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Status of the SIMP Project: Toward the Single Microwave Photon Detection

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The Italian institute for nuclear physics (INFN) has financed the SIMP project (2019–2021) in order to strengthen its skills and technologies in the field of meV detectors with the ultimate aim of developing a single microwave photon detector. This goal will be pursued by improving the sensitivity and the dark-count rate of two types of photodetectors: current-biased Josephson junction (CBJJ) for the frequency range 10–50 GHz and transition-edge sensor (TES) for the frequency range 30–100 GHz. Preliminary results on materials and devices characterization are presented.

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Alesini, D., Babusci, D., Barone, C. et al. Status of the SIMP Project: Toward the Single Microwave Photon Detection. J Low Temp Phys (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10909-020-02381-x

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Keywords

  • Transition-edge sensor
  • Josephson junctions
  • SQUID
  • Axion