Single-photon counting is the ultimate level of sensitivity in optical measurement techniques. The growing interest in the creation, manipulation, and detection of single photons has been spurred by emerging applications for which photon counting is an enabling technology. In many cases, these applications involve physical processes in which a very small number of photons, often just one, are available for detection, such as single-molecule spectroscopy and ultra-low-light-level imaging. In other instances, it is the quantum properties of a single- or correlated-photon state that are exploited, and the broad field of quantum optics, particularly quantum information processing, is critically dependent on the means for controlling and sensing various properties of photons.

This conference provides a forum for the presentation of advances in all aspects of the science and technology of single-photon counting. The program will emphasize the latest developments in detector technologies capable of sensing single photons, as well as sources capable of generating single photons. A multitude of material systems is used to achieve single-photon generation and detection at operating wavelengths that span ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and terahertz regimes, and developments throughout these spectral regions are of interest. Associated electronic circuitry and signal processing is often crucial to photon-counting instrumentation, and submissions concerning advances in these areas are of great value. Applications and techniques that employ these detectors and sources are the drivers for improved device performance, and the presentation of applications that exploit single photons is essential to the program. Submissions covering photon counting theory, metrology, and all other elements of photon counting technology are encouraged.

Original papers are solicited in the following areas: ;
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Conference SI100

Advanced Photon Counting Techniques XVI

This conference has an open call for papers:
Abstract Due: 6 October 2021
Author Notification: 3 December 2021
Manuscript Due: 9 March 2022
Single-photon counting is the ultimate level of sensitivity in optical measurement techniques. The growing interest in the creation, manipulation, and detection of single photons has been spurred by emerging applications for which photon counting is an enabling technology. In many cases, these applications involve physical processes in which a very small number of photons, often just one, are available for detection, such as single-molecule spectroscopy and ultra-low-light-level imaging. In other instances, it is the quantum properties of a single- or correlated-photon state that are exploited, and the broad field of quantum optics, particularly quantum information processing, is critically dependent on the means for controlling and sensing various properties of photons.

This conference provides a forum for the presentation of advances in all aspects of the science and technology of single-photon counting. The program will emphasize the latest developments in detector technologies capable of sensing single photons, as well as sources capable of generating single photons. A multitude of material systems is used to achieve single-photon generation and detection at operating wavelengths that span ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and terahertz regimes, and developments throughout these spectral regions are of interest. Associated electronic circuitry and signal processing is often crucial to photon-counting instrumentation, and submissions concerning advances in these areas are of great value. Applications and techniques that employ these detectors and sources are the drivers for improved device performance, and the presentation of applications that exploit single photons is essential to the program. Submissions covering photon counting theory, metrology, and all other elements of photon counting technology are encouraged.

Original papers are solicited in the following areas:
  • photon counting theory
  • single-photon sources
  • detectors for photon counting
  • photomultiplier technologies
  • single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs)
  • superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPDs)
  • novel structures/devices for single-photon detection
  • electronic circuitry for photon-counting detectors
  • signal processing for photon counting
  • technical principles of photon counting
  • photon correlation techniques
  • multidimensional TCSPC
  • photon-counting imaging techniques
  • single-photon metrology
  • instrumentation for photon counting
  • applications of photon counting
  • fluorescence techniques (FLIM, FRET, FCS)
  • optical tomography
  • quantum optics and photonic quantum-information processing
  • quantum cryptography
  • free-space optical communications
  • lidar/laser radar using single-photon detection
  • low-light-level imaging
  • adaptive optics systems
  • single-photon detection for consumer products
Conference Chair
Argo AI, LLC (United States)
Conference Chair
Joshua C. Bienfang
National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Conference Chair
MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Program Committee
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Program Committee
Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Program Committee
Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Program Committee
Robert H. Hadfield
Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Program Committee
Relative Dynamics, Inc. (United States)
Program Committee
Leonardo MW Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Program Committee
Abigail S. Licht
MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Program Committee
National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Program Committee
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Program Committee
PicoQuant GmbH (Germany)
Program Committee
Emma Wollman
Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
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