NIST Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 17:49 in Physics & Chemistry

( -- Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed the world's most efficient single photon detector, which is able to count individual particles of light traveling through fiber optic cables with roughly 99 percent efficiency. The team`s efforts could bring improvements to secure electronic communication, advanced quantum computation and the measurement of optical power.

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