In the work, Chandra Mouli Natarajan, Mike Tanner and Robert Hadfield from Heriot-Watt University, UK, survey advances made by research groups around the world in this technology. The first part of the review concerns the basic SNSPD operating principle, the evolution of device design and origins of noise mechanisms. Next, practical refrigeration technologies and optical coupling schemes for SNSPDs are discussed. The article concludes with a comprehensive survey of promising application areas.

Detailed snapshot

This review is an indispensible resource for newcomers and experts in the field, as well as end users. It captures a detailed snapshot of an emerging superconducting detector technology on the threshold of maturity.

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