Periodic Reporting for period 2 - SUPERTED (Thermoelectric detector based on superconductor-ferromagnet heterostructures)
Reporting period: 2019-09-01 to 2021-02-28
The project has resulted so far into 48 scientific papers, 9 of them in journals with an impact factor larger than 7. In addition, we have told about SUPERTED in various events and press releases.
We have followed our project proposal very carefully, but the delays caused by the pandemic seriously have seriously affected our operations due to long lockdown periods during which no experimental work could be done, due to the state of resolvency of one of the partners and the ensuing change of partners, due to the difficulty of traveling between partners, and due to the delays in shipments of relevant technology required for the aims. This is why the goal of demonstrating the world's first superconducting thermoelectric detection of electromagnetic radiation has moved to the next few months. We believe that such a demonstration will be feasible both for sub-THz and X-ray radiation by the fall 2021. We will request an extension to the project such that the remaining of the project can then be used to optimize the detectors and aim at proving their benefits compared to the present-day superconducting detectors. If successful, this progress may open the way to widen the use of superconducting detectors to new regimes of imaging. Such advances are important in a wide range of applications, ranging from astrophysical and security imaging to elemental analysis of materials and bioimaging.