic wave (SAW) in order to combine a large photon absorption area (thus providing high photon collection efficiency) with a microscopic charge detection area, where the photo generated charge is detected with resolution at the single electron level using single electron transistors (SETs). We present preliminary results on acoustic transport measured in a prototype for the detector as well as on the fabrication of radio-frequency single-electron transistors (RFSETs) for charge detection. The photon detector is a particular example of acousto-electric nanocircuits that are expected to be able to control both the spatial and the spin degrees of freedom of single electrons. If realized, these circuits will contribute substantially to a scalable quantum information technology.

RF-SET

single-photon detection

SAW

SET

single electron transistor

surface acoustic wave

Author

P.D. Batista

Paul Drude Institut fur Festkorperelektronik

Martin Gustafsson

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

M. M. de Lima, Jr.

Universitat de Valencia

Paul Drude Institut fur Festkorperelektronik

M. Beck

Paul Drude Institut fur Festkorperelektronik

V. I. Talyanskii

University of Cambridge

R. Hey

Paul Drude Institut fur Festkorperelektronik

P.V. Santos

Paul Drude Institut fur Festkorperelektronik

Per Delsing

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

J. Rarity

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

0277786X (ISSN)

Vol. 6583 658304- 658304

Areas of Advance

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Subject Categories

Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Condensed Matter Physics

Infrastructure

Nanofabrication Laboratory

DOI

10.1117/12.722789

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