Lenson majored in materials science and engineering at Brown University, where he studied water on carbon coatings with Prof. Sheldon’s group. The coolest thing he ever did was to fly in NASA’s C9-B with the Brown Space Club, attempting acoustic control of water droplets in zero gravity. He worked for two years in optoelectronics at NIST Boulder Labs, where he developed models for design of multilayer optical devices and processes for fabrication and characterization of superconducting alloys for use in single-photon detectors.
A.E. Lita, B. Calkins, L. A. Pellouchoud, A. J. Miller and S. Nam, Superconducting Transition-Edge Sensors Optimized for High-Efficiency Photon-Number Resolving Detectors, Advanced Photon Counting Techniques IV. Proc. of SPIE Vol. 7681, 76810D. SPIE symposium on SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing, Orlando, Florida on 5-9 April 2010.
A.E. Lita, B. Calkins, L. A. Pellouchoud, A. J. Miller and S. Nam, High-Efficiency Photon-Number-Resolving Detectors based on Hafnium Transition-Edge Sensors, LTD13, Stanford/SLAC, California 20-24 July 2009.