Development of superconducting quantum detectors for the observational study of the co-evolution of galaxies and super-massive black holes

  • 1.5 Quantum interdisciplinary sciences(Life science, Mathematics, Particle physics, Space science, Astronomy, Quantum gravity, etc.)
  • 2.1 Quantum bits, memories, devices(Superconducting circuits, Ion trapping, Trapped cold atoms, Photons, Quantum dots, etc.)
  • 2.2 Quantum sensing(Quantum metrology/Sensing/Imaging, Optical lattice clocks)
Kotaro Kohno
Graduate School of Science
We develop superconducting quantum detectors such as kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) to facilitate the observational study of the co-growth of galaxies and supermassive black holes in the early universe.
Ultra-wide-band submillimeter-wave spectrograph DESHIMA using superconducting resonators. (Left) conceptual view. (Right) fabricated chip.
Technology Univ. of Delft, The Univ. of Tokyo
DESHIMA mounted on the submillimeter-wave telescope ASTE in the Atacama desert in Chile
Technology Univ. of Delft, The Univ. of Tokyo

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Research collaborators

Technology University of Delft
Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft
Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
Nagoya University
Saitama University
Hokkaido University
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Related publications

Endo, A., Karatsu, K., Tamura, Y., Oshima, T., Taniguchi, A., Takekoshi, T., Asayama, S., Kawabe, R., Kohno, K., Baselmans, J., et al. Nature Astronomy, 3, 989-996 (2019).


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