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Day One

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Welcome & Symposium Overview

RIT is pleased to host the Quantum-limited Imaging Detectors workshop. Imaging detectors are the limiting factor for some of the most demanding measurements across a broad range of fields, including astrophysics, biomedical imaging, defense, Earth systems science and homeland security. Together we will develop a roadmap to realize quantum-limited imaging detectors.

Why Detectors are Important

What is the significance and value in developing a quantum-limited imaging detector? In this session we will identify why quantum-limited imaging detectors are critically important and how they can help us answer some of today‘s most intriguing scientific questions.
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Current State of Detectors

Leaders in the field will provide an update on the current state of detectors.

Critical Needs and Applications

Experts in each application area will discuss critical needs for their organization and/or field of expertise.

Biomedical Imaging

Detectors are currently the weak link in the development of next-generation optical instruments for biology and medicine. State-of-the-art lasers and other novel sources now deliver light with customizable pulse widths, wavelengths, polarizations, and other properties more precisely than ever, and molecular tagging technology has made it possible to attach labels to an increasing number of biological targets. By comparison, detector technology has not kept up, meaning that much of the information generated by present-day light-tissue interactions goes unrecorded and unused. This session will explore the opportunities in the biomedical imaging field.

Andrew Berger

Associate Professor of Optics, The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester
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Timothy J. Tredwell

Research Fellow, Carestream Health


Imaging detectors often limit the most ambitious astronomical telescopes, especially those used to detect the faintest signals across multiple wavebands. This has been true for the Keck and Hubble Space Telescope, and will be true for next-generation extremely large telescopes and space telescopes. Jim Belectic of Teledyne will lead a conversation on the critical needs and applications in the astrophysics arena.

Jim Beletic

Director of Astronomy & Civil Space Teledyne Imaging Sensors
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Earth Systems Science

Imaging requirements for Earth systems science are demanding: spectrally sensing the atmosphere, as well as seeing through the atmosphere to the earth surface, at a range of wavelengths, developing long term data sets while also effectively capturing extreme events, observing at multiple spatial scales, and accounting for the three dimensional nature of the environment and system interactions.

Jeff Puschell

Principal Engineering Fellow, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems


Military imaging systems provide intelligence used to defend the nation from its adversaries. The data they generate can be used to identify and track external threats. Future capabilities promise to extend our asymmetric advantage in defense applications. New detectors will need to be developed in order to deliver these capabilities, especially in low light conditions. These detectors will be crucial for persistent surveillance applications.

Brian Aull

Technical Staff Member, MIT, Lincoln Labs

Dan Newman

Program Manager, ITT Space Systems Division

Day Two

Cutting-Edge Technology Developments

The morning session will feature short overviews of recent technology developments that could offer breakthrough capabilities for quantum-limited imaging detectors. These include activities in materials, pixel architectures and readout systems.

Digital Focal Planes
Matt Brown, Technical Staff Member, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Ultra Low Noise Detectors
Zeljko Ignjatovic, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Rochester

Near-Infrared Single Photon Counting Detectors
Archie Holmes, Professor, ECE Department, University of Virginia
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Super Conducting Single Photon Detectors
Roman Sobolewski, Professor, University of Rochester
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GM-APDS for Imaging and LIDAR
Brian Aull, Technical Staff Member, Advanced Imaging Technology Research Group, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

GM-APD’s for Imaging and LIDAR
Brian Aull, Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Photon Counting MCP
John Vallerga, Researcher, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkley
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Collaborative Application Breakout Sessions

Researchers from each application area will collaborate to identify the critical detector needs and the technology roadmap to meet those needs. Each application group will present recommendations and lead panel discussions.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.