Fluctuation Mechanisms in Superconductors

Nanowire Single-Photon Counters, Enabled by Effective Top-Down Manufacturing

  • Holger Bartolf

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
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  3. Nanoscale Manufacturing Process Developments

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  4. Nanoscaled Superconductivity and its Application in Single-Photon Detectors

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  5. Back Matter
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About this book


Holger Bartolf discusses state-of-the-art detection concepts based on superconducting nanotechnology as well as sophisticated analytical formulæ that model dissipative fluctuation-phenomena in superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors. Such knowledge is desirable for the development of advanced devices which are designed to possess an intrinsic robustness against vortex-fluctuations and it provides the perspective for honorable fundamental science in condensed matter physics. Especially the nanowire detector allows for ultra-low noise detection of signals with single-photon sensitivity and GHz repetition rates. Such devices have a huge potential for future technological impact and might enable unique applications (e.g. high rate interplanetary deep-space data links from Mars to Earth).


  • Superconducting Single-Photon Detectors
  • Nanotechnological Manufacturing; Scale: 10 Nanometer
  • Berezinskii-Kosterlitz Thouless (BKT) Transition, Edge-Barrier, Phase Slips

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students of physics in the fields of single-photon devices, nanofabrication, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics and superconductivity
  • Industrial practitioners with focus on nanotechnology and single-photon detectors

About the Author

Holger Bartolf studied Solid State Physics at the Universities of Karlsruhe and Zürich. In 2011 he relocated at the Swiss Corporate Research Center of a leading company in power and automation technologies where his current interests focus on the applied R&D of the next generation of power semiconductors.


Solid State Physics Condensed Matter Physics Superconductivity Single-Photon Detectors Nanotechnology Fluctuation Phenomena

Authors and affiliations

  • Holger Bartolf
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  1. 1.Baden-DättwilSwitzerland

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