Daniel E. Prober

Dan Prober


Prober Lab
Professor of Applied Physics, Physics & Electrical Engineering
Room / Office: Becton 417
Office Address:
15 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208284
New Haven, CT 06520
Phone: (203) 432-4280
Fax: (203) 432-4283
Email: daniel.prober@yale.edu
  • Ph.D., Harvard University


Experimental solid state physics and superconductivity; coherent quantum transport and noise studies; superconducting quantum detectors: microwave UV and x-ray detectors; nanostructure fabrication techniques.

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • IEEE Council on Superconductivity 'Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018' for continuing and significant contributions in the field of superconductive electronics
  • Yale Science and Engineering 2019 Award for the Advancement of Basic and Applied Science
  • Fellow, American Physical Society and CT Academy of Sciences
  • Merit Award for Josephson Junction Simulator, American Assn of Physics Teachers Teaching Apparatus Competition, 1981. (w. R.W. Henry).
  • NASA Technical Innovator Award (co-recipient) for "Heterodyne Receiver using Diffusion Cooled Hot-Electron Bolometer", 1996
  • NASA Technical Excellence Award, JPL Hot-Electron Bolometer Team, April, 1997

Selected Publications:

  • Performance of Graphene Thermal Photon Detectors, C.B. McKitterick, D.E. Prober, and B.S. Karasik, Journal of Applied Physics 044512 (2013). 
  • Terahertz detection mechanism and contact capacitance of individual metallic single-walled carbon nanotubes, J.D. Chudow, D.F. Santavicca, C.B. McKitterick, D.E. Prober and P. Kim, Appl. Phys. Lett. 100 163503 (2012). 
  • Energy loss of the electron system in individual single-walled carbon nanotubes, D.F. Santavicca, J.D. Chudow, D.E. Prober, M.S. Purewal and P. Kim, Nano Lett. 10, 4538 (2010). 
  • Tunable superconducting nanoinductors, A.J. Annunziata, D.F. Santavicca, L. Frunzio, G. Catelani, M.J. Rooks, A. Frydman and D.E. Prober, Nanotechnology 21, 445202 (2010). 
  • Electron coherence and dephasing in metal films, wires and rings, D.E. Prober, 2010, Invited Chapter in Perspectives on Mesoscopic Physics, eds. A. Aharony and O. Entin-Wohlman, World Scientific Publishing.
  • Astronomers look to nanotechnology, D.E. Prober, 2008, Nature Nanotech. 3, 459-460.
  • Noise Thermal Impedance of a Diffusive Wire, B. Reulet and D.E. Prober, 2005, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 066602. 
  • Quasiparticle number fluctuations in superconductors, C.M. Wilson and D.E. Prober, 2004, Phys. Rev. B 69, 094524. 
  • Nb-Au Bilayer Hot-electron Bolometers for Low-noise THz Heterodyne Detection, Irfan Siddiqi, Daniel E Prober, 2004, Appl. Phys. Lett., 84, 1404. 
  • Environmental Effects in the Third Moment of Voltage Fluctuations in a Tunnel Junction, B. Reulet, J. Senzier, Daniel E Prober, 2003, Phys. Rev. Lett., 91, 196601. 
  • To Catch a Photon, Daniel E Prober, 2003, Nature, 425, 777. 
  • Quantum Partition Noise in a Superconducting Tunnel Junction, K. Segall, Daniel E. Prober, 2001, Phys. Rev. B, 64, 180508. 

Selected Patents:

  • "High Efficiency Near-Field Electromagnetic Probe", 5696372, 1997: With R.D. Grober and R.J. Schoelkopf