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Self-calibrating nanobolometer based on superconductor–normal-metal hybrids

Objective

In this project, we develop a microwave nanobolometer invented in the ERC Starting Grant ”Single-Photon Microwave Devices: era of quantum optics outside cavities (SINGLEOUT)” into a proof of concept and carry out a market analysis and partnering with the relevant industrial players in the field.

For a successful proof of concept, a self-calibrating function will be implemented into the nanobolometer, providing us with an extremely sensitive and easy-to-use detector for microwave radiation. The new device will be designed, fabricated, and measured.

Due to the lack of spectrum analysers operating at cryogenic temperatures, our self-calibrating nanobolometer will provide a must-to-have piece of equipment for R&D facilities working on cryoelectronics and quantum technology. Thus licensing agreements with companies working on cryostats and cryosystems will be pursued.

The key performance indicators of our nanobolometer such as detection bandwidth, dynamics range, and sensitivity will be compared with the existing room-temperature technology and a potential market share for our nanobolometer will be mapped. Especially, the opportunities for commercial systems already utilizing cryogenic components such as superconducting filters at cellular phone base stations will be investigated.

During this ERC PoC project, also other business opportunities will be studied and possibilities for founding a spin-out company will be actively sought for.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/quantum physics/quantum optics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/superconductor

Call for proposal

ERC-2016-PoC
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Funding Scheme

ERC-POC - Proof of Concept Grant

Host institution

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 149 838

Beneficiaries (1)

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
EU contribution
€ 149 838
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments