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Final Report - SINPHONIA (Single-photon nanostructured detectors for advanced optical applications)

Funded under: FP6-IST

Abstract

This is the final report for the 'Single-photon nanostructured detectors for advanced optical applications' (Sinphonia) project, whose goal was to develop and investigate a specific type of single-photon detector based on superconductor nanostructures, and demonstrate its use in a number of applications requiring ultimate sensitivity in the near-infrared (IR) and high speed of operation.

The report reveals that Sinphonia has fully achieved its main objectives, to

- fabricate single-photon optical detectors with unprecedented performance at telecom wavelengths
- demonstrate their implementation in several IST applications by industrial partners and by doing that has developed and promoted the superconducting single-photon detector (SSPD) technology to the point where it has become a key technology for single-photon applications.

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