Netherlands Institute for Space Research



Netherlands Institute for Space Research

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dr. ir.  P.J. (Pieter) de  Visser

Instrument scientist B
Technology science group

Contact information

T +31 (0)88 777 5890
F +31 (0)88 777 5678
E P.J.de.Visser@sron.nl
W http://www.sron.nl/Pieter_de_Visser

Visiting address

    room S.023
    3584CA Utrecht
    The Netherlands


My research focuses on superconducting microresonator detectors (MKIDs), which can resolve the energy of each visible or near-infrared photon that is absorbed by the detector. As a consequence of the energy resolving power, these detectors have no dark- and read noise as in conventional semiconductor detectors. Each pixel is read out real time. We envision these detectors to function as an imaging spectrometer to measure the composition of the atmosphere of exoplanets. Exoplanets are very faint, only a few photons per second, which requires a noiseless, photon counting detector. The unique properties of photon-counting MKIDs and the ease of making large arrays also make them promising detectors for fringe-tracking in ground-based interferometry, wavefront sensing and potentially in biological fluorescence experiments and quantum optics. I have a strong background in condensed matter physics and low temperature detectors, which I have used in the past to demonstrate the most sensitive terahertz MKID to date. Through a deep understanding of the device physics I aim to improve the energy resolution of visible/near-infrared MKIDs, enhance the quantum efficiency over a broad band and use this knowledge to demonstrate a large a array of energy-resolving MKIDs.

Featured publications

Semenov, A.V., Devyatov, I.A., Visser de, P.J., Klapwijk, T.M. Coherent Excited States in Superconductors due to a Microwave Field Physical Review Letters 117, 047002, 2016

Visser de, P.J., Yates, S.J.C., Guruswamy, T., Goldie, D.J., Withington, S., et al, including Baryshev, A.M., Baselmans, J.J.A. The non-equilibrium response of a superconductor to pair-breaking radiation measured over a broad frequency band Applied Physics Letters vol. 106, 252602 (2015).

de Visser, P.J. Quasiparticle dynamics in aluminium superconducting microwave resonators PhD Thesis, Delft University of Technology, 11 March 2014

J. Bueno, P. C. J. J. Coumou, G. Zheng, P. J. de Visser, T. M. Klapwijk, E. F. C. Driessen, S. Doyle, and J. J. A. Baselmans Anomalous Response of Superconducting Titanium Nitride Resonators to Terahertz Radiation Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 192601

Janssen, R.M.J., Endo, A., Visser de, P.J., Klapwijk, T.M., Baselmans, J.J.A. Equivalence of optical and electrical noise equivalent power of hybrid NbTiN-Al microwave kinetic inductance detectors Applied Physics Letters, 105, 193504, 2014

P. J. de Visser, J. J. A. Baselmans, J. Bueno, N. Llombart, and T. Klapwijk Fluctuations in the electron system of a superconductor exposed to a photon flux Nat. Commun. 5, 3130

Visser de, P.J., Goldie, D.J., Diener, P., Withington, S., Baselmans, J.J.A., et al. Nonlinear electrodynamics of a superconductor due to the redistribution of quasiparticles Physical Review Letters, Vol. 112, no. 4, p. 047004, 2014

Driessen, E.F.C., Coumou, P.C.J.J., Tromp, R.R., Visser de, P.J., Klapwijk. T.M. Strongly Disordered TiN and NbTiN s-Wave Superconductors Probed by Microwave Electrodynamics Physical Review Letters, 109, 107003, 2012

Visser de, P.J. Quasideeltjes tellen door ruis te meten Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde, 78, No. 9, p. 344-347, 2012

Visser de, P.J., Baselmans, J.J.A., Diener, P., Yates, S.J.C., Endo A., et al. Number fluctuations of sparse quasiparticles in a superconductor Physical Review Letters, 106, 167004, 2011

Visser de, P.J., Withington, S., Goldie, D.J. Readout-power heating and hysteretic switching between thermal quasiparticle states in kinetic inductance detectors Journal of Applied Physics, 108, p. 114504, 2010

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