What has the ATTRACT seed funding enabled you to do so far?
In the project Gisiphod, Single Quantum and the Quantum Nano Photonics group at KTH were able to develop superconducting single photon detectors with high photon count-rate and explored the direct integration of superconducting detectors onto an optical fiber.
What challenges have you faced so far?
The biggest challenges we faced were on the technical side. Achieving high photon count-rates is hard since not only the detector design but also the superconducting film quality must be of extraordinary quality. The reliable integration of superconducting nanowires onto optical fibers requires non-standard nanofabrication techniques and unconventional approaches.
Where does your ATTRACT journey go from here?
The knowledge gained during the project allows us to make single photon detectors for an even wider range of applications and serve the demand from our customers.
Sum up in two sentences the advantages of the ATTRACT Programme over other research funding schemes.
Attract focuses on bringing new ideas to reality and fosters collaboration which naturally expands the partners networks.
Attract is very efficient, little reporting, little overhead, resulting in maximum project output and impact.