We were harnessing photons for quantum computations in our laboratory. In our experiments we detected photons, the carrier of quantum information, by single-photon detectors. The output of these detectors is a series of voltage pulses which we counted using conventional scientific-grade counters. As we added more detectors and logic preprocessing, our NIM bin was full of counter modules, that we had to daisy-chain. Moreover, with each module we had to communicate with, our data acquisition took more time. Then we asked ourselves “can’t we develop something quicker, something with up-to-date connectivity, something universal and convenient for our needs?”
The answer was yes and we started building a first functional prototype. Along the way we realized we might not be alone and someone else would love to have something similar in his or her laboratory. This is where the projected started. Now, we would like to offer our colleagues, experimental physicists, a great pulse counting device for their electronic signal. Counter for experimentalist - Countex.
The Countex will be available for sale at the end of 2018.