University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) researchers have come up with a quantum sensor. This new senor has proven its ability to exceed current technologies & holds a lot of potential in long-range three-dimensional imaging & examining cancer treatments success.
Features of Quantum Sensors
Quantum sensors are first of their type & are based on semiconductor nanowires which can identify light’s single particles with high timing resolution, effectiveness & speed over an unparalleled range of wavelength, right from ultraviolet to near-infrared.
Furthermore, these sensors can also dramatically enhance quantum communication & remote sensing capabilities. Michael Reimer, main investigator said that a sensor has to be very effective at identifying light. In applications such as surveillance, quantum radar & nighttime operation, less number of particles go back to device. In such instances, a person should be able to recognize every single photon coming in.
Quantum sensor developed in Michael’s laboratory is quick & efficient that it has the ability to consume & identify light’s single particle known as a photon. It refreshes for the next one in nanoseconds. Researchers have developed a collection of narrowed nanowires which converts inward bound photons into electric current, which may be amplified & identified.
Various Applications can take Advantage
Attaining long range high resolution three-dimensional photos, remote sensing, singlet oxygen recognition for dose controlling in cancer treatment, high-speed imaging from space, and quantum communication are some of the applications that can take advantage from the strong single photon discovery that is offered by the latest quantum sensor.
Semiconducting nanowire collection accomplishes its efficiency, high speed, and timing resolution due to the quality of its components, amount of nanowires & improvement of shape & arrangement of nanowire. Sensor senses a huge spectrum of light with high efficiency & high time resolution at the same time running at room temperature. Michael further revealed that spectrum absorption can be increased more with various materials.
The moment prototype is bundled with correct electronics & portable cooling, sensor will be all set for testing outside the laboratory. Michael stated that a variety of industries & research fields will get added advantages from quantum sensor that has these capabilities.