Overview of Single-photon Sources and Detections Research Theme

Single-photon detectors typically work by sensing an electrical signal that results from the absorption of a photon. current research into single-photon sources and single-photon detectors is the explosive growth of the field of quantum-information science over the last few decades. At its core, quantum-information science involves the encoding, communication, manipulation, and measurement of information using quantum-mechanical objects.

The strong growth of quantum-information applications have provided motivation for the development of improved single-photon sources and single-photon detectors.

Single-photon detectors are used for a wide range of applications, including bioluminescence detection, DNA sequencing, Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) for studying protein folding, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) for remote sensing, and light ranging on shorter scales, optical time domain reflectometry, picosecond imaging circuit analysis, single-molecule spectroscopy and fluorescence-lifetime measurements, medical applications such as diffuse optical tomography and positron emission tomography, and metrology.

Technology Platform Links

Single-photon sources and detections uses multiple technology platforms. These technology platforms Quantum Dots, Photonic integration and silicon photonics, Displays, and Biophotonics.

Application Links

Advances in Single-photon sources and detections brings significant benefits to several areas, including Energy and Lighting, Sensors, Communications, Medical, and Biotechnology.

NB-Photonics member expertise

Detailed information on the listed experts can be found on the who we are page.

Roel Baets
Edouard Brainis
Zeger Hens
Dries Van Thourhout