Full numerical simulations of dynamical response in superconducting single-photon detectors

Yukihiro Ota, Keita Kobayashi, Masahiko Machida, Tomio Koyama, Franco Nori

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We numerically study transport phenomena in a superconducting detector. Our approach is to simulate the three-dimensional time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equation coupled with heat-diffusion and Maxwell equations. The simulation shows dynamical transition to a resistive state when an incident particle has energy higher than superconducting transition temperature. We show temporal behaviors of a superconducting gap function, depending on the incident energy scale. Furthermore, we discuss the applicability of our method to a superconducting single-photon detector. Focusing on the effects of coupling with heat sink and magnitude of quasi-particle fluctuations, we show a significant decrease of detector's threshold energy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6470656
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Superconducting photodetectors
  • superconducting thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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