Dan Prober, Yale Professor of Applied Physics, of Electrical Engineering and of Physics, received during the Applied Superconductivity Conference in Seattle, the 2018 award for continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductive electronics, in particular:
- for pioneering work on SIS quasiparticle mixers, including the first demonstration of detector sensitivity approaching the quantum limit;
- for inventing the diffusion-cooled hot electron bolometer, a high sensitivity and large-bandwidth superconducting heterodyne mixer;
- for advancements in nanofabrication that have been used to develop ultra-sensitive devices based on superconducting nanostructures; and
- for fundamental studies of noise in mesoscopic superconducting systems, which have improved our understanding of the sensitivity limits of superconducting devices.