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Saul Krasner Memorial Science Lecture Series
Dr. Daniel Prober, Yale University

"Microwave Studies of Superconducting Detectors and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes" 

Abstract: We have studied the electron energy loss processes in very sensitive superconducting nanobolometers [1] and in single-walled carbon nanotubes of very high quality. [2] The superconducting detectors can be used for very sensitive astronomy light sensors in the far-infrared region of the spectrum, and could be used in future NASA satellites. While their science is still being established, the nanotubes might also be made into sensitive detectors – this research at Yale was lead by Dr. Daniel Santavicca, and supported by NSF and NASA/JPL.  

1. "Energy resolution of terahertz single-photon-sensitive bolometric detectors," D.F. Santavicca, B. Reulet, B.S. Karasik, S.V. Pereverzev, D. Olaya, M.E. Gershenson, L. Frunzio and D.E. Prober, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 083505 (2010).

2. "Energy loss of the electron system in individual single-walled carbon nanotubes," D.F. Santavicca, J.D. Chudow, D.E. Prober, M.S. Purewal and P. Kim, Nano Lett. 10, 4538 (2010); see also Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 223503 (2011).

Biography: Dr. Prober is a Professor of Applied Physics and Physics at Yale University. He joined the faculty in 1975 as an Assistant Professor, after completing the Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard. He was promoted to tenure in 1981. He received the A.B. in Physics from Brandeis University in 1970. His main research interests are in nanosystems, superconductivity, quantum noise and low temperature photon detectors.

Dr. Prober is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences, and has received two NASA research awards and two Fulbright Fellowships. He is the Director of Graduate Admissions for the Yale Faculty of Engineering, and recently completed a six-year term as Chair of the Department of Applied Physics. He has organized many public school science lectures and Yale’s contributions to the New Haven Science Fair. He has trained over 30 Ph.D. students and over a dozen postdoctoral fellows. His teaching ranges from a graduate course on superconductivity to a freshman seminar on ‘Science of Modern Technology’. Dr. Prober’s website is at