Recent advances in superconducting nanowire single-photon detector technology for exoplanet transit spectroscopy in the mid-infrared

  title={Recent advances in superconducting nanowire single-photon detector technology for exoplanet transit spectroscopy in the mid-infrared},
  author={Emma E. Wollman and Varun B. Verma and Alex B. Walter and Jeff Chiles and Boris A. Korzh and Jason P. Allmaras and Yao Zhai and Adriana E. Lita and Adam Nykoruk McCaughan and Ekkehart Schmidt and Simone Frasca and Richard P. Mirin and Sae Woo Nam and Matthew D. Shaw},
  journal={Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems},
  pages={011004 - 011004}
  • E. Wollman, V. Verma, M. Shaw
  • Published 1 January 2021
  • Physics
  • Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
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