Invited speaker: Dr. Matt Shaw

Dr. Matt Shaw,  Leader of the  Superconducting Materials and Devices group, California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,CA,USA

When: Friday, April 8th, 2022 at 10:30 am
Viewing Options: 1) In-person  at the Isselbacher Auditorium 7-7231 in the Martinos Center, Building149, 13th street in the Charlestown Navy Yard
2) Online via Zoom

Title: Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors for Applications in Biomedical Imaging

Abstract: Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPDs) are the highest performing detectors available for time-resolved single photon counting, from the UV to the mid-infrared. We will discuss recent advances in the field of SNSPDs, including scaling to kilopixel-scale arrays, few-ps timing jitter, and optimization for exotic wavelengths. Progress in the field of SNSPDs has so far been driven by applications in quantum information science, deep-space optical communication, dark matter detection, and astronomy, but there are significant opportunities to take advantage of these new capabilities for life science applications and biomedical imaging.


Matt Shaw is the supervisor of the Superconducting Materials and Devices group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which specializes in the development of a variety of superconducting detector technologies for far-infrared astronomy and other applications. For the past ten years, he has been leading the development of superconducting nanowire single photon detectors at JPL.He also holds a visiting research affiliation in Physics at Caltech. He is from Fairbanks, Alaska.

All who are interested are welcome to join!