PIZZICATO: Picosecond Scintillator Timing with Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detectors

Zadeh, Iman Esmaeil; Chang, Jin; Dorenbos, Pieter; Dorenbos, Sander N.; Krämer, Karl; Siebbeles, Laurens D.A.; Schaart, Dennis R. (2020). PIZZICATO: Picosecond Scintillator Timing with Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detectors. In: ATTRACT Final Conference.

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Time-of-flight positron emission tomography (TOF-PET) visualizes molecular processes in vivo and is commonly used in the treatment of cancer. TOF-PET can be transformed into a tool for personalized medicine in a much wider range of clinical applications if we can improve the time-of-flight resolution to ~10 ps. The PIZZICATO consortium is developing a novel type of TOF-PET detector based on large-area superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SNSPD) optically coupled to ultrafast direct-bandgap semiconductor scintillators. Here, we present first proof-of-concept results, including the successful development of large-area SNSPDs with sub-10 ps single-photon time resolution and first measurements of scintillation signals using SNSPDs.

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08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)

UniBE Contributor:

Krämer, Karl


500 Science > 530 Physics
500 Science > 540 Chemistry


[UNSPECIFIED] EC, Grant Agreement 777222




Karl Krämer

Date Deposited:

17 Nov 2020 15:15

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:41





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