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Applications of Superconducting Electronics and Detectors Workshop

F113 (Thomas Jefferson National Accererator Facility Cebaf Center)


Thomas Jefferson National Accererator Facility Cebaf Center

12000 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23606, USA

Workshop on Superconducting Electronics and Detectors

This workshop will be bringing specialists in superconducting electronics and detectors to meet with the nuclear physics users community.

Superconductors have always held many promises in terms of power savings with the advent of superconducting cavities and superconducting magnets. Since superconductivity is based on loosely bound Cooper pairs, some of the best energy and timing resolutions have been achieved with superconducting detectors such as Transition Edge Sensors and Superconducting Tunnel Junction, Superconducting Nanowires. The main drawback being the low temperature required for operation. This issue can be somewhat alleviated in places where cryogenics is readily available such as Jefferson Laboratory or other major Physics facilities. This can give an opportunity to take advantage of the performances of superconducting devices.

Main topics :

· Superconducting detectors technologies  

· Superconducting electronics

· Cryogenics electronics readout

· Properties of superconductors materials and films for detector and electronics productions

· Lithography techniques

· Application of superconducting detectors and electronics for Quantum Computing and AI Machine learning

· Application for physics experiment

· Cryogenics techniques and apparatus

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Organizing Committee:

Alexandre Camsonne

Anne-Marie Valente

Anna Herr

Confirmed speakers :

Quentin Herr (IMEC) : Superconducting Electronics and Application to Machine Learning Systems

Varun Verma (NIST) : SNSPD developements at NIST

Whitney Armstrong (Argonne) : SNSPD for EIC

Jonathan Creel (JLab) : Cryogenics at JLab

Christopher Keith (JLab): Cryogenics for polarized target

Thomas Gerrit (NIST) : Transition Edge Sensors

Stephan Friedrich (LLNL) : Superconducting Tunnel Junctions

Briton Plourde (Syracuse University) : Josephson Junction based Quantum Computing

Robert Edwards (JLab): The EIC on a Table Top

Matthew Shaw (NASA JPL) : SNSPDs developments at JPL

Davide Braga (Fermilab): cryogenics ASICs

Karl Berggren (MIT) :  Cryo-CMOS and superconducting electronics

Mark Zagarola (Creare) : Low Temperature Turbo-Brayton Cryocoolers

For on site attendance registration is required at least 7 days before the event.



This project is supported by the Initiatives Fund Program, a JSA commitment, to support programs, initiatives, and activities that further the scientific outreach, promote the science, education and technology of Jefferson Lab and benefit the Lab’s extended user community in ways that complement the Lab’s basic and applied research missions.


    • 9:00 AM 11:20 AM
      Welcome / Introduction
      • 9:00 AM
        Welcome by director 5m
        Speaker: Stuart Henderson (Jefferson Lab)
      • 9:05 AM
        Nuclear Physics at Jefferson Laboratory 15m
        Speaker: Cynthia Keppel (Jefferson Lab)
      • 9:20 AM
        Introduction to workshop 25m
        Speaker: Alexandre Camsonne (Jefferson Laboratory)
      • 9:45 AM
        Application for JLab 30m
        Speaker: Alexandre Camsonne (Jefferson Laboratory)
      • 10:15 AM
        Preliminary discussion and questions 30m
      • 10:45 AM
        Coffee break 20m
    • 10:50 AM 12:00 PM
      Lab tour
    • 1:00 PM 3:20 PM
      Materials/Lithography techniques
    • 3:20 PM 5:15 PM
      Networking reception 1
    • 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
      Dinner on your own
    • 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
      Quantum computing
      • 9:00 AM
        Josephson Junction based Quantum Computing 30m
        Speaker: Briton Plourde (Syracuse University)
      • 9:30 AM
        The EIC on a Table Top 30m
        Speaker: Robert Edwards (Jefferson Lab)
    • 10:00 AM 12:00 PM
      CMOS readout: Cryogenics CMOS electronics
    • 2:00 PM 5:05 PM
      Superconducting electronics: Electronics and readout
      • 2:00 PM
        Superconducting Electronics and Application to Machine Learning Systems 50m
        Speaker: Dr Quentin Herr (IMEC)
      • 2:50 PM
        Superconducting Digital Electronics for Cryogenic Detectors 30m

        The superior performance of arrays of superconducting detectors for
        high energy physics is well known, in terms of their sensitivity and
        speed. These signals are generally amplified and read out and
        analyzed using room-temperature digital electronics some distance
        away. However, an alternative approach is to carry out data
        conversion and partial analysis using digital superconducting
        electronics located close to the cryogenic detectors. This can be
        achieved using ultrafast, ultra-low-power superconducting logic based
        on single-flux-quantum (SFQ) pulses. Relevant devices include
        analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), time-to-digital converters
        (TDCs). digital filters, and digital control logic. Performance of
        these digital circuits is discussed together with applications to
        superconducting detector arrays and superconducting qubits.

        Speaker: Dr Elie Track (HYPRES)
      • 3:20 PM
        Coffee break 30m
      • 3:50 PM
        Cryotrons 45m
        Speaker: Prof. Karl Berggren (MIT)
      • 4:35 PM
        A superconducting nanowire pulse counter integrated with an SNSPD 15m
        Speaker: Matteo Castellani (MIT)
      • 4:50 PM
        A superconducting binary shift register for SNSPD readout 15m
        Speaker: Reed Foster (MIT)
    • 5:05 PM 6:05 PM
      Discussion electronics: Discussion electronics and readout
    • 6:05 PM 9:05 PM
      Dinner on your own
    • 9:00 AM 12:30 PM
      Superconducting detectors
      • 9:00 AM
        Jefferson Laboratory Cryogenics overview 30m
        Speaker: Jonathan Creel (Jefferson Lab)
      • 9:30 AM
        Transition Edge Sensors 30m
        Speaker: Thomas Gerrits (NIST)
      • 10:00 AM
        UV pixellized SNSPDs at NIST 30m
        Speaker: Adam McCaughan
      • 10:30 AM
        Coffee break 20m
      • 10:50 AM
        SNSPDs developments at JPL 30m
        Speaker: Matt Shaw
      • 11:20 AM
        Superconducting Tunnel Junctions 30m
        Speaker: Stephan Friedrich (LLNL)
      • 11:50 AM
        Discussion detectors 40m
        Speaker: Alexandre Camsonne (Jefferson Laboratory)
    • 12:30 PM 1:00 PM
      Lunch 30m
    • 1:00 PM 2:40 PM
      IARPA meeting Supertools: IARPA Supertools
    • 2:40 PM 4:30 PM
      • 2:40 PM
        SNSPD at Argonne National Lab 30m
        Speaker: Whitney Armstrong (Argonne National Laboratory)
      • 3:10 PM
        Refrigerator for Polarized Targets 30m
        Speaker: Chris Keith (Jefferson Lab)
      • 3:40 PM
        Coffee break 20m
      • 4:00 PM
        Low Temperature Turbo-Brayton Cryocoolers 30m
        Speaker: Mark Zagarola (Creare)
    • 4:30 PM 6:00 PM
      Discussion superconducting detectors and cryogenics
    • 6:00 PM 7:15 PM
      Dinner on your own
    • 8:00 AM 11:00 AM
      IARPA Supertools 3h
    • 11:00 AM 1:15 PM

      Possible applications of superconducting electronics and detectors