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  1. Nonlinear microwave absorption in weak-link Josephson junctions

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    Xie, L.M.; Wosik, J.; Wolfe, J.C.

    1996-12-01

    A model, based on the resistively shunted junction theory, is developed and used to study microwave absorption in weak-link Josephson junctions in high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} superconductors. Both linear and nonlinear cases of microwave absorption in Josephson junctions are analyzed. A comparison of the model with microwave absorption loop theory is presented along with a general condition for the applicability of both models. The nonlinear case was solved numerically and the threshold points of sharp microwave absorption are presented. At these points, a 2{pi} phase quantization takes place within each microwave cycle, leading to an onset of a sharp rise of absorption. Existence of the 2{pi} dynamic quantization is the key to the interpretation of nonlinear microwave absorption data. The nonlinear microwave absorption model is extended to the study of nonuniformly coupled junctions, and a general statement for the applicability of such a model is presented. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  2. Giant magnetic effects and oscillations in antiferromagnetic Josephson weak links

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    Gorkov, L.; Kresin, Vladimir

    2001-04-01

    Josephson junctions with an antiferromagnetic metal as a link are described. The junction can be switched off by a relatively small magnetic field. The amplitude of the current oscillates as a function of the field.

  3. Ballistic-like supercurrent in suspended graphene Josephson weak links

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    Mizuno, Naomi; Nielsen, Bent; Du, Xu

    2013-11-01

    The interplay of the massless Dirac fermions in graphene and the Cooper pair states in a superconductor has the potential to give rise to exotic physical phenomena and useful device applications. But to date, the junctions formed between graphene and superconductors on conventional substrates have been highly disordered. Charge scattering and potential fluctuations caused by such disorder are believed to have prevented the emergence or observation of new physics. Here we propose to address this problem by forming suspended graphene-superconductor junctions. We demonstrate the fabrication of high-quality suspended monolayer graphene-NbN Josephson junctions with device mobility in excess of 150,000 cm2 per Vs, minimum carrier density below 1010 cm-2, and the flow of a supercurrent at critical temperatures greater than 2 K. The characteristics of our Josephson junctions are consistent with ballistic transport, with a linear dependence on the Fermi energy that reflects of linear dispersion of massless Dirac fermions.

  4. Ballistic-like supercurrent in suspended graphene Josephson weak links.

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    Mizuno, Naomi; Nielsen, Bent; Du, Xu

    2013-01-01

    The interplay of the massless Dirac fermions in graphene and the Cooper pair states in a superconductor has the potential to give rise to exotic physical phenomena and useful device applications. But to date, the junctions formed between graphene and superconductors on conventional substrates have been highly disordered. Charge scattering and potential fluctuations caused by such disorder are believed to have prevented the emergence or observation of new physics. Here we propose to address this problem by forming suspended graphene-superconductor junctions. We demonstrate the fabrication of high-quality suspended monolayer graphene-NbN Josephson junctions with device mobility in excess of 150,000 cm(2) per Vs, minimum carrier density below 10(10) cm(-2), and the flow of a supercurrent at critical temperatures greater than 2 K. The characteristics of our Josephson junctions are consistent with ballistic transport, with a linear dependence on the Fermi energy that reflects of linear dispersion of massless Dirac fermions. PMID:24225412

  5. Josephson effect in superconductor/ferromagnet structures with a complex weak-link region

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    Karminskaya, T. Yu.; Golubov, A. A.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.; Sidorenko, A. S.

    2010-06-01

    The critical currents IC of SNF-FN-FNS, SN-FN-NS, and SNF-N-FNS Josephson junctions (S—superconductor, F—ferromagnetic, N—normal metal) with complex SNF or SN electrodes (N or NF bilayer are situated under a superconductor) are calculated in the framework of linearized Usadel equations for arbitrary overlap length d of SN interface. We demonstrate that in these geometries, in the case of large resistances of SN interfaces, the critical current can exceed that in ramp-type junctions. Based on these results, the choice of the most practically applicable geometry is discussed. We predict that in a certain parameter range there is single 0-π transition with the increase in the overlap length d . This single transition can be realized also in SFN-N-FNS Josephson junctions, where the coherence length in the weak-link region is a real quantity. Further, we predict that in SNF-N-FNS Josephson junctions 0-π transition may take place with increase in distance between superconducting electrodes.

  6. Superfluid helium-4: On sin phi Josephson weak links and dissipation of third sound

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    Hoffman, Joan Audrey

    2005-11-01

    This dissertation reports on two different projects---the development of an experiment designed to study weak links in 4He with a sine-like current-phase relationship and a set of experiments exploring dissipation of third sound in thick films of superfluid 4He. Since Brian Josephson's proposals of phenomena in weakly-linked macroscopic quantum systems over 40 years ago, researchers have been searching for such effects in superfluid 4He. Until recently, it has been believed that technological barriers would prevent the observation of a sine-like current-phase relationship between two weakly linked volumes of superfluid 4He. In this dissertation we report on the fabrication of sub-15nm aperture arrays and preliminary measurements helium flow through the arrays below Tlambda . These measurements show the linear temperature dependence of critical velocity expected in the phase slip regime. Efforts to study the cross-over to the sin φ regime are ongoing. We measured the frequency and line shapes of third sound resonances at temperatures between 0.3 and 2.1K in saturated films approximately 30nm thick, and, from these measurements, calculated the attenuation of the third sound waves. In the past, such measurements have been inconsistent, within as well as among reported work. More recent theory, however, suggests that these variations may point toward vortex-driven dissipation mechanisms. Metastable vortex populations are known to permeate superfluid 4He. Our measurements indicate that attenuation is a strong function of the history of the film, affected by temperature excursions and physical perturbations. We also observe frequency shifting of resonances attributable to trapped circulation and a large increase in dissipation with the introduction of 3He impurities to the film. Taken together with our observation of a dissipation mechanism linear in amplitude, our results provide support for recent proposals of dissipation due to vortex-excitation interactions.

  7. Critical-current diffraction patterns of grain-boundary Josephson weak links

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    Peterson, R.L.; Ekin, J.W. )

    1990-11-01

    We discuss the diffraction patterns and other characteristics of the critical current as a function of magnetic field in grain-boundary Josephson barriers. Diffraction patterns occur not just for {ital SIS} junctions but for all types of Josephson links, including {ital SNS} junctions, which may be present at grain boundaries in high-{Tc} superconductors. We discuss the generality of the Airy diffraction pattern, which is expected to characterize grain-boundary barriers in bulk material more accurately than the Fraunhofer pattern. The transport critical-current density in many bulk, granular high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} superconductors has a power-law dependence on very low magnetic fields, characteristic of averaged diffraction patterns, and cannot be fitted by an exponential magnetic-field dependence, which may result from the material properties of the barriers.

  8. Intrinsic reduction of Josephson critical current in short ballistic SNS weak links

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    Nikolić, Branislav K.; Freericks, J. K.; Miller, P.

    2001-12-01

    We present fully self-consistent calculations of the thermodynamic properties of three-dimensional clean SNS Josephson junctions, where S is an s-wave short-coherence-length superconductor and N is a clean normal metal. The junction is modeled on an infinite cubic lattice such that the transverse width of the S is the same as that of the N, and its thickness is tuned from the short to long limit. Intrinsic effects, such as a reduced order parameter near the SN boundary and finite gap to Fermi energy ratio, depress the critical Josephson current Ic, even in short junctions. Our analysis is of relevance to experiments on SNS junctions which find much smaller IcRN products than expected from the standard (non-self-consistent and quasiclassical) predictions. We also find nonstandard current-phase relations, a counterintuitive spatial distribution of the self-consistently determined order parameter phase, and an unusual low-energy gap in the local density of states within the N region.

  9. Intrinsic spin-orbit interaction in diffusive normal wire Josephson weak links: Supercurrent and density of states

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    Arjoranta, Juho; Heikkilä, Tero T.

    2016-01-01

    We study the effect of the intrinsic (Rashba or Dresselhaus) spin-orbit interaction in superconductor-nanowire-superconductor (SNS) weak links in the presence of a spin-splitting field that can result either from an intrinsic exchange field or the Zeeman effect of an applied field. We solve the full nonlinear Usadel equations numerically [The code used for calculating the results in this paper is available in https://github.com/wompo/Usadel-for-nanowires] and analyze the resulting supercurrent through the weak link and the behavior of the density of states in the center of the wire. We point out how the presence of the spin-orbit interaction gives rise to a long-range spin triplet supercurrent, which remains finite even in the limit of very large exchange fields. In particular, we show how rotating the field leads to a sequence of transitions between the 0 and π states as a function of the angle between the exchange field and the spin-orbit field. Simultaneously, the triplet pairing leads to a zero-energy peak in the density of states. We proceed by solving the linearized Usadel equations, showing the correspondence to the solutions of the full equations and detail the emergence of the long-range supercurrent components. Our studies are relevant for ongoing investigations of supercurrent in semiconductor nanowires in the limit of several channels and in the presence of disorder.

  10. Nanoelectromechanics of superconducting weak links (Review Article)

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    Parafilo, A. V.; Krive, I. V.; Shekhter, R. I.; Jonson, M.

    2012-04-01

    Nanoelectromechanical effects in superconducting weak links are considered. Three different superconducting devices are studied: (i) a single-Cooper-pair transistor, (ii) a transparent SNS junction, and (iii) a single-level quantum dot coupled to superconducting electrodes. The electromechanical coupling is due to electrostatic or magnetomotive forces acting on a movable part of the device. It is demonstrated that depending on the frequency of mechanical vibrations the electromechanical coupling could either suppress or enhance the Josephson current. Nonequilibrium effects associated with cooling of the vibrational subsystem or pumping energy into it at low bias voltages are discussed.

  11. High Temperature Superconductor Josephson Weak Links

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    Hunt, B. D.; Barner, J. B.; Foote, M. C.; Vasquez, R. C.

    1993-01-01

    High T_c edge-geometry SNS microbridges have been fabricated using ion-damaged YBa_2Cu_3O_(7-x) (YBCO) and a nonsuperconducting phase of YBCO (N-YBCO) as normal metals. Optimization of the ion milling process used for YBCO edge formation and cleaning has resulted in ion-damage barrier devices which exhibit I-V characteristics consistent with the Resistively-Shunted-Junction (RSJ) model, with typical current densities (J_c) of approximately 5 x 10^6 A/cm^2 at 4.2 K. Characterization of N-YBCO films suggests that N-YBCO is the orthorhombic YBCO phase with oxygen disorder suppressing T_c...

  12. Coherent oscillations between two weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates: Josephson effects, π oscillations, and macroscopic quantum self-trapping

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    Raghavan, S.; Smerzi, A.; Fantoni, S.; Shenoy, S. R.

    1999-01-01

    We discuss the coherent atomic oscillations between two weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates. The weak link is provided by a laser barrier in a (possibly asymmetric) double-well trap or by Raman coupling between two condensates in different hyperfine levels. The boson Josephson junction (BJJ) dynamics is described by the two-mode nonlinear Gross-Pitaevskii equation that is solved analytically in terms of elliptic functions. The BJJ, being a neutral, isolated system, allows the investigations of dynamical regimes for the phase difference across the junction and for the population imbalance that are not accessible with superconductor Josephson junctions (SJJ's). These include oscillations with either or both of the following properties: (i) the time-averaged value of the phase is equal to π (π-phase oscillations); (ii) the average population imbalance is nonzero, in states with macroscopic quantum self-trapping. The (nonsinusoidal) generalization of the SJJ ac and plasma oscillations and the Shapiro resonance can also be observed. We predict the collapse of experimental data (corresponding to different trap geometries and the total number of condensate atoms) onto a single universal curve for the inverse period of oscillations. Analogies with Josephson oscillations between two weakly coupled reservoirs of 3He-B and the internal Josephson effect in 3He-A are also discussed.

  13. Method Producing an SNS Superconducting Junction with Weak Link Barrier

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    Hunt, Brian D. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

    A method of producing a high temperature superconductor Josephson element and an improved SNS weak link barrier element is provided. A YBaCuO superconducting electrode film is deposited on a substrate at a temperature of approximately 800 C. A weak link barrier layer of a nonsuperconducting film of N-YBaCuO is deposited over the electrode at a temperature range of 520 C. to 540 C. at a lower deposition rate. Subsequently a superconducting counter-electrode film layer of YBaCuO is deposited over the weak link barrier layer at approximately 800 C. The weak link barrier layer has a thickness of approximately 50 A and the SNS element can be constructed to provide an edge geometry junction.

  14. Imaging of current density distributions with a Nb weak-link scanning nano-SQUID microscope

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    Shibata, Yusuke; Nomura, Shintaro; Kashiwaya, Hiromi; Kashiwaya, Satoshi; Ishiguro, Ryosuke; Takayanagi, Hideaki

    2015-01-01

    Superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) are accepted as one of the highest magnetic field sensitive probes. There are increasing demands to image local magnetic fields to explore spin properties and current density distributions in a two-dimensional layer of semiconductors or superconductors. Nano-SQUIDs have recently attracting much interest for high spatial resolution measurements in nanometer-scale samples. Whereas weak-link Dayem Josephson junction nano-SQUIDs are suitable to miniaturization, hysteresis in current-voltage (I-V) characteristics that is often observed in Dayem Josephson junction is not desirable for a scanning microscope. Here we report on our development of a weak-link nano-SQUIDs scanning microscope with small hysteresis in I-V curve and on reconstructions of two-dimensional current density vector in two-dimensional electron gas from measured magnetic field. PMID:26459874

  15. Imaging of current density distributions with a Nb weak-link scanning nano-SQUID microscope

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    Shibata, Yusuke; Nomura, Shintaro; Kashiwaya, Hiromi; Kashiwaya, Satoshi; Ishiguro, Ryosuke; Takayanagi, Hideaki

    2015-10-01

    Superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) are accepted as one of the highest magnetic field sensitive probes. There are increasing demands to image local magnetic fields to explore spin properties and current density distributions in a two-dimensional layer of semiconductors or superconductors. Nano-SQUIDs have recently attracting much interest for high spatial resolution measurements in nanometer-scale samples. Whereas weak-link Dayem Josephson junction nano-SQUIDs are suitable to miniaturization, hysteresis in current-voltage (I-V) characteristics that is often observed in Dayem Josephson junction is not desirable for a scanning microscope. Here we report on our development of a weak-link nano-SQUIDs scanning microscope with small hysteresis in I-V curve and on reconstructions of two-dimensional current density vector in two-dimensional electron gas from measured magnetic field.

  16. (abstract) Epitaxial High-T(sub c) SNS Weak Links on Silicon-on-Sapphire Substrates

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    Hunt, B. D.; Barner, J. B.; Foote, M. C.; Vasquez, R. P.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Phillips, T. G.; Zmuidzinas, J.

    1994-01-01

    High-T(sub c) SNS weak links are expected to prove useful as high frequency sources and detectors. Recent studies with low-T(sub c) Josephson mixers using shunted tunnel junctions at 100 GHz show good initial performance, and modeling suggests that these results should extrapolate to higher frequencies if larger I(sub c)R(sub n) products can be achieved. Progress on this work will be reported.

  17. Manifestations of phase-coherent transport in graphene. The Josephson effect, weak localization, and aperiodic conductance fluctuations

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    Heersche, H. B.; Jarillo-Herrero, P.; Oostinga, J. B.; Vandersypen, L. M. K.; Morpurgo, A. F.

    2007-09-01

    The electronic transport properties of graphene exhibit pronounced differences from those of conventional two dimensional electron systems investigated in the past. As a consequence, well established phenomena such as the integer quantum Hall effect and weak localization manifest themselves differently in graphene. Here we present an overview of recent experiments that we have performed to probe phase coherent transport. In particular, we have investigated in great detail Josephson supercurrent and superconducting proximity effect in junctions consisting of a graphene layer in between superconducting electrodes. We have also used the same devices to measure aperiodic conductance fluctuations and weak localization. The experimental results clearly indicate that low-temperature transport in graphene is phase coherent on a ˜ 1 μm length scale, irrespective of the position of the Fermi level. We discuss the different behavior of Josephson supercurrent and weak localization in terms of the unusual properties of the electronic states in graphene upon time reversal symmetry.

  18. Energy-band structure and intrinsic coherent properties in two weakly linked Bose-Einstein condensates

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    Li, Wei-Dong; Zhang, Yunbo; Liang, J.-Q.

    2003-06-01

    The energy-band structure and energy splitting due to quantum tunneling in two weakly linked Bose-Einstein condensates were calculated by using the instanton method. The intrinsic coherent properties of Bose-Josephson junction (BJJ) were investigated in terms of energy splitting. For EC/EJ≪1, the energy splitting is small and the system is globally phase coherent. In the opposite limit, EC/EJ≫1, the energy splitting is large and the system becomes phase dissipated. Our results suggest that one should investigate the coherence phenomena of BJJ in proper condition such as EC/EJ˜1.

  19. Josephson magnetic rotary valve

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    Soloviev, I. I.; Klenov, N. V.; Bakurskiy, S. V.; Bol'ginov, V. V.; Ryazanov, V. V.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.; Golubov, A. A.

    2014-12-15

    We propose a control element for a Josephson spin valve. It is a complex Josephson device containing ferromagnetic (F) layer in the weak-link area consisting of two regions, representing 0 and π Josephson junctions, respectively. The valve's state is defined by mutual orientations of the F-layer magnetization vector and boundary line between 0 and π sections of the device. We consider possible implementation of the control element by introduction of a thin normal metal layer in a part of the device area. By means of theoretical simulations, we study properties of the valve's structure as well as its operation, revealing such advantages as simplicity of control, high characteristic frequency, and good legibility of the basic states.

  20. Stimulation of a Singlet Superconductivity in SFS Weak Links by Spin–Exchange Scattering of Cooper Pairs

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    Samokhvalov, A. V.; Shekhter, R. I.; Buzdin, A. I.

    2014-01-01

    Josephson junctions with a ferromagnetic metal weak link reveal a very strong decrease of the critical current compared to a normal metal weak link. We demonstrate that in the ballistic regime the presence of a small region with a non-collinear magnetization near the center of a ferromagnetic weak link restores the critical current inherent to the normal metal. The above effect can be stimulated by additional electrical bias of the magnetic gate which induces a local electron depletion of ferromagnetic barrier. The underlying physics of the effect is the interference phenomena due to the magnetic scattering of the Cooper pair, which reverses its total momentum in the ferromagnet and thus compensates the phase gain before and after the spin–reversed scattering. In contrast with the widely discussed triplet long ranged proximity effect we elucidate a new singlet long ranged proximity effect. This phenomenon opens a way to easily control the properties of SFS junctions and inversely to manipulate the magnetic moment via the Josephson current. PMID:25011929

  1. Energy-band structure and intrinsic coherent properties in two weakly linked Bose-Einstein condensates

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    Li, Wei-Dong; Liang, J.-Q.; Zhang, Yunbo

    2003-06-01

    The energy-band structure and energy splitting due to quantum tunneling in two weakly linked Bose-Einstein condensates were calculated by using the instanton method. The intrinsic coherent properties of Bose-Josephson junction (BJJ) were investigated in terms of energy splitting. For E{sub C}/E{sub J}<<1, the energy splitting is small and the system is globally phase coherent. In the opposite limit, E{sub C}/E{sub J}>>1, the energy splitting is large and the system becomes phase dissipated. Our results suggest that one should investigate the coherence phenomena of BJJ in proper condition such as E{sub C}/E{sub J}{approx}1.

  2. Fabrication Of SNS Weak Links On SOS Substrates

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    Hunt, Brian D.

    1995-01-01

    High-quality superconductor/normal-conductor/superconductor (SNS) devices ("weak links") containing epitaxial films of YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) and SrTiO(3) fabricated on silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) substrates with help of improved multilayer buffer system. Process for fabrication of edge-defined SNS weak links described in "Edge-Geometry SNS Devices Made of Y/Ba/Cu" (NPO-18552).

  3. Non-contact current-phase measurements of topological weak links with scanning SQUID

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    Watson, C. A.; Sochnikov, I.; Kirtley, J. R.; Moler, K. A.; Deng, M.; Chang, W.; Krogstrup, P.; Jespersen, T. S.; Nygard, J.; Marcus, C. M.; Maier, L.; Gould, C.; Tkachov, G.; Hankiewicz, E. M.; Brüne, C.; Buhmann, H.; Molenkamp, L. W.

    2015-03-01

    Topological superconductivity has recently generated substantial interest as a pathway to Majorana physics in the solid state. Experimental efforts have focused on the superconducting proximity effect in topologically non-trivial junctions, but proof of the topological nature of the induced superconductivity remains elusive. We employ scanning superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) susceptometry to study conventional superconducting Nb rings interrupted by weak links of 3D topological insulator HgTe and Al rings with InAs nanowire junctions. Varying the flux through each ring, we directly measure the current-phase relation (CPR) of the junction. Forward skewness in the CPR of 3D-HgTe which persists even in junctions long compared to the mean free path suggests that helicity may play a role in the high transmittance of Andreev Bound States that carry the Josephson current. Progress in InAs nanowire junction CPR measurements is also discussed. These measurements showcase the CPR as a fundamental characteristic of superconducting weak links and establish scanning SQUID microscopy as a powerful probe for performing such measurements.

  4. Phase Diagram of the Bose Hubbard Model with Weak Links

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    Hettiarachchilage, Kalani; Rousseau, Valy; Tam, Ka-Ming; Moreno, Juana; Jarrell, Mark; Sheehy, Daniel

    2012-02-01

    We study the ground state phase diagram of strongly interacting ultracold Bose gas in a one-dimensional optical lattice with a tunable weak link, by means of Quantum Monte Carlo simulation. This model contains an on-site repulsive interaction (U) and two different near-neighbor hopping terms, J and t, for the weak link and the remainder of the chain, respectively. We show that by reducing the strength of J, a novel intermediate phase develops which is compressible and non-superfluid. This novel phase is identified as a Normal Bose Liquid (NBL) which does not appear in the phase diagram of the homogeneous bosonic Hubbard model. Further, we find a linear variation of the phase boundary of Normal Bose Liquid (NBL) to SuperFluid (SF) as a function of the strength of the weak link. These results may provide a new path to design advanced atomtronic devices in the future.

  5. Hidden link prediction based on node centrality and weak ties

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    Liu, Haifeng; Hu, Zheng; Haddadi, Hamed; Tian, Hui

    2013-01-01

    Link prediction has been widely used to extract missing information, identify spurious interactions, evaluate network evolving mechanisms, and so on. In this context, similarity-based algorithms have become the mainstream. However, most of them take into account the contributions of each common neighbor equally to the connection likelihood of two nodes. This paper proposes a model for link prediction, which is based on the node centrality of common neighbors. Three node centralities are discussed: degree, closeness and betweenness centrality. In our model, each common neighbor plays a different role to the node connection likelihood according to their centralities. Moreover, the weak-tie theory is considered for improving the prediction accuracy. Finally, extensive experiments on five real-world networks show that the proposed model can outperform the Common Neighbor (CN) algorithm and gives competitively good prediction of or even better than Adamic-Adar (AA) index and Resource Allocation (RA) index.

  6. Optical response of YBCO thin films and weak-links

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    Osterman, D.P.; Drake, R.; Patt, R.; Track, E.K.; Radparvar, M.; Faris, S.M.

    1989-03-01

    The authors have fabricated films of the high temperature superconductor YBCO and measured their response to optical and infrared radiation. This response to light is manifested by a change in the current-voltage characteristics of YBCO weak-links. They find the change to dependent upon film quality, operating point, light chopping frequency, and temperature. Depending on the type of anneal, the superconducting films exhibit metallic or semiconducting resistivity behavior above T/sub c/. The optical responsivity of semiconducting films is larger than that of metallic films. By further annealing, semiconducting films could be converted into metallic films with a concurrent decrease in their optical reponsivity. Some of the measurements have been performed with the films immersed in superfluid helium to allow the separation of non-equilibrium effects from the equilibrium bolometric response.

  7. Stress and Aeronautical Team Decision Making: Strengthening the Weak Links

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    Orasanu, Judith; Rosekind, Mark R. (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    A model that characterizes pilots'decision making in flight will be presented. Elements of the model that appear most vulnerable to stress will be examined in light of accidents and incidents. The model includes two major components: Situation assessment and choice of a course of action. While based on Klein's Recognition-Primed Decision Making, it is tailored to the aviation environment which includes certain features that may be common to other domains: Primarily, aviation is highly proceduralized and options are generally well known. What appears to make decisions difficult are ambiguity, time pressure, and risk. In addition, decisions must often be made while carrying out the standard procedures of flight, including checklists, review of approach plates, standard briefings, and communication with air traffic controllers or cabin crew. The effects of stressors on decision making by pilots with varying levels of expertise will be explored, along with strategies for strengthening the weak links.

  8. Field-induced networks of weak-links: an experimental demonstration that the paramagnetic Meissner effect is inherent to granularity

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    Ortiz, W. A.; Lisboa-Filho, P. N.; Passos, W. A. C.; Araújo-Moreira, F. M.

    2001-10-01

    In this article we report a direct observation that the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME, also called Wohlleben effect), presented by some superconducting samples, is an inherent consequence of granularity in superconductors. The experiments reported here were performed using high-quality thin films of Nb and YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ. A network of randomly distributed SS‧S weak-links was induced on the film by application of a small perpendicular DC magnetic field. The high demagnetization factor arising from this geometry, forces magnetic flux to penetrate into the sample, establishing a pattern of magnetic dendrites. By changing the external field we can adjust the critical current strength of the weak-links, thus controlling the magnetic response of the induced network. In this way we have tuned the temperature dependence of the field-cooled magnetization. An important conclusion supported by the experiments is that PME results from a competition between positive and negative magnetic responses generated by different levels of granularity in a multigranular system. This is in accordance with previous experiments correlating PME and the dynamic reentrance exhibited by a Josephson junction array, a particularly ordered granular system.

  9. Ferromagnetic planar Josephson junction with transparent interfaces: a φ junction proposal.

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    Heim, D M; Pugach, N G; Kupriyanov, M Yu; Goldobin, E; Koelle, D; Kleiner, R

    2013-05-29

    We calculate the current-phase relation of a planar Josephson junction with a ferromagnetic weak link located on top of a thin normal metal film. Following experimental observations we assume transparent superconductor-ferromagnet interfaces. This provides the best interlayer coupling and a low suppression of the superconducting correlations penetrating from the superconducting electrodes into the ferromagnetic layer. We show that this Josephson junction is a promising candidate for experimental φ junction realization. PMID:23636963

  10. Current-phase relationship of granular NbN weak links, inferred from Josephson interferometer characteristics

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    Claassen, J.H.

    1982-05-01

    Small-area dc superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUID's) were made using ultra-short variable-thickness microbridges of NbN. The bridges had an effective length of approx.500 A and a width of approx.1.5 ..mu..m. Analysis of the response to magnetic flux permits interferences to be drawn about the current-phase relationship (CPR) of the bridges. Contrary to predictions of Ginzburg--Landau theory for microbridges of these dimensions, it is found that the CPR is single valued and probably close to ideal (sinusoidal) over a large temperature range (>2.5 K). The discrepancy with theory may be due to the granular nature of the NbN films.

  11. Josephson oscillations between exciton condensates in electrostatic traps

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    Rontani, Massimo

    2009-08-15

    Technological advances allow for tunable lateral confinement of cold dipolar excitons in coupled quantum wells. We consider theoretically the Josephson effect between exciton condensates in two traps separated by a weak link. The flow of the exciton supercurrent is driven by the dipole-energy difference between the traps. The Josephson oscillations may be observed after ensemble average of the time correlation of photons separately emitted from the two traps. The fringe visibility is controlled by the trap coupling and is robust against quantum and thermal fluctuations.

  12. (abstract) High-T(sub c) SNS Weak Links Using Oxide Normal Metals

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    Hunt, B. D.; Barner, J. B.; Foote, M. C.; Vasquez, R. P.

    1993-01-01

    This work examines device results for edge-geometry SNS weak links utilizing a variety of oxide normal metals. A comparison of the electrical properties of fabricated devices and the magnetic field response will be presented. Device reproducibility will also be discussed. This talk will also examine recent progress in fabrication of epitaxial SNS weak links on silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) substrates. SNS weak links fabricated recently are under investigation, and preliminary results on these devices will be discussed.

  13. Axion mass estimates from resonant Josephson junctions

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    Beck, Christian

    2015-03-01

    Recently it has been proposed that dark matter axions from the galactic halo can produce a small Shapiro step-like signal in Josephson junctions whose Josephson frequency resonates with the axion mass (Beck, 2013). Here we show that the axion field equations in a voltage-driven Josephson junction environment allow for a nontrivial solution where the axion-induced electrical current manifests itself as an oscillating supercurrent. The linear change of phase associated with this nontrivial solution implies the formal existence of a large magnetic field in a tiny surface area of the weak link region of the junction which makes incoming axions decay into microwave photons. We derive a condition for the design of Josephson junction experiments so that they can act as optimum axion detectors. Four independent recent experiments are discussed in this context. The observed Shapiro step anomalies of all four experiments consistently point towards an axion mass of (110±2) μeV. This mass value is compatible with the recent BICEP2 results and implies that Peccei-Quinn symmetry breaking was taking place after inflation.

  14. Josephson current in ballistic superconductor-graphene systems

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    Hagymási, Imre; Kormányos, Andor; Cserti, József

    2010-10-01

    We calculate the phase, the temperature and the junction length dependence of the supercurrent for ballistic graphene Josephson junctions. For low temperatures we find nonsinusoidal dependence of the supercurrent on the superconductor phase difference for both short and long junctions. The skewness, which characterizes the deviaton of the current-phase relation from a simple sinusoidal one, shows a linear dependence on the critical current for small currents. We discuss the similarities and differences with respect to the classical theory of Josephson junctions, where the weak link is formed by a diffusive or ballistic metal. The relation to other recent theoretical results on graphene Josephson junctions is pointed out and the possible experimental relevance of our work is considered as well.

  15. Gate-tunable superconducting weak link behavior in top-gated LaAlO{sub 3}-SrTiO{sub 3}

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    Bal, V. V.; Mehta, M. M.; Chandrasekhar, V.; Ryu, S.; Lee, H.; Folkman, C. M.; Eom, C. B.

    2015-05-25

    We use a combination of global back-gating and local top-gating to define nanoscale devices in the two-dimensional electron gas at the LaAlO{sub 3}-SrTiO{sub 3} interface, demonstrating an efficient way for much finer spatial control over the properties of the interface, as compared to back-gating alone. The devices show indications of an inhomogenous superconducting weak link. The variation of critical current with perpendicular magnetic field shows evidence of oscillations, which hints at Josephson coupling. The variation of the critical current and zero bias resistance with temperature is consistent with short, overdamped weak links. We show that the applied top-gate voltage provides a strong handle on the properties of these weak links. This technique can be an important tool to define a variety of device structures in this system, allowing us to probe the nature of superconductivity in the LaAlO{sub 3}-SrTiO{sub 3} interface system in different ways.

  16. On Josephson effects in insulating spin systems

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    Schilling, Andreas Grundmann, Henrik

    2012-09-15

    We discuss an experiment in which two magnetic insulators that both show a field-induced magnetic ordering transition are weakly coupled to one another and are placed into an external magnetic field. If the respective magnetic states can be interpreted as phase-coherent Bose-Einstein condensates of magnetic bosonic quasiparticles, one expects the occurrence of Josephson effects. For two identical systems, the resulting d.c. Josephson effect formally represents a constant quasiparticle Josephson current across the weak link, which turns out to be unobservable in an experiment. For magnetic insulators with different critical fields, a spontaneous alternating quasiparticle current develops with a leading oscillation frequency {omega}{sub a.c.} that is determined by the difference between the critical fields. As a result of the coupling, additional sidebands appear in the energy spectrum of the coupled device that would be absent without phase coherence. We discuss the primary conditions for such an effect to take place and conclude that its detection can be feasible for a proper choice of compounds with suitable and realistic material parameters.

  17. Josephson junction

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    Wendt, Joel R.; Plut, Thomas A.; Martens, Jon S.

    1995-01-01

    A novel method for fabricating nanometer geometry electronic devices is described. Such Josephson junctions can be accurately and reproducibly manufactured employing photolithographic and direct write electron beam lithography techniques in combination with aqueous etchants. In particular, a method is described for manufacturing planar Josephson junctions from high temperature superconducting material.

  18. Josephson junction

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    Wendt, J.R.; Plut, T.A.; Martens, J.S.

    1995-05-02

    A novel method for fabricating nanometer geometry electronic devices is described. Such Josephson junctions can be accurately and reproducibly manufactured employing photolithographic and direct write electron beam lithography techniques in combination with aqueous etchants. In particular, a method is described for manufacturing planar Josephson junctions from high temperature superconducting material. 10 figs.

  19. Weakness

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    Lack of strength; Muscle weakness ... feel weak but have no real loss of strength. This is called subjective weakness. It may be ... flu. Or, you may have a loss of strength that can be noted on a physical exam. ...

  20. Digital Selective Calling: The Weak Link of the GMDSS

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    Patterson, Anthony H.; McCarter, Philip S.

    Digital Selective Calling (DSC) is causing serious problems for Search and Rescue (SAR) providers. Administrations must seriously consider the humanitarian and legal implications of continuing the implementation of DSC. They may be in violation of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention, the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982, by knowingly implementing communications technology that may jeopardize lives at sea even though the primary intent of DSC is to establish a suitable distress alerting method. States may very well open themselves to legal liability if loss of life or environmental damage can be linked in any way to the known faults of DSC.

  1. Vortex Properties of Nanosized Superconducting Strips with One Central Weak Link Under an Applied Current Drive

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    Peng, Lin; Cai, Chuanbing

    2016-06-01

    The static and dynamic properties of vortices in a nanosized superconducting strip with one central weak link (weakly superconducting region or normal metal) are investigated in the presence of external magnetic and electric fields. The time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations are used to describe the electronic transport and have been solved numerically by a finite element analysis. Anisotropy is included through the spatially dependent anisotropy coefficient ζ in different layers of the sample. Our results show that the energy barrier for vortices to enter a weak link is smaller than that for vortices to enter the superconducting layers. The magnetization shows periodic oscillations. With the introduction of the weak link, the period of oscillations decreases.

  2. Gate-tuned Josephson effect on the surface of a topological insulator

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    2014-01-01

    In the study, we investigate the Josephson supercurrent of a superconductor/normal metal/superconductor junction on the surface of a topological insulator, where a gate electrode is attached to the normal metal. It is shown that the Josephson supercurrent not only can be tuned largely by the temperature but also is related to the potential and the length of the weak-link region. Especially, the asymmetry excess critical supercurrent, oscillatory character, and plateau-like structure have been revealed. We except those phenomena that can be observed in the recent experiment. PMID:25249827

  3. Playing the role of weak clique property in link prediction: A friend recommendation model

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    Ma, Chuang; Zhou, Tao; Zhang, Hai-Feng

    2016-07-01

    An important fact in studying link prediction is that the structural properties of networks have significant impacts on the performance of algorithms. Therefore, how to improve the performance of link prediction with the aid of structural properties of networks is an essential problem. By analyzing many real networks, we find a typical structural property: nodes are preferentially linked to the nodes with the weak clique structure (abbreviated as PWCS to simplify descriptions). Based on this PWCS phenomenon, we propose a local friend recommendation (FR) index to facilitate link prediction. Our experiments show that the performance of FR index is better than some famous local similarity indices, such as Common Neighbor (CN) index, Adamic-Adar (AA) index and Resource Allocation (RA) index. We then explain why PWCS can give rise to the better performance of FR index in link prediction. Finally, a mixed friend recommendation index (labelled MFR) is proposed by utilizing the PWCS phenomenon, which further improves the accuracy of link prediction.

  4. Nonlocal supercurrent in mesoscopic multiterminal SNS Josephson junction in the low-temperature limit

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    Golikova, T. E.; Wolf, M. J.; Beckmann, D.; Batov, I. E.; Bobkova, I. V.; Bobkov, A. M.; Ryazanov, V. V.

    2014-03-01

    A nonlocal supercurrent was observed in mesoscopic planar SNS Josephson junctions with additional normal-metal electrodes, where nonequilibrium quasiparticles were injected from a normal-metal electrode into one of the superconducting banks of the Josephson junction in the absence of a net transport current through the junction. We claim that the observed effect is due to a supercurrent counterflow, appearing to compensate for the quasiparticle flow in the SNS weak link. We have measured the responses of SNS junctions for different distances between the quasiparticle injector and the SNS junction at temperatures far below the superconducting transition temperature. The charge-imbalance relaxation length was estimated by using a modified Kadin, Smith, and Skocpol scheme in the case of a planar geometry. The model developed allows us to describe the interplay of charge imbalance and Josephson effects in the nanoscale proximity system in detail.

  5. 4π-periodic Josephson supercurrent in HgTe-based topological Josephson junctions

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    Wiedenmann, J.; Bocquillon, E.; Deacon, R. S.; Hartinger, S.; Herrmann, O.; Klapwijk, T. M.; Maier, L.; Ames, C.; Brüne, C.; Gould, C.; Oiwa, A.; Ishibashi, K.; Tarucha, S.; Buhmann, H.; Molenkamp, L. W.

    2016-01-01

    The Josephson effect describes the generic appearance of a supercurrent in a weak link between two superconductors. Its exact physical nature deeply influences the properties of the supercurrent. In recent years, considerable efforts have focused on the coupling of superconductors to the surface states of a three-dimensional topological insulator. In such a material, an unconventional induced p-wave superconductivity should occur, with a doublet of topologically protected gapless Andreev bound states, whose energies vary 4π-periodically with the superconducting phase difference across the junction. In this article, we report the observation of an anomalous response to rf irradiation in a Josephson junction made of a HgTe weak link. The response is understood as due to a 4π-periodic contribution to the supercurrent, and its amplitude is compatible with the expected contribution of a gapless Andreev doublet. Our work opens the way to more elaborate experiments to investigate the induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional insulator.

  6. 4π-periodic Josephson supercurrent in HgTe-based topological Josephson junctions.

    PubMed

    Wiedenmann, J; Bocquillon, E; Deacon, R S; Hartinger, S; Herrmann, O; Klapwijk, T M; Maier, L; Ames, C; Brüne, C; Gould, C; Oiwa, A; Ishibashi, K; Tarucha, S; Buhmann, H; Molenkamp, L W

    2016-01-01

    The Josephson effect describes the generic appearance of a supercurrent in a weak link between two superconductors. Its exact physical nature deeply influences the properties of the supercurrent. In recent years, considerable efforts have focused on the coupling of superconductors to the surface states of a three-dimensional topological insulator. In such a material, an unconventional induced p-wave superconductivity should occur, with a doublet of topologically protected gapless Andreev bound states, whose energies vary 4π-periodically with the superconducting phase difference across the junction. In this article, we report the observation of an anomalous response to rf irradiation in a Josephson junction made of a HgTe weak link. The response is understood as due to a 4π-periodic contribution to the supercurrent, and its amplitude is compatible with the expected contribution of a gapless Andreev doublet. Our work opens the way to more elaborate experiments to investigate the induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional insulator. PMID:26792013

  7. 4π-periodic Josephson supercurrent in HgTe-based topological Josephson junctions

    PubMed Central

    Wiedenmann, J.; Bocquillon, E.; Deacon, R. S.; Hartinger, S.; Herrmann, O.; Klapwijk, T. M.; Maier, L.; Ames, C.; Brüne, C.; Gould, C.; Oiwa, A.; Ishibashi, K.; Tarucha, S.; Buhmann, H.; Molenkamp, L. W.

    2016-01-01

    The Josephson effect describes the generic appearance of a supercurrent in a weak link between two superconductors. Its exact physical nature deeply influences the properties of the supercurrent. In recent years, considerable efforts have focused on the coupling of superconductors to the surface states of a three-dimensional topological insulator. In such a material, an unconventional induced p-wave superconductivity should occur, with a doublet of topologically protected gapless Andreev bound states, whose energies vary 4π-periodically with the superconducting phase difference across the junction. In this article, we report the observation of an anomalous response to rf irradiation in a Josephson junction made of a HgTe weak link. The response is understood as due to a 4π-periodic contribution to the supercurrent, and its amplitude is compatible with the expected contribution of a gapless Andreev doublet. Our work opens the way to more elaborate experiments to investigate the induced superconductivity in a three-dimensional insulator. PMID:26792013

  8. Branch-point stoichiometry can generate weak links in metabolism: the case of glycine biosynthesis.

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    Melendez-Hevia, Enrique; Paz-Lugo, Patricia De

    2008-12-01

    Although the metabolic network permits conversion between almost any pair of metabolites,this versatility fails at certain sites because of chemical constraints (kinetic,thermodynamic and stoichiometric) that seriously restrict particular conversions. We call these sites weak links in metabolism,as they can interfere harmfully with management of matter and energy if the network as a whole does not include adequate safeguards. A critical weak link is created in glycine biosynthesis by the stoichiometry of the reaction catalyzed by glycine hydroxymethyltransferase (EC 2.1.2.1), which converts serine into glycine plus one C1 unit: this produces an absolute dependence of the glycine production flux on the utilization of C1 units for other metabolic pathways that do not work coordinately with glycine use. It may not be possible,therefore,to ensure that glycine is always synthesized in sufficient quantities to meet optimal metabolic requirements. PMID:19179765

  9. Implications of Weak Link Effects on Thermal Characteristics of Transition-Edge Sensors

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    Bailey, Catherine

    2011-01-01

    Weak link behavior in transition-edge sensor (TES) devices creates the need for a more careful characterization of a device's thermal characteristics through its transition. This is particularly true for small TESs where a small change in the measurement current results in large changes in temperature. A highly current-dependent transition shape makes accurate thermal characterization of the TES parameters through the transition challenging. To accurately interpret measurements, especially complex impedance, it is crucial to know the temperature-dependent thermal conductance, G(T), and heat capacity, C(T), at each point through the transition. We will present data illustrating these effects and discuss how we overcome the challenges that are present in accurately determining G and T from IV curves. We will also show how these weak link effects vary with TES size.

  10. Solitons in Josephson junctions

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    Ustinov, A. V.

    1998-11-01

    Magnetic flux quanta in Josephson junctions, often called fluxons, in many cases behave as solitons. A review of recent experiments and modelling of fluxon dynamics in Josephson circuits is presented. Classic quasi-one-dimensional junctions, stacked junctions (Josephson superlattices), and discrete Josephson transmission lines (JTLs) are discussed. Applications of fluxon devices as high-frequency oscillators and digital circuits are also addressed.

  11. Paramagnetic Meissner Effect in Josephson-Coupled Network of Ybco Ceramics

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    Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Yasunaka, Miyoko; Takagi, Seishi; Koyama, Kuniyuki; Mizuno, Kiyoshi

    2003-03-01

    Magnetic properties of a typical weak-link system, ceramic YBa2Cu3O7-δ, have been investigated in order to clarify the inter-grain superconducting ordering. Paramagnetic Meissner behavior is observed in the field-cooled magnetization of the ceramics below the inter-grain transition temperature. The result suggests that the paramagnetic Meissner effect is one of the inter-grain properties and is due to the spontaneous orbital currents in a Josephson network with π-junctions.

  12. Playing the role of weak clique property in link prediction: A friend recommendation model

    PubMed Central

    Ma, Chuang; Zhou, Tao; Zhang, Hai-Feng

    2016-01-01

    An important fact in studying link prediction is that the structural properties of networks have significant impacts on the performance of algorithms. Therefore, how to improve the performance of link prediction with the aid of structural properties of networks is an essential problem. By analyzing many real networks, we find a typical structural property: nodes are preferentially linked to the nodes with the weak clique structure (abbreviated as PWCS to simplify descriptions). Based on this PWCS phenomenon, we propose a local friend recommendation (FR) index to facilitate link prediction. Our experiments show that the performance of FR index is better than some famous local similarity indices, such as Common Neighbor (CN) index, Adamic-Adar (AA) index and Resource Allocation (RA) index. We then explain why PWCS can give rise to the better performance of FR index in link prediction. Finally, a mixed friend recommendation index (labelled MFR) is proposed by utilizing the PWCS phenomenon, which further improves the accuracy of link prediction. PMID:27439697

  13. Playing the role of weak clique property in link prediction: A friend recommendation model.

    PubMed

    Ma, Chuang; Zhou, Tao; Zhang, Hai-Feng

    2016-01-01

    An important fact in studying link prediction is that the structural properties of networks have significant impacts on the performance of algorithms. Therefore, how to improve the performance of link prediction with the aid of structural properties of networks is an essential problem. By analyzing many real networks, we find a typical structural property: nodes are preferentially linked to the nodes with the weak clique structure (abbreviated as PWCS to simplify descriptions). Based on this PWCS phenomenon, we propose a local friend recommendation (FR) index to facilitate link prediction. Our experiments show that the performance of FR index is better than some famous local similarity indices, such as Common Neighbor (CN) index, Adamic-Adar (AA) index and Resource Allocation (RA) index. We then explain why PWCS can give rise to the better performance of FR index in link prediction. Finally, a mixed friend recommendation index (labelled MFR) is proposed by utilizing the PWCS phenomenon, which further improves the accuracy of link prediction. PMID:27439697

  14. Secure Communication Application of Josephson Tetrode in THz Region

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    Sahri, Nurliyana Bte Mohd; Yoshimori, Shigeru

    We numerically demonstrate the generation of chaos in a four-terminal superconductive device made of five Jospehson weak-link junctions, Josephson Tetrode. We calculate the dynamics of electrical voltages across the junctions when one of the normal resistances in varied. We confirm the generation of chaos by using temporal waveforms, three-dimensional attractors and Lyapunov exponent of chaotic attractor. We numerically investigated the threshold voltage dependence and sampling time dependence of random bits. Jospehson Tetrode is a promising superconductive device applicable to secure communication in THz region.

  15. Theory of the stationary macroscopic quantum behavior of inductively coupled superconducting weak links

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    Brunk, G.; Luebbig, H.

    1982-04-01

    A theory of the stationary response of a flux-controlled superconducting weak link is presented in the framework of reversible thermodynamics. The superconducting loop containing the weak line (SQUID): considered as a ''black box'': can be characterized by a nonlinear inductance L/sub s/ which uniquely describes the constitutive properties of the macroscopic quantum system. The influence of the temperature-dependent (nonsinusoidal) current-phase relation (CPR) on L/sub s/ and on the stability of the SQUID when operated in th nonhysteretic mode is analyzed taking into account the full nonlinearity of the CPR. The model presented enables a rigorous circuit analysis, even in the case of a nonlinear flux transformer.

  16. Random telegraphic voltage noise due to thermal bi-stability in a superconducting weak link

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    Biswas, Sourav; Kumar, Nikhil; Winkelmann, C. B.; Courtois, Herve; Gupta, Anjan K.

    2016-05-01

    We investigated the random telegraphic voltage noise signal in the hysteretic bi-stable state of a superconducting weak link device. Fluctuation induced random switching between zero voltage state and non-zero-voltage state gives rise to a random telegraphic voltage signal in time domain. This telegraphic noise is used to find the mean lifetime of each of the two states. The mean life time in the zero voltage state is found to decrease with increasing bias current while that of resistive state increases and thus the two cross at certain bias current. We qualitatively discuss this observed switching behavior as arising from the bi-stable nature.

  17. Characterizing Weak-Link Effects in Mo/Au Transition-Edge Sensors

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    Smith, Stephen

    2011-01-01

    We are developing Mo/Au bilayer transition-edge sensors (TESs) for applications in X-ray astronomy. Critical current measurements on these TESs show they act as weak superconducting links exhibiting oscillatory, Fraunhofer-like, behavior with applied magnetic field. In this contribution we investigate the implications of this behavior for TES detectors, under operational bias conditions. This includes characterizing the logarithmic resistance sensitivity with temperature, (alpha, and current, beta, as a function of applied magnetic field and bias point within the resistive transition. Results show that these important device parameters exhibit similar oscillatory behavior with applied magnetic field, which in turn affects the signal responsivity, noise and energy resolution.

  18. Reversibility Of Superconducting Nb Weak Links Driven By The Proximity Effect In A Quantum Interference Device

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    Kumar, Nikhil; Fournier, T.; Courtois, H.; Winkelmann, C. B.; Gupta, Anjan K.

    2015-04-01

    We demonstrate the role of the proximity effect in the thermal hysteresis of superconducting constrictions. From the analysis of successive thermal instabilities in the transport characteristics of micron-size superconducting quantum interference devices with a well-controlled geometry, we obtain a complete picture of the different thermal regimes. These determine whether or not the junctions are hysteretic. Below the superconductor critical temperature, the critical current switches from a classical weak-link behavior to one driven by the proximity effect. The associated small amplitude of the critical current makes it robust with respect to the heat generation by phase slips, leading to a nonhysteretic behavior.

  19. Feynman's and Ohta's Models of a Josephson Junction

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    De Luca, R.

    2012-01-01

    The Josephson equations are derived by means of the weakly coupled two-level quantum system model given by Feynman. Adopting a simplified version of Ohta's model, starting from Feynman's model, the strict voltage-frequency Josephson relation is derived. The contribution of Ohta's approach to the comprehension of the additional term given by the…

  20. Implications of Weak Link Effects on Thermal Characteristics of Transition-Edge Sensors

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    Bailey, C. N.; Adams, J. S.; Bandler, S. R.; Brekosky, R. P.; Chevenak, J. A.; Eckart, M. E.; Finkbeiner, F. M.; Kelley, R. L.; Kally, D. P.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Porter, F. S.; Sadleir, J. E.; Smith, S. J.

    2012-01-01

    Weak link behavior in transition-edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeters creates the need for a more careful characterization of a device's thermal characteristics through its transition. This is particularly true for small TESs where a small change in the bias current results in large changes in effective transition temperature. To correctly interpret measurements, especially complex impedance, it is crucial to know the temperature-dependent thermal conductance, G(T), and heat capacity, C(T), at each point through the transition. We present data illustrating these effects and discuss how we overcome the challenges that are present in accurately determining G and T from I-V curves. We also show how these weak link effects vary wi.th TES size. Additionally, we use this improVed understanding of G(T) to determine that, for these TES microcalorimeters. Kaptiza boundary resistance dominates the G of devices with absorbers while the electron-phonon coupling also needs to be considered when determining G for devices without absorbers

  1. Controlling Hysteresis in Superconducting Weak Links and μ-Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices

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    Kumar, Nikhil; Winkelmann, C. B.; Biswas, Sourav; Courtois, H.; Gupta, Anjan K.

    We have fabricated and studied the current-voltage characteristics of a number of niobium film based weak-link devices and μ-SQUIDs showing a critical current and two re-trapping currents. We have proposed a new understanding for the re-trapping currents in terms of thermal instabilities in different portions of the device. We also find that the superconducting proximity effect and the phase-slip processes play an important role in dictating the temperature dependence of the critical current in the non-hysteretic regime. The proximity effect helps in widening the temperature range of hysteresis-free characteristics. Finally we demonstrate control on temperature-range with hysteresis-free characteristics in two ways: 1) By using a parallel shunt resistor in close vicinity of the device, and 2) by reducing the weak-link width. Thus we get non-hysteretic behavior down to 1.3 K temperature in some of the studied devices. We acknowledge the financial support from CSIR, India as well as CNRS-Institute Neel, Grenoble, France.

  2. Weak links between fast mobility and local structure in molecular and atomic liquids

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    Bernini, S.; Puosi, F.; Leporini, D.

    2015-03-28

    We investigate by molecular-dynamics simulations, the fast mobility—the rattling amplitude of the particles temporarily trapped by the cage of the neighbors—in mildly supercooled states of dense molecular (linear trimers) and atomic (binary mixtures) liquids. The mixture particles interact by the Lennard-Jones potential. The non-bonded particles of the molecular system are coupled by the more general Mie potential with variable repulsive and attractive exponents in a range which is a characteristic of small n-alkanes and n-alcohols. Possible links between the fast mobility and the geometry of the cage (size and shape) are searched. The correlations on a per-particle basis are rather weak. Instead, if one groups either the particles in fast-mobility subsets or the cages in geometric subsets, the increase of the fast mobility with both the size and the asphericity of the cage is revealed. The observed correlations are weak and differ in states with equal relaxation time. Local forces between a tagged particle and the first-neighbour shell do not correlate with the fast mobility in the molecular liquid. It is concluded that the cage geometry alone is unable to provide a microscopic interpretation of the known, universal link between the fast mobility and the slow structural relaxation. We suggest that the particle fast dynamics is affected by regions beyond the first neighbours, thus supporting the presence of collective, extended fast modes.

  3. Weak-Link Phenomena in AC-Biased Transition Edge Sensors

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    Gottardi, L.; Akamatsu, H.; Bruijn, M.; Gao, J.-R.; den Hartog, R.; Hijmering, R.; Hoevers, H.; Khosropanah, P.; Kozorezov, A.; van der Kuur, J.; van der Linden, A.; Ridder, M.

    2014-08-01

    It has been recently demonstrated that superconducting transition edge-sensors behave as weak-links due to longitudinally induced superconductivity from the leads with higher . In this work we study the implication of this behaviour for transition-edge sensors (TES)-based bolometers and microcalorimeter under ac bias. The TESs are read-out at frequencies between 1 and by a frequency domain multiplexer based on a linearised two-stage SQUID amplifier and high- lithographically made superconducting resonators. In particular, we focus on SRON TiAu TES bolometers with a measured dark noise equivalent power of developed for the short wavelength band for the instrument SAFARI on the SPICA telescope.

  4. Vortices in a toroidal Bose-Einstein condensate with a rotating weak link

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    Yakimenko, A. I.; Bidasyuk, Y. M.; Weyrauch, M.; Kuriatnikov, Y. I.; Vilchinskii, S. I.

    2015-03-01

    Motivated by a recent experiment [K. C. Wright et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 025302 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.025302], we investigate deterministic discontinuous jumps between quantized circulation states in a toroidally trapped Bose-Einstein condensate. These phase slips are induced by vortex excitations created by a rotating weak link. We analyze the influence of a localized condensate density depletion and atomic superflows, governed by the rotating barrier, on the energetic and dynamical stability of the vortices in the ring-shaped condensate. We simulate in a three-dimensional dissipative mean-field model the dynamics of the condensate using parameters similar to the experimental conditions. Moreover, we consider the dynamics of the stirred condensate far beyond the experimentally explored region and reveal surprising manifestations of complex vortex dynamics.

  5. Probability of loss of assured safety in temperature dependent systems with multiple weak and strong links.

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    Johnson, Jay Dean; Oberkampf, William Louis; Helton, Jon Craig

    2004-12-01

    Relationships to determine the probability that a weak link (WL)/strong link (SL) safety system will fail to function as intended in a fire environment are investigated. In the systems under study, failure of the WL system before failure of the SL system is intended to render the overall system inoperational and thus prevent the possible occurrence of accidents with potentially serious consequences. Formal developments of the probability that the WL system fails to deactivate the overall system before failure of the SL system (i.e., the probability of loss of assured safety, PLOAS) are presented for several WWSL configurations: (i) one WL, one SL, (ii) multiple WLs, multiple SLs with failure of any SL before any WL constituting failure of the safety system, (iii) multiple WLs, multiple SLs with failure of all SLs before any WL constituting failure of the safety system, and (iv) multiple WLs, multiple SLs and multiple sublinks in each SL with failure of any sublink constituting failure of the associated SL and failure of all SLs before failure of any WL constituting failure of the safety system. The indicated probabilities derive from time-dependent temperatures in the WL/SL system and variability (i.e., aleatory uncertainty) in the temperatures at which the individual components of this system fail and are formally defined as multidimensional integrals. Numerical procedures based on quadrature (i.e., trapezoidal rule, Simpson's rule) and also on Monte Carlo techniques (i.e., simple random sampling, importance sampling) are described and illustrated for the evaluation of these integrals. Example uncertainty and sensitivity analyses for PLOAS involving the representation of uncertainty (i.e., epistemic uncertainty) with probability theory and also with evidence theory are presented.

  6. Direct measurements of the current-phase relation in graphene Josephson junctions

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    Chialvo, Cesar; Moraru, Ion; Mason, Nadya; van Harlingen, Dale

    2010-03-01

    The current-phase relation (CPR) of a Josephson junction can provide key information about the microscopic processes and symmetries that influence the supercurrent. However, CPR has not been previously measured in junctions with graphene barriers, which is a system that exhibits unusual electronic properties and symmetries. In this talk we present CPR results on Josephson junctions containing single-layer graphene as a weak link. The measurements are based on a phase-sensitive SQUID technique in which we determine the supercurrent amplitude and phase as a function of both temperature and electrostatic doping (gate voltage). We discuss evidence for a non-sinusoidal shape of the CPR, which is in agreement with some theoretical predictions.

  7. Direct measurements of the current-phase relation in graphene Josephson junctions

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    English, Christopher; Hamilton, David; van Harlingen, Dale; Mason, Nadya

    2013-03-01

    The current-phase relation (CPR) of a Josephson junction can provide key information about the microscopic processes and symmetries that control the supercurrent. In this talk, we present CPR measurements on Josephson junctions incorporating single-layer graphene as a weak link between Al superconducting electrodes with spacing <100nm that are in the quasi-ballistic regime. We use a phase-sensitive SQUID technique to determine the supercurrent amplitude and phase as a function of temperature and electrostatic doping (gate voltage). As the critical current is varied, we observe a crossover from forward skewing in the CPR that arises from the low density of discrete electronic states in the junction to backward skewing induced by noise-rounding in the CPR measurement. We compare our results to theoretical models.

  8. Direct measurements of the current-phase relation in graphene Josephson junctions

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    English, Christopher; Kurter, Cihan; van Harlingen, D. J.; Mason, Nadya

    2012-02-01

    The current-phase relation (CPR) of a Josephson junction can provide key information about the microscopic processes and symmetries that influence the supercurrent. In this talk, we present CPR results on Josephson junctions containing single-layer graphene as a weak link. The measurements are based on a phase-sensitive SQUID technique in which we determine the supercurrent amplitude and phase as a function of both temperature and electrostatic doping (gate voltage). We present CPR measurements of narrow junctions (5 - 12 μm) in the diffusive regime spanning the temperature range of 25 - 800 mK. We compare these data with previous CPR measurements on wide junctions in the temperature range of 800 - 900 mK.

  9. D.C. Josephson transport by quartets and other Andreev resonances in superconducting bijunctions

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    Mélin, R.; Feinberg, D.; Courtois, H.; Padurariu, C.; Pfeffer, A.; Duvauchelle, J. E.; Lefloch, F.; Jonckheere, T.; Rech, J.; Martin, T.; Doucot, B.

    2014-12-01

    Bijunctions are three-terminal Josephson junctions where three superconductors are connected by a single weak link made of a metallic region or of quantum dots. Biasing two of the superconductors with commensurate voltages yields Andreev resonances that produce d.c. Josephson currents made of correlated Cooper pairs. For instance with applied voltages (0, V, - V), quartets formed by two entangled Cooper pairs are emitted by one reservoir towards the two others. Theory involving non-equilibrium Green's functions reveal the microsopic mechanism at play, e.g multiple coherent Andreev reflections that provide an energy-conserving and fully coherent channel. Recent experiments on diffusive Aluminum-Copper bijunctions show transport anomalies that are interpreted in terms of quartet resonances.

  10. High-T(sub c) Edge-geometry SNS Weak Links on Silicon-on-sapphire Substrates

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    Hunt, B.; Foote, M.; Pike, W.; Barner, J.; Vasquez, R.

    1994-01-01

    High-quality superconductor/normal-metal/superconductor(SNS) edge-geometry weak links have been produced on silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) substrates using a new SrTiO(sub 3)/'seed layer'/cubic-zirconia (YS2) buffer system.

  11. Fabrication, characterization, and analysis of nanofabricated ion damage high temperature Josephson junctions

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    Katz, Andrew Steven

    The 1986 discovery of high temperature superconductivity in copper oxide perovskite compounds (a.k.a., cuprates) set off an avalanche of research with the twin goals of understanding the origin of the superconducting state and of developing practical superconducting technologies. Proponents of superconducting technology were renewed with the possibility of achieving devices with cheaper, simpler coolants such as liquid nitrogen rather than the more expensive and exotic liquid helium. While the underlying origin of the superconducting state in the cuprates is still elusive, great strides towards applications of the new superconductors have been made over the past decade. The primary element in active superconducting electronics is the Josephson junction. In the case of the cuprates, numerous techniques have been tried to produce Josephson junctions for use in superconducting electronics. Each has some advantages and some limitations. None to date, however, have been reliable enough to imagine manufacturing devices with more than a few Josephson elements. High temperature superconducting electronics of the future will require the reliable and reproducible fabrication of dozens and even hundreds of Josephson elements on a single chip. This dissertation attempts to address this problem by presenting a technique for fabricating reliable, reproducible, controllable, and manufacturable Josephson junctions in the superconductor YBasb2Cusb3CuOsb{7-delta}. A process has been developed to fabricate planar high-Tsb{c} Josephson junctions using nanolithography and a 200 keV ion implanter. Conduction occurs in the ab-plane and is interface free. Devices may be tuned to operate at temperatures between 1 K and the Tsb{c} of the undamaged superconducting material by varying the length of the weak link and by changing the amount of ion damage. The normal state and superconducting state properties of these films have been examined and analyzed in the contexts of a de Gennes dirty

  12. Josephson junction mixing.

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    Thompson, E. D.

    1973-01-01

    A theory is presented which, though too simple to explain quantitative details in the Josephson junction mixing response, is sufficient for explaining qualitatively the results observed. Crucial to the theory presented, and that which differentiates it from earlier ones, is the inclusion of harmonic voltages across the ideal Josephson element.

  13. Enhancement of Shapiro-like steps in multiterminal Josephson structures

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    Savinov, D. A.

    2016-08-01

    The distinctive features of current-voltage characteristics are studied for mesoscopic multiterminal structures effected by external irradiation. Considering a simple model of applied dc+ac voltage, we calculate Shapiro-like steps in Josephson systems with several weakly coupled superconducting electrodes. Owing to the action of an external alternating signal, the dc current is found to be rather increased than it appears in the same multiterminal Josephson node without the radiation. The possible applications of our results for the experimental observation of the Shapiro-like steps in such Josephson structures are discussed.

  14. Inelastic microwave photon scattering off a quantum impurity in a Josephson-junction array.

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    Goldstein, Moshe; Devoret, Michel H; Houzet, Manuel; Glazman, Leonid I

    2013-01-01

    Quantum fluctuations in an anharmonic superconducting circuit enable frequency conversion of individual incoming photons. This effect, linear in the photon beam intensity, leads to ramifications for the standard input-output circuit theory. We consider an extreme case of anharmonicity in which photons scatter off a small set of weak links within a Josephson junction array. We show that this quantum impurity displays Kondo physics and evaluate the elastic and inelastic photon scattering cross sections. These cross sections reveal many-body properties of the Kondo problem that are hard to access in its traditional fermionic version. PMID:23383827

  15. Weak links and critical current anisotropy in melt-textured HTSC ceramics studied by magneto-optical express control

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    Belyaeva, A.I.; Eremenko, V.V.; Nastenko, V.A.

    1997-06-01

    YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} ceramics were prepared by the modified melt textured process on the polycrystalline substrate of the YBaCuO{sub 5} composition. Magneto-optical technique with the ferrogarnet films as sensor was used for visualization of magnetic flux distribution and their evaluation under remagnetization of specimens. The pictures of weak links visualized by the magneto-optical technique were correlated with the sample macro- and microstructure, studied by X-ray topography electron (SEM) and polarization fight microscopy. The role of different details of the structural peculiarities of the specimens in the weak links formation was analyzed and the problem of critical current anisotropy was reviewed. The weak links behavior under the magnetic field variation was studied in the details. The pinning centers, weak links, its dependence upon the (211) concentration, the particle size as well as its role in J{sub c} value formation were discussed. Experimental values of the critical current density varied from 2 10{sup 4} up to (5{divided_by}8) 10{sup 5} A cm{sup {minus}2} for the regions of specimen with the different structures. The authors report the first real time direct magneto-optic images of the isotropic magnetic flux distribution in the area of the sample which initially was substrate 211. The principal possibility of their modified method for obtaining highly textured isotropic Y-Ba-Cu-O ceramics capable of carrying current density up to 10{sup 6} A cm{sup {minus}2} was discussed.

  16. Graphene Josephson Junction Single Photon Detector

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    Walsh, Evan D.; Lee, Gil-Ho; Efetov, Dmitri K.; Heuck, Mikkel; Crossno, Jesse; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Ohki, Thomas A.; Kim, Philip; Englund, Dirk; Fong, Kin Chung

    Single photon detectors (SPDs) have found use across a wide array of applications depending on the wavelength to which they are sensitive. Graphene, because of its linear, gapless dispersion near the Dirac point, has a flat, wide bandwidth absorption that can be enhanced to near 100 % through the use of resonant structures making it a promising candidate for broadband SPDs. Upon absorbing a photon in the optical to mid-infrared range, a small (~10 μm2) sheet of graphene at cryogenic temperatures can experience a significant increase in electronic temperature due to its extremely low heat capacity. At 1550 nm, for example, calculations show that the temperature could rise by as much as 500 %. This temperature increase could be detected with near perfect quantum efficiency by making the graphene the weak link in a Josephson junction (JJ). We present a theoretical model demonstrating that such a graphene JJ SPD could operate at the readily achievable temperature of 3 K with near zero dark count, sub-50 ps timing jitter, and sub-5 ns dead time and report on the progress toward experimentally realizing the device.

  17. Mechanisms of optical response in superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-delta thin films and grain-boundary weak links

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    Bhattacharya, S.; Rajeswari, M.; Takeuchi, I.; Trajanovic, Z.; Li, QI; Xi, X. X.; Venkatesan, T.

    1994-01-01

    The optical response of single grain-boundary weak links in superconducting YBCO thin films has been investigated. At temperatures well below the transition temperature, the grain boundary exhibits an optical response which is qualitatively different from transition edge response. Using a resistively shunted-junction model for the grain-boundary weak link, we find that the optical response below the transition temperature can be described by radiation induced thermal modulation of the critical currents of the weak links. The dependence on the bias current and the temperature distinguishes the weak-link optical response from the transition edge optical response. We discuss novel aspects of a potential radiation detector based on grain-boundary weak-link junctions.

  18. Josephson-vortex Cherenkov radiation

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    Mints, R.G.; Snapiro, I.B.

    1995-10-01

    We predict the Josephson-vortex Cherenkov radiation of an electromagnetic wave. We treat a long one-dimensional Josephson junction. We consider the wavelength of the radiated electromagnetic wave to be much less than the Josephson penetration depth. We use for calculations the nonlocal Josephson electrodynamics. We find the expression for the radiated power and for the radiation friction force acting on a Josephson vortex and arising due to the Cherenkov radiation. We calculate the relation between the density of the bias current and the Josephson vortex velocity.

  19. Quasioptical Josephson Oscillator

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    Wengler, Michael J.

    1994-09-01

    The Quasioptical Josephson Oscillator (QJO) is a 2-D array of between 100 and 1,000,000 Josephson junctions, each at the center of a small dipole antenna. HYPRES, Inc. of Elmsford, NY has fabricated test chips which have demonstrated 0.35 microwatts radiation at 190 CHz in one case, and 0.7 microwatts radiation at 345 GHz in another case. A significant understanding of the 2-D oscillators was developed through theoretical and numerical calculations.

  20. Fragmentation of fast Josephson vortices and breakdown of ordered states by moving topological defects

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    Sheikhzada, Ahmad; Gurevich, Alex

    2015-12-07

    Topological defects such as vortices, dislocations or domain walls define many important effects in superconductivity, superfluidity, magnetism, liquid crystals, and plasticity of solids. Here we address the breakdown of the topologically-protected stability of such defects driven by strong external forces. We focus on Josephson vortices that appear at planar weak links of suppressed superconductivity which have attracted much attention for electronic applications, new sources of THz radiation, and low-dissipative computing. Our numerical simulations show that a rapidly moving vortex driven by a constant current becomes unstable with respect to generation of vortex-antivortex pairs caused by Cherenkov radiation. As a result, vortices and antivortices become spatially separated and accumulate continuously on the opposite sides of an expanding dissipative domain. This effect is most pronounced in thin film edge Josephson junctions at low temperatures where a single vortex can switch the whole junction into a resistive state at currents well below the Josephson critical current. In conclusion, our work gives a new insight into instability of a moving topological defect which destroys global long-range order in a way that is remarkably similar to the crack propagation in solids.

  1. Fragmentation of fast Josephson vortices and breakdown of ordered states by moving topological defects

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    Sheikhzada, Ahmad; Gurevich, Alex

    2015-12-07

    Topological defects such as vortices, dislocations or domain walls define many important effects in superconductivity, superfluidity, magnetism, liquid crystals, and plasticity of solids. Here we address the breakdown of the topologically-protected stability of such defects driven by strong external forces. We focus on Josephson vortices that appear at planar weak links of suppressed superconductivity which have attracted much attention for electronic applications, new sources of THz radiation, and low-dissipative computing. Our numerical simulations show that a rapidly moving vortex driven by a constant current becomes unstable with respect to generation of vortex-antivortex pairs caused by Cherenkov radiation. As a result,more » vortices and antivortices become spatially separated and accumulate continuously on the opposite sides of an expanding dissipative domain. This effect is most pronounced in thin film edge Josephson junctions at low temperatures where a single vortex can switch the whole junction into a resistive state at currents well below the Josephson critical current. In conclusion, our work gives a new insight into instability of a moving topological defect which destroys global long-range order in a way that is remarkably similar to the crack propagation in solids.« less

  2. Fragmentation of Fast Josephson Vortices and Breakdown of Ordered States by Moving Topological Defects

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    Sheikhzada, Ahmad; Gurevich, Alex

    2015-01-01

    Topological defects such as vortices, dislocations or domain walls define many important effects in superconductivity, superfluidity, magnetism, liquid crystals, and plasticity of solids. Here we address the breakdown of the topologically-protected stability of such defects driven by strong external forces. We focus on Josephson vortices that appear at planar weak links of suppressed superconductivity which have attracted much attention for electronic applications, new sources of THz radiation, and low-dissipative computing. Our numerical simulations show that a rapidly moving vortex driven by a constant current becomes unstable with respect to generation of vortex-antivortex pairs caused by Cherenkov radiation. As a result, vortices and antivortices become spatially separated and accumulate continuously on the opposite sides of an expanding dissipative domain. This effect is most pronounced in thin film edge Josephson junctions at low temperatures where a single vortex can switch the whole junction into a resistive state at currents well below the Josephson critical current. Our work gives a new insight into instability of a moving topological defect which destroys global long-range order in a way that is remarkably similar to the crack propagation in solids. PMID:26639165

  3. Precise Heater Controller with rf-Biased Josephson Junctions

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    Green, Colin J.; Sergatskov, Dmitri A.; Duncan, R. V.

    2003-01-01

    Paramagnetic susceptibility thermometers used in fundamental physics experiments are capable of measuring temperature changes with a precision of a part in 2 x 10(exp 10). However, heater controllers are only able to control open-loop power dissipation to about a part in 10(exp 5). We used an array of rf-biased Josephson junctions to precisely control the electrical power dissipation in a heater resistor mounted on a thermally isolated cryogenic platform. Theoretically, this method is capable of controlling the electrical power dissipation to better than a part in 10(exp 12). However, this level has not yet been demonstrated experimentally. The experiment consists of a liquid helium cell that also functions as a high-resolution PdMn thermometer, with a heater resistor mounted on it. The cell is thermally connected to a temperature-controlled cooling stage via a weak thermal link. The heater resistor is electrically connected to the array of Josephson junctions using superconducting wire. An rf-biased array of capacitively shunted Josephson junctions drives the voltage across the heater. The quantized voltage across the resistor is Vn = nf(h/2e), where h is Planck's constant, f is the array biasing frequency, e is the charge of an electron, and n is the integer quantum state of the Josephson array. This results in an electrical power dissipation on the cell of Pn = (Vn)(sup 2/R), where R is the heater resistance. The change of the quantum state of the array changes the power dissipated in the heater, which in turn, results in the change of the cell temperature. This temperature change is compared to the expected values based on the known thermal standoff resistance of the cell from the cooling stage. We will present our initial experimental results and discuss future improvements. This work has been funded by the Fundamental Physics Discipline of the Microgravity Science Office of NASA, and supported by a no-cost equipment loan from Sandia National Laboratories.

  4. Effect of delayed link failure on probability of loss of assured safety in temperature-dependent systems with multiple weak and strong links.

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    Johnson, J. D.; Oberkampf, William Louis; Helton, Jon Craig

    2007-05-01

    Weak link (WL)/strong link (SL) systems constitute important parts of the overall operational design of high consequence systems, with the SL system designed to permit operation of the system only under intended conditions and the WL system designed to prevent the unintended operation of the system under accident conditions. Degradation of the system under accident conditions into a state in which the WLs have not deactivated the system and the SLs have failed in the sense that they are in a configuration that could permit operation of the system is referred to as loss of assured safety. The probability of such degradation conditional on a specific set of accident conditions is referred to as probability of loss of assured safety (PLOAS). Previous work has developed computational procedures for the calculation of PLOAS under fire conditions for a system involving multiple WLs and SLs and with the assumption that a link fails instantly when it reaches its failure temperature. Extensions of these procedures are obtained for systems in which there is a temperature-dependent delay between the time at which a link reaches its failure temperature and the time at which that link actually fails.

  5. The structural role of weak and strong links in a financial market network

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    Garas, A.; Argyrakis, P.; Havlin, S.

    2008-05-01

    We investigate the properties of correlation based networks originating from economic complex systems, such as the network of stocks traded at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The weaker links (low correlation) of the system are found to contribute to the overall connectivity of the network significantly more than the strong links (high correlation). We find that nodes connected through strong links form well defined communities. These communities are clustered together in more complex ways compared to the widely used classification according to the economic activity. We find that some companies, such as General Electric (GE), Coca Cola (KO), and others, can be involved in different communities. The communities are found to be quite stable over time. Similar results were obtained by investigating markets completely different in size and properties, such as the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE). The present method may be also useful for other networks generated through correlations.

  6. Bosonic Josephson effect in the Fano-Anderson model

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    Engelhardt, G.; Schaller, G.; Brandes, T.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the coherent dynamics of a noninteracting Bose-Einstein condensate in a system consisting of two bosonic reservoirs coupled via a spatially localized mode. We describe this system by a two-terminal Fano-Anderson model and investigate analytically the time evolution of observables such as the Josephson current. In doing so, we find that the Josephson current sensitively depends on the on-site energy of the localized mode. This facilitates using this setup as a transistor for a Bose-Einstein condensate. We identify two regimes. In one regime, the system exhibits well-behaved long-time dynamics with a slowly oscillating and undamped Josephson current. In a second regime, the Josephson current is a superposition of an extremely weakly damped slow oscillation and an undamped fast oscillation. Our results are confirmed by finite-size simulations.

  7. Turbulence intermittency linked to the weakly coherent mode in ASDEX Upgrade I-mode plasmas

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    Happel, T.; Manz, P.; Ryter, F.; Hennequin, P.; Hetzenecker, A.; Conway, G. D.; Guimarais, L.; Honoré, C.; Stroth, U.; Viezzer, E.; The ASDEX Upgrade Team

    2016-06-01

    This letter shows for the first time a pronounced increase of extremely intermittent edge density turbulence behavior inside the confinement region related to the I-mode confinement regime in the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak. With improving confinement, the perpendicular propagation velocity of density fluctuations in the plasma edge increases together with the intermittency of the observed density bursts. Furthermore, it is shown that the weakly coherent mode, a fluctuation feature generally observed in I-mode plasmas, is connected to the observed bursts. It is suggested that the large amplitude density bursts could be generated by a non-linearity similar to that in the Korteweg–de-Vries equation which includes the radial temperature gradient.

  8. The weak link: do muscle properties determine locomotor performance in frogs?

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    Roberts, Thomas J; Abbott, Emily M; Azizi, Emanuel

    2011-05-27

    Muscles power movement, yet the conceptual link between muscle performance and locomotor performance is poorly developed. Frog jumping provides an ideal system to probe the relationship between muscle capacity and locomotor performance, because a jump is a single discrete event and mechanical power output is a critical determinant of jump distance. We tested the hypothesis that interspecific variation in jump performance could be explained by variability in available muscle power. We used force plate ergometry to measure power produced during jumping in Cuban tree frogs (Osteopilus septentrionalis), leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) and cane toads (Bufo marinus). We also measured peak isotonic power output in isolated plantaris muscles for each species. As expected, jump performance varied widely. Osteopilus septentrionalis developed peak power outputs of 1047.0 ± 119.7 W kg(-1) hindlimb muscle mass, about five times that of B. marinus (198.5 ± 54.5 W kg(-1)). Values for R. pipiens were intermediate (543.9 ± 96.2 W kg(-1)). These differences in jump power were not matched by differences in available muscle power, which were 312.7 ± 28.9, 321.8 ± 48.5 and 262.8 ± 23.2 W kg(-1) muscle mass for O. septentrionalis, R. pipiens and B. marinus, respectively. The lack of correlation between available muscle power and jump power suggests that non-muscular mechanisms (e.g. elastic energy storage) can obscure the link between muscle mechanical performance and locomotor performance. PMID:21502120

  9. The weak link: do muscle properties determine locomotor performance in frogs?

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    Roberts, Thomas J.; Abbott, Emily M.; Azizi, Emanuel

    2011-01-01

    Muscles power movement, yet the conceptual link between muscle performance and locomotor performance is poorly developed. Frog jumping provides an ideal system to probe the relationship between muscle capacity and locomotor performance, because a jump is a single discrete event and mechanical power output is a critical determinant of jump distance. We tested the hypothesis that interspecific variation in jump performance could be explained by variability in available muscle power. We used force plate ergometry to measure power produced during jumping in Cuban tree frogs (Osteopilus septentrionalis), leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) and cane toads (Bufo marinus). We also measured peak isotonic power output in isolated plantaris muscles for each species. As expected, jump performance varied widely. Osteopilus septentrionalis developed peak power outputs of 1047.0 ± 119.7 W kg−1 hindlimb muscle mass, about five times that of B. marinus (198.5 ± 54.5 W kg−1). Values for R. pipiens were intermediate (543.9 ± 96.2 W kg−1). These differences in jump power were not matched by differences in available muscle power, which were 312.7 ± 28.9, 321.8 ± 48.5 and 262.8 ± 23.2 W kg−1 muscle mass for O. septentrionalis, R. pipiens and B. marinus, respectively. The lack of correlation between available muscle power and jump power suggests that non-muscular mechanisms (e.g. elastic energy storage) can obscure the link between muscle mechanical performance and locomotor performance. PMID:21502120

  10. Weak trophic links between a crab-spider and the effective pollinators of a rewardless orchid

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    Quintero, Carolina; Corley, Juan C.; Aizen, Marcelo A.

    2015-01-01

    Sit and wait predators hunting on flowers are considered to be exploiters of plant-pollinator mutualisms. Several studies have shown that plant-pollinator interactions can be highly susceptible to the impact of a third trophic level, via consumptive (direct) and non-consumptive (indirect) effects that alter pollinator behavior and, ultimately, plant fitness. However, most flowering plants attract a wide array of flower visitors, from which only a subset will be effective pollinators. Hence, a negative effect of an ambush predator on plant fitness should be expected only when: (i) the effective pollinators are part of the predators' diet and/or (ii) the non-consumptive effects of predator presence (e.g. dead prey) alter the behavior of effective pollinators and pollen movement among individual plants. We analyzed the direct and indirect effects of a crab-spider (Misumenops pallidus), on the pollination and reproductive success of Chloraea alpina, a Patagonian rewardless orchid. Our results indicate that most of the flower visitors do not behave as effective pollinators and most effective pollinators were not observed as prey for the crab-spider. In terms of non-consumptive effects, inflorescences with and without spiders and/or dead-prey did not vary the frequency of flower visitors, nor pollinia removal or deposition. Hence, it is not surprising that M. pallidus has a neutral effect on pollinia removal and deposition as well as on fruit and seed set. Similar to other rewardless orchids, the low reproductive success of C. alpina (∼6% fruit set) was associated with the limited number of visits by effective pollinators. Negative top-down effects of a flower-visitor predator on plant pollination may not be anticipated without studying the direct and indirect effects of this predator on the effective pollinators. In pollination systems where effective pollinators visited flowers erratically, such as in deceptive orchids, we expect weak or no effect of predators on

  11. Weak beacon detection for air-to-ground optical wireless link establishment.

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    Han, Yaoqiang; Dang, Anhong; Tang, Junxiong; Guo, Hong

    2010-02-01

    In an air-to-ground free-space optical communication system, strong background interference seriously affects the beacon detection, which makes it difficult to establish the optical link. In this paper, we propose a correlation beacon detection scheme under strong background interference conditions. As opposed to traditional beacon detection schemes, the beacon is modulated by an m-sequence at the transmitting terminal with a digital differential matched filter (DDMF) array introduced at the receiving end to detect the modulated beacon. This scheme is capable of suppressing both strong interference and noise by correlation reception of the received image sequence. In addition, the DDMF array enables each pixel of the image sensor to have its own DDMF of the same structure to process its received image sequence in parallel, thus it makes fast beacon detection possible. Theoretical analysis and an outdoor experiment have been demonstrated and show that the proposed scheme can realize fast and effective beacon detection under strong background interference conditions. Consequently, the required beacon transmission power can also be reduced dramatically. PMID:20174012

  12. Boson Josephson Junction with Trapped Atoms

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    Raghavan, S.; Smerzi, A.; Fantoni, S.; Shenoy, S. R.

    We consider coherent atomic tunneling between two weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates at T=0 in a double-well trap. The condensate dynamics of the macroscopic amplitudes in the two wells is modeled by two Gross-Pitaevskii equations (GPE) coupled by a tunneling matrix element. Analytic elliptic function solutions are obtained for the time evolution of the inter-well fractional population imbalance z(t) (related to the condensate phase difference) of the Boson Josephson junction (BJJ). Surprisingly, the neutral-atom BJJ shows (non-sinusoidal generalizations of) effects seen in charged-electron superconductor Josephson junctions (SJJ). The BJJ elliptic-function behavior has a singular dependence on a GPE parameter ratio Λ at a critical ratio Λ=Λc, beyond which a novel 'macroscopic quantum self-trapping' effect sets in with a non-zero time-averaged imbalance ≠0.

  13. An atomtronic flux qubit: a ring lattice of Bose–Einstein condensates interrupted by three weak links

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    Aghamalyan, D.; Nguyen, N. T.; Auksztol, F.; Gan, K. S.; Martinez Valado, M.; Condylis, P. C.; Kwek, L.-C.; Dumke, R.; Amico, L.

    2016-07-01

    We study a physical system consisting of a Bose–Einstein condensate confined to a ring shaped lattice potential interrupted by three weak links. The system is assumed to be driven by an effective flux piercing the ring lattice. By employing path integral techniques, we explore the effective quantum dynamics of the system in a pure quantum phase dynamics regime. Moreover, the effects of the density’s quantum fluctuations are studied through exact diagonalization analysis of the spectroscopy of the Bose–Hubbard model. We demonstrate that a clear two-level system emerges by tuning the magnetic flux at degeneracy. The lattice confinement, platform for the condensate, is realized experimentally employing a spatial light modulator.

  14. Enzyme replacement therapy rescues weakness and improves muscle pathology in mice with X-linked myotubular myopathy

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    Lawlor, Michael W.; Armstrong, Dustin; Viola, Marissa G.; Widrick, Jeffrey J.; Meng, Hui; Grange, Robert W.; Childers, Martin K.; Hsu, Cynthia P.; O'Callaghan, Michael; Pierson, Christopher R.; Buj-Bello, Anna; Beggs, Alan H.

    2013-01-01

    No effective treatment exists for patients with X-linked myotubular myopathy (XLMTM), a fatal congenital muscle disease caused by deficiency of the lipid phosphatase, myotubularin. The Mtm1δ4 and Mtm1 p.R69C mice model severely and moderately symptomatic XLMTM, respectively, due to differences in the degree of myotubularin deficiency. Contractile function of intact extensor digitorum longus (EDL) and soleus muscles from Mtm1δ4 mice, which produce no myotubularin, is markedly impaired. Contractile forces generated by chemically skinned single fiber preparations from Mtm1δ4 muscle were largely preserved, indicating that weakness was largely due to impaired excitation contraction coupling. Mtm1 p.R69C mice, which produce small amounts of myotubularin, showed impaired contractile function only in EDL muscles. Short-term replacement of myotubularin with a prototypical targeted protein replacement agent (3E10Fv-MTM1) in Mtm1δ4 mice improved contractile function and muscle pathology. These promising findings suggest that even low levels of myotubularin protein replacement can improve the muscle weakness and reverse the pathology that characterizes XLMTM. PMID:23307925

  15. Signatures of topological Josephson junctions

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    Peng, Yang; Pientka, Falko; Berg, Erez; Oreg, Yuval; von Oppen, Felix

    2016-08-01

    Quasiparticle poisoning and diabatic transitions may significantly narrow the window for the experimental observation of the 4 π -periodic dc Josephson effect predicted for topological Josephson junctions. Here, we show that switching-current measurements provide accessible and robust signatures for topological superconductivity which persist in the presence of quasiparticle poisoning processes. Such measurements provide access to the phase-dependent subgap spectrum and Josephson currents of the topological junction when incorporating it into an asymmetric SQUID together with a conventional Josephson junction with large critical current. We also argue that pump-probe experiments with multiple current pulses can be used to measure the quasiparticle poisoning rates of the topological junction. The proposed signatures are particularly robust, even in the presence of Zeeman fields and spin-orbit coupling, when focusing on short Josephson junctions. Finally, we also consider microwave excitations of short topological Josephson junctions which may complement switching-current measurements.

  16. Weak-link capacitor

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    Dirk, Shawn M.; Johnson, Ross S.; Wheeler, David R.; Bogart, Gregory R.

    2013-04-23

    A process for making a dielectric material where a precursor polymer selected from poly(phenylene vinylene)polyacetylene, poly(p-phenylene), poly(thienylene vinylene), poly(1,4-naphthylene vinylene), and poly(p-pyridine vinylene) is energized said by exposure by radiation or increase in temperature to a level sufficient to eliminate said leaving groups contained within the precursor polymer, thereby transforming the dielectric material into a conductive polymer. The leaving group in the precursor polymer can be a chloride, a bromide, an iodide, a fluoride, an ester, an xanthate, a nitrile, an amine, a nitro group, a carbonate, a dithiocarbamate, a sulfonium group, an oxonium group, an iodonium group, a pyridinium group, an ammonium group, a borate group, a borane group, a sulphinyl group, or a sulfonyl group.

  17. Weak-link capacitor

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    Dirk, Shawn M.; Johnson, Ross S.; Wheeler, David R.; Bogart, Gregory R.

    2011-06-07

    A process for making a dielectric material where a precursor polymer selected from poly(phenylene vinylene) polyacetylene, poly(p-phenylene), poly(thienylene vinylene), poly(1,4-naphthylene vinylene), and poly(p-pyridine vinylene) is energized said by exposure by radiation or increase in temperature to a level sufficient to eliminate said leaving groups contained within the precursor polymer, thereby transforming the dielectric material into a conductive polymer. The leaving group in the precursor polymer can be a chloride, a bromide, an iodide, a fluoride, an ester, an xanthate, a nitrile, an amine, a nitro group, a carbonate, a dithiocarbamate, a sulfonium group, an oxonium group, an iodonium group, a pyridinium group, an ammonium group, a borate group, a borane group, a sulphinyl group, or a sulfonyl group.

  18. Josephson junction simulation of neurons

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    Crotty, Patrick; Schult, Dan; Segall, Ken

    2010-07-01

    With the goal of understanding the intricate behavior and dynamics of collections of neurons, we present superconducting circuits containing Josephson junctions that model biologically realistic neurons. These “Josephson junction neurons” reproduce many characteristic behaviors of biological neurons such as action potentials, refractory periods, and firing thresholds. They can be coupled together in ways that mimic electrical and chemical synapses. Using existing fabrication technologies, large interconnected networks of Josephson junction neurons would operate fully in parallel. They would be orders of magnitude faster than both traditional computer simulations and biological neural networks. Josephson junction neurons provide a new tool for exploring long-term large-scale dynamics for networks of neurons.

  19. Robust Josephson-Kondo screening cloud in circuit quantum electrodynamics

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    Snyman, Izak; Florens, Serge

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the entanglement properties of a standard circuit-QED setup that consists of a Cooper pair box coupled to a long chain of Josephson junctions. We calculate the static charge polarization at finite distances along the device. Our calculations reveal a deep connection to the Kondo screening cloud, together with robust correlations that are difficult to measure in a condensed matter context. We also find weak sensitivity of these Kondo signatures to the actual parameters and design of the device, demonstrating the universality of the Josephson entanglement cloud.

  20. Dynamical scaling exponents in Josephson networks of high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Prester, M.

    1996-12-31

    Universal aspects of inhomogeneous transport was studied in natural Josephson junction networks. The weak link networks of polycrystalline high-{Tc} superconductors were found perfectly suitable for quantitative investigation of cluster growth phenomena in percolation (or fractal) networks. The authors report the experimental results of their studies of I-V (or I-dV/dI) characteristics of the two high-{Tc} families, YBCO and BSCCO. The onset of dissipation, represented by these characteristics, is interpreted as a critical phenomenon, i.e., as a current-induced phase transition. The cluster growth which underlies this phase transition is analyzed by the use of an appropriate model. The model links the non-Ohmic weak link network with classical Ohmic percolation networks (e.g., random resistor network). As a result, they were able to determine the values of appropriate dynamical exponents (exponent t with high precision, t = 2 {+-} 0.1, and exponent s approximately, s {approx} 0.7), as well as to assign the dissipative ranges inside which the corresponding cluster dynamics takes place. It is therefore concluded that the high-{Tc} weak link networks represent a natural mesoscopic-scale system convenient for systematic investigation of the transport critical phenomena.

  1. Proximity-Induced Josephson Effect and its Application to Heavy Fermion Superconductor URANIUM-BERYLLIUM(13)

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    Han, Siyuan

    A new effect between a superconductor with superconducting transition temperature T(,cs) and a normal metal N (T(,cn)) (or another superconductor with T(,cn) < T(,cs)) has been experimentally observed and theoretically explained. That is when S and N are brought together to form a weak link the Josephson effect can occur in this SN system even in the temperature range T(,cn) < T < T(,cs), when the N side is in the normal state. This Josephson effect is believed to happen between the S and a region of proximity-induced super- conductivity in N near the contact with S. We call this effect the proximity-induced Josephson effect. The temperature dependence of the Josephson critical current I(,c)(T) of the SN point contact junc- tions have been studied experimentally. The experiments have been performed on Ta/Mo, Ta/UBe(,13) and Nb/Ta point contacts etc. The theoretical model is based on the linearized Gor'kov equation (or linearized Ginzburg-Landau equation) combined with de Gennes boundary conditions. This model is applicable only in the vicinity of the T(,c) of the SN system. Thus, we studied I(,c)(T) of the SN junctions near their T(,c). Good agreement between experimental data and theoretical result is obtained. Along with the recent discovery of the superconductivity in heavy fermion materials CeCu(,2)Si(,2), UBe(,13) and UPt(,3) the old question of p-wave pairing superconductivity is raised again (in case of the exist- ence of strong spin -orbit scattering, it should be called odd parity superconductivity, since in that case the wave function of Cooper pairs cannot be separated into spin part and orbit part). These rare -earth and actinide compounds exhibit properties which cannot be explained by the conventional isotropic s-wave pairing supercon- ductivity (or BCS superconductivity) but are consistent with the varieties of p-wave (or odd parity) superconductivity. Among these three heavy fermion superconductors UBe(,13) is thought to be the best candidate for

  2. Wireless Josephson amplifier

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    Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Hatridge, M.; Shankar, S.; Frunzio, L.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Devoret, M. H.

    2014-06-09

    Josephson junction parametric amplifiers are playing a crucial role in the readout chain in superconducting quantum information experiments. However, their integration with current 3D cavity implementations poses the problem of transitioning between waveguide, coax cables, and planar circuits. Moreover, Josephson amplifiers require auxiliary microwave components, like directional couplers and/or hybrids, that are sources of spurious losses and impedance mismatches that limit measurement efficiency and amplifier tunability. We have developed a wireless architecture for these parametric amplifiers that eliminates superfluous microwave components and interconnects. This greatly simplifies their assembly and integration into experiments. We present an experimental realization of such a device operating in the 9–11 GHz band with about 100 MHz of amplitude gain-bandwidth product, on par with devices mounted in conventional sample holders. The simpler impedance environment presented to the amplifier also results in increased amplifier tunability.

  3. Disordered graphene Josephson junctions

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    Muñoz, W. A.; Covaci, L.; Peeters, F. M.

    2015-02-01

    A tight-binding approach based on the Chebyshev-Bogoliubov-de Gennes method is used to describe disordered single-layer graphene Josephson junctions. Scattering by vacancies, ripples, or charged impurities is included. We compute the Josephson current and investigate the nature of multiple Andreev reflections, which induce bound states appearing as peaks in the density of states for energies below the superconducting gap. In the presence of single-atom vacancies, we observe a strong suppression of the supercurrent, which is a consequence of strong intervalley scattering. Although lattice deformations should not induce intervalley scattering, we find that the supercurrent is still suppressed, which is due to the presence of pseudomagnetic barriers. For charged impurities, we consider two cases depending on whether the average doping is zero, i.e., existence of electron-hole puddles, or finite. In both cases, short-range impurities strongly affect the supercurrent, similar to the vacancies scenario.

  4. Theoretical exploration of Josephson Plasma Emission in Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Tachiki, M.; Machida, M.

    2000-07-18

    In this paper, the authors theoretically predict the best efficient way for electromagnetic wave emission by Josephson plasma excitation in intrinsic Josephson junctions. First, they briefly derive basic equations describing dynamics of phase differences inside junction sites in intrinsic Josephson junctions, and review the nature of Josephson plasma excitation modes based on the equations. Especially, they make an attention to that Josephson plasma modes have much different dispersion relations depending on the propagating directions and their different modes can be recognized as N standing waves propagating along ah-plane in cases of finite stacked systems composed of N junctions. Second, they consider how to excite their modes and point out that excitations of in-phase mode with the highest propagation velocity among their N modes are the most efficient way for electromagnetic wave emissions. Finally, they clarify that in-phase excitations over all junctions are possible by using Josephson vortex flow states. They show simulation results of Josephson vortex flow states resonating with some Josephson plasma modes and predict that superradiance of electromagnetic field may occur in rectangular vortex flow state in which spatiotemporal oscillations of electromagnetic fields are perfectly in-phase.

  5. Subgap Structures in High-Tc Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Müller, Paul

    1998-03-01

    Due to their extremely short coherence length many high-Tc superconductors form natural superconducting multilayers. Adjacent superconducting layers are weakly coupled by the Josephson effect. As a result single crystals act intrinsically as vertical stacks of hundreds of Josephson junctions. We start by summarizing our present state of knowledge, including recent observations of Cherenkov radiation from moving fluxons (G. Hechtfischer, R. Kleiner, A.V. Ustinov, P. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1365 (1997), and this conference.), and the direct measurement of the (collective) Josephson plasma frequency. We then report on pronounced structures in the current-voltage characteristics of Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O8 single crystals, and of Tl_2Ba_2Ca_2Cu_3O_10 thin films. These structures appear well below the superconducting gap, independent on magnetic field and temperatures up to 0.5 T_c(K. Schlenga, G. Hechtfischer, R. Kleiner, W. Walkenhorst, P. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 4943 (1996).). We explain these features by coupling between c-axis phonons and Josephson oscillations(Ch. Helm, Ch. Preis, F. Forsthofer, J. Keller, K. Schlenga, R. Kleiner, P. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 737 (1997).). C-axis lattice vibrations between adjacent superconducting layers are exited by the rf Josephson currents in the resistive state. Our results correspond well to the frequencies of longitudinal c-axis phonons.

  6. Implications of Weak-Link Behavior on the Performance of Mo/Au Bilayer Transition-Edge Sensors

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    Smith, Stephen J.

    2011-01-01

    Understanding the physical properties of the superconducting-to-normal transition is fundamental for optimizing the design and performance of transition-edge sensors (TESs). Recent critical current measurements of Mol Au bilayer test structures show that they act as weak superconducting links, exhibiting oscillatory, Fraunhofer-like behavior with applied magnetic field. In this paper we investigate the implications of this behavior for TES X-ray detectors, under operational bias conditions. These devices include normal metal features used for absorber attachment and unexplained noise suppression, which result in modifications to the previously reported critical current behavior. We present measurements of the logarithmic resistance sensitivity with temperature, a, and current, b, as a function of applied magnetic field and bias point within the resistive transition. Results show that these important device parameters exhibit similar oscillatory behavior with applied magnetic field, which in turn affects the signal responsivity and noise, and hence the energy resolution. These results show the significance of the critical current in determining the performance of TESs and hold promise to improve future.

  7. Josephson Effect in SFNS Josephson Junctions

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    Karminskaya, T. Yu.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.; Golubov, A. A.; Sidorenko, A. S.

    The critical current, I C, of Josephson junctions both in ramp-type (S-FN-S) and in overlap (SNF-FN-FNS, SN-FN-NS, SNF-N-FNS) geometries has been calculated in the frame of linearized Usadel equations (S-superconductor, F-ferromagnetic, N-normal metal). For the ramp-type structures, in which S electrodes contact directly the end walls of FN bilayer, it is shown that I C may exhibit damping oscillations as a function of both the distance L between superconductors and thicknesses d F,N of ferromagnetic and normal layers. The conditions have been determined under which the decay length and period of oscillation of I C(L) at fixed d F are of the order of decay length of superconducting correlations in the N metal, ξN, that is much larger than in F film. In overlap configurations, in which S films are placed on the top of NF bilayer, the studied junctions have complex SNF or SN electrodes (N or NF bilayer are situated under a superconductor). We demonstrate that in these geometries the critical current can exceed that in ramp-type junctions. Based on these results, the choice of the most practically applicable geometry is discussed.

  8. Excessive Cold-tongue and Weak ENSO Asymmetry: Are These Two Common Biases in Climate Models Linked?

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    Sun, D. Z.

    2014-12-01

    Among the biases in the tropical Pacific that are common in the climate models, two stand out. One is the excessive cold-tongue in the mean state---the pool of the cold water that is normally in the eastern tropical Pacific extends too far to the west. The other is the underestimate of the asymmetry of El Nino-Southern Oscillation—the fact that El Nino and La Nina are more or less a mirror image of each other in the models while they are not so in the observations. Results from an analysis from CMIP5 models, forced ocean GCM experiments, as well as an analytical model are presented to suggest that these two common biases in our state-of-the-art models are linked. Specifically, an excessive cold-tongue in the mean climatological state makes the ENSO system more stable and thus leads to a more symmetric ENSO, while a more symmetric ENSO in turn results in less nonlinear heating from the ENSO events to the cental equatorial Pacific which in turn contributes to the development of an excessive cold-tongue. The finding underscores that errors in the mean state and ENSO tend to reinforce each other and thus explains why it has been difficult to simulate the tropical Pacific climate. Further comparison with observations suggests that these two biases are the symptoms of a single structural inadequacy in the models: a weak dynamical coupling between the atmosphere and ocean which puts the ENSO system in the models to a different dynamic regime than the obsereved. Measures that may help push the models closer to the observations are suggested.

  9. A weak gravitational lensing recalibration of the scaling relations linking the gas properties of dark haloes to their mass

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    Wang, Wenting; White, Simon D. M.; Mandelbaum, Rachel; Henriques, Bruno; Anderson, Michael E.; Han, Jiaxin

    2016-03-01

    We use weak gravitational lensing to measure mean mass profiles around locally brightest galaxies (LBGs). These are selected from the Seventh Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey spectroscopic and photometric catalogues to be brighter than any neighbour projected within 1.0 Mpc and differing in redshift by <1000 km s-1. Most (>83 per cent) are expected to be the central galaxies of their dark matter haloes. Previous stacking analyses have used this LBG sample to measure mean Sunyaev-Zeldovich flux and mean X-ray luminosity as a function of LBG stellar mass. In both cases, a simulation of the formation of the galaxy population was used to estimate effective halo mass for LBGs of given stellar mass, allowing the derivation of scaling relations between the gas properties of haloes and their mass. By comparing results from a variety of simulations to our lensing data, we show that this procedure has significant model dependence reflecting: (i) the failure of any given simulation to reproduce observed galaxy abundances exactly; (ii) a dependence on the cosmology underlying the simulation; and (iii) a dependence on the details of how galaxies populate haloes. We use our lensing results to recalibrate the scaling relations, eliminating most of this model dependence and explicitly accounting both for residual modelling uncertainties and for observational uncertainties in the lensing results. The resulting scaling relations link the mean gas properties of dark haloes to their mass over an unprecedentedly wide range, 1012.5 < M500/M⊙ < 1014.5, and should fairly and robustly represent the full halo population.

  10. Coordinated study of non-seismic and weak seismic events (magnitude M less than 5) using VLF radio links

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    Wolbang, Daniel; Biernat, Helfried K.; Friedrich, Martin; Schwingenschuh, Konrad; Besser, B. P.; Eichelberger, Hans; Prattes, Gustav; Rozhnoi, Alexander; Solovieva, Maria; Biagi, Pier Francesco; Boudjada, Mohammed Y.

    In this study we analyze low seismicity earthquakes (EQs) with magnitudes M < 5 in South Eastern Europe, time period 2011-2013, via very low frequency (VLF) radio links. The main scientific objective of the statistical and event based investigations are reliable characterization of typical seismic and non-seismic variations in the VLF signal. The focus is on robust results, especially for weak EQs, because non-seismic influences could have a strong effect on the analysis. Various electromagnetic methods have been developed in order to study possible earthquake precursor phenomena generated in the lithosphere and then propagating in the atmosphere / ionosphere [1]. The major challenge of this seismo-electromagnetic (SEM) method is to differentiate parameter variations and disentangle seismic from non-seismic sources. In the course of the European radio receiver network (International Network for Frontier Research on Earthquake Precursors, INFREP) radio signals in the VLF/LF frequency range are continuously recorded by dedicated, distributed transmitters. The major VLF receiving station for this study (10-50 kHz, Graz, Austria) operates continuously throughout the year, the selected network-wide temporal resolution is 20 sec, 12 transmitters, located mainly in Europe, are received (amplitude and phase). The facility has a proven high reliability and availability. The VLF links from the transmitters to the receivers are sometimes more, sometimes less influenced by various disturbances. In case the signal is crossing an EQ preparation zone, we are in principle able to detect seismic activity if the signal to noise ratio is high enough [2]. Generally we distinguish between ionospheric or atmospheric disturbances, influences which depend on the EQ properties, and transmitter variations itself. Ionospheric / Atmospheric variations can be generated, e.g. by geomagnetic storms, solar flares or waves in the troposphere. The properties of the sub-ionospheric VLF waveguide are

  11. Phase slippage and self-trapping in a self-induced bosonic Josephson junction

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    Abad, M.; Guilleumas, M.; Mayol, R.; Pi, M.; Jezek, D. M.

    2011-09-15

    A dipolar condensate confined in a toroidal trap constitutes a self-induced Josephson junction when the dipoles are oriented perpendicularly to the trap symmetry axis and the s-wave scattering length is small enough. The ring-shaped double-well potential coming from the anisotropic character of the mean-field dipolar interaction is robust enough to sustain self-trapping dynamics, which takes place when the initial population imbalance between the two wells is large. We show that, in this system, the self-trapping regime is directly related to a vortex-induced phase-slip dynamics. A vortex and antivortex are spontaneously nucleated in the low-density regions before a minimum of the population imbalance is reached and then cross the toroidal section in opposite directions through the junctions. This vortex dynamics yields a phase slip between the two weakly linked condensates causing an inversion of the particle flux.

  12. Bottom-up superconducting and Josephson junction devices inside a group-IV semiconductor.

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    Shim, Yun-Pil; Tahan, Charles

    2014-01-01

    Superconducting circuits are exceptionally flexible, enabling many different devices from sensors to quantum computers. Separately, epitaxial semiconductor devices such as spin qubits in silicon offer more limited device variation but extraordinary quantum properties for a solid-state system. It might be possible to merge the two approaches, making single-crystal superconducting devices out of a semiconductor by utilizing the latest atomistic fabrication techniques. Here we propose superconducting devices made from precision hole-doped regions within a silicon (or germanium) single crystal. We analyse the properties of this superconducting semiconductor and show that practical superconducting wires, Josephson tunnel junctions or weak links, superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) and qubits are feasible. This work motivates the pursuit of 'bottom-up' superconductivity for improved or fundamentally different technology and physics. PMID:24985349

  13. Confocal Annular Josephson Tunnel Junctions

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-04-01

    The physics of Josephson tunnel junctions drastically depends on their geometrical configurations and here we show that also tiny geometrical details play a determinant role. More specifically, we develop the theory of short and long annular Josephson tunnel junctions delimited by two confocal ellipses. The behavior of a circular annular Josephson tunnel junction is then seen to be simply a special case of the above result. For junctions having a normalized perimeter less than one, the threshold curves in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field of arbitrary orientations are derived and computed even in the case with trapped Josephson vortices. For longer junctions, a numerical analysis is carried out after the derivation of the appropriate motion equation for the Josephson phase. We found that the system is modeled by a modified and perturbed sine-Gordon equation with a space-dependent effective Josephson penetration length inversely proportional to the local junction width. Both the fluxon statics and dynamics are deeply affected by the non-uniform annulus width. Static zero-field multiple-fluxon solutions exist even in the presence of a large bias current. The tangential velocity of a traveling fluxon is not determined by the balance between the driving and drag forces due to the dissipative losses. Furthermore, the fluxon motion is characterized by a strong radial inward acceleration which causes electromagnetic radiation concentrated at the ellipse equatorial points.

  14. Confocal Annular Josephson Tunnel Junctions

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-09-01

    The physics of Josephson tunnel junctions drastically depends on their geometrical configurations and here we show that also tiny geometrical details play a determinant role. More specifically, we develop the theory of short and long annular Josephson tunnel junctions delimited by two confocal ellipses. The behavior of a circular annular Josephson tunnel junction is then seen to be simply a special case of the above result. For junctions having a normalized perimeter less than one, the threshold curves in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field of arbitrary orientations are derived and computed even in the case with trapped Josephson vortices. For longer junctions, a numerical analysis is carried out after the derivation of the appropriate motion equation for the Josephson phase. We found that the system is modeled by a modified and perturbed sine-Gordon equation with a space-dependent effective Josephson penetration length inversely proportional to the local junction width. Both the fluxon statics and dynamics are deeply affected by the non-uniform annulus width. Static zero-field multiple-fluxon solutions exist even in the presence of a large bias current. The tangential velocity of a traveling fluxon is not determined by the balance between the driving and drag forces due to the dissipative losses. Furthermore, the fluxon motion is characterized by a strong radial inward acceleration which causes electromagnetic radiation concentrated at the ellipse equatorial points.

  15. Wireless Josephson Junction Arrays

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    Adams, Laura

    2015-03-01

    We report low temperature, microwave transmission measurements on a wireless two- dimensional network of Josephson junction arrays composed of superconductor-insulator -superconductor tunnel junctions. Unlike their biased counterparts, by removing all electrical contacts to the arrays and superfluous microwave components and interconnects in the transmission line, we observe new collective behavior in the transmission spectra. In particular we will show emergent behavior that systematically responds to changes in microwave power at fixed temperature. Likewise we will show the dynamic and collective response of the arrays while tuning the temperature at fixed microwave power. We discuss these spectra in terms of the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless phase transition and Shapiro steps. We gratefully acknowledge the support Prof. Steven Anlage at the University of Maryland and Prof. Allen Goldman at the University of Minnesota. Physics and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

  16. Simple Electronic Analog of a Josephson Junction.

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    Henry, R. W.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Demonstrates that an electronic Josephson junction analog constructed from three integrated circuits plus an external reference oscillator can exhibit many of the circuit phenomena of a real Josephson junction. Includes computer and other applications of the analog. (Author/SK)

  17. The Josephson Effect and e/h

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    Clarke, John

    1970-01-01

    Discusses the theory of the Josephson Effect, the derivation of the Josephson voltage-frequency relation, and methods of measuring the fundamental constatn ratio e/h. Various types of Josephson junctions are described. The impact of the measurement of e/h upin the fundamental constants and quantum electro-dynamics is briefly discussed.…

  18. Verification test problems for the calculation of probability of loss of assured safety in temperature-dependent systems with multiple weak and strong links.

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    Johnson, Jay Dean; Oberkampf, William Louis; Helton, Jon Craig (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ)

    2006-06-01

    Four verification test problems are presented for checking the conceptual development and computational implementation of calculations to determine the probability of loss of assured safety (PLOAS) in temperature-dependent systems with multiple weak links (WLs) and strong links (SLs). The problems are designed to test results obtained with the following definitions of loss of assured safety: (1) Failure of all SLs before failure of any WL, (2) Failure of any SL before failure of any WL, (3) Failure of all SLs before failure of all WLs, and (4) Failure of any SL before failure of all WLs. The test problems are based on assuming the same failure properties for all links, which results in problems that have the desirable properties of fully exercising the numerical integration procedures required in the evaluation of PLOAS and also possessing simple algebraic representations for PLOAS that can be used for verification of the analysis.

  19. Josephson vortex lattice in layered superconductors

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    Koshelev, A. E.; Dodgson, M. J. W.

    2013-09-15

    Many superconducting materials are composed of weakly coupled conducting layers. Such a layered structure has a very strong influence on the properties of vortex matter in a magnetic field. This review focuses on the properties of the Josephson vortex lattice generated by the magnetic field applied in the direction of the layers. The theoretical description is based on the Lawrence-Doniach model in the London limit, which takes only the phase degree of freedom of the superconducting order parameter into account. In spite of its simplicity, this model leads to an amazingly rich set of phenomena. We review in detail the structure of an isolated vortex line and various properties of the vortex lattice, in both dilute and dense limits. In particular, we extensively discuss the influence of the layered structure and thermal fluctuations on the selection of lattice configurations at different magnetic fields.

  20. Josephson junction Q-spoiler

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    Clarke, J.; Hilbert, C.; Hahn, E.L.; Sleator, T.

    1986-03-25

    An automatic Q-spoiler comprising at least one Josephson tunnel junction connected in an LC circuit for flow of resonant current therethrough. When in use in a system for detecting the magnetic resonance of a gyromagnetic particle system, a high energy pulse of high frequency energy irradiating the particle system will cause the critical current through the Josephson tunnel junctions to be exceeded, causing the tunnel junctions to act as resistors and thereby damp the ringing of the high-Q detection circuit after the pulse. When the current has damped to below the critical current, the Josephson tunnel junctions revert to their zero-resistance state, restoring the Q of the detection circuit and enabling the low energy magnetic resonance signals to be detected.

  1. Josephson junction Q-spoiler

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    Clarke, John; Hilbert, Claude; Hahn, Erwin L.; Sleator, Tycho

    1988-01-01

    An automatic Q-spoiler comprising at least one Josephson tunnel junction connected in an LC circuit for flow of resonant current therethrough. When in use in a system for detecting the magnetic resonance of a gyromagnetic particle system, a high energy pulse of high frequency energy irradiating the particle system will cause the critical current through the Josephson tunnel junctions to be exceeded, causing the tunnel junctions to act as resistors and thereby damp the ringing of the high-Q detection circuit after the pulse. When the current has damped to below the critical current, the Josephson tunnel junctions revert to their zero-resistance state, restoring the Q of the detection circuit and enabling the low energy magnetic resonance signals to be detected.

  2. Dynamics of Josephson pancakes in layered superconductors

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    Mints, R.G.; Snapiro, I.B.

    1994-03-01

    We consider a pointlike vortex in a layered superconductor with linear defects in the superconducting layers. We treat these defects as Josephson junctions with high critical current density. We consider the electrodynamics of these junctions within the framework of nonlocal Josephson electrodynamics. We show that Josephson current through a linear defect in a superconducting layer results in a pointlike vortex with a superconducting core residing in this layer (Josephson pancake). We find the mobility of a Josephson pancake. We consider a small amplitude wave in a Josephson junction with nonlocal electrodynamics. We treat a bending wave for an infinite stack of Josephson pancakes. We find the dispersion relation for these waves. We show that their velocities tend to a certain finite limit when the wavelength tends to infinity.

  3. PHONONS IN INTRINSIC JOSEPHSON SYSTEMS

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    C. PREIS; K. SCHMALZL; ET AL

    2000-10-01

    Subgap structures in the I-V curves of layered superconductors are explained by the excitation of phonons by Josephson oscillations. In the presence of a magnetic field applied parallel to the layers additional structures due to fluxon motion appear. Their coupling with phonons is investigated theoretically and a shift of the phonon resonances in strong magnetic fields is predicted.

  4. Supercurrent in Graphene Josephson Transistors

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    Bao, Wenzhong; Miao, Feng; Liu, Gang; Lau, Chunning

    2008-03-01

    We investigate electrical transport in single or bi-layer graphene devices coupled to superconducting electrodes. In these two-dimensional Josephson junctions, we observed gate tunable supercurrent, multiple Andreev reflections and hysteretic current-voltage characteristics. Latest experimental progress on dependence of supercurrent on temperature, number of layers and source-drain separation will be discussed.

  5. Effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the scaling behaviors of YBa2Cu3O(x) grain boundary weak-links

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    Wu, K. H.; Fu, C. M.; Jeng, W. J.; Juang, J. Y.; Uen, T. M.; Gou, Y. S.

    1995-04-01

    The effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the transport properties of the pulsed laser deposited YBa2Cu3O(x) bicrystalline grain boundary weak-link junctions were studied. It is found that not only the cross boundary resistive transition foot structure can be manipulated repeatedly with oxygen annealing processes but the junction behaviors are also altered in accordance. In the fully oxygenated state i.e with x = 7.0 in YBa2Cu3O(x) stoichiometry, the junction critical current exhibits a power of 2 scaling behavior with temperature. In contrast, when annealed in the conditions of oxygen-deficient state (e.g with x = 6.9 in YBa2Cu3O(x) stoichiometry) the junction critical current switches to a linear temperature dependence behavior. The results are tentatively attributed to the modification of the structure in the boundary area upon oxygen annealing, which, in turn, will affect the effective dimension of the geometrically constrained weak-link bridges. The detailed discussion on the responsible physical mechanisms as well as the implications of the present results on device applications will be given.

  6. Effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the scaling behaviors of YBa2Cu3O(x) grain boundary weak-links

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    Wu, K. H.; Fu, C. M.; Jeng, W. J.; Juang, J. Y.; Uen, T. M.; Gou, Y. S.

    1995-01-01

    The effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the transport properties of the pulsed laser deposited YBa2Cu3O(x) bicrystalline grain boundary weak-link junctions were studied. It is found that not only the cross boundary resistive transition foot structure can be manipulated repeatedly with oxygen annealing processes but the junction behaviors are also altered in accordance. In the fully oxygenated state i.e with x = 7.0 in YBa2Cu3O(x) stoichiometry, the junction critical current exhibits a power of 2 scaling behavior with temperature. In contrast, when annealed in the conditions of oxygen-deficient state (e.g with x = 6.9 in YBa2Cu3O(x) stoichiometry) the junction critical current switches to a linear temperature dependence behavior. The results are tentatively attributed to the modification of the structure in the boundary area upon oxygen annealing, which, in turn, will affect the effective dimension of the geometrically constrained weak-link bridges. The detailed discussion on the responsible physical mechanisms as well as the implications of the present results on device applications will be given.

  7. Effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the scaling behaviors of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} grain boundary weak-links

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    Wu, K.H.; Fu, C.M.; Jeng, W.J.

    1994-12-31

    The effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the transport properties of the pulsed laser deposited YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} bicrystalline grain boundary weak-link junctions were studied. It is found that not only the cross boundary resistive transition foot structure can be manipulated repeatedly with oxygen annealling processes but the junction behaviors are also altered in accordance. In the fully oxygenated state i.e. with x=7.0 in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} stoichiometry, the junction critical current exhibits a power of 2 scaling behavior with temperature. In contrast, when annealed in the conditions of oxygen-deficient state (e.g. with x=6.9 in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} stoichiometry) the junction critical current switches to a linear temperature dependence behavior. The results are tentatively attributed to the modification of the structure in the boundary area upon oxygen annealing, which, in turn, will affect the effective dimension of the geometrically constrained weak-link bridges. The detailed discussion on the responsible physical mechanisms as well as the implications of the present results on device applications will be given.

  8. Tight-binding study of bilayer graphene Josephson junctions

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    Muñoz, W. A.; Covaci, L.; Peeters, F. M.

    2012-11-01

    Using highly efficient simulations of the tight-binding Bogoliubov-de-Gennes model, we solved self-consistently for the pair correlation and the Josephson current in a superconducting-bilayer graphene-superconducting Josephson junction. Different doping levels for the non-superconducting link are considered in the short- and long-junction regimes. Self-consistent results for the pair correlation and superconducting current resemble those reported previously for single-layer graphene except at the Dirac point, where remarkable differences in the proximity effect are found, as well as a suppression of the superconducting current in the long-junction regime. Inversion symmetry is broken by considering a potential difference between the layers and we found that the supercurrent can be switched if the junction length is larger than the Fermi length.

  9. Quantum dynamics in the bosonic Josephson junction

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    Chuchem, Maya; Cohen, Doron; Smith-Mannschott, Katrina; Hiller, Moritz; Kottos, Tsampikos; Vardi, Amichay

    2010-11-15

    We employ a semiclassical picture to study dynamics in a bosonic Josephson junction with various initial conditions. Phase diffusion of coherent preparations in the Josephson regime is shown to depend on the initial relative phase between the two condensates. For initially incoherent condensates, we find a universal value for the buildup of coherence in the Josephson regime. In addition, we contrast two seemingly similar on-separatrix coherent preparations, finding striking differences in their convergence to classicality as the number of particles increases.

  10. Chaotic Josephson effects in two-coupled Bose-Einstein condensates

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    Fang, Jianshu; Hai, Wenhua; Chong, Guishu; Xie, Qiongtao

    2005-04-01

    We discuss the chaotic Josephson effects in two weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs). The boson Josephson junction (BJJ) dynamics in BECs is governed by the two-mode Gross-Pitaevskii equation. We obtained a perturbed chaotic solution of the BJJ equation by using the direct perturbation technique. Theoretical analysis reveals that the stable oscillating orbits are embedded in the Melnikov chaotic attractors. The corresponding numerical results show that the Poincaré sections in the equivalent phase space (φ,φ˙) sensitively depends on the system parameter and initial conditions. Therefore, we can control the transitions between chaos and order by adjusting these parameters and conditions.

  11. Phase-Diffusion Dynamics in Weakly Coupled Bose-Einstein Condensates

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    Boukobza, Erez; Vardi, Amichay; Chuchem, Maya; Cohen, Doron

    2009-05-08

    We study the phase sensitivity of collisional phase diffusion between weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates, using a semiclassical picture of the two-mode Bose-Hubbard model. When weak coupling is allowed, zero relative phase locking is attained in the Josephson-Fock transition regime, whereas a {pi} relative phase is only locked in Rabi-Josephson point. Our analytic semiclassical estimates agree well with the numerical results.

  12. Selective neurotoxic effects of nicotine on axons in fasciculus retroflexus further support evidence that this a weak link in brain across multiple drugs of abuse.

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    Carlson, J; Armstrong, B; Switzer, R C; Ellison, G

    2000-10-01

    When administered continuously for several days at relatively low plasma levels, a variety of drugs of abuse with strong dopaminergic actions induce degeneration in axons traveling from the lateral habenula through the sheath of fasciculus retroflexus to midbrain monoaminergic nuclei. With some of these drugs, such as cocaine, this is virtually the only degeneration induced in brain. Nicotine given continuously also selectively induces degeneration in fasciculus retroflexus, but in the other half of the tract: the cholinergic axons running from medial habenula in the core of the tract to the interpeduncular nucleus. Fasciculus retroflexus appears to be a weak link in brain for diverse drugs of abuse when administered incessantly for several days. Alterations in this tract would be predicted to be especially important for the genesis of the symptomatology which develops during drug binges, residual effects of such binges, and the processes underlying relapse. PMID:11044749

  13. Water and molecular chaperones act as weak links of protein folding networks: energy landscape and punctuated equilibrium changes point towards a game theory of proteins.

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    Kovács, István A; Szalay, Máté S; Csermely, Peter

    2005-04-25

    Water molecules and molecular chaperones efficiently help the protein folding process. Here we describe their action in the context of the energy and topological networks of proteins. In energy terms water and chaperones were suggested to decrease the activation energy between various local energy minima smoothing the energy landscape, rescuing misfolded proteins from conformational traps and stabilizing their native structure. In kinetic terms water and chaperones may make the punctuated equilibrium of conformational changes less punctuated and help protein relaxation. Finally, water and chaperones may help the convergence of multiple energy landscapes during protein-macromolecule interactions. We also discuss the possibility of the introduction of protein games to narrow the multitude of the energy landscapes when a protein binds to another macromolecule. Both water and chaperones provide a diffuse set of rapidly fluctuating weak links (low affinity and low probability interactions), which allow the generalization of all these statements to a multitude of networks. PMID:15848154

  14. Josephson junctions and dark energy

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    Jetzer, Philippe; Straumann, Norbert

    2006-08-01

    In a recent paper Beck and Mackey [C. Beck, M.C. Mackey, astro-ph/0603397] argue that the argument we gave in our paper [Ph. Jetzer, N. Straumann, Phys. Lett. B 606 (2005) 77, astro-ph/0411034] to disprove their claim that dark energy can be discovered in the Lab through noise measurements of Josephson junctions is incorrect. In particular, they emphasize that the measured noise spectrum in Josephson junctions is a consequence of the fluctuation dissipation theorem, while our argument was based on equilibrium statistical mechanics. In this note we show that the fluctuation dissipation relation does not depend upon any shift of vacuum (zero-point) energies, and therefore, as already concluded in our previous paper, dark energy has nothing to do with the proposed measurements.

  15. A near-quantum-limited Josephson traveling-wave parametric amplifier

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    Macklin, C.; O'Brien, K.; Hover, D.; Schwartz, M. E.; Bolkhovsky, V.; Zhang, X.; Oliver, W. D.; Siddiqi, I.

    2015-10-01

    Detecting single-photon level signals—carriers of both classical and quantum information—is particularly challenging for low-energy microwave frequency excitations. Here we introduce a superconducting amplifier based on a Josephson junction transmission line. Unlike current standing-wave parametric amplifiers, this traveling wave architecture robustly achieves high gain over a bandwidth of several gigahertz with sufficient dynamic range to read out 20 superconducting qubits. To achieve this performance, we introduce a subwavelength resonant phase-matching technique that enables the creation of nonlinear microwave devices with unique dispersion relations. We benchmark the amplifier with weak measurements, obtaining a high quantum efficiency of 75% (70% including noise added by amplifiers following the Josephson amplifier). With a flexible design based on compact lumped elements, this Josephson amplifier has broad applicability to microwave metrology and quantum optics.

  16. A near-quantum-limited Josephson traveling-wave parametric amplifier.

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    Macklin, C; O'Brien, K; Hover, D; Schwartz, M E; Bolkhovsky, V; Zhang, X; Oliver, W D; Siddiqi, I

    2015-10-16

    Detecting single-photon level signals—carriers of both classical and quantum information—is particularly challenging for low-energy microwave frequency excitations. Here we introduce a superconducting amplifier based on a Josephson junction transmission line. Unlike current standing-wave parametric amplifiers, this traveling wave architecture robustly achieves high gain over a bandwidth of several gigahertz with sufficient dynamic range to read out 20 superconducting qubits. To achieve this performance, we introduce a subwavelength resonant phase-matching technique that enables the creation of nonlinear microwave devices with unique dispersion relations. We benchmark the amplifier with weak measurements, obtaining a high quantum efficiency of 75% (70% including noise added by amplifiers following the Josephson amplifier). With a flexible design based on compact lumped elements, this Josephson amplifier has broad applicability to microwave metrology and quantum optics. PMID:26338795

  17. Nonclassical photon pair production in a voltage-biased Josephson junction.

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    Leppäkangas, Juha; Johansson, Göran; Marthaler, Michael; Fogelström, Mikael

    2013-06-28

    We investigate electromagnetic radiation emitted by a small voltage-biased Josephson junction connected to a superconducting transmission line. At frequencies below the well-known emission peak at the Josephson frequency (2eV/h), extra radiation is triggered by quantum fluctuations in the transmission line. For weak tunneling couplings and typical Ohmic transmission lines, the corresponding photon-flux spectrum is symmetric around half the Josephson frequency, indicating that the photons are predominately created in pairs. By establishing an input-output formalism for the microwave field in the transmission line, we give further evidence for this nonclassical photon pair production, demonstrating that it violates the classical Cauchy-Schwarz inequality for two-mode flux cross correlations. In connection to recent experiments, we also consider a stepped transmission line, where resonances increase the signal-to-noise ratio. PMID:23848913

  18. Quantum impurities: from mobile Josephson junctions to depletons

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    Schecter, Michael; Gangardt, Dimitri M.; Kamenev, Alex

    2016-06-01

    We overview the main features of mobile impurities moving in one-dimensional superfluid backgrounds by modeling it as a mobile Josephson junction, which leads naturally to the periodic dispersion of the impurity. The dissipation processes, such as radiative friction and quantum viscosity, are shown to result from the interaction of the collective phase difference with the background phonons. We develop a more realistic depleton model of an impurity-hole bound state that provides a number of exact results interpolating between the semiclassical weakly interacting picture and the strongly interacting Tonks–Girardeau regime. We also discuss the physics of a trapped impurity, relevant to current experiments with ultra cold atoms.

  19. Nonlinear Phase Dynamics in a Driven Bosonic Josephson Junction

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    Boukobza, Erez; Moore, Michael G.; Cohen, Doron; Vardi, Amichay

    2010-06-18

    We study the collective dynamics of a driven two-mode Bose-Hubbard model in the Josephson interaction regime. The classical phase space is mixed, with chaotic and regular components, which determine the dynamical nature of the fringe visibility. For a weak off-resonant drive, where the chaotic component is small, the many-body dynamics corresponds to that of a Kapitza pendulum, with the relative phase {phi} between the condensates playing the role of the pendulum angle. Using a master equation approach we show that the modulation of the intersite potential barrier stabilizes the {phi}={pi} 'inverted pendulum' coherent state, and protects the fringe visibility.

  20. YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)/Au/Nb sandwich geometry SNS weak links on c-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)

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    Foote, M. C.; Hunt, B. D.; Bajuk, L. J.

    1991-01-01

    Sandwich geometry superconductor/normal metal/superconductor structures have been fabricated on LaAlO3 and cubic zirconia with laser-ablated, c-axis-oriented YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) base electrodes, 100-600 A of Au, and Nb counter electrodes, all formed in situ without breaking vacuum. Junctions range in size from 5 to 50 micron on a side. Four probe I-V measurements at 4.2 K show RnA products as low as 6 x 10 to the -9th sq cm and critical current densities up to 5.2 kA/sq cm. AC Josephson steps were observed with the application of 10-GHz radiation. The temperature dependence of Jc and the observation of the AC Josephson effect suggest that true supercurrents are present and that they do indeed represent the characteristics of the YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)/Au/Nb structure. The best results were obtained when the devices were annealed at about 450 C in O2 for 30 min after Au deposition.

  1. Ultimately short ballistic vertical graphene Josephson junctions

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    Lee, Gil-Ho; Kim, Sol; Jhi, Seung-Hoon; Lee, Hu-Jong

    2015-01-01

    Much efforts have been made for the realization of hybrid Josephson junctions incorporating various materials for the fundamental studies of exotic physical phenomena as well as the applications to superconducting quantum devices. Nonetheless, the efforts have been hindered by the diffusive nature of the conducting channels and interfaces. To overcome the obstacles, we vertically sandwiched a cleaved graphene monoatomic layer as the normal-conducting spacer between superconducting electrodes. The atomically thin single-crystalline graphene layer serves as an ultimately short conducting channel, with highly transparent interfaces with superconductors. In particular, we show the strong Josephson coupling reaching the theoretical limit, the convex-shaped temperature dependence of the Josephson critical current and the exceptionally skewed phase dependence of the Josephson current; all demonstrate the bona fide short and ballistic Josephson nature. This vertical stacking scheme for extremely thin transparent spacers would open a new pathway for exploring the exotic coherence phenomena occurring on an atomic scale. PMID:25635386

  2. Learning's "Weak" Link to Persistence

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    Wolniak, Gregory C.; Mayhew, Matthew J.; Engberg, Mark E.

    2012-01-01

    This study advances the understanding of college persistence by examining five dimensions of student learning in relation to second-year persistence. Two of the five dimensions of learning were found to be significant predictors of persistence, and each was moderated by social integration. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)

  3. Effect of microwave-enhanced superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O7 Bi-crystalline grain bounda ry weak-links

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    Fu, C. M.; Chen, C. M.; Lin, H. C.; Wu, K. H.; Juang, J. Y.; Uen, T. M.; Gou, Y. S.

    1995-01-01

    We have studied systematically the effect of microwave irradiation on the temperature dependent resistivity (R(I) and the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of YBa2Gu3O(7 - x) (YBCO) bicrystalline grain boundary weak-links (GBWL's), with grain boundary of three different tilt angles. The superconducting transition temperature, T(sub c), has significant enhancement upon microwave irradiation. The microwave enhanced T(sub c) is increased as a function of incident microwave power, but limited to an optimum power level. The GBWL's of 45 deg tilt boundary has shown to be most sensitive to the microwave irradiation power, and the GBWL's of 36.8 deg tilt boundary has displayed a moderate response. In contrast, no enhancement of T(sub c) was observed in the GBWL's of 24 deg tilt boundary, as well as in the uniform films. Under the microwave irradiation, the R(T) dependent is hystertic as the transition taken from superconducting state to normal state and vice versa. Mechanisms associated with the redistribution of nonequilibrium quasiparticles under microwave irradiation are discussed.

  4. The self-started 10 GHz harmonic mode-locking of a hybrid weak-resonant-cavity laser diode and fiber ring link

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    Lin, Chun-Ju; Chi, Yu-Chieh; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2013-06-01

    A self-started harmonic mode-locking of a hybrid weak-resonant-cavity Fabry-Perot laser diode and fiber ring link is demonstrated to serve as a pulsed optical for future 10 Gb s-1 RZ data transmission. Beginning with the optical injection-locking rate equation describing the optoelectronic oscillator structure, the pulsewidth formula in the active mode-locking theory is modified and illuminates the shortening of the pulsewidth as a function of the optical feedback ratio and the microwave power gain. The pulsewidth is narrower with the higher optical injection power and the higher microwave power gain because of the gain saturation of the laser diode and the increase of the modulation depth. The lowest jitter and pulsewidth of the pulse train are 0.9 ps and 20 ps, respectively. With the higher microwave power gain, the SNR and ER are improved up to 10.2 dB and 13.8 dB, respectively, due to the enhancement of the peak power and the elimination of the residual carrier. Under the optimized operation condition, the pulsed optical carrier can be externally encoded at 10 Gbit/s for RZ-OOK data transmission.

  5. Effect of microwave-enhanced superconductivity in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} bi-crystalline grain boundary weak-links

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    Fu, C.M.; Chen, C.M.; Lin, H.C.

    1994-12-31

    We have studied systematically the effect of microwave irradiation on the temperature dependent resistivity R(T) and the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) bicrystalline grain boundary weak-links (GBWLs), with grain boundary of three different tilt angles. The superconducting transition temperature, T{sub c}, has significant enhancement upon microwave irradiation. The microwave enhanced T{sub c} is increased as a function of incidence microwave power, but limited to an optimum power level. The GBWLs of 45{degrees} tilt boundary has shown to be most sensitive to the microwave irradiation power, and the GBWLs of 36.8{degrees} tilt boundary has displayed a moderate response. In contrast, no enhancement of T{sub c} was observed in the GBWLs of 24{degrees} tilt boundary, as well as in the uniform films. Under the microwave irradiation, the R(T) dependence is hysteretic as the transition taken from superconducting state to normal state and vice versa. Mechanisms associated with the redistribution of nonequilibrium quasiparticles under microwave irradiation are discussed.

  6. Pinning-modulated non-collective Josephson-vortex motion in stacked Josephson junctions.

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    Jin, Y.-D.; Lee, G.-H.; Lee, H.-J.; Bae, M.-H.; Koshelev, A. E.; Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology; Univ. of Illinois

    2009-01-01

    Josephson vortices in naturally stacked Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} tunneling junctions display rich dynamic behavior that derives from the coexistence of three basic states: static Josephson vortex lattice, coherently moving lattice, and incoherent quasiparticle tunneling state. The rich structure of hysteretic branches observed in the current-voltage characteristics can be understood as combinatorial combinations of these three states which are realized in different junctions and evolve separately with magnetic field and bias current. In particular, the multiple Josephson vortex flow branches at low-bias currents arise from the individual depinning of Josephson vortex rows in each junction.

  7. New Phenomena in Josephson SINIS Junctions

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    Volkov, A. F.

    1995-06-01

    We analyze the dc and ac Josephson effects in SaINISb junctions in which an additional bias current flows in the N layer. The case of low temperatures and voltages \\(eV, T<<Δ\\) is considered in the dirty limit. We show that the critical Josephson current may change sign, and the considered SINIS junction may become a π junction if the voltage drop across the N/Sa interface exceeds a certain value \\(eVN>Δ/2\\). The ac Josephson effect may arise even if the current flows only through the N/Sa interface, whereas the current through the Sb/N interface is absent.

  8. Polaritonic Rabi and Josephson Oscillations

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    Rahmani, Amir; Laussy, Fabrice P.

    2016-01-01

    The dynamics of coupled condensates is a wide-encompassing problem with relevance to superconductors, BECs in traps, superfluids, etc. Here, we provide a unified picture of this fundamental problem that includes i) detuning of the free energies, ii) different self-interaction strengths and iii) finite lifetime of the modes. At such, this is particularly relevant for the dynamics of polaritons, both for their internal dynamics between their light and matter constituents, as well as for the more conventional dynamics of two spatially separated condensates. Polaritons are short-lived, interact only through their material fraction and are easily detuned. At such, they bring several variations to their atomic counterpart. We show that the combination of these parameters results in important twists to the phenomenology of the Josephson effect, such as the behaviour of the relative phase (running or oscillating) or the occurence of self-trapping. We undertake a comprehensive stability analysis of the fixed points on a normalized Bloch sphere, that allows us to provide a generalized criterion to identify the Rabi and Josephson regimes in presence of detuning and decay. PMID:27452872

  9. Polaritonic Rabi and Josephson Oscillations

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    Rahmani, Amir; Laussy, Fabrice P.

    2016-07-01

    The dynamics of coupled condensates is a wide-encompassing problem with relevance to superconductors, BECs in traps, superfluids, etc. Here, we provide a unified picture of this fundamental problem that includes i) detuning of the free energies, ii) different self-interaction strengths and iii) finite lifetime of the modes. At such, this is particularly relevant for the dynamics of polaritons, both for their internal dynamics between their light and matter constituents, as well as for the more conventional dynamics of two spatially separated condensates. Polaritons are short-lived, interact only through their material fraction and are easily detuned. At such, they bring several variations to their atomic counterpart. We show that the combination of these parameters results in important twists to the phenomenology of the Josephson effect, such as the behaviour of the relative phase (running or oscillating) or the occurence of self-trapping. We undertake a comprehensive stability analysis of the fixed points on a normalized Bloch sphere, that allows us to provide a generalized criterion to identify the Rabi and Josephson regimes in presence of detuning and decay.

  10. Testing of Josephson Spectrometer with Waveguide Coupling

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    Lyatti, M.; Gundareva, I.; Pavlovskii, V.; Poppe, U.; Divin, Y.

    2014-05-01

    One of the challenges in public security is the quick and reliable identification of threat liquids in bottles, when vapour analysis is not possible. Recently, we demonstrated that it is possible to rapidly identify liquids by EM measurements of their dielectric functions in the sub-THz range with a high-Tc Josephson spectrometer. Following this approach, we have developed a Josephson spectrometer with a new radiation coupling system, based on dielectric waveguides. In this paper, we present the results of spectroscopic measurements on liquid samples of various purities including 30% H2O2/H2O, performed using our Josephson spectrometer with waveguide coupling. Also, the signal and noise characteristics of a classical Josephson detector used in our liquid identifier were numerically simulated and the power dynamic range was estimated for a wide spread of junction parameters.

  11. Phonon Josephson junction with nanomechanical resonators

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    Barzanjeh, Shabir; Vitali, David

    2016-03-01

    We study coherent phonon oscillations and tunneling between two coupled nonlinear nanomechanical resonators. We show that the coupling between two nanomechanical resonators creates an effective phonon Josephson junction, which exhibits two different dynamical behaviors: Josephson oscillation (phonon-Rabi oscillation) and macroscopic self-trapping (phonon blockade). Self-trapping originates from mechanical nonlinearities, meaning that when the nonlinearity exceeds its critical value, the energy exchange between the two resonators is suppressed, and phonon Josephson oscillations between them are completely blocked. An effective classical Hamiltonian for the phonon Josephson junction is derived and its mean-field dynamics is studied in phase space. Finally, we study the phonon-phonon coherence quantified by the mean fringe visibility, and show that the interaction between the two resonators may lead to the loss of coherence in the phononic junction.

  12. Microwave integrated circuit for Josephson voltage standards

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    Holdeman, L. B.; Toots, J.; Chang, C. C. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    A microwave integrated circuit comprised of one or more Josephson junctions and short sections of microstrip or stripline transmission line is fabricated from thin layers of superconducting metal on a dielectric substrate. The short sections of transmission are combined to form the elements of the circuit and particularly, two microwave resonators. The Josephson junctions are located between the resonators and the impedance of the Josephson junctions forms part of the circuitry that couples the two resonators. The microwave integrated circuit has an application in Josephson voltage standards. In this application, the device is asymmetrically driven at a selected frequency (approximately equal to the resonance frequency of the resonators), and a d.c. bias is applied to the junction. By observing the current voltage characteristic of the junction, a precise voltage, proportional to the frequency of the microwave drive signal, is obtained.

  13. Microscopic derivation of the finite-temperature Josephson relation in operator form

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    Rieckers, A.; Ullrich, M.

    1986-04-01

    As a microscopic description of the Josephson junction, two BCS models, are studied in the strict pair formulation with quite an arbitrary weak coupling potential. The modular formalism, the separate gauge transformations, and the limiting dynamics are analyzed for the interacting system in terms of the GNS representation of the uncoupled limiting Gibbs state. By means of the Connes theory the condensed Cooper pair and the quasiparticle spectrum is shown to be stable against weak perturbations. The modular formalism is used to construct a local approximation to the renormalized particle number operator and, by this, its time dependence, in spite of this observable not being affiliated with the von Neumann algebra of the temperature representation. The time derivation from this unbounded operator-valued function coincides with the limit of the local currents and splits under a natural assumption into a sum of the Josephson and the quasiparticle current operator extending the two-fluid picture also to the coupled model.

  14. Spectroscopy Measurements of Magnesium Diboride Josephson Junctions

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    Mlack, J. T.; Lambert, J. G.; Carabello, S. A.; Thrailkill, Z. E.; Galwaduge, P. T.; Ramos, R. C.

    2010-03-01

    MgB2 has the highest Tc of the conventional superconductors at 39K and exhibits two superconducting energy bands. This material is also inexpensive to produce and has been utilized in new designs for MRI, RF cavities, and Josephson junctions. We report results of recent spectroscopy and transport measurements of Josephson junctions made of MgB2 obtained from our collaborators. We investigate its transport characteristics at sub-kelvin temperatures as well as its responses to resonant microwave activation.

  15. Quantum Coherence in a Superfluid Josephson Junction

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    Narayana, Supradeep; Sato, Yuki

    2011-02-04

    We report a new kind of experiment in which we take an array of nanoscale apertures that form a superfluid {sup 4}He Josephson junction and apply quantum phase gradients directly along the array. We observe collective coherent behaviors from aperture elements, leading to quantum interference. Connections to superconducting and Bose-Einstein condensate Josephson junctions as well as phase coherence among the superfluid aperture array are discussed.

  16. Josephson 32-bit shift register

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    Yuh, P.F.; Yao, C.T.; Bradley, P. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on a 32-bit shift register designed by edge-triggered gates tested with {plus minus}25% bias margin and {plus minus}81% input margin for the full array. Simulations have shown {plus minus}55% bias margin at 3.3 GHz and working up to a maximum frequency of 30 GHz with a junction current density of 2000A/cm{sup 2} although the shift register has only been tested up to 500 MHz, limited by instrumentation. This edge-triggered gate consisting of a pair of conventional Josephson logic gates in series has the advantages of wide margins, short reset time, and insensitivity to global parameter-variations.

  17. 8 π -periodic Josephson effects in a quantum dot/ quantum spin-Hall josephson junction system

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    Hui, Hoi-Yin; Sau, Jay

    2015-03-01

    Josephson junctions made of conventional s-wave superconductors display 2 π periodicity. On the other hand, 4 π -periodic fractional Josephson effect is known to be a characteristic signature of topological superconductors and Majorana fermions [1]. Zhang and Kane have shown that Josephson junctions made of topological superconductors are 8 π -periodic if interaction is used to avoid dissipation [2]. Here we present a general argument for how time-reversal symmetry and Z2 non-trivial topology constrains the Josephson periodicity to be 8 π . We then illustrate this through a microscopic model of a quantum dot in a quantum spin-hall Josephson junction. Work supported by NSF-JQI-PFC, LPS-CMTC and Microsoft Q.

  18. Strain-tunable Josephson current in graphene-superconductor junction

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    Wang, Y.; Liu, Y.; Wang, B.

    2013-10-01

    Strain effects on Josephson current in a graphene-superconductor junction are explored theoretically. It is demonstrated that the supercurrent is an oscillatory function of zigzag direction strain with a strain-dependent oscillating frequency. Interestingly, it is found that the Josephson current under armchair direction strain can be turned on/off with a cutoff strain. In view of the on/off properties of the Josephson current, we propose the strained graphene Josephson junction to be utilized as a supercurrent switch.

  19. Pinning of spiral fluxons by giant screw dislocations in YBa2Cu3O7 - δ single crystals: Josephson analog of the fishtail effect

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    Sergeenkov, S.; Cichetto, L.; Rivera, V. A. G.; Stari, C.; Marega, E.; Cardoso, C. A.; Araujo-Moreira, F. M.

    2010-01-01

    By using a highly sensitive homemade AC magnetic susceptibility technique, the magnetic flux penetration has been measured in YBa2Cu3O7 - δ single crystals with giant screw dislocations (having the structure of the Archimedean spirals) exhibiting a = 3 spiral turnings, the pitch b = 18.7 μm and the step height c = 1.2 nm (the last parameter is responsible for creation of extended weak-link structure around the giant defects). The magnetic field applied parallel to the surface enters winding around the weak-link regions of the screw in the form of the so-called spiral Josephson fluxons characterized by the temperature dependent pitch b f ( T). For a given temperature, a stabilization of the fluxon structure occurs when b f ( T) matches b (meaning an optimal pinning by the screw dislocations) and manifests itself as a pronounced low-field peak in the dependence of the susceptibility on magnetic field (applied normally to the surface) in the form resembling the high-field (Abrikosov) fishtail effect.

  20. Scanning Josephson spectroscopy on the atomic scale

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    Randeria, Mallika T.; Feldman, Benjamin E.; Drozdov, Ilya K.; Yazdani, Ali

    2016-04-01

    The Josephson effect provides a direct method to probe the strength of the pairing interaction in superconductors. By measuring the phase fluctuating Josephson current between a superconducting tip of a scanning tunneling microscope and a BCS superconductor with isolated magnetic adatoms on its surface, we demonstrate that the spatial variation of the pairing order parameter can be characterized on the atomic scale. This system provides an example where the local pairing potential suppression is not directly reflected in the spectra measured via quasiparticle tunneling. Spectroscopy with such superconducting tips also shows signatures of previously unexplored Andreev processes through individual impurity-bound Shiba states. The atomic resolution achieved here establishes scanning Josephson spectroscopy as a promising technique for the study of novel superconducting phases.

  1. Quantum effects and the dissipation by quasiparticle tunneling in arrays of Josephson junctions

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    Kampf, A.; Schoen, G.

    1987-09-01

    We investigate the influence of dissipative quasiparticle tunneling currents on quantum effects and phase transitions in d-dimensional arrays of Josephson junctions. We show how the dissipative phase transition, which is known from single junctions at zero temperature, is modified due to the multidimensional coupling. The transition depends on the strength of the dissipation but also on the ratio of Josephson coupling energy to the capacitive charging energy e/sup 2//2C. It separates an ordered (superconducting) regime from a disordered (resistive) regime where fluctuations prevent phase coherence. In arrays with small capacitance junctions and weak dissipation, the disordered phase persists down to zero temperature. Finite temperatures modify the phase diagram significantly. A reentrant transition between a resistive and a superconducting state is found for weak dissipation. We also make contact with the familiar phase transitions of d-dimensional XY models and show how the charging energy and dissipation in Josephson-junction arrays influence these transitions. The results are of relevance for granular superconductors.

  2. A Josephson radiation comb generator

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    Solinas, P.; Gasparinetti, S.; Golubev, D.; Giazotto, F.

    2015-01-01

    We propose the implementation of a Josephson Radiation Comb Generator (JRCG) based on a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) driven by an external magnetic field. When the magnetic flux crosses a diffraction node of the critical current interference pattern, the superconducting phase undergoes a jump of π and a voltage pulse is generated at the extremes of the SQUID. Under periodic drive this allows one to generate a sequence of sharp, evenly spaced voltage pulses. In the frequency domain, this corresponds to a comb-like structure similar to the one exploited in optics and metrology. With this device it is possible to generate up to several hundreds of harmonics of the driving frequency. For example, a chain of 50 identical high-critical-temperature SQUIDs driven at 1 GHz can deliver up to a 0.5 nW at 200 GHz. The availability of a fully solid-state radiation comb generator such as the JRCG, easily integrable on chip, may pave the way to a number of technological applications, from metrology to sub-millimeter wave generation. PMID:26193628

  3. A Josephson radiation comb generator.

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    Solinas, P; Gasparinetti, S; Golubev, D; Giazotto, F

    2015-01-01

    We propose the implementation of a Josephson Radiation Comb Generator (JRCG) based on a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) driven by an external magnetic field. When the magnetic flux crosses a diffraction node of the critical current interference pattern, the superconducting phase undergoes a jump of π and a voltage pulse is generated at the extremes of the SQUID. Under periodic drive this allows one to generate a sequence of sharp, evenly spaced voltage pulses. In the frequency domain, this corresponds to a comb-like structure similar to the one exploited in optics and metrology. With this device it is possible to generate up to several hundreds of harmonics of the driving frequency. For example, a chain of 50 identical high-critical-temperature SQUIDs driven at 1 GHz can deliver up to a 0.5 nW at 200 GHz. The availability of a fully solid-state radiation comb generator such as the JRCG, easily integrable on chip, may pave the way to a number of technological applications, from metrology to sub-millimeter wave generation. PMID:26193628

  4. Josephson junctions with alternating critical current density

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    Mints, R.G.; Kogan, V.G.

    1997-04-01

    The magnetic-field dependence of the critical current I{sub c}(H) is considered for a short Josephson junction with the critical current density j{sub c} alternating along the tunnel contact. Two model cases, periodic and randomly alternating j{sub c}, are treated in detail. Recent experimental data on I{sub c}(H) for grain-boundary Josephson junctions in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  5. Flux Cloning in Josephson Transmission Lines

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    Gulevich, D.R.; Kusmartsev, F.V.

    2006-07-07

    We describe a novel effect related to the controlled birth of a single Josephson vortex. In this phenomenon, the vortex is created in a Josephson transmission line at a T-shaped junction. The 'baby' vortex arises at the moment when a 'mother' vortex propagating in the adjacent transmission line passes the T-shaped junction. In order to give birth to a new vortex, the mother vortex must have enough kinetic energy. Its motion can also be supported by an externally applied driving current. We determine the critical velocity and the critical driving current for the creation of the baby vortices and briefly discuss the potential applications of the found effect.

  6. Phase-flip bifurcation in a coupled Josephson junction neuron system

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    Segall, Kenneth; Guo, Siyang; Crotty, Patrick; Schult, Dan; Miller, Max

    2014-12-01

    Aiming to understand group behaviors and dynamics of neural networks, we have previously proposed the Josephson junction neuron (JJ neuron) as a fast analog model that mimics a biological neuron using superconducting Josephson junctions. In this study, we further analyze the dynamics of the JJ neuron numerically by coupling one JJ neuron to another. In this coupled system we observe a phase-flip bifurcation, where the neurons synchronize out-of-phase at weak coupling and in-phase at strong coupling. We verify this by simulation of the circuit equations and construct a bifurcation diagram for varying coupling strength using the phase response curve and spike phase difference map. The phase-flip bifurcation could be observed experimentally using standard digital superconducting circuitry.

  7. Reentrant superconducting behavior of the Josephson SFS junction. Evidence for the π-phase state

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    Ryazanov, V. V.; Veretennikov, A. V.; Oboznov, V. A.; Rusanov, A. Yu.; Larkin, V. A.; Golubov, A. A.; Aarts, J.

    2000-11-01

    Critical supercurrents, Ic in Nbsbnd Cu1- xNixsbnd Nb Josephson SFS junctions with F-layers prepared from ferromagnetic Cu1- xNix alloys have been studied. For value x=0.52 and particular F-layer thickness we have observed Ic( T) oscillations with Ic vanishing for some values of T. We associate this reentrant superconducting behavior with a crossover of the SFS junction from ‘0’- to ‘π’-state that is related to temperature dependence of spatial oscillation period of induced superconducting order parameter in the weak ferromagnet. We argue this is the first experimental evidence of the π-behavior of a Josephson junction, that is the special feature of superconducting pair flow through a ferromagnet predicted for SFS junctions by Bulaevskii, Buzdin et al [1].

  8. Numerical study for electromagnetic wave emission in thin samples of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Koyama, T.; Matsumoto, H.; Ohta, Y.; Machida, M.

    2011-11-01

    Emission of THz electromagnetic waves from thin samples of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ’s) is numerically studied, using the xz-model. We show that the spatial symmetry of the electromagnetic excitations corresponding to the π-cavity mode is different from that of the 2 π-cavity mode in the IJJ’s where the junction parameters such as the Josephson critical current are weakly inhomogeneous. In such IJJ’s the emission in the [0 0 1] direction, which is forbidden in the dipole emission, appears at the π-cavity mode resonance, whereas it is not observed in the 2 π-cavity mode resonance. It is also shown that the strong emission occurs when the transition between branches in the I- V characteristics takes place.

  9. All a-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O(7-y) - PrBa2Cu3O(7-z) - YBa2Cu3O(7-y) Josephson devices operating at 80 K

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    Barner, J. B.; Rogers, C. T.; Inam, A.; Ramesh, R.; Bersey, S.

    1991-01-01

    The controllable, reproducible fabrication of nonhysteretic Josephson devices with excess-current weak-link characteristics at temperatures up to 80 K have been demonstrated. The devices are patterned from in situ deposited a-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O(7-y) - PrBa2Cu3O(7-y) - YBa2Cu3O(7-y) trilayers grown on SrTiO3(001) substrates. Control of the critical current density and resistance is achieved by varying the thickness of the PrBa2Cu3O(7-z) barrier layer. Critical current densities in excess of 10,000 A/sq cm have been reproducibly measured; good uniformity across the wafer is obtained with device parameters scaling with device area. Strong constant-voltage current steps are observed under 11.2 GHz microwave radiation at temperatures up to and above 80 K.

  10. Fractional Solitons in Excitonic Josephson Junctions

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    Hsu, Ya-Fen; Su, Jung-Jung

    2015-01-01

    The Josephson effect is especially appealing to physicists because it reveals macroscopically the quantum order and phase. In excitonic bilayers the effect is even subtler due to the counterflow of supercurrent as well as the tunneling between layers (interlayer tunneling). Here we study, in a quantum Hall bilayer, the excitonic Josephson junction: a conjunct of two exciton condensates with a relative phase ϕ0 applied. The system is mapped into a pseudospin ferromagnet then described numerically by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. In the presence of interlayer tunneling, we identify a family of fractional sine-Gordon solitons which resemble the static fractional Josephson vortices in the extended superconducting Josephson junctions. Each fractional soliton carries a topological charge Q that is not necessarily a half/full integer but can vary continuously. The calculated current-phase relation (CPR) shows that solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π is the lowest energy state starting from zero ϕ0 – until ϕ0 > π – then the alternative group of solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π − 1 takes place and switches the polarity of CPR. PMID:26511770

  11. Supercurrent in van der Waals Josephson junction

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    Yabuki, Naoto; Moriya, Rai; Arai, Miho; Sata, Yohta; Morikawa, Sei; Masubuchi, Satoru; Machida, Tomoki

    2016-01-01

    Supercurrent flow between two superconductors with different order parameters, a phenomenon known as the Josephson effect, can be achieved by inserting a non-superconducting material between two superconductors to decouple their wavefunctions. These Josephson junctions have been employed in fields ranging from digital to quantum electronics, yet their functionality is limited by the interface quality and use of non-superconducting material. Here we show that by exfoliating a layered dichalcogenide (NbSe2) superconductor, the van der Waals (vdW) contact between the cleaved surfaces can instead be used to construct a Josephson junction. This is made possible by recent advances in vdW heterostructure technology, with an atomically flat vdW interface free of oxidation and inter-diffusion achieved by eliminating all heat treatment during junction preparation. Here we demonstrate that this artificially created vdW interface provides sufficient decoupling of the wavefunctions of the two NbSe2 crystals, with the vdW Josephson junction exhibiting a high supercurrent transparency. PMID:26830754

  12. Fractional Solitons in Excitonic Josephson Junctions.

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    Hsu, Ya-Fen; Su, Jung-Jung

    2015-01-01

    The Josephson effect is especially appealing to physicists because it reveals macroscopically the quantum order and phase. In excitonic bilayers the effect is even subtler due to the counterflow of supercurrent as well as the tunneling between layers (interlayer tunneling). Here we study, in a quantum Hall bilayer, the excitonic Josephson junction: a conjunct of two exciton condensates with a relative phase ϕ0 applied. The system is mapped into a pseudospin ferromagnet then described numerically by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. In the presence of interlayer tunneling, we identify a family of fractional sine-Gordon solitons which resemble the static fractional Josephson vortices in the extended superconducting Josephson junctions. Each fractional soliton carries a topological charge Q that is not necessarily a half/full integer but can vary continuously. The calculated current-phase relation (CPR) shows that solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π is the lowest energy state starting from zero ϕ0 - until ϕ0 > π - then the alternative group of solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π - 1 takes place and switches the polarity of CPR. PMID:26511770

  13. Fractional Solitons in Excitonic Josephson Junctions

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    Hsu, Ya-Fen; Su, Jung-Jung

    2015-10-01

    The Josephson effect is especially appealing to physicists because it reveals macroscopically the quantum order and phase. In excitonic bilayers the effect is even subtler due to the counterflow of supercurrent as well as the tunneling between layers (interlayer tunneling). Here we study, in a quantum Hall bilayer, the excitonic Josephson junction: a conjunct of two exciton condensates with a relative phase ϕ0 applied. The system is mapped into a pseudospin ferromagnet then described numerically by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. In the presence of interlayer tunneling, we identify a family of fractional sine-Gordon solitons which resemble the static fractional Josephson vortices in the extended superconducting Josephson junctions. Each fractional soliton carries a topological charge Q that is not necessarily a half/full integer but can vary continuously. The calculated current-phase relation (CPR) shows that solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π is the lowest energy state starting from zero ϕ0 - until ϕ0 > π - then the alternative group of solitons with Q = ϕ0/2π - 1 takes place and switches the polarity of CPR.

  14. Supercurrent in van der Waals Josephson junction

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    Yabuki, Naoto; Moriya, Rai; Arai, Miho; Sata, Yohta; Morikawa, Sei; Masubuchi, Satoru; Machida, Tomoki

    2016-02-01

    Supercurrent flow between two superconductors with different order parameters, a phenomenon known as the Josephson effect, can be achieved by inserting a non-superconducting material between two superconductors to decouple their wavefunctions. These Josephson junctions have been employed in fields ranging from digital to quantum electronics, yet their functionality is limited by the interface quality and use of non-superconducting material. Here we show that by exfoliating a layered dichalcogenide (NbSe2) superconductor, the van der Waals (vdW) contact between the cleaved surfaces can instead be used to construct a Josephson junction. This is made possible by recent advances in vdW heterostructure technology, with an atomically flat vdW interface free of oxidation and inter-diffusion achieved by eliminating all heat treatment during junction preparation. Here we demonstrate that this artificially created vdW interface provides sufficient decoupling of the wavefunctions of the two NbSe2 crystals, with the vdW Josephson junction exhibiting a high supercurrent transparency.

  15. A compact transportable Josephson voltage standard

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    Hamilton, C.A.; Burroughs, C.J.; Kupferman, S.L.

    1996-06-01

    The development of a compact, portable 10 V Josephson calibration system is described. Its accuracy is the same as typical laboratory systems and its weight and volume are reduced by more than a factor of three. The new system will replace travelling voltage standards used within several NASA and DOE standards laboratories.

  16. Supercurrent in van der Waals Josephson junction.

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    Yabuki, Naoto; Moriya, Rai; Arai, Miho; Sata, Yohta; Morikawa, Sei; Masubuchi, Satoru; Machida, Tomoki

    2016-01-01

    Supercurrent flow between two superconductors with different order parameters, a phenomenon known as the Josephson effect, can be achieved by inserting a non-superconducting material between two superconductors to decouple their wavefunctions. These Josephson junctions have been employed in fields ranging from digital to quantum electronics, yet their functionality is limited by the interface quality and use of non-superconducting material. Here we show that by exfoliating a layered dichalcogenide (NbSe2) superconductor, the van der Waals (vdW) contact between the cleaved surfaces can instead be used to construct a Josephson junction. This is made possible by recent advances in vdW heterostructure technology, with an atomically flat vdW interface free of oxidation and inter-diffusion achieved by eliminating all heat treatment during junction preparation. Here we demonstrate that this artificially created vdW interface provides sufficient decoupling of the wavefunctions of the two NbSe2 crystals, with the vdW Josephson junction exhibiting a high supercurrent transparency. PMID:26830754

  17. Electric Field Effect in Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Koyama, T.

    The electric field effect in intrinsic Josephson junction stacks (IJJ's) is investigated on the basis of the capacitively-coupled IJJ model. We clarify the current-voltage characteristics of the IJJ's in the presence of an external electric field. It is predicted that the IJJ's show a dynamical transition to the voltage state as the external electric field is increased.

  18. TOPICAL REVIEW: Intrinsic Josephson junctions: recent developments

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    Yurgens, A. A.

    2000-08-01

    Some recent developments in the fabrication of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) and their application for studying high-temperature superconductors are discussed. The major advantages of IJJ and unsolved problems are outlined. The feasibility of three-terminal devices based on the stacked IJJ is briefly evaluated.

  19. Strong and weak plasma response to dietary carotenoids identified by cluster analysis and linked to beta-carotene 15,15'-monooxygenase 1 single nucleotide polymorphisms.

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    Wang, Thomas T Y; Edwards, Alison J; Clevidence, Beverly A

    2013-08-01

    The mechanisms as well the genetics underlying the bioavailability and metabolism of carotenoids in humans remain unclear. To begin to address these questions, we used cluster analysis to examine individual temporal responses of plasma carotenoids from a controlled-diet study of subjects who consumed carotenoid-rich beverages. Treatments, given daily for 3 weeks, were watermelon juice at two levels (20-mg lycopene, 2.5-mg β-carotene, n=23 and 40-mg lycopene, 5-mg β-carotene, n=12) and tomato juice (18-mg lycopene, 0.6-mg β-carotene, n=10). Cluster analysis revealed distinct groups of subjects differing in the temporal response of plasma carotenoids and provided the basis for classifying subjects as strong responders or weak responders for β-carotene, lycopene, phytoene and phytofluene. Individuals who were strong or weak responders for one carotenoid were not necessarily strong or weak responders for another carotenoid. Furthermore, individual responsiveness was associated with genetic variants of the carotenoid metabolizing enzyme β-carotene 15,15'-monooxygenase 1. These results support the concept that individuals absorb or metabolize carotenoids differently across time and suggest that bioavailability of carotenoids may involve specific genetic variants of β-carotene 15,15'-monooxygenase 1. PMID:23517913

  20. A Josephson junction to FET high speed line driver made of TlCaBaCuO

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    Martens, J.S.; Dinley, D.S. ); Beyer, J.B.; Nordman, J.E. . Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering); Hohenwarter, G.K.G. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on the use of a Tl-Ca-Ba- Cu-O superconducting flux flow transistor (SFFT) as an active impedance converter between Josephson and FET circuitry. The input of the flux flow device is a control line of low impedance that can be driven by a tunnel junction. The output is the signal across the SFFT which is made of a parallel array of weak links. The output impedance is typically greater than 5 {Omega} with a maximum voltage swing of over 100 mV into a 50 {Omega} system. The switching of an all-Nb junction induced a 90 mV voltage swing at the FET input and over 200 mV at the FET output. The line driver can operate anywhere between 4.2K and 85K with minor changes in speed ({plus minus}5 ps) and output level ({plus minus}10 mV). The switching time measured was about 100 ps and was fixture limited.

  1. Synthesis of Iron and Cobalt Complexes of a Ferrocene-Linked Diphosphinoamide Ligand and Characterization of a Weak Iron-Cobalt Interaction.

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    Pick, Fraser S; Thompson, John R; Savard, Didier S; Leznoff, Daniel B; Fryzuk, Michael D

    2016-04-18

    A ferrocene-based bis(phosphinoamine) fc(NHP(i)Pr2)2 has been deprotonated and used in salt metathesis reactions to form dimeric complexes ([fc(NP(i)Pr2)2]M)2 (M = Fe, Co). A novel coordination environment for Co(II) is observed including a weak but significant Fe-Co interaction, which was characterized using X-ray crystallography, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and VT-magnetometry. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations including natural bond order analysis provides further support for the interaction and suggests a combination of Fe → Co and Co → Fe interactions. PMID:27019020

  2. Polaron effects on the dc- and ac-tunneling characteristics of molecular Josephson junctions

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    Wu, B. H.; Cao, J. C.; Timm, C.

    2012-07-01

    We study the interplay of polaronic effect and superconductivity in transport through molecular Josephson junctions. The tunneling rates of electrons are dominated by vibronic replicas of the superconducting gap, which show up as prominent features in the differential conductance for the dc and ac current. For relatively large molecule-lead coupling, a features that appears when the Josephson frequency matches the vibron frequency can be identified with an over-the-gap structure observed by Marchenkov [Nat. Nanotech. 1748-338710.1038/nnano.2007.2182, 481 (2007)]. However, we are more concerned with the weak-coupling limit, where resonant tunneling through the molecular level dominates. We find that certain features involving both Andreev reflection and vibron emission show an unusual shift of the bias voltage V at their maximum with the gate voltage Vg as V˜(2/3)Vg. Moreover, due to the polaronic effect, the ac Josephson current shows a phase shift of π when the bias eV is increased by one vibronic energy quantum ℏωv. This distinctive even-odd effect is explained in terms of the different sign of the coupling to vibrons of electrons and of Andreev-reflected holes.

  3. Fluctuation of heat current in Josephson junctions

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    Virtanen, P.; Giazotto, F.

    2015-02-15

    We discuss the statistics of heat current between two superconductors at different temperatures connected by a generic weak link. As the electronic heat in superconductors is carried by Bogoliubov quasiparticles, the heat transport fluctuations follow the Levitov–Lesovik relation. We identify the energy-dependent quasiparticle transmission probabilities and discuss the resulting probability density and fluctuation relations of the heat current. We consider multichannel junctions, and find that heat transport in diffusive junctions is unique in that its statistics is independent of the phase difference between the superconductors.

  4. Holographic Josephson junction from massive gravity

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    Hu, Ya-Peng; Li, Huai-Fan; Zeng, Hua-Bi; Zhang, Hai-Qing

    2016-05-01

    We study the holographic superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) Josephson junction in de Rham-Gabadadze-Tolley massive gravity. If the boundary theory is independent of spatial directions, i.e., if the chemical potential is homogeneous in spatial directions, we find that the graviton mass parameter will make it more difficult for the normal metal-superconductor phase transition to take place. In the holographic model of the Josephson junction, it is found that the maximal tunneling current will decrease according to the graviton mass parameter. Besides, the coherence length of the junction decreases as well with respect to the graviton mass parameter. If one interprets the graviton mass parameter as the effect of momentum dissipation in the boundary field theory, this indicates that the stronger the momentum dissipation is, the smaller the coherence length is.

  5. Implementing Shor's algorithm on Josephson charge qubits

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    Vartiainen, Juha J.; Salomaa, Martti M.; Niskanen, Antti O.; Nakahara, Mikio

    2004-07-01

    We investigate the physical implementation of Shor's factorization algorithm on a Josephson charge qubit register. While we pursue a universal method to factor a composite integer of any size, the scheme is demonstrated for the number 21. We consider both the physical and algorithmic requirements for an optimal implementation when only a small number of qubits are available. These aspects of quantum computation are usually the topics of separate research communities; we present a unifying discussion of both of these fundamental features bridging Shor's algorithm to its physical realization using Josephson junction qubits. In order to meet the stringent requirements set by a short decoherence time, we accelerate the algorithm by decomposing the quantum circuit into tailored two- and three-qubit gates and we find their physical realizations through numerical optimization.

  6. Josephson Circuits as Vector Quantum Spins

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    Samach, Gabriel; Kerman, Andrew J.

    While superconducting circuits based on Josephson junction technology can be engineered to represent spins in the quantum transverse-field Ising model, no circuit architecture to date has succeeded in emulating the vector quantum spin models of interest for next-generation quantum annealers and quantum simulators. Here, we present novel Josephson circuits which may provide these capabilities. We discuss our rigorous quantum-mechanical simulations of these circuits, as well as the larger architectures they may enable. This research was funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under Air Force Contract No. FA8721-05-C-0002. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of ODNI, IARPA, or the US Government.

  7. Work fluctuations in bosonic Josephson junctions

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    Lena, R. G.; Palma, G. M.; De Chiara, G.

    2016-05-01

    We calculate the first two moments and full probability distribution of the work performed on a system of bosonic particles in a two-mode Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian when the self-interaction term is varied instantaneously or with a finite-time ramp. In the instantaneous case, we show how the irreversible work scales differently depending on whether the system is driven to the Josephson or Fock regime of the bosonic Josephson junction. In the finite-time case, we use optimal control techniques to substantially decrease the irreversible work to negligible values. Our analysis can be implemented in present-day experiments with ultracold atoms and we show how to relate the work statistics to that of the population imbalance of the two modes.

  8. Josephson π state induced by valley polarization

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    Wang, Jun; Yang, Y. H.; Chan, K. S.

    2014-02-01

    We theoretically explore possible π-state Josephson junctions made from graphene-like two-dimensional materials (G) with the honeycomb lattice structure. It is shown that the valley polarization in the G sheet could lead to a 0-π state transition of the Josephson junction because of the valley-singlet Cooper pairs acquiring a nonzero momentum. When the valley-mixing scattering exists in the interfaces of the junction due to lattice mismatch, an odd-frequency valley-triplet supercurrent flows in the system even though the G sheet is fully valley polarized, and the supercurrent is characterized by a rapid atomic-scale oscillation with a periodicity of three lattice constants.

  9. Josephson effects in the junction formed by DIII-class topological and s-wave superconductors with an embedded quantum dot

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    Gao, Zhen; Wang, Xiao-Qi; Shan, Wan-Fei; Wu, Hai-Na; Gong, Wei-Jiang

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the Josephson effects in the junction formed by the indirect coupling between DIII-class topological and s-wave superconductors via an embedded quantum dot. Due to the presence of two kinds of superconductors, three dot-superconductor coupling manners are considered, respectively. As a result, the Josephson current is found to oscillate in period 2π. More importantly, the presence of Majorana doublet in the DIII-class superconductor renders the current finite at the case of zero phase difference, with its sign determined by the fermion parity of such a junction. In addition, the dot-superconductor coupling plays a nontrivial role in adjusting the Josephson current. When the s-wave superconductor couples to the dot in the weak limit, the current direction will have an opportunity to reverse. It is believed that these results will be helpful for understanding the transport properties of the DIII-class superconductor. PMID:27324426

  10. Josephson effects in the junction formed by DIII-class topological and s-wave superconductors with an embedded quantum dot.

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    Gao, Zhen; Wang, Xiao-Qi; Shan, Wan-Fei; Wu, Hai-Na; Gong, Wei-Jiang

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the Josephson effects in the junction formed by the indirect coupling between DIII-class topological and s-wave superconductors via an embedded quantum dot. Due to the presence of two kinds of superconductors, three dot-superconductor coupling manners are considered, respectively. As a result, the Josephson current is found to oscillate in period 2π. More importantly, the presence of Majorana doublet in the DIII-class superconductor renders the current finite at the case of zero phase difference, with its sign determined by the fermion parity of such a junction. In addition, the dot-superconductor coupling plays a nontrivial role in adjusting the Josephson current. When the s-wave superconductor couples to the dot in the weak limit, the current direction will have an opportunity to reverse. It is believed that these results will be helpful for understanding the transport properties of the DIII-class superconductor. PMID:27324426

  11. External noise-induced transitions in a current-biased Josephson junction

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    Huang, Qiongwei; Xue, Changfeng; Tang, Jiashi

    2016-01-01

    We investigate noise-induced transitions in a current-biased and weakly damped Josephson junction in the presence of multiplicative noise. By using the stochastic averaging procedure, the averaged amplitude equation describing dynamic evolution near a constant phase difference is derived. Numerical results show that a stochastic Hopf bifurcation between an absorbing and an oscillatory state occurs. This means the external controllable noise triggers a transition into the non-zero junction voltage state. With the increase of noise intensity, the stationary probability distribution peak shifts and is characterised by increased width and reduced height. And the different transition rates are shown for large and small bias currents.

  12. Josephson Junctions Help Measure Resonance And Dispersion

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    Javadi, Hamid H. S.; Mcgrath, William R.; Bumble, Bruce; Leduc, Henry G.

    1994-01-01

    Electrical characteristics of superconducting microstrip transmission lines measured at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths. Submicron Josephson (super-conductor/insulator/superconductor) junctions used as both voltage-controlled oscillators and detectors to measure frequencies (in range of hundreds of gigahertz) of high-order resonant electromagnetic modes of superconducting microstrip transmission-line resonators. This oscillator/detector approach similar to vacuum-tube grid dip meters and transistor dip meters used to probe resonances at much lower frequencies.

  13. A fast Josephson SFQ shift register

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    Kuo, F.; Whiteley, S.R.; Faris, S.M.

    1989-03-01

    A novel Josephson shift register has been designed and fabricated. The main data latch is DC biased; the data storage is accomplished through the transfer of a single flux quantum in or out of a SQUID superconducting loop. A two-phase sinusoidal clock with offset is used to operate the circuit. Simulations verify that the operating frequency can go beyond 70 GHz, with operating margins exceeding 20%. Preliminary measurements indicate that the circuit operates as intended.

  14. Josephson coupling mediated by quantum diffusion

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    Frydman, A.; Ovadyahu, Z.

    1995-07-01

    We present results on the transport properties of Pb/I/Pb junctions, where I is either a-Ge or a-InO film. At helium temperatures, such structures sustain non-dissipative currents and exhibit systematic sub-gap I-V modulation. The data are consistent with the existence of a Josephson-coupling mechanism involving quantum mechanical coherent diffusion within the Anderson-insulating barrier.

  15. Radiation comb generation with extended Josephson junctions

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    Solinas, P.; Bosisio, R.; Giazotto, F.

    2015-09-21

    We propose the implementation of a Josephson radiation comb generator based on an extended Josephson junction subject to a time dependent magnetic field. The junction critical current shows known diffraction patterns and determines the position of the critical nodes when it vanishes. When the magnetic flux passes through one of such critical nodes, the superconducting phase must undergo a π-jump to minimize the Josephson energy. Correspondingly, a voltage pulse is generated at the extremes of the junction. Under periodic driving, this allows us to produce a comb-like voltage pulses sequence. In the frequency domain, it is possible to generate up to hundreds of harmonics of the fundamental driving frequency, thus mimicking the frequency comb used in optics and metrology. We discuss several implementations through a rectangular, cylindrical, and annular junction geometries, allowing us to generate different radiation spectra and to produce an output power up to 10 pW at 50 GHz for a driving frequency of 100 MHz.

  16. Josephson junction in a thin film

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    Kogan, V. G.; Dobrovitski, V. V.; Clem, J. R.; Mawatari, Yasunori; Mints, R. G.

    2001-04-01

    The phase difference {phi}(y) for a vortex at a line Josephson junction in a thin film attenuates at large distances as a power law, unlike the case of a bulk junction where it approaches exponentially the constant values at infinities. The field of a Josephson vortex is a superposition of fields of standard Pearl vortices distributed along the junction with the line density {phi}'(y)/2{pi}. We study the integral equation for {phi}(y) and show that the phase is sensitive to the ratio l/{Lambda}, where l={lambda}{sub J}{sup 2}/{lambda}{sub L}, {Lambda}=2{lambda}{sub L}{sup 2}/d, {lambda}{sub L}, and {lambda}{sub J} are the London and Josephson penetration depths, and d is the film thickness. For l<<{Lambda}, the vortex ''core'' of the size l is nearly temperature independent, while the phase ''tail'' scales as l{Lambda}/y{sup 2}={lambda}{sub J}2{lambda}{sub L}/d/y{sup 2}; i.e., it diverges as T{yields}T{sub c}. For l>>{Lambda}, both the core and the tail have nearly the same characteristic length l{Lambda}.

  17. Edge currents in frustrated Josephson junction ladders

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    Marques, A. M.; Santos, F. D. R.; Dias, R. G.

    2016-09-01

    We present a numerical study of quasi-1D frustrated Josephson junction ladders with diagonal couplings and open boundary conditions, in the large capacitance limit. We derive a correspondence between the energy of this Josephson junction ladder and the expectation value of the Hamiltonian of an analogous tight-binding model, and show how the overall superconducting state of the chain is equivalent to the minimum energy state of the tight-binding model in the subspace of one-particle states with uniform density. To satisfy the constraint of uniform density, the superconducting state of the ladder is written as a linear combination of the allowed k-states of the tight-binding model with open boundaries. Above a critical value of the parameter t (ratio between the intra-rung and inter-rung Josephson couplings) the ladder spontaneously develops currents at the edges, which spread to the bulk as t is increased until complete coverage is reached. Above a certain value of t, which varies with ladder size (t = 1 for an infinite-sized ladder), the edge currents are destroyed. The value t = 1 corresponds, in the tight-binding model, to the opening of a gap between two bands. We argue that the disappearance of the edge currents with this gap opening is not coincidental, and that this points to a topological origin for these edge current states.

  18. Very large thermophase in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions.

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    Giazotto, F; Heikkilä, T T; Bergeret, F S

    2015-02-13

    The concept of thermophase refers to the appearance of a phase gradient inside a superconductor originating from the presence of an applied temperature bias across it. The resulting supercurrent flow may, in suitable conditions, fully counterbalance the temperature-bias-induced quasiparticle current therefore preventing the formation of any voltage drop, i.e., a thermovoltage, across the superconductor. Yet, the appearance of a thermophase is expected to occur in Josephson-coupled superconductors as well. Here, we theoretically investigate the thermoelectric response of a thermally biased Josephson junction based on a ferromagnetic insulator. In particular, we predict the occurrence of a very large thermophase that can reach π/2 across the contact for suitable temperatures and structure parameters; i.e., the quasiparticle thermal current can reach the critical current. Such a thermophase can be several orders of magnitude larger than that predicted to occur in conventional Josephson tunnel junctions. In order to assess experimentally the predicted very large thermophase, we propose a realistic setup realizable with state-of-the-art nanofabrication techniques and well-established materials, based on a superconducting quantum interference device. This effect could be of strong relevance in several low-temperature applications, for example, for revealing tiny temperature differences generated by coupling the electromagnetic radiation to one of the superconductors forming the junction. PMID:25723238

  19. Overdamped Josephson junctions for digital applications

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    Febvre, P.; De Leo, N.; Fretto, M.; Sosso, A.; Belogolovskii, M.; Collot, R.; Lacquaniti, V.

    2013-01-01

    An interesting feature of Superconductor-Normal metal-Superconductor Josephson junctions for digital applications is due to their non-hysteretic current-voltage characteristics in a broad temperature range below Tc. This allows to design Single-Flux-Quantum (SFQ) cells without the need of external shunts. Two advantages can be drawn from this property: first the SFQ cells can be more compact which leads to a more integrated solution towards nano-devices and more complex circuits; second the absence of electrical parasitic elements associated with the wiring of resistors external to the Josephson junctions increases the performance of SFQ circuits, in particular regarding the ultimate speed of operation. For this purpose Superconductor-Normal metal-Insulator-Superconductor Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb Josephson junctions have been recently developed at INRiM with aluminum layer thicknesses between 30 and 100 nm. They exhibit non-hysteretic current-voltage characteristics with IcRn values higher than 0.5 mV in a broad temperature range and optimal Stewart McCumber parameters at 4.2 K for RSFQ applications. The main features of obtained SNIS junctions regarding digital applications are presented.

  20. Intrinsic Josephson Junctions with Intermediate Damping

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    Warburton, Paul A.; Saleem, Sajid; Fenton, Jon C.; Speller, Susie; Grovenor, Chris R. M.

    2011-03-01

    In cuprate superconductors, adjacent cuprate double-planes are intrinsically Josephson-coupled. For bias currents perpendicular to the planes, the current-voltage characteristics correspond to those of an array of underdamped Josephson junctions. We will discuss our experiments on sub-micron Tl-2212 intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs). The dynamics of the IJJs at the plasma frequency are moderately damped (Q ~ 8). This results in a number of counter-intuitive observations, including both a suppression of the effect of thermal fluctuations and a shift of the skewness of the switching current distributions from negative to positive as the temperature is increased. Simulations confirm that these phenomena result from repeated phase slips as the IJJ switches from the zero-voltage to the running state. We further show that increased dissipation counter-intuitively increases the maximum supercurrent in the intermediate damping regime (PRL vol. 103, art. no. 217002). We discuss the role of environmental dissipation on the dynamics and describe experiments with on-chip lumped-element passive components in order control the environment seen by the IJJs. Work supported by EPSRC.

  1. Destruction of the Josephson effect by fluctuations

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    Fibich, M.; Kuper, C. G.; Revzen, M.; Ron, Amiram

    1987-12-01

    The Josephson effect occurs when the phases of the complex order parameter of two superconducting bodies separated by an insulating barrier become correlated. Prima facie, this is energetically favorable, since there is a finite coupling energy. However, when fluctuations of charge and phase are taken into account, one has to include the “cost” of these fluctuations in the energy balance. This becomes especially important in very small systems. We use the fluctuation-dissipation theorem to calculate the fluctuation energy and the associated free energy both when the junction is phase-correlated and when it is uncorrelated. In these calculations, we use the “resistively-shunted-junction” model to describe the junction. By comparing the excess free energy in the correlated state (over the uncorrelated one) with the Josephson coupling energy, we find a thermodynamic criterion for destruction of the Josephson characteristic of the junction. In the limiting case where the shunt resistance has a finite zero-temperature limit, we find a nearly universal resistance threshold. In another limit, where the resistance is taken to be the frequency-independent tunneling resistance of the Bogoliubov quasiparticles (in a “semiconductor” picture), our criterion reduces to that of Anderson when the temperature T=0. We predict that for some junction parameters, the system can be reentrant, while for some other values, the transition temperature may be lowered.

  2. The Josephson Effect: 50 Years of Science and Technology

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    Warburton, Paul A.

    2011-01-01

    The Josephson effect, the 50th anniversary of which will be celebrated in 2012, remains one of the most spectacular manifestations of quantum mechanics in all of experimental science. It was first predicted in 1962 and then experimentally verified in 1963. At its most fundamental level the Josephson effect is nothing more than the electronic…

  3. Target attractor tracking of relative phase in Bosonic Josephson junction

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    Borisenok, Sergey

    2016-06-01

    The relative phase of Bosonic Josephson junction in the Josephson regime of Bose-Hubbard model is tracked via the target attractor (`synergetic') feedback algorithm with the inter-well coupling parameter presented as a control function. The efficiency of our approach is demonstrated numerically for Gaussian and harmonic types of target phases.

  4. Weak bump quasars

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    Wilkes, B. J.; Mcdowell, J.

    1994-01-01

    Research into the optical, ultraviolet and infrared continuum emission from quasars and their host galaxies was carried out. The main results were the discovery of quasars with unusually weak infrared emission and the construction of a quantitative estimate of the dispersion in quasar continuum properties. One of the major uncertainties in the measurement of quasar continuum strength is the contribution to the continuum of the quasar host galaxy as a function of wavelength. Continuum templates were constructed for different types of host galaxy and individual estimates made of the decomposed quasar and host continua based on existing observations of the target quasars. The results are that host galaxy contamination is worse than previously suspected, and some apparent weak bump quasars are really normal quasars with strong host galaxies. However, the existence of true weak bump quasars such as PHL 909 was confirmed. The study of the link between the bump strength and other wavebands was continued by comparing with IRAS data. There is evidence that excess far infrared radiation is correlated with weaker ultraviolet bumps. This argues against an orientation effect and implies a probable link with the host galaxy environment, for instance the presence of a luminous starburst. However, the evidence still favors the idea that reddening is not important in those objects with ultraviolet weak bumps. The same work has led to the discovery of a class of infrared weak quasars. Pushing another part of the envelope of quasar continuum parameter space, the IR-weak quasars have implications for understanding the effects of reddening internal to the quasars, the reality of ultraviolet turnovers, and may allow further tests of the Phinney dust model for the IR continuum. They will also be important objects for studying the claimed IR to x-ray continuum correlation.

  5. Electrodynamics and intrinsic Josephson effects in multi-gap superconductors

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    Koyama, Tomio; Ota, Yukihiro; Machida, Masahiko

    2010-11-01

    We develop a theory for the Josephson effects in 2-gap intrinsic Josephson junction stacks (IJJ's). The coupled dynamical equations for the phase differences are derived from the low-energy effective Lagrangian. The equations can describe the longitudinal Josephson plasma and the Josephson-Leggett (JL) mode propagating in the direction perpendicular to the junctions. Numerical results for the I - V characteristics are presented. The I - V characteristics shows multiple-branch structure similar to that in Bi-2212 IJJ's. When the Josephson frequency is approached to the JL mode frequency in non-uniform voltage branches, the JL mode is resonantly excited. At the resonant voltage a step-like structure appears in the I - V curves in low-voltage branches.

  6. Weak Interactions

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    Lee, T. D.

    1957-06-01

    Experimental results on the non-conservation of parity and charge conservation in weak interactions are reviewed. The two-component theory of the neutrino is discussed. Lepton reactions are examined under the assumption of the law of conservation of leptons and that the neutrino is described by a two- component theory. From the results of this examination, the universal Fermi interactions are analyzed. Although reactions involving the neutrino can be described, the same is not true of reactions which do not involve the lepton, as the discussion of the decay of K mesons and hyperons shows. The question of the invariance of time reversal is next examined. (J.S.R.)

  7. Search for Second-Order Josephson tunneling in SFS Josephson junctions

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    Frolov, S. M.; Oboznov, V. A.

    2005-03-01

    SFS (Superconductor-Ferromagnet-Superconductor) Josephson junctions can exhibit transitions between ordinary Josephson (0-junction) tunneling and pi-junction behavior as a function of barrier thickness or temperature. Close to the 0-π crossover at which the first-order Josephson component vanishes, it has been predicted that second-order Josephson tunneling, characterized by a sin(2φ) component in the supercurrent, can dominate. If present, this component can be detected directly by measurements of the current-phase relation and can induce period doubling in the critical current diffraction patterns and generate half-integer Shapiro steps. However, such effects can also arise near the 0-π transition from a distribution of 0-junction and π-junction regions due to a non-uniform ferromagnetic barrier. We compare the results of measurements on junctions with uniform and non-uniform ferromagnetic barriers to determine whether observed second harmonics arise from a microscopic sin(2φ) component or from junction non-uniformity.

  8. Parametric Amplifier and Oscillator Based on Josephson Junction Circuitry

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    Yamamoto, T.; Koshino, K.; Nakamura, Y.

    While the demand for low-noise amplification is ubiquitous, applications where the quantum-limited noise performance is indispensable are not very common. Microwave parametric amplifiers with near quantum-limited noise performance were first demonstrated more than 20 years ago. However, there had been little effort until recently to improve the performance or the ease of use of these amplifiers, partly because of a lack of any urgent motivation. The emergence of the field of quantum information processing in superconducting systems has changed this situation dramatically. The need to reliably read out the state of a given qubit using a very weak microwave probe within a very short time has led to renewed interest in these quantum-limited microwave amplifiers, which are already widely used as tools in this field. Here, we describe the quantum mechanical theory for one particular parametric amplifier design, called the flux-driven Josephson parametric amplifier, which we developed in 2008. The theory predicts the performance of this parametric amplifier, including its gain, bandwidth, and noise temperature. We also present the phase detection capability of this amplifier when it is operated with a pump power that is above the threshold, i.e., as a parametric phase-locked oscillator or parametron.

  9. Isolation of a Josephson qubit from the electromagnetic environment

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    Shnyrkov, V. I.; Korolev, A. M.; Turutanov, O. G.; Shulga, V. M.; Lyakhno, V. Yu.; Serebrovsky, V. V.

    2015-11-01

    We consider two aspects of isolation of a Josephson flux (charge-flux) qubit from the external dissipative electromagnetic environment: (i) selecting an optimal topology of the superconducting qubit circuit and (ii) passive filtering of Planck radiation at the input of the qubit-state detection circuit. When reading the state of a macroscopic quantum object ("Schrödinger's cat") with the weak continuous measurement technique, the coupling to the environment, both direct and through the connected circuits, is the cause of the rapid loss of coherence of the superposition states. The coefficients of coupling to the external electromagnetic environment are discussed, as well as the problem of their minimization for flat (2D) and bulk (3D) designs of the qubit quantization loops. The analysis of the characteristics of low-temperature combined broadband filters designed to effectively reduce the electromagnetic noise in the control and measurement circuits is carried out. It is shown experimentally that a cryogenic Cu-CuO powder filter installed directly into the measuring circuit results in a significant suppression of the back action of a cooled HEMT amplifier to the qubit.

  10. Nonergodic metallic and insulating phases of Josephson junction chains.

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    Pino, Manuel; Ioffe, Lev B; Altshuler, Boris L

    2016-01-19

    Strictly speaking, the laws of the conventional statistical physics, based on the equipartition postulate [Gibbs J W (1902) Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics, developed with especial reference to the rational foundation of thermodynamics] and ergodicity hypothesis [Boltzmann L (1964) Lectures on Gas Theory], apply only in the presence of a heat bath. Until recently this restriction was believed to be not important for real physical systems because a weak coupling to the bath was assumed to be sufficient. However, this belief was not examined seriously until recently when the progress in both quantum gases and solid-state coherent quantum devices allowed one to study the systems with dramatically reduced coupling to the bath. To describe such systems properly one should revisit the very foundations of statistical mechanics. We examine this general problem for the case of the Josephson junction chain that can be implemented in the laboratory and show that it displays a novel high-temperature nonergodic phase with finite resistance. With further increase of the temperature the system undergoes a transition to the fully localized state characterized by infinite resistance and exponentially long relaxation. PMID:26719416

  11. Nonergodic metallic and insulating phases of Josephson junction chains

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    Pino, Manuel; Ioffe, Lev B.; Altshuler, Boris L.

    2016-01-01

    Strictly speaking, the laws of the conventional statistical physics, based on the equipartition postulate [Gibbs J W (1902) Elementary Principles in Statistical Mechanics, developed with especial reference to the rational foundation of thermodynamics] and ergodicity hypothesis [Boltzmann L (1964) Lectures on Gas Theory], apply only in the presence of a heat bath. Until recently this restriction was believed to be not important for real physical systems because a weak coupling to the bath was assumed to be sufficient. However, this belief was not examined seriously until recently when the progress in both quantum gases and solid-state coherent quantum devices allowed one to study the systems with dramatically reduced coupling to the bath. To describe such systems properly one should revisit the very foundations of statistical mechanics. We examine this general problem for the case of the Josephson junction chain that can be implemented in the laboratory and show that it displays a novel high-temperature nonergodic phase with finite resistance. With further increase of the temperature the system undergoes a transition to the fully localized state characterized by infinite resistance and exponentially long relaxation. PMID:26719416

  12. Bursting behaviour in coupled Josephson junctions.

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    Hongray, Thotreithem; Balakrishnan, J; Dana, Syamal K

    2015-12-01

    We report an interesting bow-tie shaped bursting behaviour in a certain parameter regime of two resistive-capacitative shunted Josephson junctions, one in the oscillatory and the other in the excitable mode and coupled together resistively. The burst emerges in both the junctions and they show near-complete synchronization for strong enough couplings. We discuss a possible bifurcation scenario to explain the origin of the burst. An exhaustive study on the parameter space of the system is performed, demarcating the regions of bursting from other solutions. PMID:26723143

  13. On Chip Josephson Junction Microwave Switch

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    Naaman, Ofer; Abutaleb, Mohamed; Kirby, Chris; Rennie, Michael

    We report on the design and measurement of a reflective single-pole single-throw microwave switch based on a superconducting circuit containing a single Josephson junction. The device has no internal power dissipation, minimal insertion loss, and is controlled by Φ0-level base-band signals. The data demonstrates the device operation with 2 GHz instantaneous bandwidth centered at 10 GHz and better than 20 dB on/off ratio for input powers up to -100 dBm.

  14. On-chip Josephson junction microwave switch

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    Naaman, O.; Abutaleb, M. O.; Kirby, C.; Rennie, M.

    2016-03-01

    The authors report on the design and measurement of a reflective single-pole single-throw microwave switch with no internal power dissipation, based on a superconducting circuit containing a single Josephson junction. The data demonstrate the switch operation with 2 GHz instantaneous bandwidth centered at 10 GHz, low insertion loss, and better than 20 dB on/off ratio. The switch's measured performance agrees well with simulations for input powers up to -100 dBm. An extension of the demonstrated circuit to implement a single-pole double-throw switch is shown in simulation.

  15. Bursting behaviour in coupled Josephson junctions

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    Hongray, Thotreithem; Balakrishnan, J.; Dana, Syamal K.

    2015-12-01

    We report an interesting bow-tie shaped bursting behaviour in a certain parameter regime of two resistive-capacitative shunted Josephson junctions, one in the oscillatory and the other in the excitable mode and coupled together resistively. The burst emerges in both the junctions and they show near-complete synchronization for strong enough couplings. We discuss a possible bifurcation scenario to explain the origin of the burst. An exhaustive study on the parameter space of the system is performed, demarcating the regions of bursting from other solutions.

  16. Josephson effects in condensates of excitons and exciton polaritons

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    Shelykh, I. A.; Solnyshkov, D. D.; Pavlovic, G.; Malpuech, G.

    2008-07-15

    We analyze theoretically the phenomena related to the Josephson effect for exciton and polariton condensates, taking into account their specific spin degrees of freedom. We distinguish between two types of Josephson effects: the extrinsic effect, related to the coherent tunneling of particles with the same spin between two spatially separated potential traps, and the intrinsic effect, related to the 'tunneling' between different spinor components of the condensate within the same trap. We show that the Josephson effect in the nonlinear regime can lead to nontrivial polarization dynamics and produce spontaneous separation of the condensates with opposite polarization in real space.

  17. The critical current of point symmetric Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-06-01

    The physics of Josephson tunnel junctions drastically depends on their geometrical configurations. The shape of the junction determines the specific form of the magnetic-field dependence of its Josephson current. Here we address the magnetic diffraction patterns of specially shaped planar Josephson tunnel junctions in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field of arbitrary orientations. We focus on a wide ensemble of junctions whose shape is invariant under point reflection. We analyze the implications of this type of isometry and derive the threshold curves of junctions whose shape is the union or the relative complement of two point symmetric plane figures.

  18. Interplay between electron overheating and ac Josephson effect

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    De Cecco, A.; Le Calvez, K.; Sacépé, B.; Winkelmann, C. B.; Courtois, H.

    2016-05-01

    We study the response of high-critical-current proximity Josephson junctions to a microwave excitation. Electron overheating in such devices is known to create hysteretic dc voltage-current characteristics. Here we demonstrate that it also strongly influences the ac response. The interplay of electron overheating and ac Josephson dynamics is revealed by the evolution of the Shapiro steps with the microwave drive amplitude. Extending the resistively shunted Josephson junction model by including a thermal balance for the electronic bath coupled to phonons, a strong electron overheating is obtained.

  19. Optimization and characterization of protected Josephson circuits

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    Dupont-Ferrier, Eva; Gladchenko, Sergey; Ioffe, Lev; Gershenson, Michael

    2009-03-01

    Recently, it was proposed that small Josephson arrays can operate as superconducting qubits protected from local noises [1,2]. Here we present measurements of several optimized array designs. The read-out circuit for these arrays consists of an inductively-coupled DC SQUID, which helps to minimize perturbations of the system during measurement. We will discuss the current-phase characteristics of these arrays and their response to microwave radiation. Our results indicate that the scattering of Josephson junction parameters can be made small enough to implement the symmetry-protected superconducting qubits; our theoretical model [1] captures all essential features of real devices. 1. see e.g., B. Doucot and L.B. Ioffe, Phys. Rev. B 76, 214507 (2007) and references therein. 2. S. Gladchenko, D. Olaya, E. Dupont-Ferrier, B. Doucot, L.B. Ioffe, and M.E. Gershenson, ``Superconducting Nanocircuits for Topologically Protected Qubits'', arXiv:cond-mat/0802.2295, to be published in Nature Physics.

  20. Fabrication of Niobium Nanobridge Josephson Junctions

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    Tachiki, T.; Horiguchi, K.; Uchida, T.

    2014-05-01

    To realize antenna-coupled Josephson detectors for microwave and millimeter-wave radiation, planar-type Nb nanobridge Josephson junctions were fabricated. Nb thin films whose thickness, the root mean square roughness and the critical temperature were 20.0 nm, 0.109 nm and 8.4 K, respectively were deposited using a DC magnetron sputtering at a substrate temperature of 700°C. Nanobridges were obtained from the film using 80-kV electron beam lithography and reactive ion-beam etching in CF4 (90%) + O2 (10%) gases. The minimum bridge area was 65 nm wide and 60 nm long. For the nanobridge whose width and length were less than 110 nm, an I-V characteristic showed resistively-shunted-junction behaviour near the critical temperature. Moreover, Shapiro steps were observed in the nanobridge with microwave irradiation at a frequency of 6 - 30 GHz. The Nb nanobridges can be used as detectors in the antenna-coupled devices.

  1. Josephson current in parallel SFS junctions

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    Ioselevich, Pavel; Ostrovsky, Pavel; Fominov, Yakov; Feigelman, Mikhail

    We study a Josephson junction between superconductors connected by two parallel ferromagnetic arms. If the ferromagnets are fully polarised, supercurrent can only flow via Cooper pair splitting between the differently polarised arms. The disorder-average current is suppressed, but mesoscopic fluctuations lead to a significant typical current. We extract the typical current from a current-current correlator. The current is proportional to sin2 α / 2 , where α is the angle between the polarisations of the two arms, revealing the spin dependence of crossed Andreev reflection. Compared to an SNS device of the same geometry, the typical SFS current is small by a factor determined by the properties of the superconducting leads alone. The current is insensitive to the flux threading the area between the ferromagnetic arms of the junction. However, if the ferromagnetic arms are replaced by metal with magnetic impurities, or partially polarised ferromagnets, the Josephson current starts depending on the flux with a period of h / e , i.e. twice the superconducting flux quantum.

  2. Theory of the spin-galvanic effect and the anomalous phase shift φ0 in superconductors and Josephson junctions with intrinsic spin-orbit coupling

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    Konschelle, François; Tokatly, Ilya V.; Bergeret, F. Sebastián

    2015-09-01

    Due to the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) an electric current flowing in a normal metal or semiconductor can induce a bulk magnetic moment. This effect is known as the Edelstein (EE) or magnetoelectric effect. Similarly, in a bulk superconductor a phase gradient may create a finite spin density. The inverse effect, also known as the spin-galvanic effect, corresponds to the creation of a supercurrent by an equilibrium spin polarization. Here, by exploiting the analogy between a linear-in-momentum SOC and a background SU(2) gauge field, we develop a quasiclassical transport theory to deal with magnetoelectric effects in superconducting structures. For bulk superconductors this approach allows us to easily reproduce and generalize a number of previously known results. For Josephson junctions we establish a direct connection between the inverse EE and the appearance of an anomalous phase shift φ0 in the current-phase relation. In particular we show that φ0 is proportional to the equilibrium spin current in the weak link. We also argue that our results are valid generically, beyond the particular case of linear-in-momentum SOC. The magnetoelectric effects discussed in this study may find applications in the emerging field of coherent spintronics with superconductors.

  3. Interfaces - Weak Links, Yet Great Opportunities

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    Hendricks, Robert C.; Dimofte, Florin; Chupp, Raymond E.; Steinetz, Bruce M.

    2011-01-01

    Inadequate turbomachine interface design can rapidly degrade system performance, yet provide great opportunity for improvements. Engineered coatings of seals and bearing interfaces are major issues in the operational life of power systems. Coatings, films, and combined use of both metals and ceramics play a major role in maintaining component life. Interface coatings, like lubricants, are sacrificial for the benefit of the component. Bearing and sealing surfaces are routinely protected by tribologically paired coatings such as silicon diamond like coatings (SiDLC) in combination with an oil lubricated wave bearing that prolongs bearing operational life. Likewise, of several methods used or researched for detecting interface failures, dopants within coatings show failures in functionally graded ceramic coatings. The Bozzolo-Ferrante-Smith (BFS) materials models and quantum mechanical tools, employed in interface design, are discussed.

  4. Weak links and interfacial chemistry in coal

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    Ross, D.S.; Hirschon, A.S.; Green, T.K.

    1989-12-31

    It has been estimated that the ultrafine mineral component in coal can be up to 15% of the total mineral content (ref 6), and the similarity of our results with coal to those for oil shale suggest that the reactive mineral/organic interfacial volume in coal could be substantial. While the mechanisms for reactions within the interphase are yet to be developed, our results suggest that attention be applied to this feature of coal in considerations of structure effects on both liquefaction and coal pyrolysis.

  5. Weak links and interfacial chemistry in coal

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    Ross, D.S.; Hirschon, A.S.; Green, T.K.

    1989-01-01

    It has been estimated that the ultrafine mineral component in coal can be up to 15% of the total mineral content (ref 6), and the similarity of our results with coal to those for oil shale suggest that the reactive mineral/organic interfacial volume in coal could be substantial. While the mechanisms for reactions within the interphase are yet to be developed, our results suggest that attention be applied to this feature of coal in considerations of structure effects on both liquefaction and coal pyrolysis.

  6. Self-consistent solution for proximity effect and Josephson current in ballistic graphene SNS Josephson junctions

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    Black-Schaffer, Annica M.

    2010-04-06

    We use a tight-binding Bogoliubov-de Gennes (BdG) formalism to self-consistently calculate the proximity effect, Josephson current, and local density of states in ballistic graphene SNS Josephson junctions. Both short and long junctions, with respect to the superconducting coherence length, are considered, as well as different doping levels of the graphene. We show that self-consistency does not notably change the current-phase relationship derived earlier for short junctions using the non-selfconsistent Dirac-BdG formalism but predict a significantly increased critical current with a stronger junction length dependence. In addition, we show that in junctions with no Fermi level mismatch between the N and S regions superconductivity persists even in the longest junctions we can investigate, indicating a diverging Ginzburg-Landau superconducting coherence length in the normal region.

  7. Higher-order nonlinear effects in a Josephson parametric amplifier

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    Kochetov, Bogdan A.; Fedorov, Arkady

    2015-12-01

    Nonlinearity of the current-phase relationship of a Josephson junction is the key resource for a Josephson parametric amplifier (JPA) as well as for a Josephson traveling-wave parametric amplifier, the only devices in which the quantum limit for added noise has so far been approached at microwave frequencies. A standard approach to describe JPA takes into account only the lowest order (cubic) nonlinearity resulting in a Duffing-like oscillator equation of motion or in a Kerr-type nonlinearity term in the Hamiltonian. In this paper we derive the quantum expression for the gain of JPA including all orders of the Josephson junction nonlinearity in the linear response regime. We then analyze gain saturation effect for stronger signals within a semiclassical approach. Our results reveal nonlinear effects of higher orders and their implications for operation of a JPA.

  8. Critical Josephson current in the dynamical Coulomb blockade regime

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    Jäck, Berthold; Eltschka, Matthias; Assig, Maximilian; Etzkorn, Markus; Ast, Christian R.; Kern, Klaus

    2016-01-01

    The current-voltage characteristics of a voltage-biased Josephson junction in the low conductance regime of an ultra-low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM) is dominated by sequential charge tunneling. Using P (E ) theory we show that the Josephson coupling energy, experimentally determined in this regime, is in good agreement with the critical current I0 calculated from the Ambegaokar-Baratoff formula. In this way, we can determine the critical current values of a Josephson junction in an STM. Furthermore, we experimentally determine a range of validity for P (E ) theory, which is in accordance with theoretical predictions. In this way, we establish an optimal parameter range, in which Josephson STM can be performed.

  9. Josephson effects in a Bose–Einstein condensate of magnons

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    Troncoso, Roberto E.; Núñez, Álvaro S.

    2014-07-15

    A phenomenological theory is developed, that accounts for the collective dynamics of a Bose–Einstein condensate of magnons. In terms of such description we discuss the nature of spontaneous macroscopic interference between magnon clouds, highlighting the close relation between such effects and the well known Josephson effects. Using those ideas, we present a detailed calculation of the Josephson oscillations between two magnon clouds, spatially separated in a magnonic Josephson junction. -- Highlights: •We presented a theory that accounts for the collective dynamics of a magnon-BEC. •We discuss the nature of macroscopic interference between magnon-BEC clouds. •We remarked the close relation between the above phenomena and Josephson’s effect. •We remark the distinctive oscillations that characterize the Josephson oscillations.

  10. Josephson junction spectrum analyzer for millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths

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    Larkin, S.Y.; Anischenko, S.E.; Khabayev, P.V.

    1994-12-31

    A prototype of the Josephson-effect spectrum analyzer developed for the millimeter-wave band is described. The measurement results for spectra obtained in the frequency band from 50 to 250 GHz are presented.

  11. 1D Josephson quantum interference grids: diffraction patterns and dynamics

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    Lucci, M.; Badoni, D.; Corato, V.; Merlo, V.; Ottaviani, I.; Salina, G.; Cirillo, M.; Ustinov, A. V.; Winkler, D.

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the magnetic response of transmission lines with embedded Josephson junctions and thus generating a 1D underdamped array. The measured multi-junction interference patterns are compared with the theoretical predictions for Josephson supercurrent modulations when an external magnetic field couples both to the inter-junction loops and to the junctions themselves. The results provide a striking example of the analogy between Josephson phase modulation and 1D optical diffraction grid. The Fiske resonances in the current-voltage characteristics with voltage spacing {Φ0}≤ft(\\frac{{\\bar{c}}}{2L}\\right) , where L is the total physical length of the array, {Φ0} the magnetic flux quantum and \\bar{c} the speed of light in the transmission line, demonstrate that the discrete line supports stable dynamic patterns generated by the ac Josephson effect interacting with the cavity modes of the line.

  12. Josephson Junction spectrum analyzer for millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths

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    Larkin, S. Y.; Anischenko, S. E.; Khabayev, P. V.

    1995-01-01

    A prototype of the Josephson-effect spectrum analyzer developed for the millimeter wave band is described. The measurement results for spectra obtained in the frequency band from 50 to 250 GHz are presented.

  13. Hypernuclear Weak Decays

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    Itonaga, K.; Motoba, T.

    The recent theoretical studies of Lambda-hypernuclear weak decaysof the nonmesonic and pi-mesonic ones are developed with the aim to disclose the link between the experimental decay observables and the underlying basic weak decay interactions and the weak decay mechanisms. The expressions of the nonmesonic decay rates Gamma_{nm} and the decay asymmetry parameter alpha_1 of protons from the polarized hypernuclei are presented in the shell model framework. We then introduce the meson theoretical Lambda N -> NN interactions which include the one-meson exchanges, the correlated-2pi exchanges, and the chiral-pair-meson exchanges. The features of meson exchange potentials and their roles on the nonmesonic decays are discussed. With the adoption of the pi + 2pi/rho + 2pi/sigma + omega + K + rhopi/a_1 + sigmapi/a_1 exchange potentials, we have carried out the systematic calculations of the nonmesonic decay observables for light-to-heavy hypernuclei. The present model can account for the available experimental data of the decay rates, Gamma_n/Gamma_p ratios, and the intrinsic asymmetry parameters alpha_Lambda (alpha_Lambda is related to alpha_1) of emitted protons well and consistently within the error bars. The hypernuclear lifetimes are evaluated by converting the total weak decay rates Gamma_{tot} = Gamma_pi + Gamma_{nm} to tau, which exhibit saturation property for the hypernuclear mass A ≥ 30 and agree grossly well with experimental data for the mass range from light to heavy hypernuclei except for the very light ones. Future extensions of the model and the remaining problems are also mentioned. The pi-mesonic weak processes are briefly surveyed, and the calculations and predictions are compared and confirmed by the recent high precision FINUDA pi-mesonic decay data. This shows that the theoretical basis seems to be firmly grounded.

  14. Sign reversal of ac Josephson current in a ferromagnetic Josephson junction

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    Hikino, Shin-Ichi; Mori, Michiyasu; Takahashi, Saburo; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2009-03-01

    It is known that in a superconductor/insulator/superconductor (SIS) junction, when a finite voltage is applied, the Josephson current shows a logarithmic divergence, i.e., the so-called Riedel peak(RP) at the gap voltage, V=2δ/e, (δ is a superconducting gap). In a double barrier Josephson junction such as SXS junction, on the other hand, the voltage dependence of Ic has not been investigated so far, where X is a normal metal (N) or a ferromagnet (F). We study the voltage dependence of Josephson critical current (Ic) in a variety of SXS junctions. In a SNS junction, Ic shows the RP at the gap voltage similar to a SIS junction. On the other hand, in a SFS junction, Ic shows a damped oscillation with the alternation of sign as a function of thickness (d) of F due to 0-π transition. The RP exhibits a strong dependence on d, and changes its sign. It is predicted that the RP disappears at the 0-π transition in the SFS junction.

  15. On the electrodynamics of Josephson effect in anisotropic superconductors

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    Mints, R.G.

    1989-01-01

    Specificities of Josephson effect electrodynamics in anisotropic superconductors are of considerable interest for the study of high temperature superconductors with strongly anisotropic layered structure. In this paper the authors give the calculation for the tunnel Josephson contact of an isolated vortex, the law of dispersion of its low-amplitude oscillations, the critical field H/sub cl/ for the penetration of magnetic flux, and the maximum current across a rectangular contact.

  16. Josephson effect and quasiparticle states in d-wave superconductors

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    Tanaka, Yukio; Kashiwaya, Satoshi

    1996-12-31

    A general formula for the Josephson current in a d-wave/insulator/d-wave-superconductor junction is presented by taking account of the zero-energy states formed around the interfaces. For a fixed phase difference between the two superconductors, the current component becomes either positive or negative depending on the injection angle of the quasiparticle. Anomalous temperature dependences are predicted in the maximum Josephson current and in the free energy minima.

  17. Sensitivity of Josephson-effect millimeter-wave radiometer

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    Ohta, H.; Feldman, M. J.; Parrish, P. T.; Chiao, R. Y.

    1974-01-01

    The noise temperature and the minimum detectable temperature of a Josephson junction in video detection of microwave and millimeter-wave radiation has been calculated. We use the well-known method based on a Fokker-Planck equation. The noise temperature can be very close to ambient temperature. Because its predetection bandwidth is very wide, a Josephson-effect radio telescope receiver can have a minimum detectable temperature better than that of a traveling-wave maser.

  18. Ballistic transport in InSb Josephson junctions

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    Damasco, John Jeffrey; Gill, Stephen; Car, Diana; Bakkers, Erik; Mason, Nadya

    We present transport measurements on Josephson junctions consisting of InSb nanowires contacted by Al at various junction lengths. Junction behavior as a function of gate voltage, electric field, and magnetic field is discussed. We show that short junctions behave as 1D quantum wires, exhibiting quantized conductance steps. In addition, we show how Josephson behavior changes as transport evolves from ballistic to diffusive as a function of contact spacing.

  19. Topological phase transition of a Josephson junction and its dynamics

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    Hutasoit, Jimmy; Marciani, Marco; Tarasinski, Brian; Beenakker, Carlo

    A Josephson junction formed by a superconducting ring interrupted by a semiconductor nanowire can realize a zero-dimensional class D topological superconductor. By coupling the Josephson junction to a ballistic wire and altering the strength of the coupling, one can drive this topological superconductor through a topological phase transition. We study the compressibility of the junction as a probe of the topological phase transition. We also study the dynamics of the phase transition by studying the current pulse injected into the wire.

  20. Quantum waveguide theory of the Josephson effect in multiband superconductors

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    Nappi, C.; Romeo, F.; Sarnelli, E.; Citro, R.

    2015-12-01

    We formulate a quantum waveguide theory of the Josephson effect in multiband superconductors, with special emphasis on iron-based materials. By generalizing the boundary conditions of the scattering problem, we first determine the Andreev levels spectrum and then derive an explicit expression for the Josephson current which generalizes the formula of the single-band case. In deriving the results, we provide a second quantization field theory, allowing us to evaluate the current-phase relation and the Josephson current fluctuations in multiband systems. We present results for two different order parameter symmetries, namely s± and s++, which are relevant in multiband systems. The obtained results show that the s± symmetry can support π states which are absent in the s++ case. We also argue that there is a certain fragility of the Josephson current against phase fluctuations in the s++ case. The temperature dependence of the Josephson critical current is also analyzed and we find, for both the order parameter symmetries, remarkable violations of the Ambegaokar-Baratoff relation. The results are relevant in view of possible experiments aimed at investigating the order parameter symmetry of multiband superconductors using mesoscopic Josephson junctions.

  1. Advanced Concepts in Josephson Junction Reflection Amplifiers

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    Lähteenmäki, Pasi; Vesterinen, Visa; Hassel, Juha; Paraoanu, G. S.; Seppä, Heikki; Hakonen, Pertti

    2014-06-01

    Low-noise amplification at microwave frequencies has become increasingly important for the research related to superconducting qubits and nanoelectromechanical systems. The fundamental limit of added noise by a phase-preserving amplifier is the standard quantum limit, often expressed as noise temperature . Towards the goal of the quantum limit, we have developed an amplifier based on intrinsic negative resistance of a selectively damped Josephson junction. Here we present measurement results on previously proposed wide-band microwave amplification and discuss the challenges for improvements on the existing designs. We have also studied flux-pumped metamaterial-based parametric amplifiers, whose operating frequency can be widely tuned by external DC-flux, and demonstrate operation at pumping, in contrast to the typical metamaterial amplifiers pumped via signal lines at.

  2. Josephson junction array protected from local noises.

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    Gladchenko, Sergey; Olaya, David; Dupont-Ferrier, Eva; Doucot, Benoit; Ioffe, Lev; Gershenson, Michael

    2009-03-01

    We have developed small arrays of Josephson junctions (JJs) that can be viewed as prototypes of superconducting qubits protected from local noises [1]. The array consists of twelve superconducting loops interrupted by four sub-micron JJs. The protected state is realized when each loop is threaded by half of the magnetic flux quantum. It has been observed that the array with the optimized amplitude of quantum fluctuations is protected against magnetic flux variations well beyond linear order, in agreement with theoretical predictions [2]. 1. S. Gladchenko et al., ``Superconducting Nanocircuits for Topologically Protected Qubits'', arXiv:cond-mat/0802.2295, to be published in Nature Physics. 2. L.B. Ioffe and M.V. Feigelman, Phys. Rev. B 66, 224503 (2002); B. Doucot et al., Phys. Rev. B 71, 024505 (2005); B. Doucot and L.B. Ioffe, Phys. Rev. B 76, 214507 (2007).

  3. High dynamic range Josephson parametric amplifiers

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    Roch, Nicolas; Murch, Kater W.; Vijay, Rajamani

    Josephson parametric amplifiers (JPAs) have become the technology of choice to amplify small amplitude microwave signals since they show noise performances close to the quantum limit of amplification. An important challenge that faces this technology is the low dynamic range of current devices, which limits the number of measurements that can be performed concurrently and the rate of information acquisition for single measurements. We have fabricated and tested novel parametric amplifiers based on arrays of up to 100 SQUIDS. The amplifiers produce gain in excess of 20 dB over a large bandwidth and match the dynamic range achieved with traveling wave devices. Compared to the latter devices they are fabricated in a single lithography step and we will show that their bandwidth performance can be further extended using a recently developed impedance matching technique.

  4. AC Josephson effect applications in microwave systems

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    Larkin, Serguey Y.

    1996-12-01

    analysis allow to get the picture of temperature distribution along the plasma cord diameter in accordance with dynamics of thermonuclear process development. Modem raclioastronomic research gives scientists the unique information on the world tructure. It is also necessary to analyze Space microwave radiation providing exclusive sensitivity of the equipment. In both cases equipment is required to be superwide band, to have high sensitivity and ability to operate at more than 300 GHz frequencies. Today all these requirements are met by the devices using the ac Josephson effect. The Josephson junctions are used as an active transforming element in such devices. At the end of 20 century the sphere of their utilization embraces medicine, communications, radiophysics, space exploration, ecology, military use, etc. The State Research Center "Fonon" ( SRC "Fonon") of the State Committee on Science and Technology of Ukraine was founded in 1991. The main aim of its creation was to concentrate the scientific and financial efforts for development and production of unique devices based on the results of fundamental study in physics of high T superconductivity. First of all we were interested in technological research on the obtaining of low impedance Josephson junctions out of the High T thin films. Using such junctions in combination with our original techniques developed in our Center we have succeed in creating the following new generation equipment: industrial set-up of the frequency meter in the range of 60 ... 600 GHz; experimental set-up of the spectrum analyzer operating in the range of 50 250 GHz; experimental model of radiometric receiver in 180...260 GHz range. All the above devices are based on the using ac Josephson effect for the receiving and processing mm- and submm- microwave signals.

  5. Simplifying the circuit of Josephson parametric converters

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    Abdo, Baleegh; Brink, Markus; Chavez-Garcia, Jose; Keefe, George

    Josephson parametric converters (JPCs) are quantum-limited three-wave mixing devices that can play various important roles in quantum information processing in the microwave domain, including amplification of quantum signals, transduction of quantum information, remote entanglement of qubits, nonreciprocal amplification, and circulation of signals. However, the input-output and biasing circuit of a state-of-the-art JPC consists of bulky components, i.e. two commercial off-chip broadband 180-degree hybrids, four phase-matched short coax cables, and one superconducting magnetic coil. Such bulky hardware significantly hinders the integration of JPCs in scalable quantum computing architectures. In my talk, I will present ideas on how to simplify the JPC circuit and show preliminary experimental results

  6. Synchronized Switching in a Josephson Junction Crystal

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    Leib, Martin; Hartmann, Michael J.

    2014-06-01

    We consider a superconducting coplanar waveguide resonator where the central conductor is interrupted by a series of uniformly spaced Josephson junctions. The device forms an extended medium that is optically nonlinear on the single photon level with normal modes that inherit the full nonlinearity of the junctions but are nonetheless accessible via the resonator ports. For specific plasma frequencies of the junctions, a set of normal modes clusters in a narrow band and eventually becomes entirely degenerate. Upon increasing the intensity of a red detuned drive on these modes, we observe a sharp and synchronized switching from low-occupation quantum states to high-occupation classical fields, accompanied by a pronounced jump from low to high output intensity.

  7. Dissipation and traversal time in Josephson junctions

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    Cacciari, Ilaria; Ranfagni, Anedio; Moretti, Paolo

    2010-05-01

    The various ways of evaluating dissipative effects in macroscopic quantum tunneling are re-examined. The results obtained by using functional integration, while confirming those of previously given treatments, enable a comparison with available experimental results relative to Josephson junctions. A criterion based on the shortening of the semiclassical traversal time tau of the barrier with regard to dissipation can be established, according to which DELTAtau/tau > or approx. N/Q, where Q is the quality factor of the junction and N is a numerical constant of order unity. The best agreement with the experiments is obtained for N=1.11, as it results from a semiempirical analysis based on an increase in the potential barrier caused by dissipative effects.

  8. Synchronized switching in a josephson junction crystal.

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    Leib, Martin; Hartmann, Michael J

    2014-06-01

    We consider a superconducting coplanar waveguide resonator where the central conductor is interrupted by a series of uniformly spaced Josephson junctions. The device forms an extended medium that is optically nonlinear on the single photon level with normal modes that inherit the full nonlinearity of the junctions but are nonetheless accessible via the resonator ports. For specific plasma frequencies of the junctions, a set of normal modes clusters in a narrow band and eventually becomes entirely degenerate. Upon increasing the intensity of a red detuned drive on these modes, we observe a sharp and synchronized switching from low-occupation quantum states to high-occupation classical fields, accompanied by a pronounced jump from low to high output intensity. PMID:24949766

  9. Simulation of supersymmetric quantum mechanics in a Cooper-pair box shunted by a Josephson rhombus

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    Ulrich, Jascha; Otten, Daniel; Hassler, Fabian

    2015-12-01

    Supersymmetries in quantum mechanics offer a way to obtain degeneracies in the excitation spectrum which do not originate from selection rules. The mechanism behind the degeneracies is the same as the one that leads to the miraculous cancellations of divergences in supersymmetric field theories found in the high energy physics context. There is up to now no realistic proposal of nonintegrable systems that show level degeneracies due to a supersymmetric structure. Here, we propose an implementation of a quantum-mechanical supersymmetry in a Cooper-pair box shunted by a Josephson junction rhombus which is effectively π periodic in the superconducting phase difference. For a characteristic ratio between the strength of the 2 π - and the π -periodic junction, we find a twofold degeneracy of all the energy levels all the way from the weak junction/charge qubit limit to the strong junction/transmon regime. We provide explicit experimental values for the parameters of the system and show that tuning in and out of the supersymmetric point is easily achieved by varying an external gate voltage. We furthermore discuss a microwave experiment to detect the supersymmetry and conclude that it can indeed be implemented with currently existing Josephson junction technology.

  10. Interplay between Coulomb blockade and Josephson effect in a topological superconductor-quantum dot device

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    Lee, Yu-Li; Lee, Yu-Wen

    2016-05-01

    We study the behavior of a topological Josephson junction in which two topological superconductors are coupled through a quantum dot. We focus on the case with the bulk superconducting gap being the largest energy scale. Two parameter regimes are investigated: a weak tunneling between the dot and the superconductors, with the dot near its charge degeneracy point, and a strong-tunneling regime in which the transmission between the dot and the superconductors is nearly perfect. We show that in the former situation, the Andreev spectrum for each sector with fixed fermion parity consists of only two levels, which gives rise to the nontrivial current-phase relation. Moreover, we study the Rabi oscillation between the two levels and indicate that the corresponding frequency is a 4 π -periodic function of the phase difference between the two superconductors, which is immune to the quasiparticle poisoning. In the latter case, we find that the Coulomb charging energy enhances the effect of backscattering at the interfaces between the dot and the superconductors. Both the temperature and the gate-voltage dependence of the critical Josephson current are examined.

  11. Josephson critical current of long SNS junctions in the presence of a magnetic field

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    Meier, Hendrik; Fal'Ko, Vladimir I.; Glazman, Leonid I.

    We evaluate the Josephson critical current of a long and wide two-dimensional superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) junction, taking into account the effect of electron reflection off the side edges of the junction. Considering clean junctions, we find that the effect of edges alters the usual Fraunhofer-like dependence of the Josephson critical current Ic on the magnetic flux Φ. At relatively weak fields, B <~Φ0 /W2 , the edge effect lifts zeros of the Ic (Φ) dependence and gradually shifts the maxima of that function by Φ0 / 2 . (Here W is the width of the junction and Φ0 the magnetic flux quantum.) At higher fields, B >~Φ0 /W2 , the edge effect leads to an accelerated decay of the critical current Ic (Φ) with increasing Φ. Our results are robust with respect to the roughness of realistic boundaries. Finally, we discuss the role of mesoscopic fluctuations of Ic (Φ) originating from the scattering off the edges, and compare our findings to recent experiments.

  12. SFS Josephson Junctions using PdNi alloy

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    Khaire, Trupti; Pratt, William P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    2009-03-01

    We have studied the variation of critical current in Superconductor/Ferromagnet/Superconductor (S/F/S) Josephson Junctions as a function of ferromagnet thickness (dF) using a weakly ferromagnetic alloy, Pd82Ni12. The critical current density oscillates and decays over five orders of magnitude as dF is increased from 32 to 100 nm. These oscillations are indicative of 0-π transitions in S/F/S junctions. We find the characteristic length of oscillation (ξF2) to be 4.3 ± 0.1 nm and the characteristic length of decay (ξF1) to be 7.9 ± 0.4 nm. Earlier studies [1] using a similar PdNi alloy in S/I/F/S junctions found ξF1 ξF2 2.81ptnm, however, those measurements were performed for dF between 4.5 and 14 nm. In our experiment, ξF1>ξF2, indicating that our samples are in the regime Eexτ> [2, 3], where Eex is the exchange energy and τ is the mean free time between electron collisions in the ferromagnet. In spite of covering this wide range, we see no evidence of a crossover to a slower decay, which, if present, would be indicative of long-range spin triplet correlations [4]. [1] T. Kontos et al.,Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 137007 (2002). [2] F. S. Bergeret, et al., Phys. Rev. B, 64, 134506 (2001) [3] Kashuba, et al., Phys. Rev. B. 75, 132502 (2007). [4] F.S. Bergeret, et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 77, 1321 (2005). [This work is supported by US-DOE grant, DE-FG02-06ER46341.

  13. Frequency combs with weakly lasing exciton-polariton condensates.

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    Rayanov, K; Altshuler, B L; Rubo, Y G; Flach, S

    2015-05-15

    We predict the spontaneous modulated emission from a pair of exciton-polariton condensates due to coherent (Josephson) and dissipative coupling. We show that strong polariton-polariton interaction generates complex dynamics in the weak-lasing domain way beyond Hopf bifurcations. As a result, the exciton-polariton condensates exhibit self-induced oscillations and emit an equidistant frequency comb light spectrum. A plethora of possible emission spectra with asymmetric peak distributions appears due to spontaneously broken time-reversal symmetry. The lasing dynamics is affected by the shot noise arising from the influx of polaritons. That results in a complex inhomogeneous line broadening. PMID:26024173

  14. Supercurrent and multiple singlet-doublet phase transitions of a quantum dot Josephson junction inside an Aharonov-Bohm ring

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    Karrasch, C.; Meden, V.

    2009-01-01

    We study a quantum dot Josephson junction inside an Aharonov-Bohm environment. The geometry is modeled by an Anderson impurity coupled to two directly linked BCS leads. We illustrate that the well-established picture of the low-energy physics being governed by an interplay of two distinct (singlet and doublet) phases is still valid for this interferometric setup. The phase boundary depends, however, nonmonotonically on the coupling strength between the superconductors, causing the system to exhibit re-entrance behavior and multiple phase transitions. We compute the zero-temperature Josephson current and demonstrate that it can become negative in the singlet phase by virtue of the Coulomb interaction U . As a starting point, the limit of large superconducting energy gaps Δ=∞ is solved analytically. In order to tackle arbitrary Δ<∞ and U>0 , we employ a truncated functional renormalization-group scheme which was previously demonstrated to give quantitatively reliable results for the quantum dot Josephson problem.

  15. Comparison of the university hospital and county hospitals in western Sweden to identify potential weak links in the early chain of care for acute stroke: results of an observational study

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    Wireklint Sundström, Birgitta; Herlitz, Johan; Hansson, Per Olof; Brink, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Objective To identify weak links in the early chain of care for acute stroke. Setting 9 emergency hospitals in western Sweden, each with a stroke unit, and the emergency medical services (EMS). Participants All patients hospitalised with a first and a final diagnosis of stroke−between 15 December 2010 and 15 April 2011. The university hospital in the city of Gothenburg was compared with 6 county hospitals. Primary and secondary measures (1) The system delay, that is, median delay time from call to the EMS until diagnosis was designated as the primary end point. Secondary end points were: (2) the system delay time from call to the EMS until arrival in a hospital ward, (3) the use of the EMS, (4) priority at the dispatch centre and (5) suspicion of stroke by the EMS nurse. Results In all, 1376 acute patients with stroke (median age 79 years; 49% women) were included. The median system delay from call to the EMS until (1) diagnosis (CT scan) and (2) arrival in a hospital ward was 3 h and 52 min and 4 h and 22 min, respectively. The system delay (1) was significantly shorter in county hospitals. (3) The study showed that 76% used the EMS (Gothenburg 71%; the county 79%; p<0.0001). (4) Priority 1 was given at the dispatch centre in 54% of cases. (5) Stroke was suspected in 65% of cases. A prenotification was sent in 32% (Gothenburg 52%; the county 20%; p<0.0001). Conclusions System delay is still long and only a small fraction of patients received thrombolysis. Three of four used the EMS (more frequent in the county). They were given the highest priority at the dispatch centre in half of the cases. Stroke was suspected in two-thirds of the cases, but a prenotification was seldom sent to the hospital. PMID:26351184

  16. Instability of Driven Josephson Vortices in Long Underdamped Junctions

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    Sheikhzada, Ahmad; Gurevich, Alex

    We show that a Josephson vortex driven by a dc current can become unstable due to strong Cherenkov radiation resulting from intrinsic nonlocal electrodynamics of long underdamped Josephson junctions. This instability is not captured by the conventional sine-Gordon equation but is described by a more general integro-differential equation for the phase difference, θ (x , t) . Our numerical simulations of this nonlinear dynamic equation for different junction geometries have shown that, as the vortex reaches a critical velocity, it triggers a cascade of expanding vortex-antivortex pairs. As a result, vortices and antivortices become spatially separated and accumulate continuously on the opposite sides of expanding dissipative domain. This effect is most pronounced in thin film edge Josephson junctions at low temperatures where a single vortex can switch the whole junction into a resistive state at currents well below the Josephson critical current. Our results suggest that a rapidly moving Josephson vortex can destroy the superconducting long-range order in a way that is similar to the crack propagation in solids. This work was supported by DOE under Grant No. DE-SC0010081.

  17. Floquet modulation of {{PT}}𝒫𝒯 symmetry in an atomic Bose-Josephson junction

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    Zhong, Honghua; Zhu, Bo; Qin, Xizhou; Huang, Jiahao; Ke, Yongguan; Zhou, Zheng; Lee, Chaohong

    2016-07-01

    We study a periodically driven {{PT}}𝒫𝒯-symmetric Bose-Josephson junction and explore how the driving field affects the {{PT}}𝒫𝒯 symmetry in such a non-Hermitian many-body quantum system. In the absence of interaction, by employing the high-frequency Floquet method, the condition of spontaneous {{PT}}𝒫𝒯-symmetry-breaking transition is analytically given. In the presence of interaction, it is found that even weak atom-atom interaction can shift the critical point of the {{PT}}𝒫𝒯-symmetry-breaking transition. Furthermore, we numerically obtain the {{PT}}𝒫𝒯-symmetric phase diagram, where the region of unbroken {{PT}}𝒫𝒯 symmetry sensitively depends on the interaction strength and the driving parameter. Our results provide a promising way for manipulating {{PT}}𝒫𝒯-symmetric many-body quantum system by utilizing periodic driving fields.

  18. Multiphoton transitions between energy levels in a current-biased Josephson tunnel junction.

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    Wallraff, A; Duty, T; Lukashenko, A; Ustinov, A V

    2003-01-24

    The escape of a current-biased Josephson tunnel junction from the zero-voltage state in the presence of weak microwave radiation is investigated experimentally at low temperatures. The measurements of the junction switching current distribution indicate the macroscopic quantum tunneling of the phase below a crossover temperature of T small star, filled approximately 280 mK. At temperatures below T small star, filled we observe both single-photon and multiphoton transitions between the junction energy levels by applying microwave radiation in the frequency range between 10 and 38 GHz to the junction. These observations reflect the anharmonicity of the junction potential containing only a small number of levels. PMID:12570519

  19. Macroscopic quantum effects in the zero voltage state of the current biased Josephson junction

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    Clarke, J.; Devoret, M.H.; Martinis, J.; Esteve, D.

    1985-05-01

    When a weak microwave current is applied to a current-biased Josephson tunnel junction in the thermal limit the escape rate from the zero voltage state is enhanced when the microwave frequency is near the plasma frequency of the junction. The resonance curve is markedly asymmetric because of the anharmonic properties of the potential well: this behavior is well explained by a computer simulation using a resistively shunted junction model. This phenomenon of resonant activation enables one to make in situ measurements of the capacitance and resistance shunting the junction, including contributions from the complex impedance presented by the current leads. For the relatively large area junctions studied in these experiments, the external capacitive loading was relatively unimportant, but the damping was entirely dominated by the external resistance.

  20. Detecting the Exchange Phase of Majorana Bound States in a Corbino Geometry Topological Josephson Junction.

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    Park, Sunghun; Recher, Patrik

    2015-12-11

    A phase from an adiabatic exchange of Majorana bound states (MBS) reveals their exotic anyonic nature. For detecting this exchange phase, we propose an experimental setup consisting of a Corbino geometry Josephson junction on the surface of a topological insulator, in which two MBS at zero energy can be created and rotated. We find that if a metallic tip is weakly coupled to a point on the junction, the time-averaged differential conductance of the tip-Majorana coupling shows peaks at the tip voltages eV=±(α-2πl)ℏ/T_{J}, where α=π/2 is the exchange phase of the two circulating MBS, T_{J} is the half rotation time of MBS, and l an integer. This result constitutes a clear experimental signature of Majorana fermion exchange. PMID:26705644

  1. Detecting the Exchange Phase of Majorana Bound States in a Corbino Geometry Topological Josephson Junction

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    Park, Sunghun; Recher, Patrik

    2015-12-01

    A phase from an adiabatic exchange of Majorana bound states (MBS) reveals their exotic anyonic nature. For detecting this exchange phase, we propose an experimental setup consisting of a Corbino geometry Josephson junction on the surface of a topological insulator, in which two MBS at zero energy can be created and rotated. We find that if a metallic tip is weakly coupled to a point on the junction, the time-averaged differential conductance of the tip-Majorana coupling shows peaks at the tip voltages e V =±(α -2 π l )ℏ/TJ, where α =π /2 is the exchange phase of the two circulating MBS, TJ is the half rotation time of MBS, and l an integer. This result constitutes a clear experimental signature of Majorana fermion exchange.

  2. Studying two-level systems in Josephson junctions with a Josephson junction defect spectrometer

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    Stoutimore, M. J. A.; Khalil, M. S.; Gladchenko, Sergiy; Simmonds, R. W.; Lobb, C. J.; Osborn, K. D.

    2012-02-01

    We have fabricated and measured Josephson junction defect spectrometers (JJDSs), which are frequency-tunable, nearly-harmonic oscillators that probe two-level systems (TLSs) in the barrier of a Josephson junction (JJ). A JJDS consists of the JJ under study fabricated with a parallel capacitor and inductor such that it can accommodate a wide range of junction inductances, LJ0, while maintaining an operating frequency, f01, in the range of 4-8 GHz. In this device, the parallel inductance helps the JJ maintain linearity over a wide range of frequencies. This architecture allows for the testing of JJs with a wide range of areas and barrier materials, and in the first devices we have tested Al/AlOx/Al JJs. By applying a magnetic flux bias to tune f01, we detect TLSs in the JJ barrier as splittings in the device spectrum. We will present our results toward identifying and quantifying these TLSs, which are known to cause decoherence in quantum devices that rely on JJs.

  3. Fabrication and characterization of single domain magnetic Josephson

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    Khasawneh, Mazin; Niedzielski, Bethany; Gingrich, Erich; Loloee, Reza; Pratt, William, Jr.; Birge, Norman

    2015-03-01

    A nice effect that can be observed in Ferromagnetic (F) Josephson junctions is the crossover from a standard Josephson junction (0-junction) to a `` π-junction'' as a function of the thickness of the F layer, dF. This observation is interesting not only from the scientific point of view but also from a practical point of view, as it could be used in cryogenic memory, for example. In this work we are fabricating and measuring micron-scale Josephson junctions containing a soft magnetic material such as NiFe. Such junctions exhibit clear switching of the single-domain magnetic element as a function of applied field. We will report on our recent progress. Northrop Grumman.

  4. Cooper pair splitting in parallel quantum dot Josephson junctions.

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    Deacon, R S; Oiwa, A; Sailer, J; Baba, S; Kanai, Y; Shibata, K; Hirakawa, K; Tarucha, S

    2015-01-01

    Devices to generate on-demand non-local spin entangled electron pairs have potential application as solid-state analogues of the entangled photon sources used in quantum optics. Recently, Andreev entanglers that use two quantum dots as filters to adiabatically split and separate the quasi-particles of Cooper pairs have shown efficient splitting through measurements of the transport charge but the spin entanglement has not been directly confirmed. Here we report measurements on parallel quantum dot Josephson junction devices allowing a Josephson current to flow due to the adiabatic splitting and recombination of the Cooper pair between the dots. The evidence for this non-local transport is confirmed through study of the non-dissipative supercurrent while tuning independently the dots with local electrical gates. As the Josephson current arises only from processes that maintain the coherence, we can confirm that a current flows from the spatially separated entangled pair. PMID:26130172

  5. Cooper pair splitting in parallel quantum dot Josephson junctions

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    Deacon, R. S.; Oiwa, A.; Sailer, J.; Baba, S.; Kanai, Y.; Shibata, K.; Hirakawa, K.; Tarucha, S.

    2015-01-01

    Devices to generate on-demand non-local spin entangled electron pairs have potential application as solid-state analogues of the entangled photon sources used in quantum optics. Recently, Andreev entanglers that use two quantum dots as filters to adiabatically split and separate the quasi-particles of Cooper pairs have shown efficient splitting through measurements of the transport charge but the spin entanglement has not been directly confirmed. Here we report measurements on parallel quantum dot Josephson junction devices allowing a Josephson current to flow due to the adiabatic splitting and recombination of the Cooper pair between the dots. The evidence for this non-local transport is confirmed through study of the non-dissipative supercurrent while tuning independently the dots with local electrical gates. As the Josephson current arises only from processes that maintain the coherence, we can confirm that a current flows from the spatially separated entangled pair. PMID:26130172

  6. Josephson junctions with tunable current-phase relation

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    Lipman, A.; Mints, R. G.; Kleiner, R.; Koelle, D.; Goldobin, E.

    2014-11-01

    We consider 0-π Josephson junctions consisting of 0 and π regions of lengths L0 and Lπ with critical current densities jc 0 and jc π, respectively. The dependence of the Josephson current on the phase-shift averaged along the junction is derived. We show that these systems exhibit the main features of φ Josephson junctions—the ground state is doubly degenerate and the current-phase relation can be tuned in situ by applying magnetic field. In the limit of short and long 0 and π regions, the current phase relation is derived analytically. In the case of intermediate lengths of 0 and π regions, the current-phase relation is calculated numerically.

  7. A nanoscale gigahertz source realized with Josephson scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Jäck, Berthold Eltschka, Matthias; Assig, Maximilian; Etzkorn, Markus; Ast, Christian R.; Hardock, Andreas; Kern, Klaus

    2015-01-05

    Using the AC Josephson effect in the superconductor-vacuum-superconductor tunnel junction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), we demonstrate the generation of GHz radiation. With the macroscopic STM tip acting as a λ/4-monopole antenna, we first show that the atomic scale Josephson junction in the STM is sensitive to its frequency-dependent environmental impedance in the GHz regime. Further, enhancing Cooper pair tunneling via excitations of the tip eigenmodes, we are able to generate high-frequency radiation. We find that for vanadium junctions, the enhanced photon emission can be tuned from about 25 GHz to 200 GHz and that large photon flux in excess of 10{sup 20 }cm{sup −2} s{sup −1} is reached in the tunnel junction. These findings demonstrate that the atomic scale Josephson junction in an STM can be employed as a full spectroscopic tool for GHz frequencies on the atomic scale.

  8. Macroscopic quantum tunnelling in spin filter ferromagnetic Josephson junctions.

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    Massarotti, D; Pal, A; Rotoli, G; Longobardi, L; Blamire, M G; Tafuri, F

    2015-01-01

    The interfacial coupling of two materials with different ordered phases, such as a superconductor (S) and a ferromagnet (F), is driving new fundamental physics and innovative applications. For example, the creation of spin-filter Josephson junctions and the demonstration of triplet supercurrents have suggested the potential of a dissipationless version of spintronics based on unconventional superconductivity. Here we demonstrate evidence for active quantum applications of S-F-S junctions, through the observation of macroscopic quantum tunnelling in Josephson junctions with GdN ferromagnetic insulator barriers. We show a clear transition from thermal to quantum regime at a crossover temperature of about 100 mK at zero magnetic field in junctions, which present clear signatures of unconventional superconductivity. Following previous demonstration of passive S-F-S phase shifters in a phase qubit, our result paves the way to the active use of spin filter Josephson systems in quantum hybrid circuits. PMID:26054495

  9. Macroscopic quantum tunnelling in spin filter ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

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    Massarotti, D.; Pal, A.; Rotoli, G.; Longobardi, L.; Blamire, M. G.; Tafuri, F.

    2015-01-01

    The interfacial coupling of two materials with different ordered phases, such as a superconductor (S) and a ferromagnet (F), is driving new fundamental physics and innovative applications. For example, the creation of spin-filter Josephson junctions and the demonstration of triplet supercurrents have suggested the potential of a dissipationless version of spintronics based on unconventional superconductivity. Here we demonstrate evidence for active quantum applications of S-F-S junctions, through the observation of macroscopic quantum tunnelling in Josephson junctions with GdN ferromagnetic insulator barriers. We show a clear transition from thermal to quantum regime at a crossover temperature of about 100 mK at zero magnetic field in junctions, which present clear signatures of unconventional superconductivity. Following previous demonstration of passive S-F-S phase shifters in a phase qubit, our result paves the way to the active use of spin filter Josephson systems in quantum hybrid circuits. PMID:26054495

  10. Possible resonance effect of axionic dark matter in Josephson junctions.

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    Beck, Christian

    2013-12-01

    We provide theoretical arguments that dark-matter axions from the galactic halo that pass through Earth may generate a small observable signal in resonant S/N/S Josephson junctions. The corresponding interaction process is based on the uniqueness of the gauge-invariant axion Josephson phase angle modulo 2π and is predicted to produce a small Shapiro steplike feature without externally applied microwave radiation when the Josephson frequency resonates with the axion mass. A resonance signal of so far unknown origin observed by C. Hoffmann et al. [Phys. Rev. B 70, 180503(R) (2004)] is consistent with our theory and can be interpreted in terms of an axion mass m(a)c2=0.11  meV and a local galactic axionic dark-matter density of 0.05  GeV/cm3. We discuss future experimental checks to confirm the dark-matter nature of the observed signal. PMID:24476255

  11. Internal Josephson effects in spinor dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates

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    Yasunaga, Masashi; Tsubota, Makoto

    2010-02-15

    We theoretically study the internal Josephson effect, which is driven by spin-exchange interactions and magnetic dipole-dipole interactions, in a three-level system for spin-1 Bose-Einstein condensates, obtaining novel spin dynamics. We introduce single spatial mode approximations into the Gross-Pitaevskii equations and derive the Josephson-type equations, which are analogous to tunneling currents through three junctions between three superconductors. From an analogy with two interacting nonrigid pendulums, we identify unique varied oscillational modes, called the 0-{pi}, 0-running, running-running, 2n{pi} and running-2{pi}, single nonrigid pendulum, and two rigid pendulums phase modes. These Josephson modes in the three states are expected to be found in real atomic Bose gas systems.

  12. A nanoscale gigahertz source realized with Josephson scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Jäck, Berthold; Eltschka, Matthias; Assig, Maximilian; Hardock, Andreas; Etzkorn, Markus; Ast, Christian R.; Kern, Klaus

    2015-01-01

    Using the AC Josephson effect in the superconductor-vacuum-superconductor tunnel junction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), we demonstrate the generation of GHz radiation. With the macroscopic STM tip acting as a λ/4-monopole antenna, we first show that the atomic scale Josephson junction in the STM is sensitive to its frequency-dependent environmental impedance in the GHz regime. Further, enhancing Cooper pair tunneling via excitations of the tip eigenmodes, we are able to generate high-frequency radiation. We find that for vanadium junctions, the enhanced photon emission can be tuned from about 25 GHz to 200 GHz and that large photon flux in excess of 1020 cm-2 s-1 is reached in the tunnel junction. These findings demonstrate that the atomic scale Josephson junction in an STM can be employed as a full spectroscopic tool for GHz frequencies on the atomic scale.

  13. Quantum Phase Slips in Topological Josephson Junction Rings

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    Rodriguez Mota, Rosa; Vishveshwara, Smitha; Pereg-Barnea, Tami

    We study quantum phase slip processes (QPS) in a ring of N topological superconducting islands joined by Josephson junctions and threaded by magnetic flux. In this array, neighboring islands interact through the usual charge 2e Josephson tunneling and the Majorana assisted charge e tunneling. When the charging energy associated with the island's capacitance is zero, the energy vs. flux relation of the system is characterized by parabolas centered around even or odd multiples of the superconducting flux quantum, depending on the parity of the system. For small but non-zero charging energy, quantum fluctuations can lead to tunneling between these classical states. In this work, we calculate the amplitude of these tunneling processes, commonly known as quantum phase slips. We also add gate voltages to our system and study how the amplitude of QPS in these topological Josephson array is modified by Aharanov-Casher interference effects.

  14. Nondegenerate three-wave mixing with the Josephson ring modulator

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    Abdo, Baleegh; Kamal, Archana; Devoret, Michel

    2013-01-01

    The Josephson ring modulator (JRM) is a device, based on Josephson tunnel junctions, capable of performing nondegenerate mixing in the microwave regime without losses. The generic scattering matrix of the device is calculated by solving coupled quantum Langevin equations. Its form shows that the device can achieve quantum-limited noise performance both as an amplifier and a mixer. Fundamental limitations on simultaneous optimization of performance metrics like gain, bandwidth, and dynamic range (including the effect of pump depletion) are discussed. We also present three possible integrations of the JRM as the active medium in a different electromagnetic environment. The resulting circuits, named Josephson parametric converters (JPC), are discussed in detail, and experimental data on their dynamic range are found to be in good agreement with theoretical predictions. We also discuss future prospects and requisite optimization of JPC as a preamplifier for qubit readout applications.

  15. Collective Dynamics of Intrinsic Josephson Junctions in HTSC

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2006-06-01

    The dynamics of a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) in the high-Tc superconductors is theoretically investigated with both the quasineutrality breakdown effect and quasiparticle charge imbalance effect taken into account. The current-voltage characteristics (IVC) of IJJ are numerically calculated in the framework of capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model and charge imbalance model including set of differential equations for phase differences, kinetic equations and generalized Josephson relations. We obtain the branch structure in IVC and investigate it as a function of model parameters such as coupling constant, McCumber parameter and number of junctions in the stack. The dependence of branch slopes and branch endpoints on the coupling and disequilibrium parameters are found. We study the nonequilibrium effects created by current injection and show that the increase in the disequilibrium parameter changes essentially the character of IVC. The new features of the hysteresis behavior of IVC of IJJ are obtained.

  16. Detection of noise-corrupted sinusoidal signals with Josephson junctions

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    Filatrella, Giovanni; Pierro, Vincenzo

    2010-10-01

    We investigate the possibility of exploiting the speed and low noise features of Josephson junctions for detecting sinusoidal signals masked by Gaussian noise. We show that the escape time from the static locked state of a Josephson junction is very sensitive to a small periodic signal embedded in the noise, and therefore the analysis of the escape times can be employed to reveal the presence of the sinusoidal component. We propose and characterize two detection strategies: in the first, the initial phase is supposedly unknown (incoherent strategy), while in the second, the signal phase remains unknown but is fixed (coherent strategy). Our proposals are both suboptimal, with the linear filter being the optimal detection strategy, but they present some remarkable features, such as resonant activation, that make detection through Josephson junctions appealing in some special cases.

  17. Fluxon Dynamics in Elliptic Annular Josephson Junctions

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    Monaco, Roberto; Mygind, Jesper

    2016-04-01

    We analyze the dynamics of a magnetic flux quantum (current vortex) trapped in a current-biased long planar elliptic annular Josephson tunnel junction. The system is modeled by a perturbed sine-Gordon equation that determines the spatial and temporal behavior of the phase difference across the tunnel barrier separating the two superconducting electrodes. In the absence of an external magnetic field, the fluxon dynamics in an elliptic annulus does not differ from that of a circular annulus where the stationary fluxon speed merely is determined by the system losses. The interaction between the vortex magnetic moment and a spatially homogeneous in-plane magnetic field gives rise to a tunable periodic non-sinusoidal potential which is strongly dependent on the annulus aspect ratio. We study the escape of the vortex from a well in the tilted potential when the bias current exceeds the depinning current. The smallest depinning current as well as the lowest sensitivity of the annulus to the external field is achieved when the axes ratio is equal to √{2}. The presented extensive numerical results are in good agreement with the findings of the perturbative approach. We also probe the rectifying properties of an asymmetric potential implemented with an egg-shaped annulus formed by two semi-elliptic arcs.

  18. Qubit readout with the Josephson Photomultiplier

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    Ribeill, Guilhem

    Recent demonstrations of error correction in many qubit circuits, as well as efforts to build a logical qubit, have shown the need for a simple and scalable superconducting quantum bit (qubit) readout. Current solutions based on heterodyne detection and cryogenic amplification of microwave readout tones may prove difficult to scale, while photon counting presents an attractive alternative. However, the development of counters operating at these frequencies has proved technically challenging. In this thesis, we describe the development of the Josephson Photomultiplier (JPM), a microwave photon counting circuit. We discuss the JPM theoretically, and describe the fabrication of the JPM using standard thin film lithography techniques. We measure its properties as a microwave photon counter using a qubit as an in-situ calibrated source of photons. We measure a JPM quantum efficiency at the few percent level. We then use the JPM to perform readout of a transmon qubit in both the dispersive and bright regimes. We observe raw measurement fidelities of 35% and 62% respectively. We discuss how the JPM and measurement protocol could be further optimized to achieve fidelities in excess of 90%.

  19. Vortex depinning in Josephson-junction arrays

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    Dang, E. K. F.; Györffy, B. L.

    1993-02-01

    On the basis of a simple model we study the supercurrent-carrying capacity of a planar array of Josephson junctions. In particular we investigate the zero-temperature vortex-depinning current iBc, which is the largest supercurrent in an array containing one extra vortex on top of the ground-state vortex superlattice induced by an external magnetic field f. In the zero-field, f=0, case our results support the tilted-sinusoidal vortex-potential description of previous workers. However, in the fully frustrated, f=1/2 case, a more careful interpretation is required. We find that on the application of a transport current, the resulting vortex motion is not that of the extra vortex moving over a rigid field-induced vortex background. Rather, a vortex belonging to the checkerboard ground-state pattern first crosses over a junction into a neighboring ``empty'' plaquette. Then, the ``extra'' vortex moves to take its place. Our interpretation is based on a linear stability analysis, with the onset of vortex motion being associated with the vanishing of one eigenvalue of the stability matrix. Further applications of the method are suggested.

  20. Josephson-coupled Moore-Read states

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    Möller, Gunnar; Hormozi, Layla; Slingerland, Joost; Simon, Steven H.

    2014-12-01

    We study a quantum Hall bilayer system of bosons at total filling factor ν =1 , and study the phase that results from short-ranged pair tunneling combined with short-ranged interlayer interactions. We introduce two exactly solvable model Hamiltonians which both yield the coupled Moore-Read state [Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 256809 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.256809] as a ground state, when projected onto fixed particle numbers in each layer. One of these Hamiltonians describes a gapped topological phase, while the other is gapless. However, on introduction of a pair-tunneling term, the second system becomes gapped and develops the same topological order as the gapped Hamiltonian. Supported by the exact solution of the full zero-energy quasihole spectrum and a conformal field-theory approach, we develop an intuitive picture of this system as two coupled composite fermion superconductors. In this language, pair tunneling provides a Josephson coupling of the superconducting phases of the two layers, and gaps out the Goldstone mode associated with particle transport between the layers. In particular, this implies that quasiparticles are confined between the layers. In the bulk, the resulting phase has the topological order of the Halperin 220 phase with U(1)2× U (1)2 topological order, but it is realized in the symmetric/antisymmetric basis of the layer index. Consequently, the edge spectrum at a fixed particle number reveals an unexpected U(1)4× U (1) structure.

  1. Superconducting qubits with semiconductor nanowire Josephson junctions

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    Petersson, K. D.; Larsen, T. W.; Kuemmeth, F.; Jespersen, T. S.; Krogstrup, P.; Nygård, J.; Marcus, C. M.

    2015-03-01

    Superconducting transmon qubits are a promising basis for a scalable quantum information processor. The recent development of semiconducting InAs nanowires with in situ molecular beam epitaxy-grown Al contacts presents new possibilities for building hybrid superconductor/semiconductor devices using precise bottom up fabrication techniques. Here, we take advantage of these high quality materials to develop superconducting qubits with superconductor-normal-superconductor Josephson junctions (JJs) where the normal element is an InAs semiconductor nanowire. We have fabricated transmon qubits in which the conventional Al-Al2O3-Al JJs are replaced by a single gate-tunable nanowire JJ. Using spectroscopy to probe the qubit we observe fluctuations in its level splitting with gate voltage that are consistent with universal conductance fluctuations in the nanowire's normal state conductance. Our gate-tunable nanowire transmons may enable new means of control for large scale qubit architectures and hybrid topological quantum computing schemes. Research supported by Microsoft Station Q, Danish National Research Foundation, Villum Foundation, Lundbeck Foundation and the European Commission.

  2. Magnetic imaging of interlayer Josephson vortices.

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    Kirtley, J. A.

    1999-01-15

    The authors have magnetically imaged interlayer Josephson vortices emerging parallel to the planes of single crystals of the organic superconductor {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2} Cu(NCS){sub 2}, and the single layer cuprate high-T{sub c} superconductors Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CuO{sub 6+{delta}} (Tl-2201) and (Hg,Cu)Ba{sub 2}CuO{sub 6+{delta}} (Hg-1201), using a scanning Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) microscope. These images provide a direct measurement of the interlayer penetration depth, which is approximately 63 {micro}m for {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2} Cu(NCS){sub 2}, 18 {micro}m for Tl-2201 and 8 {micro}m for Hg-1201. The lengths for the cuprates are about a factor of 10 larger than originally predicted by the interlayer tunneling model for the mechanism of superconductivity in layered compounds, indicating that this mechanism alone cannot account for the high critical temperatures in these materials.

  3. Directional Amplification with a Josephson Circuit

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    Abdo, Baleegh; Sliwa, Katrina; Frunzio, Luigi; Devoret, Michel

    2013-07-01

    Nonreciprocal devices perform crucial functions in many low-noise quantum measurements, usually by exploiting magnetic effects. In the proof-of-principle device presented here, on the other hand, two on-chip coupled Josephson parametric converters (JPCs) achieve directionality by exploiting the nonreciprocal phase response of the JPC in the transmission-gain mode. The nonreciprocity of the device is controlled in situ by varying the amplitude and phase difference of two independent microwave pump tones feeding the system. At the desired working point and for a signal frequency of 8.453 GHz, the device achieves a forward power gain of 15 dB within a dynamical bandwidth of 9 MHz, a reverse gain of -6dB, and suppression of the reflected signal by 8 dB. We also find that the amplifier adds a noise equivalent to less than 1.5 photons at the signal frequency (referred back to the input). It can process up to 3 photons at the signal frequency per inverse dynamical bandwidth. With a directional amplifier operating along the principles of this device, qubit and readout preamplifier could be integrated on the same chip.

  4. Josephson current between topological and conventional superconductors

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    Ioselevich, P. A.; Ostrovsky, P. M.; Feigel'man, M. V.

    2016-03-01

    We study the stationary Josephson current in a junction between a topological and an ordinary (topologically trivial) superconductor. Such an S-TS junction hosts a Majorana zero mode that significantly influences the current-phase relation. The presence of the Majorana state is intimately related with the breaking of the time-reversal symmetry in the system. We derive a general expression for the supercurrent for a class of short topological junctions in terms of the normal-state scattering matrix. The result is strongly asymmetric with respect to the superconducting gaps in the ordinary (Δ0) and topological (Δtop) leads. We apply the general result to a simple model of a nanowire setup with strong spin-orbit coupling in an external magnetic field and proximity-induced superconductivity. The system shows parametrically strong suppression of the critical current Ic∝Δtop/RN2 in the tunneling limit (RN is the normal-state resistance). This is in strong contrast with the Ambegaokar-Baratoff relation applicable to junctions with preserved time-reversal symmetry. We also consider the case of a generic junction with a random scattering matrix and obtain a more conventional scaling law Ic∝Δtop/RN .

  5. Quantum interference in topological insulator Josephson junctions

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    Song, Juntao; Liu, Haiwen; Liu, Jie; Li, Yu-Xian; Joynt, Robert; Sun, Qing-feng; Xie, X. C.

    2016-05-01

    Using nonequilibrium Green's functions, we studied numerically the transport properties of a Josephson junction, superconductor-topological insulator-superconductor hybrid system. Our numerical calculation shows first that proximity-induced superconductivity is indeed observed in the edge states of a topological insulator adjoining two superconducting leads and second that the special characteristics of topological insulators endow the edge states with an enhanced proximity effect with a superconductor but do not forbid the bulk states to do the same. In a size-dependent analysis of the local current, it was found that a few residual bulk states can lead to measurable resistance, whereas because these bulk states spread over the whole sample, their contribution to the interference pattern is insignificant when the sample size is in the micrometer range. Based on these numerical results, it is concluded that the apparent disappearance of residual bulk states in the superconducting interference process as described by Hart et al. [Nat. Phys. 10, 638 (2014), 10.1038/nphys3036] is just due to the effects of size: the contribution of the topological edge states outweighs that of the residual bulk states.

  6. Spontaneous symmetry breaking and collapse in bosonic Josephson junctions

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    Mazzarella, Giovanni; Salasnich, Luca

    2010-09-15

    We investigate an attractive atomic Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) trapped by a double-well potential in the axial direction and by a harmonic potential in the transverse directions. We obtain numerically a quantum phase diagram which includes all the three relevant phases of the system: Josephson, spontaneous symmetry breaking (SSB), and collapse. We consider also the coherent dynamics of the BEC and calculate the frequency of population-imbalance mode in the Josephson phase and in the SSB phase up to the collapse. We show that these phases can be observed by using ultracold vapors of {sup 7}Li atoms in a magneto-optical trap.

  7. Quantum metamaterials: Electromagnetic waves in a Josephson qubit line

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    Rakhmanov, A. L.; Zagoskin, A. M.; Savel'Ev, Sergey; Nori, Franco

    2008-04-01

    We consider the propagation of a classical electromagnetic wave through a transmission line, formed by identical superconducting charge qubits inside a superconducting resonator. Since the qubits can be in a coherent superposition of quantum states, we show that such a system demonstrates interesting effects, such as a “breathing” photonic crystal with an oscillating band gap and a “quantum Archimedean screw” that transports, at an arbitrary controlled velocity, Josephson plasma waves through a transmission line. The key ingredient of these effects is that the optical properties of the Josephson transmission line are controlled by the quantum coherent state of the qubits.

  8. Effect of current injection into thin-film Josephson junctions

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    Kogan, V. G.; Mints, R. G.

    2014-11-11

    New thin-film Josephson junctions have recently been tested in which the current injected into one of the junction banks governs Josephson phenomena. One thus can continuously manage the phase distribution at the junction by changing the injected current. Our method of calculating the distribution of injected currents is also proposed for a half-infinite thin-film strip with source-sink points at arbitrary positions at the film edges. The strip width W is assumed small relative to Λ=2λ2/d;λ is the bulk London penetration depth of the film material and d is the film thickness.

  9. Triplet supercurrent in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions by spin injection

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    Mal'shukov, A. G.; Brataas, Arne

    2012-09-01

    We show that injecting nonequilibrium spins into the superconducting leads strongly enhances the stationary Josephson current through a superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor junction. The resulting long-range supercurrent through a ferromagnet is carried by triplet Cooper pairs that are formed in s-wave superconductors by the combined effects of spin injection and exchange interaction. We quantify the exchange interaction in terms of Landau Fermi-liquid factors. The magnitude and direction of the long-range Josephson current can be manipulated by varying the angles of the injected polarizations with respect to the magnetization in the ferromagnet.

  10. Effect of current injection into thin-film Josephson junctions

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    Kogan, V. G.; Mints, R. G.

    2014-11-11

    New thin-film Josephson junctions have recently been tested in which the current injected into one of the junction banks governs Josephson phenomena. One thus can continuously manage the phase distribution at the junction by changing the injected current. Our method of calculating the distribution of injected currents is also proposed for a half-infinite thin-film strip with source-sink points at arbitrary positions at the film edges. The strip width W is assumed small relative to Λ=2λ2/d;λ is the bulk London penetration depth of the film material and d is the film thickness.

  11. Building of tridimensional Josephson junction arrays with controlled anisotropy

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    Passos, Wagner de A. C.; Lima, Emerson de; Ortiz, Wilson A.

    2004-08-01

    This work depicts optimized preparation routes employed to produce and characterize tridimensional disordered Josephson junction arrays. The arrays were fabricated from granular superconductors, using Nb powder. All relevant signatures of a Josephson junction array are exhibited by the samples, including the typical Fraunhofer dependence of the critical current with the applied magnetic field, a magnetic remanence presented in a certain temperature interval, and the paramagnetic Meissner effect. Our results show that the anisotropy of the samples can be controlled by the pressure applied in the preparation process.

  12. Emission of terahertz waves from stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions.

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    Gray, K. E.; Koshelev, A. E.; Kurter, C.; Kadowaki, K.; Yamamoto, T.; Minami, H.; Yamaguchi, H.; Tachiki, M.; Kwok, W.-K.; Welp, U.; Materials Science Division; Izmir Inst. of Tech.; Univ. Tsukuba; Univ. Tokyo

    2009-06-01

    By patterning mesoscopic crystals of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (BSCCO) into electromagnetic resonators the oscillations of a large number of intrinsic Josephson junctions can be synchronized into a macroscopic coherent state accompanied by the emission of strong continuous wave THz-radiation. The temperature dependence of the emission is governed by the interplay of self-heating in the resonator and by re-trapping of intrinsic Josephson junctions which can yield a strongly non-monotonic temperature dependence of the emission power. Furthermore, proper shaping of the resonators yields THz-sources with voltage-tunable emission frequencies.

  13. Noise Charactoristics of the Josephson Amplifiers by Stochastic Calulus

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    Liu, Wenshuo; McDermott, Robert; Vavilov, Maxim

    We present theoretical studies of the noise performance of non-reciprocal gain elements based on Josephson junctions including the SQUID and the SLUG. We develop a perturbative approach by means of stochastic calculus which combines both analytical and numerical methods, and calculate the noise characteristics of the amplifiers in the thermal regime. We show that noise in the amplifiers originates mainly from the diffusive behavior of phase slips. This new method could help with the optimization of Josephson amplifiers for high-fidelity multiplexed qubit readout. Supported by the Army Research Office under Contract W911NF-14-1-0080.

  14. Effect of current injection into thin-film Josephson junctions

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    Kogan, V. G.; Mints, R. G.

    2014-11-01

    New thin-film Josephson junctions have recently been tested in which the current injected into one of the junction banks governs Josephson phenomena. One thus can continuously manage the phase distribution at the junction by changing the injected current. A method of calculating the distribution of injected currents is proposed for a half-infinite thin-film strip with source-sink points at arbitrary positions at the film edges. The strip width W is assumed small relative to Λ =2 λ2/d ;λ is the bulk London penetration depth of the film material and d is the film thickness.

  15. Josephson effect gain and noise in SIS mixers

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    Wengler, Michael J.; Dubash, Noshir B.; Pance, Gordana; Miller, Ronald E.

    1992-01-01

    Superconducting tunnel diode (SIS) mixers are used for radio astronomy from 100 to 500 GHz. They are being considered for NASA spaceborne astronomy at frequencies near 1000 GHz. Measurements of gain and noise in SIS mixers at 230 and 492 GHz are reported. Relatively high gain and noise associated with Josephson currents are measured that have not been previously reported. These measurements show that Josephson currents are increasingly important as operating frequencies are raised. The techniques used to make these measurements are discussed. Measurements made with hot and cold black-bodies are shown to be inaccurate at high frequencies.

  16. Suspended InAs nanowire Josephson junctions assembled via dielectrophoresis.

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    Montemurro, D; Stornaiuolo, D; Massarotti, D; Ercolani, D; Sorba, L; Beltram, F; Tafuri, F; Roddaro, S

    2015-09-25

    We present a novel technique for the realization of suspended Josephson junctions based on InAs semiconductor nanowires. The devices are assembled using a technique of drop-casting guided by dielectrophoresis, which allows one to finely align the nanostructures on top of the electrodes. The proposed architecture removes the interaction between the nanowire and the substrate which is known to influence disorder and the orientation of the Rashba vector. The relevance of this approach in view of the implementation of hybrid Josephson junctions based on semiconducting nanowires coupled with high-temperature superconductors is discussed. PMID:26335273

  17. Suspended InAs nanowire Josephson junctions assembled via dielectrophoresis

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    Montemurro, D.; Stornaiuolo, D.; Massarotti, D.; Ercolani, D.; Sorba, L.; Beltram, F.; Tafuri, F.; Roddaro, S.

    2015-09-01

    We present a novel technique for the realization of suspended Josephson junctions based on InAs semiconductor nanowires. The devices are assembled using a technique of drop-casting guided by dielectrophoresis, which allows one to finely align the nanostructures on top of the electrodes. The proposed architecture removes the interaction between the nanowire and the substrate which is known to influence disorder and the orientation of the Rashba vector. The relevance of this approach in view of the implementation of hybrid Josephson junctions based on semiconducting nanowires coupled with high-temperature superconductors is discussed.

  18. Microwave design optimization for broadband Josephson parametric amplifiers

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    Reagor, Matthew; Sete, Eyob; Thompson, Dane; Ranadive, Arpit; Vijay, R.; Rigetti, Chad

    Broadband Josephson parametric amplifiers are crucial components of a scalable superconducting quantum computing architecture. Recently, the bandwidth of a resonator-based Josephson parametric amplifier was significantly enhanced by introducing a controlled reactance in the signal chain. The design was based on a λ/2 section fabricated on an RF circuit board. We present the design of an on-chip version that will improve robustness and minimize performance variability from one device to another. Further, we will discuss microwave design optimization for flux pumping mechanism to minimize cross-talk between different input-output ports of the device. Finally, we will discuss design goals for further improvement of amplifier performance.

  19. Josephson Current and Multiple Andreev Reflections in Graphene SNS Junctions

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    Skachko, Ivan; Du, Xu; Andrei, Eva Y.

    2008-03-01

    The Josephson Effect and Superconducting Proximity Effect were observed in Superconductor-Graphene-Superconductor (SGS) Josephson junctions with coherence lengths comparable to the distance between the superconducting leads. By comparing the measured temperature and gate dependence of the supercurrent and the proximity induced sub-gap features (multiple Andreev reflections) to theoretical predictions, we find that the diffusive junction model yields close quantitative agreement with the results. This is consistent with the fact that the measured mean free paths in these junctions, 10 ˜ 30 nm, are significantly shorter than the lead separation. We show that all SGS devices reported so far fall in the diffusive junction category.

  20. Quantum phases in intrinsic Josephson junctions: Quantum magnetism analogy

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    Machida, Masahiko; Kobayashi, Keita; Koyama, Tomio

    2013-08-01

    We explore quantum phases in intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stacks, whose in-plane area is so small that the capacitive coupling has a dominant role in the superconducting phase dynamics. In such cases, the effective Hamiltonian for the superconducting phase can be mapped onto that of one-dimensional ferromagnetically-interacting spin model, whose spin length S depends on the magnitude of the on-site Coulomb repulsion. The ferromagnetic model for IJJ’s prefers synchronized quantum features in contrast to the antiferromagnetically-interacting model in the conventional Josephson junction arrays.

  1. Reconfigurable Josephson Circulator/Directional Amplifier

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    Sliwa, K. M.; Hatridge, M.; Narla, A.; Shankar, S.; Frunzio, L.; Schoelkopf, R. J.; Devoret, M. H.

    2015-10-01

    Circulators and directional amplifiers are crucial nonreciprocal signal routing and processing components involved in microwave read-out chains for a variety of applications. They are particularly important in the field of superconducting quantum information, where the devices also need to have minimal photon losses to preserve the quantum coherence of signals. Conventional commercial implementations of each device suffer from losses and are built from very different physical principles, which has led to separate strategies for the construction of their quantum-limited versions. However, as recently theoretically, by establishing simultaneous pairwise conversion and/or gain processes between three modes of a Josephson-junction-based superconducting microwave circuit, it is possible to endow the circuit with the functions of either a phase-preserving directional amplifier or a circulator. Here, we experimentally demonstrate these two modes of operation of the same circuit. Furthermore, in the directional amplifier mode, we show that the noise performance is comparable to standard nondirectional superconducting amplifiers, while in the circulator mode, we show that the sense of circulation is fully reversible. Our device is far simpler in both modes of operation than previous proposals and implementations, requiring only three microwave pumps. It offers the advantage of flexibility, as it can dynamically switch between modes of operation as its pump conditions are changed. Moreover, by demonstrating that a single three-wave process yields nonreciprocal devices with reconfigurable functions, our work breaks the ground for the development of future, more complex directional circuits, and has excellent prospects for on-chip integration.

  2. A US intercomparison of Josephson array voltage standards

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    Rodriguez, K.M.; Huntley, L.

    1994-12-31

    Qualification of intrinsic standards is a problem for laboratory accreditation systems. Accredited laboratories must demonstrate that their intrinsic standards actually provide the accuracy claimed. Ten standards laboratories have participated in an intercomparison of their 10 Volt Josephson Array Standards. The intercomparison program is described and results are presented.

  3. Effect of surface losses on soliton propagation in Josephson junctions

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    Davidson, A.; Pedersen, N.F.; Pagano, S.

    1986-05-12

    We have explored numerically the effects on soliton propagation of a third order damping term in the modified sine-Gordon equation. In Josephson tunnel junctions such a term corresponds physically to quasiparticle losses within the metal electrodes of the junction. We find that this loss term plays the dominant role in determining the shape and stability of the soliton at high velocity.

  4. Josephson junctions in high-T/sub c/ superconductors

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    Falco, C.M.; Lee, T.W.

    1981-01-14

    The invention includes a high T/sub c/ Josephson sperconducting junction as well as the method and apparatus which provides the junction by application of a closely controlled and monitored electrical discharge to a microbridge region connecting two portions of a superconducting film.

  5. Fabrication and Tunneling Properties of Niobium/lead Josephson Junctions

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    Celaschi, Sergio

    High quality Josephson tunneling junctions have been fabricated by the process of electron beam evaporation of the Nb base electrode. Thermal oxidation of Nb coated and uncoated surfaces was used in order to grow the oxide barrier at room temperature. Lead was used to complete the sandwich-type structure. The tunneling properties were profoundly sensitive to the surface properties of the Nb films. We found markedly improved Josephson tunneling characteristics by depositing much higher residual resistance ratio (>100) films which in this case seemed to be single crystal. One of the main deterrents for the practical use of high quality Nb/Nb:O(,X)/Pb Josephson junctions has been the high value of the specific capacitance of the native oxides which is drastically reduced by using single crystal Nb thin films. Some of the important parameters of the junctions can be modified by coating the Nb surface. We have demonstrated that Zr, Ti, and Al can be employed as oxidized barriers on single-crystal Nb films to produce high quality Josephson junctions which preserve the low values of the dielectric constant.

  6. Microwave Induced Enhancement of the Subgap Josephson dc Current

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    Lundin, N. I.; Shekhter, R. I.; Jonson, M.; Gorelik, L. Y.; Shumeiko, V. S.

    1998-03-01

    We introduce a mechanism for lifting the suppression of the subgap dc-Josephson current in a ballistic, normal, one-dimensional quantum channel between two superconducting electrodes with moderate amount of backscattering. The current appears when a non-equilibrium population of the Andreev levels carrying the current, is developed due to photon-induced Landua-Zener transitions.

  7. Conditions for synchronization in Josephson-junction arrays

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    Chernikov, A.A.; Schmidt, G.

    1995-12-31

    An effective perturbation theoretical method has been developed to study the dynamics of Josephson Junction series arrays. It is shown that the inclusion of Junction capacitances, often ignored, has a significant impact on synchronization. Comparison of analytic with computational results over a wide range of parameters shows excellent agreement.

  8. Fluctuating pancake vortices revealed by dissipation of Josephson vortex lattice.

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    Koshelev, A. E.; Buzdin, A. I.; Kakeya, I.; Yamamoto, T.; Kadowaki, K.

    2011-06-01

    In strongly anisotropic layered superconductors in tilted magnetic fields, the Josephson vortex lattice coexists with the lattice of pancake vortices. Due to the interaction between them, the dissipation of the Josephson vortex lattice is very sensitive to the presence of the pancake vortices. If the c-axis magnetic field is smaller than the corresponding lower critical field, the pancake stacks are not formed but the individual pancakes may exist in the fluctuational regime either near the surface in large-size samples or in the central region for small-size mesas. We calculate the contribution of such fluctuating pancake vortices to the c-axis conductivity of the Josephson vortex lattice and compare the theoretical results with measurements on small mesas fabricated out of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} crystals. A fingerprint of fluctuating pancakes is a characteristic exponential dependence of the c-axis conductivity observed experimentally. Our results provide strong evidence of the existence of the fluctuating pancakes and their influence on the Josephson vortex lattice dissipation.

  9. Processing of Superconductor-Normal-Superconductor Josephson Edge Junctions

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    Kleinsasser, A. W.; Barner, J. B.

    1997-01-01

    The electrical behavior of epitaxial superconductor-normal-superconductor (SNS) Josephson edge junctions is strongly affected by processing conditions. Ex-situ processes, utilizing photoresist and polyimide/photoresist mask layers, are employed for ion milling edges for junctions with Yttrium-Barium-Copper-Oxide (YBCO) electrodes and primarily Co-doped YBCO interlayers.

  10. High-frequency dynamics of hybrid oxide Josephson heterostructures

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    Komissinskiy, P.; Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Constantinian, K. Y.; Kislinski, Y. V.; Borisenko, I. V.; Soloviev, I. I.; Kornev, V. K.; Goldobin, E.; Winkler, D.

    2008-07-01

    We summarize our results on Josephson heterostructures Nb/Au/YBa2Cu3Ox that combine conventional (S) and oxide high- Tc superconductors with a dominant d -wave symmetry of the superconducting order parameter (D). The heterostructures were fabricated on (001) and (1 1 20) YBa2Cu3Ox films grown by pulsed laser deposition. The structural and surface studies of the (1 1 20) YBa2Cu3Ox thin films reveal nanofaceted surface structure with two facet domain orientations, which are attributed as (001) and (110)-oriented surfaces of YBa2Cu3Ox and result in S/D(001) and S/D(110) nanojunctions formed on the facets. Electrophysical properties of the Nb/Au/YBa2Cu3Ox heterostructures are investigated by the electrical and magnetic measurements at low temperatures and analyzed within the faceting scenario. The superconducting current-phase relation (CPR) of the heterostructures with finite first and second harmonics is derived from the Shapiro steps, which appear in the I-V curves of the heterostructures irradiated at frequencies up to 100 GHz. The experimental positions and amplitudes of the Shapiro steps are explained within the modified resistive Josephson junction model, where the second harmonic of the CPR and capacitance of the Josephson junctions are taken into account. We experimentally observe a crossover from a lumped to a distributed Josephson junction limit for the size of the heterostructures smaller than Josephson penetration depth. The effect is attributed to the variations of the harmonics of the superconducting CPR across the heterojunction, which may give rise to splintered vortices of magnetic flux quantum. Our investigations of parameters and phenomena that are specific for superconductors having d -wave symmetry of the superconducting order parameter may be of importance for applications such as high-frequency detectors and novel elements of a possible quantum computer.

  11. Effects of the environment on the switching current in graphene-based Josephson Junctions

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    Borzenets, Ivan; Ke, Chung-Ting; Amet, Francois; Tso Wei, Ming; Yamamoto, Michihisa; Bomze, Yuriy; Tarucha, Seigo; Finkelstein, Gleb

    The nature of the switching current and hysteresis (difference between switching and retrapping currents) in graphene-based Josephson junctions depends greatly on the interaction with the environment. Conventional devices result in underdamped Josephson junctions making the true critical current inaccessible. On the other hand, heavily isolating the Josephson junctions places them in the microscopic quantum tunneling regime even at high temperatures, also masking the critical current. We study the critical current, and the switching statistics in graphene Josephson junctions while varying the effects of the environment. Proper isolation of graphene Josephson junctions is necessary to measure the true critical current, especially so for the cases of small currents around the Dirac point. This is true for the case of conventional diffusive as well as the novel ballistic Josephson junctions.

  12. Theory of phase dynamics in intrinsic Josephson junctions with multigap superconducting layers

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    Ota, Y.; Machida, M.; Koyama, T.

    2011-11-01

    We construct a theory of dynamical behavior in intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with multigap superconducting layers. The theory predicts the existence of two kinds of phase modes, one of which is the Josephson-plasma mode and other of which is the Leggett’s mode. We discuss a cooperative phenomena induced by inter-band Josephson coupling in addition to capacitive and inductive couplings between the superconducting layers.

  13. Weak Value Theory

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    Shikano, Yutaka

    2011-03-28

    I show that the weak value theory is useful from the viewpoints of the experimentally verifiability, consistency, capacity for explanation as to many quantum paradoxes, and practical advantages. As an example, the initial state in the Hardy paradox can be experimentally verified using the weak value via the weak measurement.

  14. Peculiarities of the current-voltage characteristics of a Josephson medium in a YBCO high-temperature superconductor

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    Vasyutin, M. A.

    2013-12-01

    The influence of a weak magnetic field ( H < 150 Oe) on the current-voltage ( I- U) characteristic of a YBa2Cu3O7 - x (YBCO) high-temperature superconductor (HTSC) near the superconducting transition temperature has been studied. It is established that there exist narrow (<0.2 K) temperature regions where the I- U curve exhibits sharp bending for H < 30 Oe and the ohmic behavior changes to a quadratic dependence of the voltage on current in a region of several milliamperes. At higher temperatures, the I- U curve bending exhibits smearing. This behavior is observed at a temperature below that corresponding to a zero critical current. Above a certain current, the temperature and magnetic field exhibit equivalent effects on the I- U curve of YBCO. Experimental results are explained by a sharp decrease in the critical currents of intergranular Josephson junctions under the action of magnetic field and by the current-induced formation of uncoupled (with respect to the order parameter) superconducting grains. Characteristic currents for the transition of the intergranular Josephson medium into an incoherent state are determined and the first critical fields in YBCO are evaluated.

  15. Josephson ϕ0-junction in nanowire quantum dots

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    Szombati, D. B.; Nadj-Perge, S.; Car, D.; Plissard, S. R.; Bakkers, E. P. A. M.; Kouwenhoven, L. P.

    2016-06-01

    The Josephson effect describes supercurrent flowing through a junction connecting two superconducting leads by a thin barrier. This current is driven by a superconducting phase difference ϕ between the leads. In the presence of chiral and time-reversal symmetry of the Cooper pair tunnelling process, the current is strictly zero when ϕ vanishes. Only if these underlying symmetries are broken can the supercurrent for ϕ = 0 be finite. This corresponds to a ground state of the junction being offset by a phase ϕ0, different from 0 or π. Here, we report such a Josephson ϕ0-junction based on a nanowire quantum dot. We use a quantum interferometer device to investigate phase offsets and demonstrate that ϕ0 can be controlled by electrostatic gating. Our results may have far-reaching implications for superconducting flux- and phase-defined quantum bits as well as for exploring topological superconductivity in quantum dot systems.

  16. A Josephson systolic array processor for multiplication/addition operations

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    Morisue, M.; Li, F.Q.; Tobita, M.; Kaneko, S. )

    1991-03-01

    A novel Josephson systolic array processor to perform multiplication/addition operations is proposed. The systolic array processor proposed here consists of a set of three kinds of interconnected cells of which main circuits are made by using SQUID gates. A multiplication of 2 bits by 2 bits is performed in the single cell at a time and an addition of three data with two bits is simultaneously performed in an another type of cell. Furthermore, information in this system flows between cells in a pipeline fashion so that a high performance can be achieved. In this paper the principle of Josephson systolic array processor is described in detail and the simulation results are illustrated for the multiplication/addition of (4 bits {times} 4 bits + 8 bits). The results show that these operations can be executed in 330ps.

  17. Anisotropic Josephson-vortex dynamics in layered organic superconductors

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    Yasuzuka, S.; Uji, S.; Satsukawa, H.; Kimata, M.; Terashima, T.; Koga, H.; Yamamura, Y.; Saito, K.; Akutsu, H.; Yamada, J.

    2010-06-01

    To study the anisotropic Josephson-vortex dynamics in the d-wave superconductors, the interplane resistance has been measured on layered organic superconductors κ-(ET)2Cu(NCS)2 and β-(BDA-TTP)2SbF6 under magnetic fields precisely parallel to the conducting planes. For κ-(ET)2Cu(NCS)2, in-plane angular dependence of the Josephson-vortex flow resistance is mainly described by the fourfold symmetry and dip structures appear when the magnetic field is applied parallel to the b- and c-axes. The obtained results have a relation to the d-wave superconducting gap symmetry. However, the absence of in-plane fourfold anisotropy was found for β-(BDA-TTP)2SbF6. The different anisotropic behavior is discussed in terms of the interlayer coupling strength.

  18. Analytical results for Josephson dynamics of ultracold bosons

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    Simon, Lena; Strunz, Walter T.

    2012-11-01

    We study the dynamics of ultracold bosons in a double-well potential within the two-mode Bose-Hubbard model by means of semiclassical methods. By applying a Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (WKB) quantization we find analytical results for the energy spectrum, which are in excellent agreement with numerically exact results. They are valid in the energy range of plasma oscillations, both in the Rabi and the Josephson regime. Adopting the reflection principle and the Poisson summation formula we derive an analytical expression for the dynamics of the population imbalance depending only on the few relevant parameters of the system. This allows us to discuss its characteristic dynamics, especially the oscillation frequency and the collapse and revival time, as a function of the model parameters, leading to a deeper understanding of Josephson physics. We find that our formulas match previous experimental observations.

  19. Dissipation in a Simple Model of a Topological Josephson Junction

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    Matthews, Paul; Ribeiro, Pedro; García-García, Antonio M.

    2014-06-01

    The topological features of low-dimensional superconductors have created a lot of excitement recently because of their broad range of applications in quantum information and their potential to reveal novel phases of quantum matter. A potential problem for practical applications is the presence of phase slips that break phase coherence. Dissipation in nontopological superconductors suppresses phase slips and can restore long-range order. Here, we investigate the role of dissipation in a topological Josephson junction. We show that the combined effects of topology and dissipation keep phase and antiphase slips strongly correlated so that the device is superconducting even under conditions where a nontopological device would be resistive. The resistive transition occurs at a critical value of the dissipation that is 4 times smaller than that expected for a conventional Josephson junction. We propose that this difference could be employed as a robust experimental signature of topological superconductivity.

  20. Evidence for Nonlocal Electrodynamics in Planar Josephson Junctions

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    Boris, A. A.; Rydh, A.; Golod, T.; Motzkau, H.; Klushin, A. M.; Krasnov, V. M.

    2013-09-01

    We study the temperature dependence of the critical current modulation Ic(H) for two types of planar Josephson junctions: a low-Tc Nb/CuNi/Nb and a high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7-δ bicrystal grain-boundary junction. At low T both junctions exhibit a conventional behavior, described by the local sine-Gordon equation. However, at elevated T the behavior becomes qualitatively different: the Ic(H) modulation field ΔH becomes almost T independent and neither ΔH nor the critical field for the penetration of Josephson vortices vanish at Tc. Such an unusual behavior is in good agreement with theoretical predictions for junctions with nonlocal electrodynamics. We extract absolute values of the London penetration depth λ from our data and show that a crossover from local to nonlocal electrodynamics occurs with increasing T when λ(T) becomes larger than the electrode thickness.

  1. Semiclassical Quantization of Spinning Quasiparticles in Ballistic Josephson Junctions.

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    Konschelle, François; Bergeret, F Sebastián; Tokatly, Ilya V

    2016-06-10

    A Josephson junction made of a generic magnetic material sandwiched between two conventional superconductors is studied in the ballistic semiclassic limit. The spectrum of Andreev bound states is obtained from the single valuedness of a particle-hole spinor over closed orbits generated by electron-hole reflections at the interfaces between superconducting and normal materials. The semiclassical quantization condition is shown to depend only on the angle mismatch between initial and final spin directions along such closed trajectories. For the demonstration, an Andreev-Wilson loop in the composite position-particle-hole-spin space is constructed and shown to depend on only two parameters, namely, a magnetic phase shift and a local precession axis for the spin. The details of the Andreev-Wilson loop can be extracted via measuring the spin-resolved density of states. A Josephson junction can thus be viewed as an analog computer of closed-path-ordered exponentials. PMID:27341251

  2. Semiclassical Quantization of Spinning Quasiparticles in Ballistic Josephson Junctions

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    Konschelle, François; Bergeret, F. Sebastián; Tokatly, Ilya V.

    2016-06-01

    A Josephson junction made of a generic magnetic material sandwiched between two conventional superconductors is studied in the ballistic semiclassic limit. The spectrum of Andreev bound states is obtained from the single valuedness of a particle-hole spinor over closed orbits generated by electron-hole reflections at the interfaces between superconducting and normal materials. The semiclassical quantization condition is shown to depend only on the angle mismatch between initial and final spin directions along such closed trajectories. For the demonstration, an Andreev-Wilson loop in the composite position-particle-hole-spin space is constructed and shown to depend on only two parameters, namely, a magnetic phase shift and a local precession axis for the spin. The details of the Andreev-Wilson loop can be extracted via measuring the spin-resolved density of states. A Josephson junction can thus be viewed as an analog computer of closed-path-ordered exponentials.

  3. Interference effect on a Josephson junction with magnetic interfaces

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    Choi, Chi-Hoon

    2013-05-01

    We study the proximity effect in a superconductor-normal-superconductor (SNS) layer with spin-active interfaces, paying particular attention to the effect of interference on the transition between 0 and π states of a Josephson junction. We compute the supercurrent density in the ballistic limit by using the Green's function formalism without making the quasiclassical approximation to study the interference effect due to coherent scattering of quasiparticles from the interfaces. The supercurrent is strongly influenced by various factors such as the thickness of the normal layer, the strength of the interface potential, and the orientation of the interface spin. We also discuss the symmetry of the induced superconducting pair amplitude for the 0 and the π states. The detailed features of the effect of interference on the Josephson junction can be important for applications of quantum devices.

  4. Electron Transport Through Josephson Junction Containing a Dimeric Structure

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    Val'kov, V. V.; Aksenov, S. V.

    2016-02-01

    The dc Josephson effect in a superconductor/dimeric molecule/superconductor junction has been investigated by means of the nonequilibrium Green's function method and the Keldysh diagram technique. The application of the atomic representation has allowed to simplify considerably the computation of the supercurrent and occupation numbers and receive the general expressions which take into account all processes of the Andreev reflection in the loopless approach. It is significant that the expressions for the current and occupation numbers are valid for different multilevel structures in the Josephson junction. The sf-exchange interaction between the electron spin and the spins of the dimer leads to the suppression of the critical current due to a new set of Andreev bound states.

  5. Internal Josephson oscillations for distinct momenta Bose-Einstein condensates

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    Lim, Lih-King; Troppenz, T.; Morais Smith, C.

    2011-11-15

    The internal Josephson oscillations between an atomic Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) and a molecular one are studied for atoms in a square optical lattice subjected to a staggered gauge field. The system is described by a Bose-Hubbard model with complex and anisotropic hopping parameters that are different for each species, i.e., atoms and molecules. When the flux per plaquette for each species is small, the system oscillates between two conventional zero-momentum condensates. However, there is a regime of parameters in which Josephson oscillations between a vortex-carrying atomic condensate (finite momentum BEC) and a conventional zero-momentum molecular condensate may be realized. The experimental observation of the oscillations between these qualitatively distinct BEC's is possible with state-of-the-art Ramsey interference techniques.

  6. Mesoscopic Josephson junctions with switchable current-phase relation

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    Strambini, E.; Bergeret, F. S.; Giazotto, F.

    2015-10-01

    We propose and analyze a mesoscopic Josephson junction consisting of two ferromagnetic insulator-superconductors (FI-Ss) coupled through a normal metal (N) layer. The Josephson current of the junction is non-trivially affected by the spin-splitting field induced by the FIs in the two superconductors. In particular, it shows sizeable enhancement by increasing the amplitude of the exchange field (hex) and displays a switchable current-phase relation which depends on the relative orientation of h ex in the FIs. In a realistic EuS/Al-based setup this junction can be exploited as a high-resolution threshold sensor for the magnetic field as well as an on-demand tunable kinetic inductor.

  7. Dissipation in a simple model of a topological Josephson junction.

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    Matthews, Paul; Ribeiro, Pedro; García-García, Antonio M

    2014-06-20

    The topological features of low-dimensional superconductors have created a lot of excitement recently because of their broad range of applications in quantum information and their potential to reveal novel phases of quantum matter. A potential problem for practical applications is the presence of phase slips that break phase coherence. Dissipation in nontopological superconductors suppresses phase slips and can restore long-range order. Here, we investigate the role of dissipation in a topological Josephson junction. We show that the combined effects of topology and dissipation keep phase and antiphase slips strongly correlated so that the device is superconducting even under conditions where a nontopological device would be resistive. The resistive transition occurs at a critical value of the dissipation that is 4 times smaller than that expected for a conventional Josephson junction. We propose that this difference could be employed as a robust experimental signature of topological superconductivity. PMID:24996102

  8. Dynamics of Majorana states in a topological Josephson junction.

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    Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia S; Badiane, Driss M; Glazman, Leonid I

    2013-07-26

    Topological Josephson junctions carry 4π-periodic bound states. A finite bias applied to the junction limits the lifetime of the bound state by dynamically coupling it to the continuum. Another characteristic time scale, the phase adjustment time, is determined by the resistance of the circuit "seen" by the junction. We show that the 4π periodicity manifests itself by an even-odd effect in Shapiro steps only if the phase adjustment time is shorter than the lifetime of the bound state. The presence of a peak in the current noise spectrum at half the Josephson frequency is a more robust manifestation of the 4π periodicity, as it persists for an arbitrarily long phase adjustment time. We specify, in terms of the circuit parameters, the conditions necessary for observing the manifestations of 4π periodicity in the noise spectrum and Shapiro step measurements. PMID:23931386

  9. Observation of short ballistic Josephson effect in vertical graphene junctions

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    Lee, Gil-Ho; Lee, Hu-Jong

    2014-03-01

    The current-phase relation (CPR) of vertical graphene Josephson junctions (vGJJs) was measured using phase-sensitive dc-SQUID interferometry. A vGJJ, realized by vertically sandwiching a monolayer graphene between two Al electrodes, had an atomically short channel with transparent contacts for the highly coherent junction nature. The measured CPR was almost perfectly skewed, which rigorously confirmed the short ballisticity of the vGJJs. The short ballistic character of a Josephson junction has been predicted since 1970's but has never been realized in scalable hybrid systems. The CPR also provided energy spectrum of Andreev levels formed inside the junction, which offered a promising prospect for scalable quantum information devices such as Andreev-level qubits. This vertical-junction scheme is also readily applicable to the other cleavable materials such as three-dimensional topological insulators or transition metal dichalcogenides, opening a new pathway for uncovering exotic coherence phenomena arising in an atomic scale.

  10. Josephson current and multiple Andreev reflections in graphene SNS junctions

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    Du, Xu; Skachko, Ivan; Andrei, Eva Y.

    2008-05-01

    The Josephson effect and superconducting proximity effect were observed in superconductor-graphene-superconductor (SGS) Josephson junctions with coherence lengths comparable to the distance between the superconducting leads. By comparing the measured gate dependence of the proximity induced subgap features (multiple Andreev reflections) and of the supercurrent to theoretical predictions, we find that the diffusive junction model yields close quantitative agreement with the results. By contrast, predictions of the ballistic SGS model are inconsistent with the data. We show that all SGS devices reported so far, our own as well as those of other groups, fall in the diffusive junction category. This is attributed to substrate induced potential fluctuations due to trapped charges and to the invasiveness of the metallic leads.

  11. Josephson supercurrent in a graphene-superconductor junction

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    Sarvestani, E.; Jafari, S. A.

    2012-01-01

    Within the tunneling Hamiltonian formulation for the eight-component spinors, the Josephson critical supercurrent has been calculated in a planar superconductor-normal graphene-superconductor junction. Coupling between superconductor regions and graphene is taken into account by a tunneling Hamiltonian which contains two types of tunneling, intravalley and intervalley tunneling. Within the present tunneling approach, we find that the contributions of two kinds of tunneling to the critical supercurrent are completely separable. Therefore, it is possible to consider the effect of the intervalley tunnelings in the critical supercurrent. The incorporation of these type of processes into the tunneling Hamiltonian exposes a special feature of the graphene Josephson junctions. The effect of intervalley tunneling appears in the length dependence plot of critical current in the form of oscillations. We also present the results for temperature dependence of critical supercurrent and compare with experimental results and other theoretical calculations.

  12. Intrinsic Josephson effect and single Cooper pair tunneling

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    Yamashita, Tsutomu; Kim, Sang-Jae; Latyshev, Yuri; Nakajima, Kensuke

    2000-06-01

    We proposed a new, small and fast switching gate based on the intrinsic Josephson effect of single crystals of a cuprate superconductor. The switching time is of subpicosecond order, and the operating frequency is up to several terahertz. We used the focused-ion-beam (FIB) method for the fabrication of small Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8 (Bi-2212) stacked intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) with in-plane size down to the submicron level without the degradation of their Tc. We observed clear Fraunhofer patterns in Ic- B curves and flux-flow velocity of up to 10 6 m/s for the stack junctions with the size of several micrometer scale. For the submicron junction, the low-temperature behavior is governed by the Coulomb-charging effects. This is the first observation of the Coulomb-charging effects in layered high- Tc materials.

  13. MQT observation in Bi2212 intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Kashiwaya, Satoshi; Matsumoto, Tetsuro; Kashiwaya, Hiromi; Shibata, Hajime; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Kawabata, Shiro; Tanaka, Yukio

    2007-09-01

    The quantum dynamics of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ δ intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ’s) is studied based on the escape rate measurements. The saturations observed in the escape temperature and the width of the switching current below 0.45 K (= T∗) indicate the transition of the switching mechanism from the thermal activation to the macroscopic quantum tunneling at T∗. It is shown that most of the switching properties are consistently explained in terms of the underdamped Josephson junction with quality factor of about 70 in spite of possible damping due to d-wave superconductivity. The present result gives the upper limit of the dissipation of IJJ’s.

  14. Collective effects in the two-dimensional Josephson junction array

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    Vinokour, Valerii; Sadovskyy, Ivan; Galda, Alexey

    2013-03-01

    We study collective quantum effects in the two-dimensional Josephson junction arrays (JJA) in the vicinity of the superconductor-insulator transition (SIT). We find the contribution of the quantum coherent phase slips (QCPS) into the formation of thermodynamic properties of the JJA, including critical current, as a function of the magnetic field. We investigate the response of the 2D JJA to the external bias and the contribution from QCPS to this response.

  15. Josephson inplane and tunneling currents in bilayer quantum Hall system

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    Ezawa, Z. F.; Tsitsishvili, G.; Sawada, A.

    2013-12-04

    A Bose-Einstein condensation is formed by composite bosons in the quantum Hall state. A composite boson carries the fundamental charge (–e). We investigate Josephson tunneling of such charges in the bilayer quantum Hall system at the total filling ν = 1. We show the existence of the critical current for the tunneling current to be coherent and dissipationless in tunneling experiments with various geometries.

  16. Nonsinusoidal Current-Phase Relation in SFS Josephson Junctions

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    Golubov, A. A.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.; Fominov, Ya. V.

    2002-06-01

    Various types of the current-phase relation I(phi) in superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor (SFS) point contacts and planar double-barrier junctions are studied within the quasiclassical theory in the limit of thin diffusive ferromagnetic interlayers. The physical mechanisms leading to highly nontrivial I(phi) dependence are identified by studying the spectral supercurrent density. These mechanisms are also responsible for the 0-pi transition in SFS Josephson junctions.

  17. The SNS Josephson junction with a third terminal

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    Prans, G. P.; Meissner, H.

    1974-01-01

    Discussion of the operating characteristics of a three-terminal thin-film SNS Josephson junction whose diameter is much greater than the electron pair coherence length in the N metal. It is shown that a junction of this type is essentially a two-terminal device even though the third terminal of the junction supplies the control current. The mechanism underlying this finding is discussed.

  18. A travelling-wave parametric amplifier utilizing Josephson junctions

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    Sweeny, M.; Mahler, R.

    1985-03-01

    Josephson junction parametric amplifiers of travelling-wave design have been designed for use as low-noise millimeter wave amplifiers. These devices have non-reciprocal gain, very wide bandwidths, power dissipations of a few tens of nanowatts, and an input impedance that can be as high as 50 ohms. The design is described and performance estimates, based on a small-signal model, are summarized.

  19. Automatic recording of direct current singularity amplitudes in Josephson junctions

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    Costabile, G.; Gambardella, U.; Pagano, S.

    1985-08-01

    We have designed and tested an electronic circuit to record the amplitude of any current singularity in the current-voltage characteristic of a Josephson tunnel junction. The detection of the peak current occurs only when the junction voltage is within a range that can be centered and narrowed conveniently. We describe the circuit in detail and illustrate its operation in the recording of some typical dc singularities.

  20. Resonance modes in coplanar lines with integrated Josephson circuits

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    Shvetsov, A. V.; Satanin, A. M.; Mironov, V. A.; Il'ichev, E.

    2013-11-01

    The propagation of microwave radiation in co-planar superconducting lines with Josephson circuits (microresonators) of various configurations is investigated. It is shown that dips in the frequency dependence of the transmission power of the waveguide line modes are associated with local modes of the circuit. The dependencies of shape and position of the dips on an external magnetic field and applied power are found. The calculation results can be used for developing modern cryoelectronic microwave superconducting devices.

  1. Small-number arrays of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Yurgens, A.; Torstensson, M.; You, L. X.; Bauch, T.; Winkler, D.; Kakeya, I.; Kadowaki, K.

    2008-04-01

    Arrays of nanometre-thick Bi2212-intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ's) are studied in various geometries. The samples with only a few IJJ's allow for the intrinsic-tunnelling spectroscopy with minimum of Joule heating. The reproducible low-voltage peaks of the spectra probably stem from a superconducting gap which is half the usual size. We estimate the internal temperature in the IJJ stacks and analyze the importance of the self-heating for the macroscopic-quantum-tunnelling experiments involving IJJ's.

  2. Macroscopic quantum effects in intrinsic Josephson junction stacks

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    Koyama, T.; Machida, M.

    2008-09-01

    A macroscopic quantum theory for the capacitively-coupled intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ’s) is constructed. We clarify the multi-junction effect for the macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) to the first resistive branch. It is shown that the escape rate is greatly enhanced by the capacitive coupling between junctions. We also discuss the origin of the N2-enhancement in the escape rate observed in the uniformly switching in Bi-2212 IJJ’s.

  3. Planar intrinsic Josephson junctions fabricated on Bi-2212 LPE films

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    Yasuda, Takashi; Kawae, Takeshi; Yamashita, Tsutomu; Taka, Chihiro; Nishida, Akihiko; Takano, Shuzo

    2003-05-01

    Planar design of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) is studied using Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox (Bi-2212) films prepared by liquid phase epitaxy. Step-type IJJ stacks fabricated on step-patterned MgO substrates exhibit multibranched current-voltage characteristics inherent in Bi-2212 single crystals. This behavior is found to be limited to films on small-angle steps, suggesting the incorporation of defects near the steep steps of substrates.

  4. Evidence for a minigap in YBCO grain boundary Josephson junctions.

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    Lucignano, P; Stornaiuolo, D; Tafuri, F; Altshuler, B L; Tagliacozzo, A

    2010-10-01

    Self-assembled YBaCuO diffusive grain boundary submicron Josephson junctions offer a realization of a special regime of the proximity effect, where normal state coherence prevails on the superconducting coherence in the barrier region. Resistance oscillations from the current-voltage characteristic encode mesoscopic information on the junction and more specifically on the minigap induced in the barrier. Their persistence at large voltages is evidence of the long lifetime of the antinodal (high energy) quasiparticles. PMID:21230860

  5. Optical switching in a superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor Josephson junction

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    Bastian, G.; Göbel, E. O.; Schmitz, J.; Walther, M.; Wagner, J.

    1999-07-01

    We have fabricated Josephson junctions with a two-dimensional electron gas based on InAs/AlSb/GaSb as the barrier. The behavior of the junction during and after illumination with different wavelengths was studied. Due to a persistent positive and negative photoeffect, depending on the excitation wavelength, the carrier density and hence the critical current as well as the normal resistance could be switched between two different stable states.

  6. Thin-film Josephson junctions with alternating critical current density

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    Moshe, Maayan; Kogan, V. G.; Mints, R. G.

    2009-01-01

    We study the field dependence of the maximum current Im(H) in narrow edge-type thin-film Josephson junctions with alternating critical current density. Im(H) is evaluated within nonlocal Josephson electrodynamics taking into account the stray fields that affect the difference of the order-parameter phases across the junction and therefore the tunneling currents. We find that the phase difference along the junction is proportional to the applied field, depends on the junction geometry, but is independent of the Josephson critical current density gc , i.e., it is universal. An explicit form for this universal function is derived for small currents through junctions of the width W≪Λ , the Pearl length. The result is used to calculate Im(H) . It is shown that the maxima of Im(H)∝1/H and the zeros of Im(H) are equidistant but only in high fields. We find that the spacing between zeros is proportional to 1/W2 . The general approach is applied to calculate Im(H) for a superconducting quantum interference device with two narrow edge-type junctions. If gc changes sign periodically or randomly, as it does in grain boundaries of high- Tc materials and superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor heterostructures, Im(H) not only acquires the major side peaks, but due to nonlocality the following peaks decay much slower than in bulk junctions.

  7. Josephson radiation from InSb-nanowire junction

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    van Woerkom, David; Proutski, Alexander; Krivachy, Tamas; Bouman, Daniel; van Gulik, Ruben; Gul, Onder; Cassidy, Maja; Car, Diana; Bakkers, Erik; Kouwenhoven, Leo; Geresdi, Attila

    Semiconducting nanowire Josephson junctions has recently gained interest as building blocks for Majorana circuits and gate-tuneable superconducting qubits . Here we investigate the rich physics of the Andreev bound state spectrum of InSb nanowire junctions utilizing the AC Josephson relation 2eV_bias =hf . We designed and characterized an on-chip microwave circuit coupling the nanowire junction to an Al/AlOx/Al tunnel junction. The DC response of the tunnel junction is affected by photon-assisted quasiparticle current, which gives us the possibility to measure the radiation spectrum of the nanowire junction up to several tens of GHz in frequency. Our circuit design allows for voltage or phase biasing of the Josephson junction enabling direct mapping of Andreev bound states. We discuss our fabrication methods and choice of materials to achieve radiation detection up to a magnetic field of few hundred milliTesla, compatible with Majorana states in spin-orbit coupled nanowires. This work has been supported by the Netherlands Foundations FOM, Abstract NWO and Microsoft Corporation Station Q.

  8. Fractional Josephson current through a Luttinger liquid with topological excitations

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    Wang, Rui; Wang, Baigeng Xing, D.Y.

    2015-07-15

    Recently, the Majorana fermion has received great attentions due to its promising application in the fault-tolerant quantum computation. This application requires more accessible methods to detect the motion and braiding of the Majorana fermions. We use a Luttinger liquid ring to achieve this goal, where the ring geometry is nontrivial in the sense that it leads to fermion-parity-dependent topological excitations. First, we briefly review the essential physics of the Luttinger liquid and the Majorana fermion, in order to give an introduction of the general framework used in the following main work. Then, we theoretically investigated the DC Josephson effect between two topological superconductors via a Luttinger liquid ring. A low-energy effective Hamiltonian is derived to show the existence of the fractional Josephson current. Also, we find that the amplitude of the Josephson current, which is determined by the correlation function of Luttinger liquid, exhibits different behaviors in terms of the parity of Luttinger liquid due to the topological excitations. Our results suggest a possible method to detect the Majorana fermions and their tunneling process.

  9. Supercurrent reversal in Josephson junctions based on bilayer graphene flakes

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    Rameshti, Babak Zare; Zareyan, Malek; Moghaddam, Ali G.

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the Josephson effect in a bilayer graphene flake contacted by two monolayer sheets deposited by superconducting electrodes. It is found that when the electrodes are attached to the different layers of the bilayer, the Josephson current is in a π state, if the bilayer region is undoped and there is no vertical bias. Applying doping or bias to the junction reveals π -0 transitions which can be controlled by varying the temperature and the junction length. The supercurrent reversal here is very different from the ferromagnetic Josephson junctions where the spin degree of freedom plays the key role. We argue that the scattering processes accompanied by layer and sublattice index change give rise to the scattering phases, the effect of which varies with doping and bias. Such scattering phases are responsible for the π -0 transitions. On the other hand, if both of the electrodes are coupled to the same layer of the flake or the flake has AA stacking instead of common AB, the junction will be always in 0 state since the layer or sublattice index is not changed.

  10. Measurement of Quantum Phase-Slips in Josephson Junction Chains

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    Guichard, Wiebke

    2011-03-01

    Quantum phase-slip dynamics in Josephson junction chains could provide the basis for the realization of a new type of topologically protected qubit or for the implementation of a new current standard. I will present measurements of the effect of quantum phase-slips on the ground state of a Josephson junction chain. We can tune in situ the strength of the phase-slips. These phase-slips are the result of fluctuations induced by the finite charging energy of each junction in the chain. Our measurements demonstrate that a Josephson junction chain under phase bias constraint behaves in a collective way. I will also show evidence of coherent phase-slip interference, the so called Aharonov-Casher effect. This phenomenon is the dual of the well known Aharonov-Bohm interference. In collaboration with I.M. Pop, Institut Neel, C.N.R.S. and Universite Joseph Fourier, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble, France; I. Protopopov, L. D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kosygin str. 2, Moscow 119334, Russia and Institut fuer Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany; and F. Lecocq, Z. Peng, B. Pannetier, O. Buisson, Institut Neel, C.N.R.S. and Universite Joseph Fourier. European STREP MIDAS, ANR QUANTJO.

  11. Search for a correlation between Josephson junctions and gravity

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    Robertson, Glen A.

    2000-01-01

    Woodward's transient mass shift (TMS) formula has commonality with Modanese's anomalous coupling theory (ACT) and Woodward's capacitor experiment has commonality with Podkletnov's layered superconductor disk experiment. The TMS formula derives a mass fluctuation from a time-varying energy density. The ACT suggests that the essential ingredient for the gravity phenomenon is the presence of strong variations or fluctuations of the Cooper pair density (a time-varying energy density). Woodward's experiment used a small array of capacitors whose energy density was varied by an applied 11 kHz signal. Podkletnov's superconductor disk contained many Josephson junctions (small capacitive like interfaces), which were radiated with a 3-4 MHz signal. This paper formulates a TMS for superconductor Josephson junctions. The equation was compared to the 2% mass change claimed by Podkletnov in his gravity shielding experiments. The TMS is calculated to be 2% for a 2-kg superconductor with an induced total power to the multiple Josephson junctions of about 3.3-watts. A percent mass change equation is then formulated based on the Cavendish balance equation where the superconductor TMS is used for the delta change in mass. An experiment using a Cavendish balance is then discussed. .

  12. Josephson Coupling in Nb/SmB6/Nb Junctions

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    Zhang, Xiaohang; Lee, Seunghun; Drisko, Jasper; Cumings, John; Greene, Richard; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    Josephson coupling of superconductors through a topological surface has attracted considerable attention because it may provide device applications of topological insulators with implications for Majorana fermions. However, the results of previous Josephson junction studies on topological insulators have not been fully understood due to complications arising from the conducting bulk and the non-pristine nature of the surfaces/interfaces of the topological insulator materials used. In this work, SmB6 thin films with a highly insulating bulk were adopted to minimize the influence of the bulk carriers while in-situ deposition of Nb film on SmB6 surface was used to ensure the interface quality. The bilayer structure was then patterned into Nb/SmB6/Nb lateral junctions by e-beam lithography and ion milling. The Nb electrodes in our junctions had a typical width of ~1 μm and the gap between the two Nb electrodes was varied from 50 nm to 200 nm. A critical current up to 40 μA has been observed in junctions with a gap around 50 nm at 2.0 K. In this talk, I will discuss the implication of our results to the desired Josephson coupling through topological surface states. This work was supported by NSF under Grant No. DMR-1410665 and conducted at CNAM and at the Maryland NanoCenter.

  13. Aperiodic Weak Topological Superconductors.

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    Fulga, I C; Pikulin, D I; Loring, T A

    2016-06-24

    Weak topological phases are usually described in terms of protection by the lattice translation symmetry. Their characterization explicitly relies on periodicity since weak invariants are expressed in terms of the momentum-space torus. We prove the compatibility of weak topological superconductors with aperiodic systems, such as quasicrystals. We go beyond usual descriptions of weak topological phases and introduce a novel, real-space formulation of the weak invariant, based on the Clifford pseudospectrum. A nontrivial value of this index implies a nontrivial bulk phase, which is robust against disorder and hosts localized zero-energy modes at the edge. Our recipe for determining the weak invariant is directly applicable to any finite-sized system, including disordered lattice models. This direct method enables a quantitative analysis of the level of disorder the topological protection can withstand. PMID:27391744

  14. Aperiodic Weak Topological Superconductors

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    Fulga, I. C.; Pikulin, D. I.; Loring, T. A.

    2016-06-01

    Weak topological phases are usually described in terms of protection by the lattice translation symmetry. Their characterization explicitly relies on periodicity since weak invariants are expressed in terms of the momentum-space torus. We prove the compatibility of weak topological superconductors with aperiodic systems, such as quasicrystals. We go beyond usual descriptions of weak topological phases and introduce a novel, real-space formulation of the weak invariant, based on the Clifford pseudospectrum. A nontrivial value of this index implies a nontrivial bulk phase, which is robust against disorder and hosts localized zero-energy modes at the edge. Our recipe for determining the weak invariant is directly applicable to any finite-sized system, including disordered lattice models. This direct method enables a quantitative analysis of the level of disorder the topological protection can withstand.

  15. High-Tc SNS Junctions: A New Generation of Proximity-Coupled Josephson Devices

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    Kleinsasser, A. W.

    1997-01-01

    This paper reviews this evolution of proximity - coupled Josephson jucntion from the early investigations on low temperature superconductor-normal -superconductor junctions through the introduction of hybrid superconductor-semiconductor devices and the resulting interest in mesoscopic Josephson junctions, to the recent development of high temperature devices.

  16. Josephson SFS π-junctions. Potential Applications in Computing

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    Ryazanov, Valeriy; Oboznov, Vladimir; Bolginov, Vitalii; Feofanov, Alexey

    2006-09-01

    Novel superconducting weak links, `π-junctions', were realized recently. An origin of the π-state in a Superconductor - Ferromagnet - Superconductor (SFS) junction is an oscillating and sign-reversing superconducting order parameter induced in the ferromagnet close to the SF-interface. The π-behavior in SFS sandwiches was first observed by our group in 2000. Our recent result was a detection of transitions into π-state and back into 0-state, i.e. a nonmonotonic (with two nodes) behavior of the junction critical current vs. F-layer thickness, π-junctions with critical current density up to 2000 A/cm2 were achieved that are suitable for applications in future superconducting digital and quantum electronics. Our junctions are based on a niobium thin film technology so they can be incorporated directly into existing architectures of the superconducting electronics.

  17. Josephson parametric phase-locked oscillator and its application to dispersive readout of superconducting qubits.

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    Lin, Z R; Inomata, K; Koshino, K; Oliver, W D; Nakamura, Y; Tsai, J S; Yamamoto, T

    2014-01-01

    The parametric phase-locked oscillator (PPLO) is a class of frequency-conversion device, originally based on a nonlinear element such as a ferrite ring, that served as a fundamental logic element for digital computers more than 50 years ago. Although it has long since been overtaken by the transistor, there have been numerous efforts more recently to realize PPLOs in different physical systems such as optical photons, trapped atoms, and electromechanical resonators. This renewed interest is based not only on the fundamental physics of nonlinear systems, but also on the realization of new, high-performance computing devices with unprecedented capabilities. Here we realize a PPLO with Josephson-junction circuitry and operate it as a sensitive phase detector. Using a PPLO, we demonstrate the demodulation of a weak binary phase-shift keying microwave signal of the order of a femtowatt. We apply PPLO to dispersive readout of a superconducting qubit, and achieved high-fidelity, single-shot and non-destructive readout with Rabi-oscillation contrast exceeding 90%. PMID:25059992

  18. History of Weak Interactions

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    Lee, T. D.

    1970-07-01

    While the phenomenon of beta-decay was discovered near the end of the last century, the notion that the weak interaction forms a separate field of physical forces evolved rather gradually. This became clear only after the experimental discoveries of other weak reactions such as muon-decay, muon-capture, etc., and the theoretical observation that all these reactions can be described by approximately the same coupling constant, thus giving rise to the notion of a universal weak interaction. Only then did one slowly recognize that the weak interaction force forms an independent field, perhaps on the same footing as the gravitational force, the electromagnetic force, and the strong nuclear and sub-nuclear forces.

  19. Josephson Phase Qubit with a Distributed Reactance: Theory

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    Ferguson, David; Przybysz, Anthony; Naaman, Ofer; Strand, Joel; Medford, James; Pesetski, Aaron

    2014-03-01

    Recently, the Northrop Grumman's superconducting systems team designed, fabricated, and measured a novel phase qubit in which the shunt capacitance across the Josephson junction and the inductance of the SQUID are provided by a microstrip resonator. To account theoretically for this novel design we treat the superconducting phase drop along the microstrip's length as a continuous field. We present an analysis of this model, describing how the normal modes of the coupled system are influenced by both the applied flux and the microstrip's termination impedance, and how the non-linear coupling of the fundamental ``qubit mode'' to higher modes generates significant renormalizations of mode frequencies and anharmonicities.

  20. Thermal effects on the Josephson series-array voltage standard

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    Duncan, R. V.

    Microfabricated series-arrays of Josephson junctions have been developed which are capable of producing quantized voltage levels over a wide voltage range. These arrays have been used in a calibration system since February 10, 1987 to maintain the U.S. Legal Volt at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, formerly NBS). A similar system within the Primary Standards Laboratory (which is operated for the Department of Energy, Albuquerque Operations Office by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)) has been in operation since July, 1989. Measurements of the temperature dependence of the array's quantized voltage states and DC characteristics are reported here.

  1. Strong environmental coupling in a Josephson parametric amplifier

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    Mutus, J. Y.; White, T. C.; Barends, R.; Chen, Yu; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Roushan, P.; Sank, D.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Cleland, A. N.; Martinis, John M.; Megrant, A.; Sundqvist, K. M.

    2014-06-30

    We present a lumped-element Josephson parametric amplifier designed to operate with strong coupling to the environment. In this regime, we observe broadband frequency dependent amplification with multi-peaked gain profiles. We account for this behavior using the “pumpistor” model which allows for frequency dependent variation of the external impedance. Using this understanding, we demonstrate control over the complexity of gain profiles through added variation in the environment impedance at a given frequency. With strong coupling to a suitable external impedance, we observe a significant increase in dynamic range, and large amplification bandwidth up to 700 MHz giving near quantum-limited performance.

  2. Spin-triplet supercurrent in planar geometry ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

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    Martinez, William M.; Pratt, W. P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    2013-03-01

    The spin-triplet supercurrent in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions is obtained by surrounding the central ferromagnet with noncollinear ferromagnetic layers, F'. In metallic ferromagnets, the long-range nature of the spin-triplet supercurrent has only been tested to lengths of a few tens of nm. In this work, we are fabricating and measuring S/F'/F/F'/S junctions where the central F layer has a lateral geometry with lengths up to a few hundred nm. We will report on our recent progress. Supported by the DOE under grant DE-FG-02-06ER46341.

  3. Microwave quantum refrigeration based on the Josephson effect

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    Solinas, Paolo; Bosisio, Riccardo; Giazotto, Francesco

    2016-06-01

    We present a microwave quantum refrigeration principle based on the Josephson effect. When a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is pierced by a time-dependent magnetic flux, it induces changes in the macroscopic quantum phase and an effective finite bias voltage appears across the SQUID. This voltage can be used to actively cool, well below the lattice temperature, one of the superconducting electrodes forming the interferometer. The achievable cooling performance combined with the simplicity and scalability intrinsic to the structure pave the way to a number of applications in quantum technology.

  4. Positive moment of an inductively coupled Josephson-junction array

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    Chandran, M.

    1997-09-01

    We present the results of a Langevin dynamic simulation of an inductively coupled Josephson-junction array in the absence of {pi} junctions. The magnetic susceptibility (4{pi}{chi}) under field-cooled conditions becomes positive in certain range of applied field (f) in antithesis to the Meissner effect, whereas the zero-field cooled susceptibility is negative for all values of f. The results are discussed in the light of recent experiments showing a paramagnetic Meissner effect in certain granular superconductors. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  5. Crises in a driven Josephson junction studied by cell mapping

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    Soerensen, M.P.; Davidson, A.; Pedersen, N.F.; Pagano, S.

    1988-11-15

    We use the method of cell-to-cell mapping to locate attractors, basins, and saddle nodes in the phase plane of a driven Josephson junction. The cell-mapping method is discussed in some detail, emphasizing its ability to provide a global view of the phase plane. Our computations confirm the existence of a previously reported interior crisis. In addition, we observe a boundary crisis for a small shift in one parameter. The cell-mapping method allows us to show both crises explicitly in the phase plane, at low computational cost.

  6. Layered superconductors as one-dimensional Josephson arrays

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    Mueller, P.

    1996-12-31

    The large anisotropy and the extremely short coherence lengths of the high-{Tc} superconductors suggest that the layered crystal structure is mapped onto a periodic modulation of the superconducting order parameter. Even ideal high-{Tc} single crystals consist of a stacked series of superconducting and non-superconducting layers. As the typical interlayer distance is approximately 15 {angstrom}, a single crystal of 3 {micro}m thickness should behave like a stack of 2000 Josephson junctions. In order to access these atomic scale devices, vertical structures on single crystal surfaces and epitaxial thin films were fabricated. The authors present results of mesa structures and vertical step-edges.

  7. Beyond standard two-mode dynamics in bosonic Josephson junctions

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    Julia-Diaz, B.; Polls, A.; Martorell, J.; Mele-Messeguer, M.

    2010-12-15

    We examine the dynamics of a Bose-Einstein condensate in a symmetric double-well potential for a broad range of nonlinear couplings. We demonstrate the existence of a region, beyond those of Josephson oscillations and self-trapping, which involves the dynamical excitation of the third mode of the double-well potential. We develop a simple semiclassical model for the coupling between the second and third modes that describes very satisfactorily the full time-dependent dynamics. Experimental conditions are proposed to probe this phenomenon.

  8. Superconducting A/D converters based on Josephson binary counters

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    Kuo, Feng

    1991-03-01

    A/D converters (ADCs) based on Josephson binary counters are demonstrated in all-Nb technology. These A/D converters use a single SQUID as the flux quantizer front-end with a minimum quantization level equivalent to 2 micro-A of input current. A 10-b unidirectional ADC and a 5-b tracking ADC are reported. Both circuits have been tested at 1 MS/s sampling rate with very low power consumption. They also exhibit good linearity within the full dynamic range tested.

  9. Superconducting A/D converters based on Josephson binary counters

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    Kuo, F. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper demonstrates A/D converters based on Josephson binary counters in all-Nb technology. These A/D converters employ a single SQUID as the flux quantizer front-end with a minimum quantization level equivalent to 2 {mu}A of input current. A 10-bit unidirectional ADC and a 5-bit tracking ADC are reported. Both circuits have been tested at 1 MS/s sampling rate with very low power consumption. They also exhibit good linearity within the dull dynamic range tested.

  10. Josephson junction through a disordered topological insulator with helical magnetization

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    Zyuzin, Alexander; Alidoust, Mohammad; Loss, Daniel

    2016-06-01

    We study supercurrent and proximity vortices in a Josephson junction made of disordered surface states of a three-dimensional topological insulator with a proximity induced in-plane helical magnetization. In a regime where the rotation period of helical magnetization is larger than the junction width, we find supercurrent 0 -π crossovers as a function of junction thickness, magnetization strength, and parameters inherent to the helical modulation and surface states. The supercurrent reversals are associated with proximity induced vortices, nucleated along the junction width, where the number of vortices and their locations can be manipulated by means of the superconducting phase difference and the parameters mentioned above.

  11. Perturbation theory for a resistivity shunted Josephson element

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    Thompson, E. D.

    1973-01-01

    We present a systematic perturbation theory, extendable in principle to all orders of magnitude, for the solution of the equations of motion of an ideal Josephson element shunted by a resistance and driven by a dc current source and a small time-dependent source. We present second-order results for the case in which the time dependence is that of a single sinusoid, and these results are compared with other numerical and analytical calculations. Near, but not on, the first constant voltage step where the perturbation theory appears divergent, the current-voltage characteristic is calculated by means of a nonperturbative adiabatic procedure. The impedance and responsivity agree with earlier results.

  12. A Josephson current-injection three-input AND gate

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    Akahori, Y.; Hohkawa, K.

    1987-02-01

    A new current-injection-type Josephson three-input AND gate is analyzed. This AND gate is experimentally fabricated by standard Pb alloy technology and then successfully operated. It is composed of three resistor-coupled logics (RCL's) and two resistors placed between the RCL gate-current terminals in series. In this circuit, only one RLC is powered by a regulator and the others are powered with the RCL output current of the first RCL through the contact resistors. This circuit configuration offers advantages of low power dissipation and source-resistance area reduction.

  13. Phase transition of dissipative Josephson arrays in a magnetic field

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    Kampf, A.; Schoen, G.

    1988-04-01

    The phase diagram of an array of Josephson junctions in a transverse magnetic field is investigated. The capacitive interactions of charges on the superconducting islands and the associated quantum-mechanical effects, as well as the dissipation due to the flow of normal Ohmic currents, are taken into account. The mean-field approximation of this system can be mapped onto the tight-binding Schroedinger equation for Bloch electrons in a magnetic field, which had been analyzed by Hofstadter. We show how the transition temperature depends on the dissipation and the charging energy.

  14. Decoherence of Josephson charge qubit in non-Markovian environment

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    Qiu, Qing-Qian; Zhou, Xing-Fei; Liang, Xian-Ting

    2016-05-01

    In this paper we investigate the decoherence of Josephson charge qubit (JCQ) by using a time-nonlocal (TNL) dynamical method. Three kinds of environmental models, described with Ohmic, super-Ohmic, and sub-Ohmic spectral density functions are considered. It is shown that the TNL method can effectively include the non-Markovian effects in the dynamical solutions. In particular, it is shown that the sub-Ohmic environment has longer correlation time than the Ohmic and super-Ohmic ones. And the Markovian and non-Markovian dynamics are obviously different for the qubit in sub-Ohmic environment.

  15. Characterization of anomalous pair currents in Josephson junction networks.

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    Ottaviani, I; Lucci, M; Menditto, R; Merlo, V; Salvato, M; Cirillo, M; Müller, F; Weimann, T; Castellano, M G; Chiarello, F; Torrioli, G; Russo, R

    2014-05-28

    Measurements performed on superconductive networks shaped in the form of planar graphs display anomalously large currents when specific branches are biased. The temperature dependences of these currents evidence that their origin is due to Cooper pair hopping through the Josephson junctions connecting the superconductive islands of the array. The experimental data are discussed in terms of theoretical models which predict, for the system under consideration, an inhomogeneous Cooper pair distribution on the superconductive islands of the network as a consequence of a Bose-Einstein condensation phenomenon. PMID:24787550

  16. Fabrication and measurement of multi-terminal mesoscopic Josephson junctions

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    Solovyeva, Natalya; Tetsuya, Mishima; Santos, Michael; Shabani, Javad; Manucharyan, Vladimir

    We present fabrication and characterization of 3- and 4-terminal mesoscopic Josephson junctions involving InAs quantum well heterostructures and superconducting Al contacts. A cross-shaped nanowire junction region with dimensions of order a few 100 nm is dry-etched in the 2DEG, followed by deposition of superconducting contacts and gating electrodes. These novel 0D devices have been recently predicted to have topological features in their Andreev spectra and finite-bias transport; they may also be useful in efforts towards observation and braiding of Majorana fermions in the solid state. // This material is based upon work supported by the NSF under Grant No. DMR-1207537.

  17. Magnetic resonance in a singlet-triplet Josephson junction

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    Elster, Lars; Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia S.

    2016-03-01

    We study a singlet-triplet Josephson junction between a conventional s -wave superconductor and an unconventional px-wave superconductor. The Andreev spectrum of the junction yields a spontaneous magnetization in equilibrium. This allows manipulating the occupation of the Andreev levels using an ac Zeeman field. The induced Rabi oscillations manifest themselves as a resonance in the current-phase relation. For a circularly polarized magnetic field, we find a spin selection rule, yielding Rabi oscillations only in a certain interval of the superconducting phase difference.

  18. Resonant phase matching of Josephson junction traveling wave parametric amplifiers.

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    O'Brien, Kevin; Macklin, Chris; Siddiqi, Irfan; Zhang, Xiang

    2014-10-10

    We propose a technique to overcome phase mismatch in Josephson-junction traveling wave parametric amplifiers in order to achieve high gain over a broad bandwidth. Using "resonant phase matching," we design a compact superconducting device consisting of a transmission line with subwavelength resonant inclusions that simultaneously achieves a gain of 20 dB, an instantaneous bandwidth of 3 GHz, and a saturation power of -98 dBm. Such an amplifier is well suited to cryogenic broadband microwave measurements such as the multiplexed readout of quantum coherent circuits based on superconducting, semiconducting, or nanomechanical elements, as well as traditional astronomical detectors. PMID:25375734

  19. Resonant Phase Matching of Josephson Junction Traveling Wave Parametric Amplifiers

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    O'Brien, Kevin; Macklin, Chris; Siddiqi, Irfan; Zhang, Xiang

    2014-10-01

    We propose a technique to overcome phase mismatch in Josephson-junction traveling wave parametric amplifiers in order to achieve high gain over a broad bandwidth. Using "resonant phase matching," we design a compact superconducting device consisting of a transmission line with subwavelength resonant inclusions that simultaneously achieves a gain of 20 dB, an instantaneous bandwidth of 3 GHz, and a saturation power of -98 dBm. Such an amplifier is well suited to cryogenic broadband microwave measurements such as the multiplexed readout of quantum coherent circuits based on superconducting, semiconducting, or nanomechanical elements, as well as traditional astronomical detectors.

  20. Classical Bifurcation at the Transition from Rabi to Josephson Dynamics

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    Zibold, Tilman; Nicklas, Eike; Gross, Christian; Oberthaler, Markus K.

    2010-11-12

    We report on the experimental demonstration of the internal bosonic Josephson effect in a rubidium spinor Bose-Einstein condensate. The measurement of the full time dynamics in phase space allows the characterization of the theoretically predicted {pi}-phase modes and quantitatively confirms analytical predictions, revealing a classical bifurcation. Our results suggest that this system is a model system which can be tuned from classical to the quantum regime and thus is an important step towards the experimental investigation of entanglement generation close to critical points.

  1. Phase diffusion in graphene-based Josephson junctions.

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    Borzenets, I V; Coskun, U C; Jones, S J; Finkelstein, G

    2011-09-23

    We report on graphene-based Josephson junctions with contacts made from lead. The high transition temperature of this superconductor allows us to observe the supercurrent branch at temperatures up to ∼2 K, at which point we can detect a small, but nonzero, resistance. We attribute this resistance to the phase diffusion mechanism, which has not been yet identified in graphene. By measuring the resistance as a function of temperature and gate voltage, we can further characterize the nature of the electromagnetic environment and dissipation in our samples. PMID:22026894

  2. Phase Diffusion in Graphene-Based Josephson Junctions

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    Borzenets, I. V.; Coskun, U. C.; Jones, S. J.; Finkelstein, G.

    2011-09-01

    We report on graphene-based Josephson junctions with contacts made from lead. The high transition temperature of this superconductor allows us to observe the supercurrent branch at temperatures up to ˜2K, at which point we can detect a small, but nonzero, resistance. We attribute this resistance to the phase diffusion mechanism, which has not been yet identified in graphene. By measuring the resistance as a function of temperature and gate voltage, we can further characterize the nature of the electromagnetic environment and dissipation in our samples.

  3. Single intrinsic Josephson junction with double-sided fabrication technique

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    You, L. X.; Torstensson, M.; Yurgens, A.; Winkler, D.; Lin, C. T.; Liang, B.

    2006-05-01

    We make stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) embedded in the bulk of very thin (d⩽100nm) Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x single crystals. By precisely controlling the etching depth during the double-sided fabrication process, the stacks can be reproducibly tailor-made to be of any microscopic height (0-9nm

  4. Electric control of the Josephson current-phase relation in a topological circuit

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    Wang, J.; Hao, L.; Liu, Jun-Feng

    2016-04-01

    We study the current-phase relation of a topological ring-shape Josephson junction, where the ring structure is defined by one-dimensional topological interface states constructed in a two-dimensional honeycomb-lattice system. We show that control of the potential difference between the two ring arms can lead to a φ0 Josephson junction. The physics origin is the superconducting electron- and holelike quasiparticles possessing a valley-dependent chirality and moving separately in the two ring arms. Our findings provide a purely electric way to consecutively manipulate the Josephson current-phase relation.

  5. Realization of Microwave Quantum Circuits Using Hybrid Superconducting-Semiconducting Nanowire Josephson Elements.

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    de Lange, G; van Heck, B; Bruno, A; van Woerkom, D J; Geresdi, A; Plissard, S R; Bakkers, E P A M; Akhmerov, A R; DiCarlo, L

    2015-09-18

    We report the realization of quantum microwave circuits using hybrid superconductor-semiconductor Josephson elements comprised of InAs nanowires contacted by NbTiN. Capacitively shunted single elements behave as transmon circuits with electrically tunable transition frequencies. Two-element circuits also exhibit transmonlike behavior near zero applied flux but behave as flux qubits at half the flux quantum, where nonsinusoidal current-phase relations in the elements produce a double-well Josephson potential. These hybrid Josephson elements are promising for applications requiring microwave superconducting circuits operating in a magnetic field. PMID:26431010

  6. Quantum fractional resonances in superconducting circuits with an embedded Josephson junction

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    Denisenko, M. V.; Munyayev, V. O.; Satanin, A. M.

    2016-02-01

    We present a quantum electrodynamic treatment of the generation of fractional resonances in a planar waveguide with an embedded superconducting Josephson oscillator. We analyze the dynamics of the Josephson oscillator coupled with the electromagnetic pulse which is propagating along the waveguide. The calculations are carried out entirely in the Heisenberg picture. It is shown that the quantum Josephson oscillator excited by coherent pulse field at the pump frequency, can realize frequency down-conversion and emitting sub-harmonic multiples of the fundamental (fractional harmonics). The influence of dissipation on the phenomenon of resonance capture is discussed.

  7. Resonance effect in the voltage state of intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with multiple tunneling channels

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    Koyama, Tomio; Ota, Yukihiro; Machida, Masahiko

    2011-06-01

    We investigate the resonance effect caused by the Josephson-Leggett (JL) mode in intrinsic Josephson junction stacks (IJJs) formed by a stack of multigap superconducting layers. Such an IJJ system is expected to be realized in a single crystal of highly anisotropic iron-based superconductors with thick blocking layers. It is shown that the JL mode is resonantly excited by the Josephson oscillations in the voltage state with inhomogeneous electric-field distribution along the c axis. The resonance creates a steplike structure with a negative resistance region in the I-V characteristics.

  8. Weak bond screening system

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    Chuang, S. Y.; Chang, F. H.; Bell, J. R.

    Consideration is given to the development of a weak bond screening system which is based on the utilization of a high power ultrasonic (HPU) technique. The instrumentation of the prototype bond strength screening system is described, and the adhesively bonded specimens used in the system developmental effort are detailed. Test results obtained from these specimens are presented in terms of bond strength and level of high power ultrasound irradiation. The following observations were made: (1) for Al/Al specimens, 2.6 sec of HPU irradiation will screen weak bond conditions due to improper preparation of bonding surfaces; (2) for composite/composite specimens, 2.0 sec of HPU irradiation will disrupt weak bonds due to under-cured conditions; (3) for Al honeycomb core with composite skin structure, 3.5 sec of HPU irradiation will disrupt weak bonds due to bad adhesive or oils contamination of bonding surfaces; and (4) for Nomex honeycomb with Al skin structure, 1.3 sec of HPU irradiation will disrupt weak bonds due to bad adhesive.

  9. Long Josephson tunnel junctions with doubly connected electrodes

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    Monaco, R.; Mygind, J.; Koshelets, V. P.

    2012-03-01

    In order to mimic the phase changes in the primordial Big Bang, several cosmological solid-state experiments have been conceived, during the last decade, to investigate the spontaneous symmetry breaking in superconductors and superfluids cooled through their transition temperature. In one of such experiments, the number of magnetic flux quanta spontaneously trapped in a superconducting loop was measured by means of a long Josephson tunnel junction built on top of the loop itself. We have analyzed this system and found a number of interesting features not occurring in the conventional case with simply connected electrodes. In particular, the fluxoid quantization results in a frustration of the Josephson phase, which, in turn, reduces the junction critical current. Further, the possible stable states of the system are obtained by a self-consistent application of the principle of minimum energy. The theoretical findings are supported by measurements on a number of samples having different geometrical configuration. The experiments demonstrate that a very large signal-to-noise ratio can be achieved in the flux quanta detection.

  10. Controllable 0-π Josephson junctions containing a ferromagnetic spin valve

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    Gingrich, E. C.; Niedzielski, Bethany M.; Glick, Joseph A.; Wang, Yixing; Miller, D. L.; Loloee, Reza; Pratt, W. P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    2016-06-01

    Superconductivity and ferromagnetism are antagonistic forms of order, and rarely coexist. Many interesting new phenomena occur, however, in hybrid superconducting/ferromagnetic systems. For example, a Josephson junction containing a ferromagnetic material can exhibit an intrinsic phase shift of π in its ground state for certain thicknesses of the material. Such `π-junctions' were first realized experimentally in 2001 (refs ,), and have been proposed as circuit elements for both high-speed classical superconducting computing and for quantum computing. Here we demonstrate experimentally that the phase state of a Josephson junction containing two ferromagnetic layers can be toggled between 0 and π by changing the relative orientation of the two magnetizations. These controllable 0-π junctions have immediate applications in cryogenic memory, where they serve as a necessary component to an ultralow power superconducting computer. Such a fully superconducting computer is estimated to be orders of magnitude more energy-efficient than current semiconductor-based supercomputers. Phase-controllable junctions also open up new possibilities for superconducting circuit elements such as superconducting `programmable logic', where they could function in superconducting analogues to field-programmable gate arrays.

  11. Cryocooler operation of SNIS Josephson arrays for AC Voltage standards

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    Sosso, A.; De Leo, N.; Fretto, M.; Monticone, E.; Roncaglione, L.; Rocci, R.; Lacquaniti, V.

    2014-05-01

    Avoiding liquid helium is now a worldwide issue, thus cryocooler operation is becoming mandatory for a wider use of superconductive electronics. Josephson voltage standards hold a peculiar position among superconducting devices, as they are in use in high precision voltage metrology since decades. Higher temperature operation would reduce the refrigerator size and complexity, however, arrays of Josephson junctions made with high temperature superconductors for voltage standard applications are not to date available. The SNIS (Superconductor-Normal metal-Insulator-Superconductor) junction technology developed at INRIM, based on low temperature superconductors, but capable of operation well above liquid helium temperature, is interesting for application to a compact cryocooled standard, allowing to set a compromise between device and refrigerator requirements. In this work, the behavior of SNIS devices cooled with a closed-cycle refrigerator has been investigated, both in DC and under RF irradiation. Issues related to thermal design of the apparatus to solve specific problems not faced with liquid coolants, like reduced cooling power and minimization of thermal gradients for uniform operation of the chip are discussed in detail.

  12. Spin-triplet supercurrent in Co-based Josephson junctions

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    Khasawneh, Mazin A.; Khaire, Trupti S.; Klose, Carolin; Pratt, William P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    2011-02-01

    In the past year several groups have reported experimental evidence for spin-triplet supercurrents in Josephson junctions containing strong ferromagnetic materials. In this paper we present several new experimental results that follow up on our previous work. We study Josephson junctions of the form S/X/N/SAF/N/X/S, where S is a superconductor (Nb), N is a normal metal, SAF is a synthetic antiferromagnet of the form Co/Ru/Co and X is an ferromagnetic layer necessary to induce spin-triplet correlations in the structure. Our work is distinguished by the fact that the generation of spin-triplet correlations is tuned by the type and thickness of the X layers. The most important new result reported here is the discovery that a conventional, strong ferromagnetic material, Ni, performs well as the X layer, if it is sufficiently thin. This discovery rules out our earlier hypothesis that out-of-plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy is an important attribute of the X layers. These results suggest that the spin-triplet correlations are most likely induced by noncollinear magnetization between the X layers and adjacent Co layers.

  13. High quality ferromagnetic 0 and π Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Weides, M.; Kemmler, M.; Goldobin, E.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.; Kohlstedt, H.; Buzdin, A.

    2006-09-01

    The authors fabricated high quality Nb /Al2O3/Ni0.6Cu0.4/Nb superconductor-insulatorferromagnet-superconductor Josephson tunnel junctions. Depending on the thickness of the ferromagnetic Ni0.6Cu0.4 layer and on the ambient temperature, the junctions were in the 0 or π ground state. All junctions have homogeneous interfaces showing almost perfect Fraunhofer patterns. The Al2O3 tunnel barrier allows one to achieve rather low damping, which is desired for many experiments especially in the quantum domain. The McCumber parameter βc increases exponentially with decreasing temperature and reaches βc≈700 at T =2.11K. The critical current density in the π state was up to 5A/cm2 at T =2.11K, resulting in a Josephson penetration depth λJ as low as 160μm. Experimentally determined junction parameters are well described by theory taking into account spin-flip scattering in the Ni0.6Cu0.4 layer and different transparencies of the interfaces.

  14. Resonant-Cavity-Induced Phase Locking of a Josephson Array

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    Almaas, E.; Stroud, D.

    2001-03-01

    In this talk, we will present a dynamical model for an underdamped Josephson junction array coupled to a resonant microwave cavity. This is a generalization of earlier work(J. K. Harbaugh and D. Stroud, Phys. Rev. B 61), 14765 (2000). where mean-field properties were studied. We numerically solve the model in one dimension and show that (i) at fixed disorder and strength of the coupling to the resonant cavity, the array locks into a coherent, periodic state above a critical number Nc of active Josephson junctions; (ii) the current-voltage characteristics of the array exhibit self-induced resonant steps (SIRS), similar to Shapiro steps; and (iii) when Na active junctions are synchronized on a SIRS, the energy radiated into the resonant cavity is a quadratic function of N_a. All three features are in excellent agreement with results from a recent experiment (P. Barbara, A. B. Cawthorne, S. V. Shitov, and C. J. Lobb, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82), 1963 (1999). where a remarkably high degree of dc to ac power conversion was achieved.

  15. Two-Volt Josephson Arbitrary Waveform Synthesizer Using Wilkinson Dividers

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    Flowers-Jacobs, Nathan E.; Fox, Anna E.; Dresselhaus, Paul D.; Schwall, Robert E.; Benz, Samuel P.

    2016-01-01

    The root-mean-square (rms) output voltage of the NIST Josephson arbitrary waveform synthesizer (JAWS) has been doubled from 1 V to a record 2 V by combining two new 1 V chips on a cryocooler. This higher voltage will improve calibrations of ac thermal voltage converters and precision voltage measurements that require state-of-the-art quantum accuracy, stability, and signal-to-noise ratio. We achieved this increase in output voltage by using four on-chip Wilkinson dividers and eight inner-outer dc blocks, which enable biasing of eight Josephson junction (JJ) arrays with high-speed inputs from only four high-speed pulse generator channels. This approach halves the number of pulse generator channels required in future JAWS systems. We also implemented on-chip superconducting interconnects between JJ arrays, which reduces systematic errors and enables a new modular chip package. Finally, we demonstrate a new technique for measuring and visualizing the operating current range that reduces the measurement time by almost two orders of magnitude and reveals the relationship between distortion in the output spectrum and output pulse sequence errors. PMID:27453676

  16. Proximity semiconducting nanowire junctions from Josephson to quantum dot regimes

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    Gharavi, Kaveh; Holloway, Gregory; Baugh, Jonathan

    Experimental low-temperature transport results are presented on proximity-effect Josephson junctions made from low bandgap III-V semiconductor nanowires contacted with Nb. Two regimes are explored in terms of the Nb/nanowire interface transparency t. (i) High t allows a supercurrent to flow across the junction with magnitude Ic, which can be modulated using the voltage Vg on a global back gate or a local gate. Relatively high values are obtained for the figure-of-merit parameter IcRN / (eΔ) ~ 0 . 5 , and t ~ 0 . 75 , where RN is the normal state resistance and Δ the superconducting gap of the Nb leads. With the application of an axial magnetic field, Ic decays but exhibits oscillations before being fully suppressed. The period and amplitude of the oscillations depend on Vg. Possible explanations for this behaviour are presented, including Josephson interference of the orbital subbands in the nanowire. (ii) Lower transparency correlates with a spontaneous quantum dot (QD) formed in the nanowire channel. Pairs of Andreev Bound States (ABS) appear at energies | E | < Δ , with one pair unexpectedly pinned at E = 0 for a wide range of Vg. A description of the QD-ABS system beyond the Anderson model is presented to explain the latter results.

  17. Identification of Liquids by High-Tc Josephson THz Detectors

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    Divin, Y.; Lyatti, M.; Poppe, U.; Urban, K.

    Fast and reliable detection of liquids will be required for future checkpoint screening techniques. Recently, a new electromagnetic-wave concept based on our high-Tc Josephson detectors and Hilbert spectroscopy has been suggested to distinguish between liquids. This technology covers a spectral range of main dispersions of liquids, from a few GHz to a few THz, and thus significantly enhances reliability of identification. The high-Tc detectors, due to a power dynamic range of more than five orders, might guarantee short identification times. Several demonstration set-ups of liquid identifiers, consisting of high-Tc Josephson detectors, integrated in Stirling coolers, and polychromatic radiation sources, have been developed and characterized. Reflection polychromatic spectra of various liquids in plastic containers have been measured at the spectral range of 15-500 GHz with total scanning time down to 0.2 second. Reliable identification of liquids, both benign and threat, within an accuracy of 0.3% was demonstrated using water as a reflectance reference. The reflectance values for 30%H2O2/H2O solution at frequencies of 30 and 100 GHz were practically undistinguishable from that of for pure water, but an increase of the relative reflectance from 1.017 at 282 GHz to 1.033 at 434 GHz has been found. Last circumstance will be used for optimization of the identifiers.

  18. Measure synchronization in a two-species bosonic Josephson junction.

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    Tian, Jing; Qiu, Haibo; Wang, Guanfang; Chen, Yong; Fu, Li-Bin

    2013-09-01

    Measure synchronization (MS) in a two-species bosonic Josephson junction (BJJ) is studied based on semiclassical theory. Six different scenarios for MS, including two in the Josephson oscillation regime (the zero-phase mode) and four in the self-trapping regime (the π-phase mode), are clearly shown. Systematic investigations of the common features behind these different scenarios are performed. We show that the average energies of the two species merge at the MS transition point. The scaling of the power law near the MS transition is verified and the critical exponent is 1/2 for all of the different scenarios for MS. We also illustrate MS in a three-dimensional phase space; from this illustration, more detailed information on the dynamical process can be obtained. In particular, by analyzing the Poincaré sections with changing interspecies interactions, we find that the two-species BJJ exhibits separatrix crossing behavior at the MS transition point and such behavior depicts the general mechanism behind the different scenarios for the MS transitions. The new critical behavior found in a two-species BJJ is expected to be found in real systems of atomic Bose gases. PMID:24125324

  19. Measure synchronization in a two-species bosonic Josephson junction

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    Tian, Jing; Qiu, Haibo; Wang, Guanfang; Chen, Yong; Fu, Li-bin

    2013-09-01

    Measure synchronization (MS) in a two-species bosonic Josephson junction (BJJ) is studied based on semiclassical theory. Six different scenarios for MS, including two in the Josephson oscillation regime (the zero-phase mode) and four in the self-trapping regime (the π-phase mode), are clearly shown. Systematic investigations of the common features behind these different scenarios are performed. We show that the average energies of the two species merge at the MS transition point. The scaling of the power law near the MS transition is verified and the critical exponent is 1/2 for all of the different scenarios for MS. We also illustrate MS in a three-dimensional phase space; from this illustration, more detailed information on the dynamical process can be obtained. In particular, by analyzing the Poincaré sections with changing interspecies interactions, we find that the two-species BJJ exhibits separatrix crossing behavior at the MS transition point and such behavior depicts the general mechanism behind the different scenarios for the MS transitions. The new critical behavior found in a two-species BJJ is expected to be found in real systems of atomic Bose gases.

  20. Tunable ground states in helical p-wave Josephson junctions

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    Cheng, Qiang; Zhang, Kunhua; Yu, Dongyang; Chen, Chongju; Zhang, Yinhan; Jin, Biao

    2016-07-01

    We study new types of Josephson junctions composed of helical p-wave superconductors with {k}x\\hat{x}+/- {k}y\\hat{y} and {k}y\\hat{x}+/- {k}x\\hat{y}-pairing symmetries using quasi-classical Green’s functions with generalized Riccati parametrization. The junctions can host rich ground states: π phase, 0 + π phase, φ 0 phase and φ phase. The phase transition can be tuned by rotating the magnetization in the ferromagnetic interface. We present the phase diagrams in the parameter space formed by the orientation of the magnetization or by the magnitude of the interfacial potentials. The selection rules for the lowest order current which are responsible for the formation of the rich phases are summarized from the current-phase relations based on the numerical calculation. We construct a Ginzburg–Landau type of free energy for the junctions with d-vectors and the magnetization, which not only reveals the interaction forms of spin-triplet superconductivity and ferromagnetism, but can also directly lead to the selection rules. In addition, the energies of the Andreev bound states and the novel symmetries in the current-phase relations are also investigated. Our results are helpful both in the prediction of novel Josephson phases and in the design of quantum circuits.

  1. Ballistic Josephson junctions in edge-contacted graphene.

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    Calado, V E; Goswami, S; Nanda, G; Diez, M; Akhmerov, A R; Watanabe, K; Taniguchi, T; Klapwijk, T M; Vandersypen, L M K

    2015-09-01

    Hybrid graphene-superconductor devices have attracted much attention since the early days of graphene research. So far, these studies have been limited to the case of diffusive transport through graphene with poorly defined and modest-quality graphene/superconductor interfaces, usually combined with small critical magnetic fields of the superconducting electrodes. Here, we report graphene-based Josephson junctions with one-dimensional edge contacts of molybdenum rhenium. The contacts exhibit a well-defined, transparent interface to the graphene, have a critical magnetic field of 8 T at 4 K, and the graphene has a high quality due to its encapsulation in hexagonal boron nitride. This allows us to study and exploit graphene Josephson junctions in a new regime, characterized by ballistic transport. We find that the critical current oscillates with the carrier density due to phase-coherent interference of the electrons and holes that carry the supercurrent caused by the formation of a Fabry-Pérot cavity. Furthermore, relatively large supercurrents are observed over unprecedented long distances of up to 1.5 μm. Finally, in the quantum Hall regime we observe broken symmetry states while the contacts remain superconducting. These achievements open up new avenues to exploit the Dirac nature of graphene in interaction with the superconducting state. PMID:26214253

  2. Critical Current Oscillations of Josephson Junctions with Ferromagnetic Layers

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    Glick, Joseph A.; Khasawneh, Mazin A.; Niedzielski, Bethany M.; Loloee, Reza; Pratt, W. P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    Josephson junctions containing ferromagnetic layers are of considerable interest for the development of practical cryogenic memory and superconducting qubits. Such junctions exhibit a phase shift of π for certain ranges of ferromagnetic layer thickness. We present studies of Nb based micron-scale Josephson junctions using ferromagnetic layers of Ni, Ni81Fe19, or Ni65Co20Fe15. By applying an external magnetic field, the critical current of the junctions containing Ni81Fe19 and Ni65Co20Fe15 is found to follow a characteristic Fraunhofer pattern, and displays the clear switching behavior expected of single-domain magnets. However, the junctions containing Ni exhibit more complex behaviors. The maximum value of the critical current, extracted from the Fraunhofer patterns, oscillates as a function of the ferromagnetic layer thickness, indicating transitions in the phase difference across the junction between values of zero and π. We compare the data to previous work and to models of the 0- π transitions based on existing clean and dirty limit theories. This work was supported by IARPA via ARO Contract W911NF-14-C-0115.

  3. Ballistic Josephson junctions in edge-contacted graphene

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    Calado, V. E.; Goswami, S.; Nanda, G.; Diez, M.; Akhmerov, A. R.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Klapwijk, T. M.; Vandersypen, L. M. K.

    2015-09-01

    Hybrid graphene-superconductor devices have attracted much attention since the early days of graphene research. So far, these studies have been limited to the case of diffusive transport through graphene with poorly defined and modest-quality graphene/superconductor interfaces, usually combined with small critical magnetic fields of the superconducting electrodes. Here, we report graphene-based Josephson junctions with one-dimensional edge contacts of molybdenum rhenium. The contacts exhibit a well-defined, transparent interface to the graphene, have a critical magnetic field of 8 T at 4 K, and the graphene has a high quality due to its encapsulation in hexagonal boron nitride. This allows us to study and exploit graphene Josephson junctions in a new regime, characterized by ballistic transport. We find that the critical current oscillates with the carrier density due to phase-coherent interference of the electrons and holes that carry the supercurrent caused by the formation of a Fabry-Pérot cavity. Furthermore, relatively large supercurrents are observed over unprecedented long distances of up to 1.5 μm. Finally, in the quantum Hall regime we observe broken symmetry states while the contacts remain superconducting. These achievements open up new avenues to exploit the Dirac nature of graphene in interaction with the superconducting state.

  4. Strained graphene Josephson junction with anisotropic d-wave superconductivity

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    Goudarzi, H.; Khezerlou, M.; Kamalipour, H.

    2015-07-01

    Effect of proximity-induced superconductivity in the new two-dimensional structures, as graphene and topological insulator on the Andreev bound states (ABSs) and Josephson supercurrent has attracted much efforts. Motivated by this subject, we study, in particular, the influence of anisotropic Fermi velocity and unconventional d-wave pairing in a strained graphene-based superconductor/normal/ superconductor junction. Strain is applied in the zigzag direction of graphene sheet. In this process, effect of zero energy states and Fermi wavevector mismatch are investigated. It is shown, that strain up to 22% in graphene lattice differently affects Josephson currents in parallel and perpendicular directions of strain. Strain causes to exponentially decrease the supercurrent in the strain direction, whereas increase for other direction. We find that, in one hand, the ABSs strongly depend on strain and, on the other hand, a gap opens in the states with respect to non-zero incidence angle of quasiparticles, where a period of 2 π is obtained for Andreev states. Moreover, we observe no gap for θs ≠ 0 , when the zero energy states (ZESs) occur in α = π / 4 due to anisotropic superconducting gap. In this case, ABSs have a period of 4 π .S

  5. Thermally assisted vortex motion in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Irie, A.; Oya, G.

    2008-02-01

    The vortex dynamics in intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) at finite temperatures has been investigated numerically by taking into account the thermal fluctuations. Our simulations based on the perturbed, coupled sine-Gordon model successfully reproduce the experimental results associated with the Josephson-vortex flow resistance (JVFR) at low bias currents. Depending on the junction length, bias current, and temperature, the JVFR oscillation is changed from the period of half flux quantum per junction to the period of one flux quantum per junction. It is shown that the oscillation is essentially due to the field dependence of the critical current. At currents slightly exceeding the critical current the stationary vortex lattice structure becomes unstable and an irregular vortex flow can be induced by thermal fluctuations in different junctions. Our simulation results strongly suggest that the triangular lattice of vorticies in the dynamical state is more stable rather than the rectangular one even in a submicrometer IJJ stack when IJJs are biased at a low current.

  6. Generation and Detection of THz Radiation Using Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Irie, Akinobu; Oikawa, Dai; Oya, Gin-ichiro

    We present the generation and detection of terahertz radiation using intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy single crystals. This approach allows us to detect THz radiation from large stacks consisting of a few hundred intrinsic Josephson junctions. The lateral dimensions of the fabricated IJJ oscillator mesa range from 290×50 to 290×90 μm2 and the number of IJJs which constitute the mesas is between 100 and 450, while the small mesa with the lateral dimensions of 5 × 5 μm2 is used as the high sensitive THz detector. The largest emission is always observed when the oscillator is biased at the negative resistance region of the current-voltage characteristics. We find that the emission frequency cor-responds to the second harmonics of the in-phase cavity resonance mode. This is consistent with the emission condition of the case of thick IJJ stacks reported previously.

  7. Magnetization induced by odd-frequency spin-triplet Cooper pairs in a Josephson junction with metallic trilayers

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    Hikino, S.; Yunoki, S.

    2015-07-01

    We theoretically study the magnetization inside a normal metal induced in an s -wave superconductor/ferromagnetic metal/normal metal/ferromagnetic metal/s -wave superconductor (S /F 1 /N /F 2 /S ) Josephson junction. Using the quasiclassical Green's function method, we show that the magnetization becomes finite inside the N . The origin of this magnetization is due to odd-frequency spin-triplet Cooper pairs formed by electrons of equal and opposite spins, which are induced by the proximity effect in the S /F 1 /N /F 2 /S junction. We find that the magnetization M (d ,θ ) in the N can be decomposed into two parts, M (d ,θ ) =MI(d ) +MII(d ,θ ) , where θ is the superconducting phase difference between the two S s and d is the thickness of N . The θ -independent magnetization MI(d ) exists generally in S /F junctions, while MII(d ,θ ) carries all θ dependence and represents the fingerprint of the phase coherence between the two S s in Josephson junctions. The θ dependence thus allows us to control the magnetization in the N by tuning θ for a fixed d . We show that the θ -independent magnetization MI(d ) weakly decreases with increasing d , while the θ -dependent magnetization MII(d ,θ ) rapidly decays with d . Moreover, we find that the time-averaged magnetization exhibits a discontinuous peak at each resonance dc voltage Vn=n ℏ ωS/2 e (n : integer) when dc voltage V as well as ac voltage vac(t ) with frequency ωS are both applied to the S /F 1 /N /F 2 /S junction. This is because MII(d ,θ ) oscillates generally in time t (ac magnetization) with d θ /d t =2 e [V +vac(t ) ]/ℏ and thus =0 , but can be converted into the time-independent dc magnetization for the dc voltage at Vn. We also discuss that the magnetization induced in the N can be measurably large in realistic systems. Therefore, the measurement of the induced magnetization serves as an alternative way to detect the phase coherence between the two S s in

  8. Magnesium diboride josephson junctions for superconducting devices and circuits

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    Cunnane, Daniel

    Superconductivity in magnesium diboride (MgB2) was first discovered in 2001. It is unique in that it has two superconducting gaps. The transition temperature of 39 K exceeded the maximum transition temperature thought to be possible through phonon mediated superconductivity. Through the study of MgB2, a general paradigm is being formulated to describe multi-gap superconductors. The paradigm includes inter-band and intra-band scattering between the gaps which can cause a smearing of the gap parameter over a distribution instead of a single value. Although each gap is individually thought to be well described by the BCS theory, the interaction between the two gaps causes complications in describing the overall superconducting properties of MgB2. The focus of this work was to lay the groundwork for an MgB2-based Josephson junction technology. This includes improving on a previously established baseline for all-MgB2 Josephson junctions, utilizing the Josephson Effect to experimentally verify a model pertaining to the two-gap nature of MgB2, specifically the magnetic penetration depth, and designing, fabricating, and testing multi-junction devices and circuits. The experiments in this work included fabrication of Josephson Junctions, DC superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs), Josephson junction arrays, and a rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) circuit. The junctions were all made utilizing the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition method, with an MgO sputtered barrier. The current process consists of three superconducting layers which are patterned using standard UV photolithography and etched with Ar ion milling. There were SQUIDS made with sensitivity to magnetic fields parallel to the film surface, which were used to measure the inductance of MgB2 microstrips. This inductance was used in design of more complicated devices as well as in calculating the magnetic penetration depth of MgB2, found to be about 40 nm at low temperature, in good agreement

  9. Weak bump quasars

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    Mcdowell, Jonathan C.; Elvis, Martin; Wilkes, Belinda J.; Willner, Steven P.; Oey, M. S.

    1989-01-01

    The recent emphasis on big bumps dominating the UV continuum of quasars has obscured the facts that bump properties vary widely and that there are objects in which no such component is evident. As part of a survey of quasar continuum spectra, a class of quasars is identified in which the optical-UV continuum big bump feature appears to be weak or absent, relative to both IR and X-ray. These weak bump quasars are otherwise normal objects and constitute a few percent of the quasar population.

  10. Infrared weak quasars

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    Mcdowell, J. C.; Elvis, M.; Wilkes, B. J.

    1992-01-01

    Examples of quasars with anomalously weak IR emission are presented, and the effects of starlight subtraction on estimates of the UV and IR component strengths are discussed. Inferred model parameters are very sensitive to the position of the peak of the UV energy distribution. In many low redshift objects the peak is not seen; even in those objects where the turnover is clear, the turnover may not be intrinsic but instead due to reddening within the quasar host galaxy. The small number of unusual quasars with weak IR emission will be of utility as a probe of the quasar phenomenon in the absence of dominant dust reprocessing.

  11. Weak shock reflection

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    Hunter, John K.; Brio, Moysey

    2000-05-01

    We present numerical solutions of a two-dimensional inviscid Burgers equation which provides an asymptotic description of the Mach reflection of weak shocks. In our numerical solutions, the incident, reflected, and Mach shocks meet at a triple point, and there is a supersonic patch behind the triple point, as proposed by Guderley for steady weak-shock reflection. A theoretical analysis indicates that there is an expansion fan at the triple point, in addition to the three shocks. The supersonic patch is extremely small, and this work is the first time it has been resolved.

  12. In praise of weakness

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    Steinberg, Aephraim; Feizpour, Amir; Rozema; Mahler; Hayat

    2013-03-01

    Quantum physics is being transformed by a radical new conceptual and experimental approach known as weak measurement that can do everything from tackling basic quantum mysteries to mapping the trajectories of photons in a Young's double-slit experiment. Aephraim Steinberg, Amir Feizpour, Lee Rozema, Dylan Mahler and Alex Hayat unveil the power of this new technique.

  13. Weaknesses in Underperforming Schools

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    van de Grift, Wim; Houtveen, Thoni

    2007-01-01

    In some Dutch elementary schools, the average performance of students over several years is significantly below the level that could be expected of them. This phenomenon is known as "underperformance." The most important identifiable weaknesses that go along with this phenomenon are that (a) learning material offered at school is insufficient to…

  14. Weak Radial Artery Pulse

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    Venugopalan, Poothirikovil; Sivakumar, Puthuval; Ardley, Robert G.; Oates, Crispian

    2012-01-01

    We present an 11year-old boy with a weak right radial pulse, and describe the successful application of vascular ultrasound to identify the ulnar artery dominance and a thin right radial artery with below normal Doppler flow velocity that could explain the discrepancy. The implications of identifying this anomaly are discussed. PMID:22375269

  15. Weak Lensing with LSST

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    Wittman, David M.; Jain, B.; Jarvis, M.; Knox, L.; Margoniner, V.; Takada, M.; Tyson, J.; Zhan, H.; LSST Weak Lensing Science Collaboration

    2006-12-01

    Constraining dark energy parameters with weak lensing is one of the primary science goals of the LSST. The LSST Weak Lensing Science Collaboration has been formed with the goal of optimizing the weak lensing science by optimizing the survey cadence; working with Data Management to insure high-quality pipeline processing which will meet our needs; developing the necessary analysis tools well before the onset of data-taking; participating in high-fidelity simulations to test the system end-to-end; and analyzing the real dataset as it becomes available. We review the major weak lensing probes, the twoand three-point shear correlations, and how they constrain dark energy parameters. We also review the possibility of going beyond dark energy models and testing gravity with the LSST data. To realize the promise of the awesome LSST statistical precision, we must ensure that systematic errors are kept under control. We review the major sources of systematics and our plans for mitigation. We present data that demonstrate that these sources of systematics can be kept to a level smaller than the statistical error.

  16. Measurements of the 1/f Noise in Josephson Junctions for Potential Use as QUbits

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    Mugford, Chas; Kycia, Jan; Korn, Matthias; Mueck, Michael; Clarke, John

    2004-03-01

    Critical current fluctuations can be a major source of intrinsic decoherence of qubits based on Josephson junctions. We have measured the 1/f noise due to critical current fluctuations in macroscopic ( area ≈ 2 × 2 μ m^2 ) Josephson junctions. We directly measure changes δ Ic in the critical current Ic of a voltage biased junction and find the magnitude of the critical current fluctuations to be δ I_c/Ic ≈ 10-5 at a frequency of 1 Hz.^ A second way in which we determine 1/f flux noise due to critical current fluctuations is by measuring the flux noise of either dc or rf SQUIDs. In order to not exceed the critical current of the Josephson junction, we operate the rf SQUID in the dispersive mode. By using the same device as dc or rf SQUID, we can compare the 1/f noise of voltage biased and non-voltage biased Josephson junctions.

  17. AC Josephson effect in YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ bicrystal grain boundary junctions

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    Fischer, Gerd M.; Andreev, Alexey V.; Divin, Yuri Ya.; Freltoft, Thorsten; Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels F.; Shen, Yueqiang; Vase, Per

    1994-02-01

    The ac Josephson effect in YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ bicrystal grain boundary junctions was studied in the temperature range from 4K to 90K. Junctions with widths from 0.2 to 50 μm were made on SrTiO 3 bicrystal substrates by laser ablation and e-beam lithography. The linewidth of the Josephson oscillations is derived from the shape of the dc voltage response to low-intensity, f = 70 GHz radiation at voltages V ≃ ( {h}/{2e}) f , assuming the RSJ model. The effect of the size on the Josephson behavior of this type of high-T c junctions was studied. Close to T c the linewidth of the Josephson oscillations was shown to be determined by thermal fluctuations.

  18. Effect of Impurities on the Josephson Current through Helical Metals: Exploiting a Neutrino Paradigm.

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    Ghaemi, Pouyan; Nair, V P

    2016-01-22

    In this Letter we study the effect of time-reversal symmetric impurities on the Josephson supercurrent through two-dimensional helical metals such as on a topological insulator surface state. We show that, contrary to the usual superconducting-normal metal-superconducting junctions, the suppression of the supercurrent in the superconducting-helical metal-superconducting junction is mainly due to fluctuations of impurities in the junctions. Our results, which are a condensed matter realization of a part of the Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein effect for neutrinos, show that the relationship between normal state conductance and the critical current of Josephson junctions is significantly modified for Josephson junctions on the surface of topological insulators. We also study the temperature dependence of the supercurrent and present a two fluid model which can explain some of the recent experimental results in Josephson junctions on the edge of topological insulators. PMID:26849609

  19. Josephson oscillation linewidth of ion-irradiated YBa2Cu3O7 junctions

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    Sharafiev, A.; Malnou, M.; Feuillet-Palma, C.; Ulysse, C.; Febvre, P.; Lesueur, J.; Bergeal, N.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the noise properties of ion-irradiated YBa2Cu3O7 Josephson junctions. This work aims at investigating the linewidth of the Josephson oscillation with a detector response experiment at ≃132 GHz. Experimental results are compared with a simple analytical model based on the Likharev–Semenov equation and the de Gennes dirty limit approximation. We show that the main source of low-frequency fluctuations in these junctions is the broadband Johnson noise and that the excess ≤ft(\\tfrac{1}{f}\\right) noise contribution does not prevail in the temperature range of interest, as reported in some other types of high-T c superconducting Josephson junctions. Finally, we discuss the interest of ion-irradiated junctions to implement frequency-tunable oscillators consisting of synchronized arrays of Josephson junctions.

  20. Shape waves in 2D Josephson junctions: exact solutions and time dilation.

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    Gulevich, D R; Kusmartsev, F V; Savel'ev, Sergey; Yampol'skii, V A; Nori, Franco

    2008-09-19

    We predict a new class of excitations propagating along a Josephson vortex in two-dimensional Josephson junctions. These excitations are associated with the distortion of a Josephson vortex line and have an analogy with shear waves in solid mechanics. Their shapes can have an arbitrary profile, which is retained when propagating. We derive a universal analytical expression for the energy of arbitrary shape excitations, investigate their influence on the dynamics of a vortex line, and discuss conditions where such excitations can be created. Finally, we show that such excitations play the role of a clock for a relativistically moving Josephson vortex and suggest an experiment to measure a time dilation effect analogous to that in special relativity. PMID:18851404

  1. Shape Waves in 2D Josephson Junctions: Exact Solutions and Time Dilation

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    Gulevich, D. R.; Savel'ev, Sergey; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Yampol'skii, V. A.; Nori, Franco

    2008-09-19

    We predict a new class of excitations propagating along a Josephson vortex in two-dimensional Josephson junctions. These excitations are associated with the distortion of a Josephson vortex line and have an analogy with shear waves in solid mechanics. Their shapes can have an arbitrary profile, which is retained when propagating. We derive a universal analytical expression for the energy of arbitrary shape excitations, investigate their influence on the dynamics of a vortex line, and discuss conditions where such excitations can be created. Finally, we show that such excitations play the role of a clock for a relativistically moving Josephson vortex and suggest an experiment to measure a time dilation effect analogous to that in special relativity.

  2. Intrinsic Josephson Junctions in the Superconducting Compound Fe (Se_{1-x } Tex )y

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    Ionov, Aleksander N.; Melekh, Bernard A.-T.

    2016-01-01

    Transport of Cooper pairs in the direction perpendicular to the layers of an Fe (Se_{0.3 } Te_{0.7})_{0.9} superconductor proceeds through the weak link via the proximity effect. We observed radiation from the chalcogen Fe (Se_{0.3 } Te_{0.7})_{0.9} superconductor in its resistive state.

  3. Fluctuations of the Phase Difference Across an Array of Josephson Junctions in Superfluid He-4

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    Chui, T.; Holmes, W.; Penanen, K.

    2003-01-01

    We present a formal thermodynamic treatment of superfluid flow in a Josephson junction. We show that the current and the phase difference are thermodynamic conjugate variables. We derive quantitative expressions for the rms fluctuations of these variables. Also, we discuss the thermodynamic stability and the thermal activation to the phase slip region. We apply the developed formalism to show why an array of apertures in He-4 can exhibit the Josephson effect near the Lambda transition despite strong thermal fluctuations.

  4. Role of phonons in Josephson oscillations of excitonic and polaritonic condensates

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    Magnusson, E. B.; Flayac, H.; Malpuech, G.; Shelykh, I. A.

    2010-11-15

    We analyze theoretically the role of the exciton-phonon interactions in phenomena related to the Josephson effect between two spatially separated exciton and exciton-polariton condensates. We consider the role of the dephasing introduced by phonons in such phenomena as Josephson tunneling, self-trapping and spontaneous polarization separation. In the regime of cw pumping we find a remarkable bistability effect arising from exciton-exciton interactions as well as regimes of self-sustained regular and chaotic oscillations.

  5. Self-radiation from arrays of niobium Josephson junctions embedded in the open resonator

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    Song, Fengbin; Müller, Franz; Behr, Ralf; Klushin, Alexander M.

    2010-10-01

    This paper focuses on self-radiation from arrays of Josephson junctions embedded in a quasi-optical resonator. The mechanism of coupling this radiation to the principal mode of the open resonator is illustrated using experiments and simulations with CST microwave studio software. Comparing the microstrips and dielectric resonators used as the antennas of the series arrays of discrete Josephson junctions, we demonstrate that the dielectric resonator antennas are more effective than microstrips.

  6. Josephson fluxon pump: Theoretical aspects and experimental implementation of elementary flux quanta generator with BSCCO

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    Gulevich, D. R.; Gaifullin, M.; Kusmartseva, O. E.; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Hirata, K.

    2008-09-01

    We propose a device able to generate trains of Josephson fluxons without application of external magnetic field - fluxon pump. The pulses of individual fluxons are generated by cloning single fluxons trapped inside a reservoir. When an electric current is applied, a flow of fluxons is generated in the long attachment connected to the reservoir of fluxons. The role of a reservoir is played by Josephson junctions in the form of a loop where one or several fluxons are permanently trapped.

  7. Far infrared frequency response of a Josephson junction in a self-pumped mixer

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    Henaux, J.-C.; Vernet, G.; Adde, R.

    1983-12-01

    A continuous measurement of the far-infrared frequency response of a point contact Josephson junction is performed between 0.7 and 2 THz. The response at increasing frequencies present three characteristic regions with variations proportional to f-2, f-4, f-6. They illustrate the losses introduced successively at increasing frequencies by the resistively shunted junction model, the junction RC time constant and the attenuation of the Josephson current above the gap frequency.

  8. Fabrication and characterization of low loss and high inductance Josephson tunnel junction chains for quantum circuits

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    Grabon, Nicholas; Solovyeva, Natalya; Nguyen, Long; Lin, Yen-Hsiang; Manucharyan, Vladimir

    Linear chains of tightly packed Josephson junctions can realize a very high kinetic inductance circuit element, superinductance, with minimal losses. Superinductance is used in a conventional fluxonium qubit, but it has also been put forward as a key element of a fault-tolerant quantum circuits toolbox. We report fabrication and microwave characterization of linear Al/AlOx/Al Josephson tunnel junction chains and discuss their advantages and limitations as superinductors

  9. Weak Interactions and Instability Cascades.

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    Kadoya, Taku; McCann, Kevin S

    2015-01-01

    Food web theory states that a weak interactor which is positioned in the food web such that it tends to deflect, or mute, energy away from a potentially oscillating consumer-resource interaction often enhances community persistence and stability. Here we examine how adding other weak interactions (predation/harvesting) on the stabilizing weak interactor alters the stability of food web using a set of well-established food web models/modules. We show that such "weak on weak" interaction chains drive an indirect dynamic cascade that can rapidly ignite a distant consumer-resource oscillator. Nonetheless, we also show that the "weak on weak" interactions are still more stable than the food web without them, and so weak interactions still generally act to stabilize food webs. Rather, these results are best interpreted to say that the degree of the stabilizing effect of a given important weak interaction can be severely compromised by other weak interactions (including weak harvesting). PMID:26219561

  10. Thin Films and Josephson Junctions of Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide

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    Rosenthal, Peter Andrew

    We have studied the growth of superconducting films of rm Y_1Ba_2Cu_3O _{7-delta} using reactive electron beam coevaporation. Emphasis was placed on determining the most important growth parameters, and optimizing the instrumentation for controlling the growth environment. We have experimented with atomic absorption based deposition rate control, quartz lamp based substrate heating, and various forms of activated oxygen. Methods for generating and delivering molecular oxygen, oxygen ion beams, ozone and atomic oxygen were investigated and their effects on film quality were characterized. We found that the specific method of oxidation was not critical to the film quality but that optimal films were produced at lower pressures (~10^{-4} T) for more chemically reactive allotropes of oxygen. Composition was found to be quite important in determining the film properties. These results are discussed in the context of growth kinetics and equilibrium thermodynamics. We have studied the transport properties of artificial grain boundary Josephson junctions of rm Y_1Ba_2Cu_3O_{7-delta }. Measurements and modeling of the magnetic interference patterns of the critical currents revealed the presence of extensive disorder within the junctions. The temperature dependence of the critical currents revealed behavior consistent with the resistively shunted junction (RSJ) model. Modeling the inhomogeneous junctions as parallel arrays of RSJ-like junctions explained the clean RSJ-like current-voltage characteristics even in junctions showing extremely complicated magnetic interference patterns. The observed modulation period of the single junction interference patterns showed an unusual w^{-2} width dependence that could be quantitatively explained by a model of flux focusing based on the London theory. A model of the diffraction patterns for junctions fabricated from extremely thin films shows unexpected deviations from the usual behavior. These peculiarities are understood in terms of

  11. Microwave response and photon emission of a voltage baised Josephson junction

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    Jebari, Salha; Grimm, Alexander; Hazra, Dibyendu; Hofheinz, Max

    The readout of superconducting qubits requires amplifiers combining noise close to the quantum limit, high gain, large bandwidth, and sufficient dynamic range. Josephson parametric amplifiers using Josephson junctions in the 0-voltage state, driven by a large microwave signals, begin to perform sufficiently well in all 4 of these aspects to be of practical use, but remain difficult to optimize and use. Recent experiments with superconducting circuits consisting of a DC voltage-biased Josephson junction in series with a resonator, showed that a tunneling Cooper pair can emit one or several photons with a total energy of 2e times the applied voltage. We present microwave reflection measurements on this device indicating that amplification is possible with a simple DC voltage-biased Josephson junction. We compare these measurements with the noise power emitted by the junction and show that, for low Josephson energy, transmission and noise emission can be explained within the framework of P(E) theory of inelastic Cooper pair tunneling. Combined with a theoretical model, our results indicate that voltage-biased Josephson junctions might be useful for amplification near the quantum limit, offering simpler design and a different trade-off between gain, bandwidth and dynamic range.

  12. Weak Gravitational Lensing

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    Pires, Sandrine; Starck, Jean-Luc; Leonard, Adrienne; Réfrégier, Alexandre

    2012-03-01

    This chapter reviews the data mining methods recently developed to solve standard data problems in weak gravitational lensing. We detail the different steps of the weak lensing data analysis along with the different techniques dedicated to these applications. An overview of the different techniques currently used will be given along with future prospects. Until about 30 years ago, astronomers thought that the Universe was composed almost entirely of ordinary matter: protons, neutrons, electrons, and atoms. The field of weak lensing has been motivated by the observations made in the last decades showing that visible matter represents only about 4-5% of the Universe (see Figure 14.1). Currently, the majority of the Universe is thought to be dark, that is, does not emit electromagnetic radiation. The Universe is thought to be mostly composed of an invisible, pressure less matter - potentially relic from higher energy theories - called "dark matter" (20-21%) and by an even more mysterious term, described in Einstein equations as a vacuum energy density, called "dark energy" (70%). This "dark" Universe is not well described or even understood; its presence is inferred indirectly from its gravitational effects, both on the motions of astronomical objects and on light propagation. So this point could be the next breakthrough in cosmology. Today's cosmology is based on a cosmological model that contains various parameters that need to be determined precisely, such as the matter density parameter Omega_m or the dark energy density parameter Omega_lambda. Weak gravitational lensing is believed to be the most promising tool to understand the nature of dark matter and to constrain the cosmological parameters used to describe the Universe because it provides a method to directly map the distribution of dark matter (see [1,6,60,63,70]). From this dark matter distribution, the nature of dark matter can be better understood and better constraints can be placed on dark energy

  13. Weakly supervised glasses removal

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    Wang, Zhicheng; Zhou, Yisu; Wen, Lijie

    2015-03-01

    Glasses removal is an important task on face recognition, in this paper, we provide a weakly supervised method to remove eyeglasses from an input face image automatically. We choose sparse coding as face reconstruction method, and optical flow to find exact shape of glasses. We combine the two processes iteratively to remove glasses more accurately. The experimental results reveal that our method works much better than these algorithms alone, and it can remove various glasses to obtain natural looking glassless facial images.

  14. Asymptotically Safe Weak Interactions

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    Calmet, Xavier

    We emphasize that the electroweak interactions without a Higgs boson are very similar to quantum general relativity. The Higgs field could just be a dressing field and might not exist as a propagating particle. In that interpretation, the electroweak interactions without a Higgs boson could be renormalizable at the nonperturbative level because of a nontrivial fixed point. Tree-level unitarity in electroweak bosons scattering is restored by the running of the weak scale.

  15. Composite weak bosons

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    Suzuki, M.

    1988-04-01

    Dynamical mechanism of composite W and Z is studied in a 1/N field theory model with four-fermion interactions in which global weak SU(2) symmetry is broken explicitly by electromagnetic interaction. Issues involved in such a model are discussed in detail. Deviation from gauge coupling due to compositeness and higher order loop corrections are examined to show that this class of models are consistent not only theoretically but also experimentally.

  16. Parallel arrays of Josephson junctions for submillimeter local oscillators

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    Pance, Aleksandar; Wengler, Michael J.

    1992-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the influence of the DC biasing circuit on operation of parallel biased quasioptical Josephson junction oscillator arrays. Because of nonuniform distribution of the DC biasing current along the length of the bias lines, there is a nonuniform distribution of magnetic flux in superconducting loops connecting every two junctions of the array. These DC self-field effects determine the state of the array. We present analysis and time-domain numerical simulations of these states for four biasing configurations. We find conditions for the in-phase states with maximum power output. We compare arrays with small and large inductances and determine the low inductance limit for nearly-in-phase array operation. We show how arrays can be steered in H-plane using the externally applied DC magnetic field.

  17. Quasi-optical Josephson-junction oscillator arrays

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    Stern, J. A.; Leduc, H. G.; Zmuidzinas, J.

    1993-01-01

    Josephson junctions are natural voltage-controlled oscillators capable of generating submillimeter-wavelength radiation, but a single junction usually can produce only 100 nW of power and often has a broad spectral linewidth. The authors are investigating 2D quasi-optical power combining arrays of 103 and 104 NbN/MgO/NbN and Nb/Al-AlO(x)/Nb junctions to overcome these limitations. The junctions are dc-biased in parallel and are distributed along interdigitated lines. The arrays couple to a resonant mode of a Fabry-Perot cavity to achieve mutual phase-locking. The array configuration has a relatively low impedance, which should allow the capacitance of the junctions to be tuned out at the oscillation frequency.

  18. Devil's staircases and continued fractions in Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Medvedeva, S. Yu.; Botha, A. E.; Kolahchi, M. R.; Irie, A.

    2013-12-01

    Detailed numerical simulations of the IV characteristics of a Josephson junction under external electromagnetic radiation show the devil's staircase within different bias current intervals. We have found that the observed steps form very precisely continued fractions. Increase of the amplitude of the radiation shifts the devil's staircase to higher Shapiro steps. An algorithm for the appearance and detection of subharmonics with increasing radiation amplitude is proposed. We demonstrate that the subharmonic steps registered in the well-known experiments by Dayem and Wiegand [Phys. Rev. 155, 419 (1967), 10.1103/PhysRev.155.419] and Clarke [Phys. Rev. B 4, 2963 (1971), 10.1103/PhysRevB.4.2963] also form continued fractions.

  19. Josephson phase diffusion in the superconducting quantum interference device ratchet.

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    Spiechowicz, Jakub; Łuczka, Jerzy

    2015-05-01

    We study diffusion of the Josephson phase in the asymmetric superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) subjected to a time-periodic current and pierced by an external magnetic flux. We analyze a relation between phase diffusion and quality of transport characterized by the dc voltage across the SQUID and efficiency of the device. In doing so, we concentrate on the previously reported regime [J. Spiechowicz and J. Łuczka, New J. Phys. 17, 023054 (2015)] for which efficiency of the SQUID attains a global maximum. For long times, the mean-square displacement of the phase is a linear function of time, meaning that diffusion is normal. Its coefficient is small indicating rather regular phase evolution. However, it can be magnified several times by tailoring experimentally accessible parameters like amplitudes of the ac current or external magnetic flux. Finally, we prove that in the deterministic limit this regime is essentially non-chaotic and possesses an unexpected simplicity of attractors. PMID:26026322

  20. Scanning SQUID microscopy of SFS π-Josephson junction arrays

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    Stoutimore, M. J. A.; Oboznov, V. A.

    2005-03-01

    We use a Scanning SQUID Microscope to image the magnetic flux distribution in arrays of SFS (superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor) Josephson junctions. The junctions are fabricated with barrier thickness such that they undergo a transition to a π-junction state at a temperature Tπ 2-4 K. In arrays with cells that have an odd number of π-junctions, we observe spontaneously generated magnetic flux in zero applied magnetic field. We image both fully-frustrated arrays and arrays with non-uniform frustration created by varying the number of π-junctions in the cells. By monitoring the onset of spontaneous flux as a function of temperature near Tπ,^ we estimate the uniformity of the junction critical currents.

  1. Optimization of Spin-Triplet Supercurrent in Ferromagnetic Josephson Junctions

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    Klose, Carolin; Khaire, Trupti S.; Wang, Yixing; Pratt, W. P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.; McMorran, B. J.; Ginley, T. P.; Borchers, J. A.; Kirby, B. J.; Maranville, B. B.; Unguris, J.

    2012-03-01

    We have observed long-range spin-triplet supercurrents in Josephson junctions containing ferromagnetic (F) materials, which are generated by noncollinear magnetizations between a central Co/Ru/Co synthetic antiferromagnet and two outer thin F layers. Here we show that the spin-triplet supercurrent is enhanced up to 20 times after our samples are subject to a large in-plane field. This occurs because the synthetic antiferromagnet undergoes a “spin-flop” transition, whereby the two Co layer magnetizations end up nearly perpendicular to the magnetizations of the two thin F layers. We report direct experimental evidence for the spin-flop transition from scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis and from spin-polarized neutron reflectometry. These results represent a first step toward experimental control of spin-triplet supercurrents.

  2. The a.c. Josephson effect without superconductivity

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    Gaury, Benoit; Weston, Joseph; Waintal, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    Superconductivity derives its most salient features from the coherence of the associated macroscopic wave function. The related physical phenomena have now moved from exotic subjects to fundamental building blocks for quantum circuits such as qubits or single photonic modes. Here we predict that the a.c. Josephson effect—which transforms a d.c. voltage Vb into an oscillating signal cos (2eVbt/ħ)—has a mesoscopic counterpart in normal conductors. We show that when a d.c. voltage Vb is applied to an electronic interferometer, there exists a universal transient regime where the current oscillates at frequency eVb/h. This effect is not limited by a superconducting gap and could, in principle, be used to produce tunable a.c. signals in the elusive 0.1–10-THz ‘terahertz gap’. PMID:25765929

  3. Nonlocal electrodynamics of Josephson vortices in superconducting circuits

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    Abdumalikov, A. A., Jr.; Alfimov, G. L.; Malishevskii, A. S.

    2009-02-01

    A review of the main analytical, numerical and experimental results of nonlocal Josephson electrodynamics in different types of junctions is presented. Several mechanisms of nonlocality are discussed. Linear electromagnetic waves and vortices (kinks) propagating along junctions are examined in detail. The main attention is paid to bulk junctions with internal nonlocality and to narrow junctions with geometrical nonlocality. Theoretical conceptions of Cherenkov excitation of plasma waves, discretization of kink velocities and forming of multikinks by binding of elementary vortices are considered. Experimental results for narrow junctions are surveyed. It is shown that the positions of Fiske steps and Cherenkov resonances at current-voltage characteristics which have been obtained in experiments can be properly explained by a nonlocal model that takes into account stray magnetic fields outside the junction.

  4. Manipulating Josephson junctions in thin-films by nearby vortices

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    Kogan, V G; Mints, R G

    2014-07-01

    It is shown that a vortex trapped in one of the banks of a planar edge-type Josephson junction in a narrow thin-film superconducting strip can change drastically the dependence of the junction critical current on the applied field, I-c(H). When the vortex is placed at certain discrete positions in the strip middle, the pattern I-c(H) has zero at H = 0 instead of the traditional maximum of '0-type' junctions. The number of these positions is equal to the number of vortices trapped at the same location. When the junction-vortex separation exceeds similar to W, the strip width, I-c(H) is no longer sensitive to the vortex presence. The same is true for any separation if the vortex approaches the strip edges. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Symmetry protected Josephson supercurrents in three-dimensional topological insulators.

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    Cho, Sungjae; Dellabetta, Brian; Yang, Alina; Schneeloch, John; Xu, Zhijun; Valla, Tonica; Gu, Genda; Gilbert, Matthew J; Mason, Nadya

    2013-01-01

    Coupling the surface state of a topological insulator to an s-wave superconductor is predicted to produce the long-sought Majorana quasiparticle excitations. However, superconductivity has not been measured in surface states when the bulk charge carriers are fully depleted, that is, in the true topological regime relevant for investigating Majorana modes. Here we report measurements of d.c. Josephson effects in topological insulator-superconductor junctions as the chemical potential is moved through the true topological regime characterized by the presence of only surface currents. We compare our results with three-dimensional quantum transport simulations, and determine the effects of bulk/surface mixing, disorder and magnetic field; in particular, we show that the supercurrent is largely carried by surface states, due to the inherent topology of the bands, and that it is robust against disorder. Our results thus clarify key open issues regarding the nature of supercurrents in topological insulators. PMID:23575693

  6. Josephson phase diffusion in the superconducting quantum interference device ratchet

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    Spiechowicz, Jakub; Łuczka, Jerzy

    2015-05-15

    We study diffusion of the Josephson phase in the asymmetric superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) subjected to a time-periodic current and pierced by an external magnetic flux. We analyze a relation between phase diffusion and quality of transport characterized by the dc voltage across the SQUID and efficiency of the device. In doing so, we concentrate on the previously reported regime [J. Spiechowicz and J. Łuczka, New J. Phys. 17, 023054 (2015)] for which efficiency of the SQUID attains a global maximum. For long times, the mean-square displacement of the phase is a linear function of time, meaning that diffusion is normal. Its coefficient is small indicating rather regular phase evolution. However, it can be magnified several times by tailoring experimentally accessible parameters like amplitudes of the ac current or external magnetic flux. Finally, we prove that in the deterministic limit this regime is essentially non-chaotic and possesses an unexpected simplicity of attractors.

  7. Reentrant ac Magnetic Susceptibility in Josephson-Junction Arrays

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    Araujo-Moreira, F.M.; Barbara, P.; Cawthorne, A.B.; Lobb, C.J.

    1997-06-01

    We have measured the complex ac magnetic susceptibility of unshunted Josephson-junction arrays as a function of temperature T , amplitude of the excitation field h{sub ac} , and external magnetic field H{sub dc} . For small h{sub ac} Meissner screening occurs. For larger h{sub ac} , however, the screening is reentrant in T . This reentrance is not thermodynamic but dynamic and arises from the paramagnetic contribution of multijunction loops. This result gives an alternative explanation of the paramagnetic Meissner effect observed in granular superconductors. Experimental results are in agreement with a simplified model based on a single loop containing four junctions. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  8. Suspended metal mask techniques in Josephson junction fabrication

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    Ono, R.H.; Sauvageau, J.E.; Jain, A.K.; Schwartz, D.B.; Springer, K.T.; Lukens, J.E.

    1985-01-01

    We report here two processes for in-situ, self-aligned fabrication of niobium based Josephson tunnel junctions and SNS microbridges in which multiple evaporations at varying angles are made through a suspended metal stencil fabricated by electron beam lithography (EBL). Both techniques have proved superior to earlier all-polymer suspended masks, particularly with e-gun evaporated refractory metals such as niobium. The first process uses a trilevel resist and ion milling to pattern a gold stencil suspended on PMMA. In the second process, an aluminum stencil suspended on polyimide (PI) is patterned by lift-off with an EBL mask written in a PMMA layer on top of the PI. The PI is then undercut using an oxygen plasma etch through the aluminum mask. Reproducible ( +- 20 nm) submicrometer dimensions and good junction characteristics have been achieved using these techniques without the need for difficult-to-control surface cleaning procedures.

  9. Multi-terminal Josephson junctions as topological matter

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    Riwar, Roman-Pascal; Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia S.; Nazarov, Yuli V.

    2016-04-01

    Topological materials and their unusual transport properties are now at the focus of modern experimental and theoretical research. Their topological properties arise from the bandstructure determined by the atomic composition of a material and as such are difficult to tune and naturally restricted to <=3 dimensions. Here we demonstrate that n-terminal Josephson junctions with conventional superconductors may provide novel realizations of topology in n-1 dimensions, which have similarities, but also marked differences with existing 2D or 3D topological materials. For n>=4, the Andreev subgap spectrum of the junction can accommodate Weyl singularities in the space of the n-1 independent superconducting phases, which play the role of bandstructure quasimomenta. The presence of these Weyl singularities enables topological transitions that are manifested experimentally as changes of the quantized transconductance between two voltage-biased leads, the quantization unit being 4e2/h, where e is the electric charge and h is the Planck constant.

  10. Developing Josephson junction array chips for microvolt applications

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    Wenhui, Cao; Jinjin, Li; Yuan, Zhong; Yuan, Gao; Honghui, Li; Zengmin, Wang; Qing, He

    2016-05-01

    Josephson junction array chips for microvolt applications have been designed and fabricated. A voltage step as small as 1 μV has been observed for a single junction in the array when it is driven by 483.59 MHz microwave. By selecting different parts of the array, it can output a voltage from 1 μV to 256 μV. The flat region of the voltage steps is over 200 μA. This kind of array is useful for potential microvolt applications. Project supported by the National Key Technology Research and Development Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (Grant No. 2011BAK15B00), the Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61401418), and the Basic Research Foundation of National Institute of Metrology of China (Grant No. 20-AKY1415).

  11. Josephson Vortex in Indium Monatomic Superconductor on Silicon Terraces

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    Kawakami, Takuto; Nagai, Yuki; Yoshizawa, Shunusuke; Kim, Howon; Nakayama, Tomonobu; Hasegawa, Yukio; Uchihashi, Takashi; Hu, Xiao

    2015-03-01

    Superconductivity in Indium monatomic layer on a surface of Silicon substrate is intriguing where the terraces and steps exist. Recently, elliptic vortices trapped at steps have been observed by STM/STS measurement under magnetic field. Motivated by this experiment, we clarify the quasiparticle excitation by using Bogoliubov-de Gennes approach. The current distribution and zero energy density of states at vortex core show elliptic shape with longer axis parallel to the step. Moreover, the order parameter is restored at the vortex core. By comparing theoretical results with experiments, we conclude that the recent STS measurement has directly detected Josephson vortex. This work is supported by WPI Initiative on Materials Nanoarchitectonics, MEXT, Japan.

  12. Dispersive Thermometry with a Josephson Junction Coupled to a Resonator

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    Saira, O.-P.; Zgirski, M.; Viisanen, K. L.; Golubev, D. S.; Pekola, J. P.

    2016-08-01

    We embed a small Josephson junction in a microwave resonator that allows simultaneous dc biasing and dispersive readout. Thermal fluctuations drive the junction into phase diffusion and induce a temperature-dependent shift in the resonance frequency. By sensing the thermal noise of a remote resistor in this manner, we demonstrate primary thermometry in the range of 300 mK to below 100 mK, and high-bandwidth (7.5 MHz) operation with a noise-equivalent temperature of better than 10 μ K /√{Hz } . At a finite bias voltage close to a Fiske resonance, amplification of the microwave probe signal is observed. We develop an accurate theoretical model of our device based on the theory of dynamical Coulomb blockade.

  13. High-performance passive microwave survey on Josephson junctions

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    Denisov, A.G.; Radzikhovsky, V.N.; Kudeliya, A.M.

    1994-12-31

    The quasi-optical generations of image of objects with their internal structure in millimeter (MM) and submillimeter (SMM) bands is one of the prime problems of modern radioelectronics. The main advantage of passive MM imaging systems in comparison with visible and infrared (IR) systems is small attenuation of signals in fog, cloud, smoke, dust and other obscurants. However at a panoramic scanning of space the observation time lengthens and thereby the information processing rate becomes restricted. So that single-channel system cannot image in real time. Therefore we must use many radiometers in parallel to reduce the observation time. Such system must contain receiving sensors as pixels in multibeam antenna. The use of Josephson Junctions (JJ) for this purpose together with the cryoelectronic devices like GaAs FET or SQUIDS for signal amplifications after JJ is of particular interest in this case.

  14. Multi-terminal Josephson junctions as topological matter

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    Riwar, Roman-Pascal; Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia S.; Nazarov, Yuli V.

    2016-01-01

    Topological materials and their unusual transport properties are now at the focus of modern experimental and theoretical research. Their topological properties arise from the bandstructure determined by the atomic composition of a material and as such are difficult to tune and naturally restricted to ≤3 dimensions. Here we demonstrate that n-terminal Josephson junctions with conventional superconductors may provide novel realizations of topology in n−1 dimensions, which have similarities, but also marked differences with existing 2D or 3D topological materials. For n≥4, the Andreev subgap spectrum of the junction can accommodate Weyl singularities in the space of the n−1 independent superconducting phases, which play the role of bandstructure quasimomenta. The presence of these Weyl singularities enables topological transitions that are manifested experimentally as changes of the quantized transconductance between two voltage-biased leads, the quantization unit being 4e2/h, where e is the electric charge and h is the Planck constant. PMID:27040917

  15. Multi-terminal Josephson junctions as topological matter

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    Riwar, Roman-Pascal; Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia S.; Nazarov, Yuli V.

    Topological materials and their unusual transport properties are now at the focus of modern experimental and theoretical research. Their topological properties arise from the bandstructure determined by the atomic composition of a material and as such are difficult to tune and naturally restricted to <= 3 dimensions. Here we demonstrate that n-terminal Josephson junctions with conventional superconductors may provide novel realizations of topology in n - 1 dimensions, which have similarities, but also marked differences with existing 2D or 3D topological materials. For n >= 4 , the Andreev subgap spectrum of the junction can accommodate Weyl singularities in the space of the n - 1 independent superconducting phases, which play the role of bandstructure quasimomenta. The presence of these Weyl singularities enables topological transitions that are manifested experimentally as changes of the quantized transconductance between two voltage-biased leads, the quantization unit being 4e2 / h .

  16. Nonequilibrium work by charge control in a Josephson junction.

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    Yi, Su Do; Kim, Beom Jun; Yi, Juyeon

    2013-08-01

    We consider a single Josephson junction in the presence of time varying gate charge, and examine the nonequilibrium work done by the charge control in the framework of fluctuation theorems. Assuming first a high quality junction with negligible Ohmic current, we obtain the probability distribution functions of the work and confirm the Crooks relation to give the estimation of the free energy changes ΔF=0. The reliability of ΔF estimated from the Jarzynksi equality is crucially dependent on protocol parameters, while the Bennett's acceptance ratio method yields consistently ΔF=0. We examine the behaviors of the work average and point out its relation to heat and entropy production associated with the circuit control. Finally considering finite tunnel resistance we discuss dissipation effects on the work statistics. PMID:24032811

  17. Josephson traveling-wave parametric amplifier for superconducting qubit readout

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    Macklin, Chris; Slichter, D. H.; Yaakobi, O.; Friedland, L.; Bolkhovsky, V.; Braje, D. A.; Fitch, G.; Oliver, W. D.; Siddiqi, I.

    2014-03-01

    Superconducting parametric amplifiers (paramps) have successfully demonstrated near quantum limited sensitivity, enabling single-shot qubit readout, feedback, and state tracking. However, these amplifiers are commonly limited to narrow bandwidth and modest dynamic range, and most require microwave circulators to separate input and output modes. These limitations stem from the use of a resonant non-linearity to achieve mixing between a signal and pump mode. Our traveling-wave parametric amplifier (TWPA) is based on a superconducting nonlinear Josephson junction transmission line, thereby inherently sidestepping the limitations associated with a cavity structure. We present theoretical predictions and experimental results, including improved gain and noise performance. We discuss transmon qubit readout in the circuit QED architecture using a TWPA. We also comment on promising architectures for chip-level integration and multiplexing. Work supported by IARPA.

  18. Cascade of parametric resonances in coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Azemtsa-Donfack, H.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Botha, A. E.

    2016-06-01

    We found that the coupled system of Josephson junctions under external electromagnetic radiation demonstrates a cascade of parametric instabilities. These instabilities appear along the IV characteristics within bias current intervals corresponding to Shapiro step subharmonics and lead to charging in the superconducting layers. The amplitudes of the charge oscillations increase with increasing external radiation power. We demonstrate the existence of longitudinal plasma waves at the corresponding bias current values. An essential advantage of the parametric instabilities in the case of subharmonics is the lower amplitude of radiation that is needed for the creation of the longitudinal plasma wave. This fact gives a unique possibility to create and control longitudinal plasma waves in layered superconductors. We propose a novel experiment for studying parametric instabilities and the charging of superconducting layers based on the simultaneous variation of the bias current and radiation amplitude.

  19. Josephson effect in mesoscopic graphene strips with finite width

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    Moghaddam, Ali G.; Zareyan, Malek

    2006-12-01

    We study Josephson effect in a ballistic graphene strip of length L smaller than the superconducting coherence length and arbitrary width W . We find that the dependence of the critical supercurrent Ic on W is drastically different for different types of the edges. For smooth and armchair edges at low concentration of the carriers Ic decreases monotonically with decreasing W/L and tends to a constant minimum for a narrow strip W/L≲1 . The minimum supercurrent is zero for smooth edges but has a finite value eΔ0/ℏ for the armchair edges. At higher concentration of the carriers, in addition to this overall monotonic variation, the critical current undergoes a series of peaks with varying W . On the other hand in a strip with zigzag edges the supercurrent is half-integer quantized to (n+1/2)4eΔ0/ℏ , showing a stepwise variation with W .

  20. Soft nanostructuring of YBCO Josephson junctions by phase separation.

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    Gustafsson, D; Pettersson, H; Iandolo, B; Olsson, E; Bauch, T; Lombardi, F

    2010-12-01

    We have developed a new method to fabricate biepitaxial YBa2 Cu3 O7-δ (YBCO) Josephson junctions at the nanoscale, allowing junctions widths down to 100 nm and simultaneously avoiding the typical damage in grain boundary interfaces due to conventional patterning procedures. By using the competition between the superconducting YBCO and the insulating Y2 BaCuO5 phases during film growth, we formed nanometer sized grain boundary junctions in the insulating Y2 BaCuO5 matrix as confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Electrical transport measurements give clear indications that we are close to probing the intrinsic properties of the grain boundaries. PMID:21080664

  1. Scattering to different vortex polarity in coupled long Josephson junctions

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    Wustmann, Waltraut; Osborn, Kevin D.

    We theoretically study the motion of flux vortices (fluxons) in structures made from discrete long Josephson junctions (DLJJs) which may have applications in the fields of reversible and low-power computing. We investigate the scattering of fluxons at specially designed interfaces where multiple DLJJs meet. Once fluxons approach the interface, flux oscillations at the interface can be temporarily excited before the fluxons continue along to another DLJJ. Under some conditions the fluxons will change their polarity (to antifluxons) and in other cases the fluxon continues without a change in polarity. We explain the dynamics through the resonant interaction of the soliton with bound states at the interface. We also study a controlled polarity gate, where the polarity of the target fluxon depends on a control fluxon which enters and exits the interface through separate DLJJs.

  2. Stochastic Resonance Magnetic Force Microscopy imaging of Josephson Arrays

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    Naibert, Tyler; Polshyn, Hryhoriy; Wolin, Brian; Durkin, Malcolm; Garrido Menacho, Rita; Mondragon Shem, Ian; Chua, Victor; Hughes, Taylor; Mason, Nadya; Budakian, Raffi

    Vortex interactions are key to explaining the behavior of many two dimensional superconducting systems. We report on the development of a technique to locally probe vortex interactions in a 2D array of Josephson junctions. Scanning a magnetic tip attached to an ultra-soft cantilever over the array produces changes in the frequency of the cantilever along certain lines, forming geometric patterns in the scans. Different tip-surface separations and external magnetic fields produce a number of different patterns. These patterns correspond to tip locations in which two configurations of vortices in the lattice have degenerate energies. By imaging the locations of these degeneracies, information on the local vortex interactions may be obtained.

  3. Bosonic binary mixtures with Josephson-type interactions

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    Souza, Valéria de C.; Arenas, Zochil González; Barci, Daniel G.; Linhares, Cesar A.

    2016-05-01

    Motivated by experiments in bosonic mixtures composed of a single element in two different hyperfine states, we study bosonic binary mixtures in the presence of Josephson interactions between species. We focus on a particular model with O(2) isospin symmetry, lifted by an imbalanced population parametrized by a Rabi frequency, ΩR, and a detuning, ν, which couples the phases of both species. We have studied the model at mean-field approximation plus Gaussian fluctuations. We have found that both species simultaneously condensate below a critical temperature Tc and the relative phases are locked by the applied laser phase, α. Moreover, the condensate fractions are strongly dependent on the ratio ΩR / ∣ ν ∣ that is not affected by thermal fluctuations.

  4. Simultaneous quasiparticle and Josephson tunneling in BSCCO-2212 break junctions.

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    Ozyuzer, L.

    1998-10-27

    Tunneling measurements are reported for superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) break junctions on underdoped, optimally-doped, and overdoped single crystals of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} (Bi-2212). The junction I-V characteristics exhibit well-defined quasiparticle current jumps at eV = 2A as well as hysteretic Josephson currents. The quasiparticle branch has been analyzed in the framework of d{sub x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}} (d-wave) superconductivity and indicates that there is preferential tunneling along the lobe directions of the d-wave gap. For overdoped Bi-2212 with T{sub c} = 62 K, the Josephson current is measured as a function of junction resistance, R{sub n}, which varied by two orders of magnitude (1 k{Omega} to 100 k{Omega}). I{sub c}R{sub n} product is proportional to the 0.47 power of I{sub c} and displays a maximum of 7.0 mV. When the hole doping is decreased from overdoped (T{sub c} = 62 K) to the underdoped regime (T{sub c} = 70 K), the average I{sub c}R{sub n} product increases as does the quasiparticle gap. The maximum I{sub c}R{sub n} is {approximately} 40% of the {Delta}/e at each doping level, with a value as high as 25 mV in underdoped Bi-2212.

  5. Chaos and related nonlinear noise phenomena in Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Miracky, R.F.

    1984-07-01

    The nonlinear dynamics of Josephson tunnel junctions shunted by a resistance with substantial self-inductance have been thoroughly investigated. The current-voltage characteristics of these devices exhibit stable regions of negative differential resistance. Very large increases in the low-frequency voltage noise with equivalent noise temperatures of 10/sup 6/ K or more, observed in the vicinity of these regions, arise from switching, or hopping, between subharmonic modes. Moderate increases in the noise, with temperatures of about 10/sup 3/ K, arise from chaotic behavior. Analog and digital simulations indicate that under somewhat rarer circumstances the same junction system can sustain a purely deterministic hopping between two unstable subharmonic modes, accompanied by excess low-frequency noise. Unlike the noise-induced case, this chaotic process occurs over a much narrower range in bias current and is destroyed by the addition of thermal noise. The differential equation describing the junction system can be reduced to a one-dimensional mapping in the vicinity of one of the unstable modes. A general analytical calculation of switching processes for a class of mappings yields the frequency dependence of the noise spectrum in terms of the parameters of the mapping. Finally, the concepts of noise-induced hopping near bifurcation thresholds are applied to the problem of the three-photon Josephson parametric amplifier. Analog simulations indicate that the noise rise observed in experimental devices arises from occasional hopping between a mode at the pump frequency ..omega../sub p/ and a mode at the half harmonic ..omega../sub p//2. The hopping is induced by thermal noise associated with the shunt resistance. 71 references.

  6. Resonant tunneling in small current-biased Josephson Junctions

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    Schmidt, J.M.

    1994-05-01

    Effects of resonant tunneling between bound quantum states of a current-biased Josephson tunnel junction is studied both theoretically and experimentally. Several effects are predicted to arise from resonant tunneling, including a series of voltage peaks along the supercurrent branch of the current-voltage characteristic, and enhanced rate of escape from zero voltage state to voltage state at particular values of bias current. A model is developed to estimate magnitude and duration of voltage peaks, and to estimate enhancement of the escape rate, which appears as peaks in the rate as a function of bias current. An experimental investigation was carried out in an attempt to observe these predicted peaks in the escape rate distribution in a current-biased DC SQUID, which is shown to be dynamically equivalent to a Josephson junction with adjustable critical current. Electrical contact to each SQUID (fabricated from aluminium) was made through high resistance thin film leads located on the substrate. These resistors provided a high impedance at the plasma frequency which is for the isolation of the SQUID from its electromagnetic environment. Measurements were carried out on a dilution refrigerator at temperatures as low as 19 mK. No evidence was found for resonant tunneling; this is attributed to effective temperatures of hundreds of millikelvin. The behavior is well explained by a heating model where the high effective temperatures are generated by ohmic heating of the electron gas of the isolation resistors, which decouples from the phonon system (hot electron effect). The prospects for further theoretical and experimental research are discussed.

  7. Anisotropy of weakly vibrated granular flows.

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    Wortel, Geert H; van Hecke, Martin

    2015-10-01

    We experimentally probe the anisotropy of weakly vibrated flowing granular media. Depending on the driving parameters-flow rate and vibration strength-this anisotropy varies significantly. We show how the anisotropy collapses when plotted as a function of the driving stresses, uncovering a direct link between stresses and anisotropy. Moreover, our data suggest that for small anisotropies, the shear stresses vanish. Anisotropy of the fabric of granular media thus plays a crucial role in determining the rheology of granular flows. PMID:26565148

  8. Anisotropy of weakly vibrated granular flows

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    Wortel, Geert H.; van Hecke, Martin

    2015-10-01

    We experimentally probe the anisotropy of weakly vibrated flowing granular media. Depending on the driving parameters—flow rate and vibration strength—this anisotropy varies significantly. We show how the anisotropy collapses when plotted as a function of the driving stresses, uncovering a direct link between stresses and anisotropy. Moreover, our data suggest that for small anisotropies, the shear stresses vanish. Anisotropy of the fabric of granular media thus plays a crucial role in determining the rheology of granular flows.

  9. Weakly broken galileon symmetry

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    Pirtskhalava, David; Santoni, Luca; Trincherini, Enrico; Vernizzi, Filippo

    2015-09-01

    Effective theories of a scalar ϕ invariant under the internal galileon symmetryϕ→ϕ+b{sub μ}x{sup μ} have been extensively studied due to their special theoretical and phenomenological properties. In this paper, we introduce the notion of weakly broken galileon invariance, which characterizes the unique class of couplings of such theories to gravity that maximally retain their defining symmetry. The curved-space remnant of the galileon’s quantum properties allows to construct (quasi) de Sitter backgrounds largely insensitive to loop corrections. We exploit this fact to build novel cosmological models with interesting phenomenology, relevant for both inflation and late-time acceleration of the universe.

  10. Weak decay of hypernuclei

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    Grace, R.

    1983-01-01

    The Moby Dick spectrometer (at BNL) in coincidence with a range spectrometer and a TOF neutron detector will be used to study the weak decay modes of /sup 12/C. The Moby Dick spectrometer will be used to reconstruct and tag events in which specific hypernuclear states are formed in the reaction K/sup -/ + /sup 12/C ..-->.. ..pi../sup -/ + /sup 12/C. Subsequent emission of decay products (pions, protons and neutrons) in coincidence with the fast forward pion will be detected in a time and range spectrometer, and a neutron detector.

  11. Horizontal gene transfer in eukaryotes: The weak-link model

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    Huang, Jinling

    2013-01-01

    The significance of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in eukaryotic evolution remains controversial. Although many eukaryotic genes are of bacterial origin, they are often interpreted as being derived from mitochondria or plastids. Because of their fixed gene pool and gene loss, however, mitochondria and plastids alone cannot adequately explain the presence of all, or even the majority, of bacterial genes in eukaryotes. Available data indicate that no insurmountable barrier to HGT exists, even in complex multicellular eukaryotes. In addition, the discovery of both recent and ancient HGT events in all major eukaryotic groups suggests that HGT has been a regular occurrence throughout the history of eukaryotic evolution. A model of HGT is proposed that suggests both unicellular and early developmental stages as likely entry points for foreign genes into multicellular eukaryotes. PMID:24037739

  12. Weakly relativistic plasma expansion

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    Fermous, Rachid Djebli, Mourad

    2015-04-15

    Plasma expansion is an important physical process that takes place in laser interactions with solid targets. Within a self-similar model for the hydrodynamical multi-fluid equations, we investigated the expansion of both dense and under-dense plasmas. The weakly relativistic electrons are produced by ultra-intense laser pulses, while ions are supposed to be in a non-relativistic regime. Numerical investigations have shown that relativistic effects are important for under-dense plasma and are characterized by a finite ion front velocity. Dense plasma expansion is found to be governed mainly by quantum contributions in the fluid equations that originate from the degenerate pressure in addition to the nonlinear contributions from exchange and correlation potentials. The quantum degeneracy parameter profile provides clues to set the limit between under-dense and dense relativistic plasma expansions at a given density and temperature.

  13. Resonant enhancement of macroscopic quantum tunneling in Josephson junctions: Influence of coherent two-level systems

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    Fistul, M. V.

    2015-07-01

    We report a theoretical study of the macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in small Josephson junctions containing randomly distributed two-level systems. We focus on a Josephson phase escape for switching from the superconducting (the zero-voltage) state to a resistive one. Above the crossover temperature Tc r the thermal fluctuations of the Josephson phase induce such a switching, and as T Josephson junctions we obtain a resonant enhancement of the MQT. This phenomenon manifests itself by a narrow peak in the dependence of Tc r(Φ ) occurring in the intermediate range of Φ , i.e., 0 <Φ <ϕ0 (ϕ0 is the magnetic flux quantum). We explain this effect quantitatively by a strong resonant suppression of the potential barrier for the Josephson phase escape that is due to the coherent quantum Rabi oscillations in two-level systems present in the junction.

  14. Josephson systems based on ballistic point contacts between single-band and multi-band superconductors

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    Yerin, Y. S.; Kiyko, A. S.; Omelyanchouk, A. N.; Il'ichev, E.

    2015-11-01

    The Josephson effect in ballistic point contacts between single-band and multi-band superconductors was investigated. It was found that in the case of Josephson junctions formed by a single-band and an s±-wave two-band superconductor as well as by a single-band and a three-band superconductor the junctions become frustrated, showing the φ-contact properties. Depending on the ground state of a three-band superconductor with time-reversal symmetry breaking, the Josephson junction can have from one to three energy minima, some of which can be locally stable. We also study the behavior of a dc SQUID based on the Josephson junctions between single-band and multi-band superconductors. Some features on the dependences of the critical current and the total magnetic flux on the applied flux of a dc SQUID based on the Josephson point contacts between a single-band superconductor and an s±-wave superconductor, three-band superconductor with broken time-reversal symmetry and three-band superconductor without broken time-reversal symmetry as compared to the conventional dc SQUIDs based on single-band superconductors were found. The results can be used as an experimental tool to detect the existence of multi-band structure and time-reversal symmetry breaking.

  15. 0-π Transition Driven by Magnetic Proximity Effect in a Josephson Junction

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    Hikino, Shin-ichi; Yunoki, Seiji

    2015-02-01

    We theoretically study the Josephson effect in a superconductor/normal metal/superconductor (S/N/S) Josephson junction composed of s-wave Ss with N which is sandwiched by two ferromagnetic insulators (Fs), forming a spin valve, in the vertical direction of the junction. We show that the 0-π transition of the Josephson critical current occurs with increasing the thickness of N along the junction. This transition is due to the magnetic proximity effect (MPE) which induces ferromagnetic magnetization in the N. Moreover, we find that, even for fixed thickness of N, the proposed Josephson junction with the spin valve can be switched from π to 0 states and vice versa by varying the magnetization configuration (parallel or antiparallel) of two Fs. We also examine the effect of spin-orbit scattering on the Josephson critical current and argue that the 0-π transition found here can be experimentally observed within the current nanofabrication techniques, thus indicating a promising potential of this junction as a 0-π switching device operated reversibly with varying the magnetic configuration in the spin valve by, e.g., applying an external magnetic field. Our results not only provide possible applications in superconducting electronics but also suggest the importance of a fundamental concept of MPE in nanostructures of multilayer N/F systems.

  16. Multidimensional Josephson vortices in spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensates: Snake instability and decay through vortex dipoles

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    Gallemí, A.; Guilleumas, M.; Mayol, R.; Mateo, A. Muñoz

    2016-03-01

    We analyze the dynamics of Josephson vortex states in two-component Bose-Einstein condensates with Rashba-Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling by using the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. In one dimension, both in homogeneous and harmonically trapped systems, we report on stationary states containing doubly charged, static Josephson vortices. In multidimensional systems, we find stable Josephson vortices in a regime of parameters typical of current experiments with 87Rb atoms. In addition, we discuss the instability regime of Josephson vortices in disk-shaped condensates, where the snake instability operates and vortex dipoles emerge. We study the rich dynamics that they exhibit in different regimes of the spin-orbit-coupled condensate depending on the orientation of the Josephson vortices.

  17. Shape and wobbling wave excitations in Josephson junctions: Exact solutions of the (2+1)-dimensional sine-Gordon model

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    Gulevich, D. R.; Savel'ev, Sergey; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Yampol'skii, V. A.; Nori, Franco

    2009-09-01

    We predict a class of excitations propagating along a Josephson vortex in two-dimensional Josephson junctions. These excitations are associated with the distortion of a Josephson vortex line of an arbitrary profile. We derive a universal analytical expression for the energy of arbitrary-shape excitations, investigate their influence on the dynamics of a vortex line, and discuss conditions where such excitations can be created. Finally, we show that such excitations play the role of a clock for a relativistically-moving Josephson vortex and suggest an experiment to measure a time-dilation effect analogous to that in special relativity. The position of the shape excitation on a Josephson vortex acts like a 'minute hand' showing the time in the rest frame associated with the vortex. Remarkably, at some conditions, the shape wave can carry negative energy: a vortex with the shape excitation can have less energy than the same vortex without it.

  18. Statistics of avalanches in the self-organized criticality state of a Josephson junction

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    Matizen, E. V.; Martynets, V. G. Bezverkhii, P. P.

    2010-08-15

    Magnetic flux avalanches in Josephson junctions that include superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) tunnel junctions and are magnetized at temperatures lower than approximately 5 K have been studied in detail. Avalanches are of stochastic character and appear when the magnetic field penetration depth {lambda} into a junction becomes equal to the length a of the Josephson junction with a decrease in the temperature. The statistical properties of such avalanches are presented. The size distribution of the avalanches is a power law with a negative noninteger exponent about unity, indicating the self-organized criticality state. The self-organized criticality state is not observed in Josephson junctions with a superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) junction.

  19. Non-equilibrium 8π Josephson effect in atomic Kitaev wires.

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    Laflamme, C; Budich, J C; Zoller, P; Dalmonte, M

    2016-01-01

    The identification of fractionalized excitations, such as Majorana quasi-particles, would be a striking signal of the realization of exotic quantum states of matter. While the paramount demonstration of such excitations would be a probe of their non-Abelian statistics via controlled braiding operations, alternative proposals exist that may be easier to access experimentally. Here we identify a signature of Majorana quasi-particles, qualitatively different from the behaviour of a conventional superconductor, which can be detected in cold atom systems using alkaline-earth-like atoms. The system studied is a Kitaev wire interrupted by an extra site, which gives rise to super-exchange coupling between two Majorana-bound states. We show that this system hosts a tunable, non-equilibrium Josephson effect with a characteristic 8π periodicity of the Josephson current. The visibility of the 8π periodicity of the Josephson current is then studied including the effects of dephasing and particle losses. PMID:27481540

  20. Current-phase relation measurements of SFS π-Josephson junctions

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    Frolov, S. M.; van Harlingen, D. J.; Oboznov, V. A.; Ryazanov, V. V.

    2004-03-01

    We present measurements of the current-phase relation (CPR) of Superconductor-Ferromagnet-Superconductor (SFS) Josephson junctions as a function of temperature. The CPR is determined by incorporating the junction in an rf SQUID geometry coupled to a dc SQUID, allowing measurement of the junction phase difference. Junctions fabricated with a thin ( ˜25 nm) barrier of Cu_0.48Ni_0.52 sandwiched between Nb electrodes exhibit a re-entrant critical current with temperature, vanishing at T=T_π ˜2-4 K. We find a phase shift of π for TJosephson junction. No evidence for the predicted second-order Josephson tunneling near T_π is found in the CPR.

  1. Josephson effect in CeCoIn{sub 5} microbridges as seen via quantum interferometry

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    Foyevtsov, Oleksandr; Porrati, Fabrizio; Huth, Michael

    2011-07-15

    A superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) was prepared on a micron-sized single crystal using a selected growth domain of a thin film of CeCoIn{sub 5} grown by molecular beam epitaxy. SQUID voltage oscillations of good quality were obtained as well as interference effects stemming from the individual Josephson microbridges. The transport characteristics in the superconducting state exhibited several peculiarities which we ascribe to the periodic motion of vortices in the microbridges. The temperature dependence of the Josephson critical current shows good correspondence to the Ambegaokar-Baratoff relation, expected for the ideal Josephson junction. The results indicate a promising pathway to identify the type of order parameter in CeCoIn{sub 5} by means of phase-sensitive measurements on microbridges.

  2. Josephson mass current dynamics in experiments and simulations within a new model concept

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    Eska, G.; Gladchenko, S.; Pereverzev, S. V.

    2010-01-01

    Josephson mass currents have been investigated in superfluid 3He-B with high temporal resolution. The experimentally observed dynamics of all DC and AC Josephson effects could be modeled in detail by solving the quantum-phase-controlled equations of motion which could be adjusted for other quantum condensates as well. We show that the 3He π-state, discussed in the literature, might not be a state of 3He but nonlinear dynamics which also dominates the apparent dissipation and oscillation in the Josephson device. Four different modes were identified for Cooper pair oscillations and a pure sinusoidal current phase relationship was found for temperatures down to 0.16 mK where the device can be used as a bolometric detector.

  3. Grain boundary Josephson devices by YBaCuO films and 77K operations

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    Yamashita, T.; Kawakami, A.; Noge, S.; Xu, W.; Takata, M.; Komatsu, T.; Matusita, K.

    1989-03-01

    Magnetron sputtering and screen printing methods were used to fabricate YBaCuO films with thickness of 5 to 30..mu..m. The annealing of the films at 1000/sup 0/C gave abnormal grain growth. The grain size of the films was about 20 to 70..mu..m. With photolithography and razor cutting techniques, the films were formed to bridge type Josephson junctions having a few grain boundaries in the bridge regions. In the devices, clear Shapiro steps and SQUID patterns were observed at 77K. The experiments show that all currents flowing through grain boundaries are Josephson currents in YBaCuO polycrystalline films. Clear Josephson effects were observed in about 30% of the fabricated devices. The device may hae high potentials for high frequency detectors and SQUID flux sensors operative at 77K.

  4. Determination of IVC breakpoint for josephson junction stack. Non-periodic boundary conditions with γ = 1

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    Serdyukova, S. I.

    2014-07-01

    We prove that, in the case of non-periodic (with γ = 1) boundary conditions, the calculation of the current-voltage characteristic (IVC) for a stack of n intrinsic Josephson junctions reduces to solving a system of [( n + 1)/2] non-linear differential equations instead of the n original ones. The current voltage characteristic V( I) has the shape of a hysteresis loop. On the back branch of the loop V( I) decreases to zero rapidly near the breakpoint I b . We succeeded to derive an algorithm determining the approximate breakpoint location and to improve simultaneously the mixed numerical-analytical algorithm of IVC calculation for a stack of Josephson junctions developed by us before. The efficiency of the improved algorithm is shown by the calculations of IVC for stacks consisting of various numbers of intrinsic Josephson junctions.

  5. Non-equilibrium 8π Josephson effect in atomic Kitaev wires

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    Laflamme, C.; Budich, J. C.; Zoller, P.; Dalmonte, M.

    2016-01-01

    The identification of fractionalized excitations, such as Majorana quasi-particles, would be a striking signal of the realization of exotic quantum states of matter. While the paramount demonstration of such excitations would be a probe of their non-Abelian statistics via controlled braiding operations, alternative proposals exist that may be easier to access experimentally. Here we identify a signature of Majorana quasi-particles, qualitatively different from the behaviour of a conventional superconductor, which can be detected in cold atom systems using alkaline-earth-like atoms. The system studied is a Kitaev wire interrupted by an extra site, which gives rise to super-exchange coupling between two Majorana-bound states. We show that this system hosts a tunable, non-equilibrium Josephson effect with a characteristic 8π periodicity of the Josephson current. The visibility of the 8π periodicity of the Josephson current is then studied including the effects of dephasing and particle losses. PMID:27481540

  6. Non-equilibrium 8π Josephson effect in atomic Kitaev wires

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    Laflamme, C.; Budich, J. C.; Zoller, P.; Dalmonte, M.

    2016-08-01

    The identification of fractionalized excitations, such as Majorana quasi-particles, would be a striking signal of the realization of exotic quantum states of matter. While the paramount demonstration of such excitations would be a probe of their non-Abelian statistics via controlled braiding operations, alternative proposals exist that may be easier to access experimentally. Here we identify a signature of Majorana quasi-particles, qualitatively different from the behaviour of a conventional superconductor, which can be detected in cold atom systems using alkaline-earth-like atoms. The system studied is a Kitaev wire interrupted by an extra site, which gives rise to super-exchange coupling between two Majorana-bound states. We show that this system hosts a tunable, non-equilibrium Josephson effect with a characteristic 8π periodicity of the Josephson current. The visibility of the 8π periodicity of the Josephson current is then studied including the effects of dephasing and particle losses.

  7. Gapped graphene-based Josephson junction with d-wave pair coupling

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    Goudarzi, H.; Khezerlou, M.; Dezhaloud, T.

    2013-06-01

    The Josephson current passing through a S/I/S gapped graphene-based junction, where superconductivity in the S region is induced by depositing unconventional d-wave superconductor is investigated. The energy levels of massive Dirac fermions are exactly found for Andreev bound states. We illustrate the effect of characteristic of d-wave pairing symmetry on the Andreev bound states and the Josephson current. It is shown that the Josephson current vanishes for special range of superconductivity phase, φ = φ1 - φ2 and the position of the maximum current depends on the mass gap of graphene. The critical supercurrent varies in an oscillatory manner as function of the barrier strength, so that the period of oscillations does not change by increasing the effective mass of quasiparticles.

  8. RF impedance of intrinsic Josephson junction in flux-flow state with a periodic pinning potential

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    Yamada, Y.; Nakajima, K.; Nakajima, K.

    2008-09-01

    We have investigated the dynamics of Josephson vortices interacting with electromagnetic waves in Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ y intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stacks by means of millimeter wave irradiation and numerical simulations based on coupled sine-Gordon equations while taking into account a sinusoidal form of the periodic pinning potential. The numerical simulation results for the influence of the electromagnetic waves on the flux-flow properties reveal that the periodic pinning potential induces the in-phase motion of Josephson vortices over the junctions. In order to prove from another viewpoint, we investigate RF impedance of IJJ in flux-flow state in this study. A remarkable negative real part region appears at 1st harmonic step, it means that the IJJ in flux-flow state acts as an oscillator at the negative real part region.

  9. Proximity Effect in BSCCO Intrinsic Josephson Junctions Contacted with a Normal Metal Layer

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    Suzuki, Minoru; Koizumi, Masayuki; Ohmaki, Masayuki; Kakeya, Itsuhiro; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    Superconductivity proximity effect is numerically evaluated based on McMillan's tunneling proximity model for a sandwich of a normal metal layer on top of the surface superconducting layer of intrinsic Josephson junctions in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (BSCCO) crystal. Due to the very thin thickness of 0.3 nm of the superconducting layer in IJJs, the surface layer is subject to influence of the proximity effect when the top layer is contacted with a normal metal layer. The effect manifests itself as a significant change in the characteristics of the IJJ surface Josephson junction. It is found that when the superconducting layer thickness is smaller than 0.6 nm, the pair potential reduces significantly, leading to an almost complete suppression of the critical Josephson current density for the surface junction. This result can partly explain the experimental results on the IJJ characteristics of a mesa type structure.

  10. Structured chaos in a devil's staircase of the Josephson junction

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Botha, A. E.; Medvedeva, S. Yu.; Kolahchi, M. R.; Irie, A.

    2014-09-01

    The phase dynamics of Josephson junctions (JJs) under external electromagnetic radiation is studied through numerical simulations. Current-voltage characteristics, Lyapunov exponents, and Poincaré sections are analyzed in detail. It is found that the subharmonic Shapiro steps at certain parameters are separated by structured chaotic windows. By performing a linear regression on the linear part of the data, a fractal dimension of D = 0.868 is obtained, with an uncertainty of ±0.012. The chaotic regions exhibit scaling similarity, and it is shown that the devil's staircase of the system can form a backbone that unifies and explains the highly correlated and structured chaotic behavior. These features suggest a system possessing multiple complete devil's staircases. The onset of chaos for subharmonic steps occurs through the Feigenbaum period doubling scenario. Universality in the sequence of periodic windows is also demonstrated. Finally, the influence of the radiation and JJ parameters on the structured chaos is investigated, and it is concluded that the structured chaos is a stable formation over a wide range of parameter values.

  11. Multi-qubit measurements with a Josephson Photomultiplier

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    Howington, Caleb; Hutchings, M.; Ribeill, Guilhem; Pechenezhskiy, Ivan; Vavilov, Maxim G.; Wilhelm, Frank K.; McDermott, R.; Plourde, Blt

    The ability to measure multi-qubit parity is critical for the realization of a fault-tolerant quantum information processor. For a system of transmon qubits coupled to a superconducting cavity, a threshold photon detector can provide an efficient path towards the digital readout of qubit parity after the parity information is mapped onto the cavity photon occupation. We will describe progress towards the implementation of such a scheme for measuring the parity of two transmon qubits. On-chip flux bias lines allow us to tune the dispersive cavity shifts related to the state of the two qubits and an appropriately shaped pulse driven to the cavity results in a bright state for one parity but not the other. A Josephson Photomultiplier then serves as a phase-insensitive digital detector of the microwave photons that leak out of the cavity. Future improvements and various technical difficulties will be discussed. We acknowledge support from ARO under Contract W911NF-14-1-0080.

  12. Josephson junction ratchet: The impact of finite capacitances

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    Spiechowicz, Jakub; Hänggi, Peter; Łuczka, Jerzy

    2014-08-01

    We study transport in an asymmetric superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) which is composed of a loop with three capacitively and resistively shunted Josephson junctions: two in series in one arm and the remaining one in the other arm. The loop is threaded by an external magnetic flux and the system is subjected to both a time-periodic and a constant current. We formulate the deterministic and, as well, the stochastic dynamics of the SQUID in terms of the Stewart-McCumber model and derive an equation for the phase difference across one arm, in which an effective periodic potential is of the ratchet type, i.e., its reflection symmetry is broken. In doing so, we extend and generalize an earlier study by Zapata et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 2292 (1996), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.77.2292] and analyze directed transport in wide parameter regimes: covering the overdamped to the moderate damping regime up to its fully underdamped regime. As a result we detect the intriguing features of a negative (differential) conductance, repeated voltage reversals, noise-induced voltage reversals, and solely thermal noise-induced ratchet currents. We identify a set of parameters for which the ratchet effect is most pronounced and show how the direction of transport can be controlled by tailoring the external magnetic flux.

  13. Invariant submanifold for series arrays of Josephson junctions

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    Marvel, Seth A.; Strogatz, Steven H.

    2009-03-01

    We study the nonlinear dynamics of series arrays of Josephson junctions in the large-N limit, where N is the number of junctions in the array. The junctions are assumed to be identical, overdamped, driven by a constant bias current, and globally coupled through a common load. Previous simulations of such arrays revealed that their dynamics are remarkably simple, hinting at the presence of some hidden symmetry or other structure. These observations were later explained by the discovery of N -3 constants of motion, the choice of which confines the resulting flow in phase space to a low-dimensional invariant manifold. Here we show that the dimensionality can be reduced further by restricting attention to a special family of states recently identified by Ott and Antonsen. In geometric terms, the Ott-Antonsen ansatz corresponds to an invariant submanifold of dimension one less than that found earlier. We derive and analyze the flow on this submanifold for two special cases: an array with purely resistive loading and another with resistive-inductive-capacitive loading. Our results recover (and in some instances improve) earlier findings based on linearization arguments.

  14. Squeezing with a flux-driven Josephson parametric amplifier

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    Menzel, E. P.; Zhong, L.; Eder, P.; Baust, A.; Haeberlein, M.; Hoffmann, E.; Deppe, F.; Marx, A.; Gross, R.; di Candia, R.; Solano, E.; Ihmig, M.; Inomata, K.; Yamamoto, T.; Nakamura, Y.

    2014-03-01

    Josephson parametric amplifiers (JPA) are promising devices for the implementation of continuous-variable quantum communication protocols. Operated in the phase-sensitive mode, they allow for amplifying a single quadrature of the electromagnetic field without adding any noise. While in practice internal losses introduce a finite amount of noise, our device still adds less noise than an ideal phase-insensitive amplifier. This property is a prerequisite for the generation of squeezed states. In this work, we reconstruct the Wigner function of squeezed vacuum, squeezed thermal and squeezed coherent states with our dual-path method [L. Zhong et al. arXiv:1307.7285 (2013); E. P. Menzel et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 100401 (2010)]. In addition, we illuminate the physics of squeezed coherent microwave fields. This work is supported by SFB 631, German Excellence Initiative via NIM, EU projects SOLID, CCQED, PROMISCE and SCALEQIT, MEXT Kakenhi ``Quantum Cybernetics,'' JSPS FIRST Program, the NICT Commissioned Research, Basque Government IT472-10, Spanish MINECO FIS2012-36673-C03-02, and UPV/EHU UFI 11/55.

  15. Determination of the dissipation in superconducting Josephson junctions

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    Mugnai, D. Ranfagni, A.; Cacciari, I.

    2015-02-07

    The results relative to macroscopic quantum tunneling rate, out of the metastable state of Josephson junctions, are examined in view of determining the effect of dissipation. We adopt a simple criterion in accordance to which the effect of dissipation can be evaluated by analyzing the shortening of the semiclassical traversal time of the barrier. In almost all the considered cases, especially those with relatively large capacitance values, the relative time shortening turns out to be about 20% and with a corresponding quality factor Q ≃ 5.5. However, beyond the specific cases here considered, still in the regime of moderate dissipation, the method is applicable also to different situations with different values of the quality factor. The method allows, within the error limits, for a reliable determination of the load resistance R{sub L}, the less accessible quantity in the framework of the resistively and capacitively shunted junction model, provided that the characteristics of the junction (intrinsic capacitance, critical current, and the ratio of the bias current to the critical one) are known with sufficient accuracy.

  16. Structured chaos in a devil's staircase of the Josephson junction

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Botha, A. E.; Medvedeva, S. Yu.; Kolahchi, M. R.; Irie, A.

    2014-09-01

    The phase dynamics of Josephson junctions (JJs) under external electromagnetic radiation is studied through numerical simulations. Current-voltage characteristics, Lyapunov exponents, and Poincaré sections are analyzed in detail. It is found that the subharmonic Shapiro steps at certain parameters are separated by structured chaotic windows. By performing a linear regression on the linear part of the data, a fractal dimension of D = 0.868 is obtained, with an uncertainty of ±0.012. The chaotic regions exhibit scaling similarity, and it is shown that the devil's staircase of the system can form a backbone that unifies and explains the highly correlated and structured chaotic behavior. These features suggest a system possessing multiple complete devil's staircases. The onset of chaos for subharmonic steps occurs through the Feigenbaum period doubling scenario. Universality in the sequence of periodic windows is also demonstrated. Finally, the influence of the radiation and JJ parameters on the structured chaos is investigated, and it is concluded that the structured chaos is a stable formation over a wide range of parameter values.

  17. Structured chaos in a devil's staircase of the Josephson junction.

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    Shukrinov, Yu M; Botha, A E; Medvedeva, S Yu; Kolahchi, M R; Irie, A

    2014-09-01

    The phase dynamics of Josephson junctions (JJs) under external electromagnetic radiation is studied through numerical simulations. Current-voltage characteristics, Lyapunov exponents, and Poincaré sections are analyzed in detail. It is found that the subharmonic Shapiro steps at certain parameters are separated by structured chaotic windows. By performing a linear regression on the linear part of the data, a fractal dimension of D = 0.868 is obtained, with an uncertainty of ±0.012. The chaotic regions exhibit scaling similarity, and it is shown that the devil's staircase of the system can form a backbone that unifies and explains the highly correlated and structured chaotic behavior. These features suggest a system possessing multiple complete devil's staircases. The onset of chaos for subharmonic steps occurs through the Feigenbaum period doubling scenario. Universality in the sequence of periodic windows is also demonstrated. Finally, the influence of the radiation and JJ parameters on the structured chaos is investigated, and it is concluded that the structured chaos is a stable formation over a wide range of parameter values. PMID:25273195

  18. Josephson frequency meter for millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths

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    Anischenko, S.E.; Larkin, S.Y.; Chaikovsky, V.I.

    1994-12-31

    Frequency measurements of electromagnetic oscillations of millimeter and submillimeter wavebands with frequency growth due to a number of reasons become more and more difficult. First, these frequencies are considered to be cutoff for semiconductor converting devices and one has to use optical measurement methods instead of traditional ones with frequency transfer. Second, resonance measurement methods are characterized by using relatively narrow bands and optical ones are limited in frequency and time resolution due to the limited range and velocity of movement of their mechanical elements as well as the efficiency of these optical techniques decreases with the increase of wavelength due to diffraction losses. That requires the apriori information on the radiation frequency band of the source involved. Method of measuring frequency of harmonic microwave signals in millimeter and submillimeter wavebands based on the ac Josephson effect in superconducting contacts is devoid of all the above drawbacks. This approach offers a number of major advantages over the more traditional measurement methods, that is the one based on frequency conversion, resonance and interferrometric techniques. It can be characterized by high potential accuracy, wide range of frequencies measured, prompt measurement and the opportunity to obtain panoramic display of the results as well as full automation of the measuring process.

  19. Josephson junction detectors for Majorana modes and Dirac fermions

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    Maiti, M.; Kulikov, K. M.; Sengupta, K.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2015-12-01

    We demonstrate that the current-voltage (I -V ) characteristics of resistively and capacitively shunted Josephson junctions (RCSJs) hosting localized subgap Majorana states provide a phase-sensitive method for their detection. The I -V characteristics of such RCSJs, in contrast to their resistively shunted counterparts, exhibit subharmonic odd Shapiro steps. These steps, owing to their subharmonic nature, exhibit qualitatively different properties compared to harmonic odd steps of conventional junctions. In addition, the RCSJs hosting Majorana bound states also display an additional sequence of steps in the devil's staircase structure seen in their I -V characteristics; such a sequence of steps makes their I -V characteristics qualitatively distinct from that of their conventional counterparts. A similar study for RCSJs with graphene superconducting junctions hosting Dirac-like quasiparticles reveals that the Shapiro step width in their I -V curves bears a signature of the transmission resonance phenomenon of their underlying Dirac quasiparticles; consequently, these step widths exhibit a π periodic oscillatory behavior with variation of the junction barrier potential. We discuss experiments which can test our theory.

  20. Measurements of the dc Josephson current in proximity systems

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    Camerlingo, C.; Monaco, R.; Ruggiero, B.; Russo, M. ); Testa, G. )

    1995-03-01

    Junctions modeled as [ital S]-[ital N]/[ital I]/[ital S] and [ital S]-[ital N]/[ital I]/[ital N]-[ital S] proximity systems (where [ital S], [ital I], and [ital N] indicate a superconductor, an insulator, and a normal metal, respectively) are widely discussed in literature from both the experimental and theoretical point of view. In the present paper experimental aspects concerning Nb/Nb junctions including a proximity bilayer are considered. Nb-[ital M]/[ital I]/Nb and [ital M]-Nb/[ital I]/Nb structures (where [ital M] is a normal metal, a semimetal, or a superconductor) are investigated by using a semimetal (bismuth) and a superconductor (aluminum) as the [ital M] layer. In particular, how the deposition of a back layer influences the behavior of Nb/[ital I]/Nb high-quality junctions is discussed, focusing the interest on measurements of the temperature dependence of the maximum dc Josephson current. Experimental data are discussed in the framework of Kresin's theoretical calculations based on the thermodynamic Green's function method.