Special & Memorial Sessions

Special Session Announcements

The ASC 2024 program committee is planning a number of special sessions which will be of interest for different attendees, including engineers/scientists, system-level developers, and industry-level representatives. Sessions will include special-invited and contributed presentations.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Please be sure to check back.

Technical Program

ASC 2024 Electronics Special Sessions

Transition-Edge Sensor (TES) Workshop

Transition-edge sensors, or TESs, are superconducting, thermal detectors. The energy of incoming photons or particles, or the energy of a nuclear reaction within an embedded material, is converted to heat in an absorber. A TES operates in the resistive transition between its superconducting and normal-metal states, where the electrical resistance is a strong function of temperature. Thus, the heat of absorption raises the device temperature and resistance. A SQUID ammeter measures changes in the device current. TESs are increasingly used in many measurement fields, including cosmic microwave background cosmology, X-ray and gamma-ray spectroscopy, quantum information, dark-matter searches, and measurement of the neutrino mass.

The first TES Workshop was held in 2002, with the goal that TES researchers from across the globe could share, discuss, and understand confusing experimental results from their early TESs of different geometries and materials systems. The TES Workshop has been held every two years since, and has been joined to the Applied Superconductivity Conference since 2008.
In 2020 the scope of the TES workshop expanded to include other detectors that share some elements of design, physics, or readout with TESs, and are thus of interest to the TES community. These include kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs), magnetic calorimeters, and hot-electron bolometers.

TESs provide interesting laboratories in which to study the nature of superconductivity itself. The TES Workshop has sessions dedicated to device physics, device readout, measurement applications, fabrication, and more. At ASC24, the TES Workshop will include a Special Session highlighting the ongoing work in detectors, readout, and modules of the CMB-S4 project.

To be added to the email list for this and future TES Workshops, please join here. The TES Workshop email list is separate from that of the wider ASC conference. Please follow this link for additional information or reach us by email at tesworkshop2024@gmail.com.

Organized by: Shannon Duff (NIST), Douglas Bennett (NIST), Kaja Rotermund (LBNL), and Paul Szypryt (NIST/CU-Boulder)

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