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Our sustainability roadmap

May 2024

By 2025, we plan to reduce the energy consumption of our operation by 33% and generate at least 20% of energy in sustainable ways ourselves.♻️🔋 And we will not stop there!
We are working on a sustainability roadmap toward 2030 to reduce our environmental footprint further and maximize our positive impact.
📍 As one of the first steps, last month we installed solar panels on the roof of Single Quantum headquarter building in Delft to offset carbon emission.

There is still a long way to go, we will keep you posted on our sustainable journey!

The world's first scalable quantum internet connection in the port of Rotterdam

May 2024

The collaborative efforts of Single Quantum together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Q*BIRD B.V., Cisco, Eurofiber, Portbase, Intermax, and InnovationQuarter have led to a significant breakthrough: the world’s first scalable quantum internet connection in the port of Rotterdam.🌐

Through successful trials, the effectiveness of quantum technology in enhancing security measures, particularly in safeguarding sensitive information, has been demonstrated. This achievement represents a crucial step forward in securing the operations and economic activities of one of the world’s busiest ports!🚢
Read the press release

This project is part of the Quantum Delta NL programme.

Toshiba Europe and Single Quantum partner to provide extended long-distance QKD deployment capability

April 2024

💥 A real success for Single Quantum and Toshiba Quantum Technology!

With the testing and validation of Toshiba’s QKD technology using Single Quantum’s SNSPDs, the extended transmission distance of QKD deployment over a single fiber link (reaching distances of 300km!) opens up new possibilities for secure communication networks. 🔌🔒

💡 Even more incredible is the fact that the whole solution comes in a compact, stackable, and rack-mountable system!
This advancement not only enhances the security of data transmission but also demonstrates the ongoing progress in quantum technologies. 🚀

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Focus on Microscopy - Genoa

March 2024

❓ What did our application scientists, Dr. Martin Caldarola and Dr. Antonio Guardiani, present at Focus on Microscopy 2024 last week?
🔎 Hint: It involves a new development in imaging technology!

The poster showcases how we developed a broadband detector specifically optimized for imaging tasks.🔬 Covering wavelengths over 1000 nm, this detector offers exceptional detection efficiency, dynamic range, and minimal jitter.
This research underscores the practical benefits of our cutting-edge detection technology for confocal microscopy applications!
Explore our imaging line

ESA/NASA Joint Technology Demonstration with NASA Psyche Spacecraft

March 2024

💥 We are proud to announce a groundbreaking project for the ESA/NASA Joint Technology Demonstration with NASA Psyche Spacecraft.We will contribute with our technology to the latest achievements in laser communication and we can’t be more excited about that!

➡️ The Psyche mission will test a sophisticated deep space communication link at telecom wavelengths to stream data from hundreds of millions kilometer away.
Here, Single Quantum will step in by providing with a low dead time, low jitter, single photon detector array for the ESA/ESOC ground laser receiver to be installed in Greece Q4 2024. 📡
🚀Our SNSPD array system will disclose higher data-rates for new potential shorter range missions.

For this ESA/NASA Joint Technology Demonstration, we will work alongside our partners qtlabs – Quantum Technology Laboratories GmbHGeneral Atomics Synopta GmbHqssys – Quantum Space Systems GmbH and Safran under the supervision of the European Space Agency – ESA to help bring this innovative technology to life.

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This project is funded by NSO – Netherlands Space Office https://lnkd.in/eyFUQ7yU


January 2024

The QuPhlex project is officially underway 🚀
Led by Single Quantum in collaboration with esteemed partners, ICON Photonics and ThinkQuantum, QuPhlex aims to develop a universal integration technology for optical cryogenic and room-temperature detectors, with a key demonstration into QKD communications.
This Eurostar3 project (nr. 3979) has now been officially granted 🤝

➡ The three partners will collaborate to develop highly integrated packaged detectors Superconducting Single-Photon Detectors (SNSPDs) that can seamlessly integrate into any cryostat.
➡ This innovative approach will lead to breakthroughs for several applications, such as high-density and high-efficiency cryogenics detectors for quantum applications, and high-datarates detectors for telecom ones

The ultimate goal is to create new products that not only meet the highest standards but also sets new benchmarks in the field!
Thanks to Netherlands Enterprise Agency Bpifrance and MUR for the support.

Highly sensitive nanowires detect ion beams

January 2024

Have you read this article yet? 📃 It marks a significant achievement in the detection of protein ions using superconducting nanowires!

🔎 This research, backed by the EU-funded SuperMaMa and ATTRACT EU projects, demonstrates how superconducting nanowires can serve as excellent detectors for protein beams in quadrupole mass spectrometry.

In particular, SNSPDs exhibit remarkable quantum yield at low-impact energies. A mass spectrometer equipped with such a quantum sensor can not only differentiate molecules based on their mass-to-charge state but also classify them according to their kinetic energy. 💡 This advancement enhances detection capabilities and provides the potential for better spatial resolution, as highlighted by the first author.

🔗Full study www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.adj2801

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Single Quantum USA Inc.

January 2024

It’s an exciting time for Single Quantum, as we are expanding and opening our first office in the US! 🥂

🚩 Founded in 2012, we pioneered single photon detection technology, becoming the first in Europe to manufacture and commercialize SNSPDs.
Our multi-channel Single Quantum Eos system, chosen by over 200 labs worldwide, continues to drive breakthroughs across various applications, including quantum communication, Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), LiDAR, and bio-imaging.

🚩 Now, we are thrilled to bring this groundbreaking technology to the US, furthering our mission of making the world’s fastest and most sensitive light sensors, limited only by the laws of physics.

Excellence in photon detection

November 2023

Our mission is to make the world’s fastest and most sensitive light sensors, limited only by the laws of physics. 🚀
That’s why our team has worked hard to achieve excellence in single photon detection at the most important telecom wavelength of 1550 nm, where we offer SNSPDs featuring:

✔️ System detection efficiency >90%
✔️ Dark count rate <1 cps
✔️ Timing jitter <15 ps

At Single Quantum, we’re dedicated to excellence as our detectors redefine standards across various wavelengths.
➡️ Interested in knowing the possible combinations of these specs? Check our datasheet and connect with us!

Learn more about our Excellence line

Dr. Jessie Qin-Dregely nominated Fellow of the Netherlands Academy of Engineering

November 2023

We are proud to share that our COO, Dr. Jessie Qin-Dregely, has been appointed as Fellow of the Netherlands Academy of Engineering (NAE). 🎓🇳🇱

The NAE brings together top experts in technological sciences and R&D from diverse sectors, driving technological innovation and engineering solutions to tackle major societal challenges while creating fresh business prospects and export opportunities.
With 62 Fellows, the NAE is well-prepared to fulfill its mission and will officially inaugurate them on November 13th in The Hague.

Jessie, your dedication inspires us, and we stand by you as you embark on this exciting journey! 🙌✨

Visit the NAE website

All-in-one compact SNSPD system

October 2023

Have you ever seen an all-in-one solution for Superconducting Single Photon Detectors in less than 11U within a rack?

📍 12 channels detection system, an electronic driver and the attocube systems AG IGLU helium compressor, all in a remarkably compact size, making it ideal for industrial applications like quantum communication.

Don’t miss this groundbreaking development in SNSPD system design! 🚀 Reach out to us today for more info.

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Low-noise nanowire detectors capture quantum information with unprecedented detail

September 2023

💬 << Multipixel superconducting nanowires offer a potential solution, promising to double both the imaging depth and resolution in light microscopy >> states Sander Dorenbos.

In this article, Single Quantum’s CEO and coordinator of the EU project Brainiaqs, explains how researchers implemented SQCam in a multi-photon microscope,  conducting in vitro and in vivo bioimaging experiments.

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What is SQCam? 📹

SQCam is our free-space coupling solution for imaging, a cryostat with an optical window capable of hosting an SNSPD array of up to 48 pixels. For more details, please check here: 🔗 www.singlequantum.com/technology/cryogenics

New Single Quantum Eos R12

September 2023

Some of you have already spotted it, and now it’s finally ready to be ordered: Single Quantum Eos R12!

📍 Up to 12 fiber-coupled SNSPDs
📍 Compact 130mm x 610mm x 438mm design
📍 19’’ rack mountable (3U)

🔎 Our turnkey solution, including the electronic driver and the helium compressor, can be as compact as 11U within a rack. Perfect for industrial applications like quantum communication.
Don’t miss out on this quantum leap in the design of SNSPD system! Get in touch with us today.

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Discover Photon Number Resolving with Interleaved Detectors

August 2023

🔍 Our interleaved SNSPD accurately detects photons through a multipixel approach. With four independent pixels, it can simultaneously detect up to 4 photons with a great system detection efficiency.
The incredible fast operation, recovery time and low timing jitter makes our interleaved PNR solution perfect for time-multiplexed experiments.

How does it work?
Operating our multipixel PNR system is straightforward. A simple connection to a 4-channel time tagger is all it takes! Experience ease and reliability in every experiment, with a plug-and-play system in continuous operation.

Ready to explore the future of photon experiments?
💡 Share your thoughts, and our team will guide you through the capabilities of Interleaved Detectors.
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Interleaved Detectors

August 2023

Introducing Single Quantum interleaved superconducting single photon detectors!
We are excited to showcase one of our greatest innovations in quantum detection technology – check it out here:
Interleaved Detectors

What are the advantages?
📍 Unmatched speed: tailored for applications with superior photon-number resolution
📍 Pixel independence, unlocking maximum efficiency
📍 Ultra-fast full efficiency recovery, after only 4 ns at 1550 nm
📍> 80% efficiency at 1550 nm, along with a remarkable -3 dB efficiency point at 1.6 GHz count rate – achieved in our R&D labs
📍 Outstanding timing jitter and dark count rate
📍 Ultra-high dynamic range, for faster and sharper imaging

A new article featuring Single Quantum on Nature Physics

June 2023

Our photon detectors played a key-role in a groundbreaking experiment, leading to the publication of Photon bound state dynamics from a single artificial atom on Nature Physics.
Usually, photons don’t interact with each other, however a nonlinear interaction using low laser powers and a single atom was observed! It was the first experiment to directly measure these unique photon bound states.

Tailored Single Quantum SNSPDs were crucial, featuring
📍 Low timing jitter – ensuring accurate measurement of pulse shapes without the need for data corrections.
📍 Ultra low dark counts  – minimizing noise in correlation measurements, even during long integration periods.
📍 High temporal resolution  – allowing precise observation of light states interacting with the system.
📍 High detection efficiency  – essential for detecting rare photon interactions and reducing experimental time and potential measurement errors caused by losses in the optical system.

Photon bound state dynamics from a single artificial atom 

A new article on TD-DOS

June 2023

Researchers at Fondazione Politecnico di Milano addressed the limitation of the distance between the light source and detector, which has been a longstanding hurdle.
The solution involved Single Quantum SNSPDs with exceptional qualities, including high dynamic range and time resolution. These advanced detectors have the potential to revolutionize time domain diffuse optical spectroscopy by differentiating photons without afterpulsing.

Under the guidance of Prof. Antonio Pifferi at PoliMi, the team, led by Vamshi Damagatla, conducted a series of experiments using phantoms, in order to evaluate the performance of a TD-DOS setup incorporating superconducting single photon detectors.
The results were promising, achieving an absorption spectrum of water with an unprecedented proximity of just 150 micrometers between the detector and light source.

Interstitial null-distance time-domain diffuse optical spectroscopy using a superconducting nanowire detector 

FastMOT Project - We are here to innovate medical imaging

June 2023

Single Quantum is now the coordinator the fastMOT project, innovating medical imaging.
With our high performing single-photon sensor technology, we’re enabling non-invasive imaging of deep organ structures and monitoring of body functions using diffuse optics.
The Multifunctional Optical Tomograph, equipped with our sensor, will achieve 100x signal-to-noise ratio improvement compared to traditional sensors.

Thanks to the 3 million euros fundings from the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) programme and the UK Research and Innovation, the fastMOT project is set to make a significant impact.

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New webinar - International Online Conference on Nanomaterials

May 2023

Our research engineer, Ronan Gourgues, will be presenting at the upcoming #IOCN23 webinar on quantum sensing.
The webinar is scheduled for Friday 5th of May at 9 am CEST through Sciforum platform and is part of the 4th International Online Conference on Nanomaterials.

Ronan’s expertise in SNSPDs makes him the perfect speaker for this event. He will delve into the latest developments in this exciting field and provide valuable insights into the potential applications of this technology.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to gain knowledge and learn from Ronan!
Register now

One of the most read Perspectives from last year, with over 12,500 downloads!

AIP Publishing (May 2023)

Congratulations to Single Quantum team and collaborators on their outstanding work with Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detectors (SNSPD), recently featured as one of the most read Perspectives in the AIP Publishing journal!

We’re proud to be at the forefront of advancing quantum sensing technology, and this achievement reflects the dedication and expertise of our team and partners.
We invite you to join us on our journey to unlock the potential of quantum technology by exploring and learning more about SNSPD!

Read the article

RESPITE Project - On-chip vision and recognition

April 2023

Last week, we hosted the kick-off meeting for the RESPITE project with our esteemed partners including Delft University of TechnologyGhent University – IMEC, University of OxfordUniversity of GroningenTÜBİTAK, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Berlin.

Together, we will develop on-chip vision and recognition using our cutting-edge single photon detectors.
Our SNSPD arrays will function as a retina for vision, while for recognition, we are setting up artificial neural networks composed of superconducting Joule switches as neurons and phase-change memory elements as synaptic weights.

Interested in learning more about this innovative project?

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