Introduction to Single Photonics and Quantum Radiometry Short Course: Sources, Detectors and Measurements

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In cooperation with researchers and metrologists from around the world, the University of Colorado Boulder will present a short course consisting of lectures and hands-on lab interaction. Demonstrations and labs will be provided by industrial partners active in the field.


  • Detectors
    • PMTs, SPADs, SNSPDs, TESs (if you don’t know the acronyms, come to the course!), how do we define detection efficiency? What is detector tomography?
  • Sources
    • Down conversion, quantum dots, nitrogen vacancies, What’s the difference between a single photon source and simply ‘faint light’?
  • Measurements and use cases
    • Detection efficiency, photon number, dark counts, jitter, dark counts. What is ‘spooky action at a distance’? What does a calibration report tell me?
  • Engineering
    • Cryogenics, optics, optical fibers and optimization, statistics and uncertainty


February 21, 2023
February 24, 2023
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