A superconducting nanowire can be modeled by using SPICE

Karl K. Berggren, Qing Yuan Zhao, Nathnael Abebe, Minjie Chen, Prasana Ravindran, Adam McCaughan, Joseph C. Bardin

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Modeling of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors typically requires custom simulations or finite-element analysis in one or two dimensions. Here, we demonstrate two simplified one-dimensional SPICE models of a superconducting nanowire that can quickly and efficiently describe the electrical characteristics of a superconducting nanowire. These models may be of particular use in understanding alternative architectures for nanowire detectors and readouts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number055010
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 5 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


  • modeling
  • nanowire
  • photodetector
  • single-photon
  • superconductivity

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    Berggren, K. K., Zhao, Q. Y., Abebe, N., Chen, M., Ravindran, P., McCaughan, A., & Bardin, J. C. (2018). A superconducting nanowire can be modeled by using SPICE. Superconductor Science and Technology, 31(5), [055010]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6668/aab149