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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Quasiparticle tunneling in a periodically driven bosonic Josephson junction

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    Gertjerenken, Bettina; Holthaus, Martin

    2014-11-01

    A resonantly driven bosonic Josephson junction supports stable collective excitations, or quasiparticles, which constitute analogs of the Trojan wave packets previously explored with Rydberg atoms in strong microwave fields. We predict a quantum beating effect between such symmetry-related many-body Trojan states taking place on time scales which are long in comparison with the driving period. Within a mean-field approximation, this quantum beating can be regarded as a manifestation of dynamical tunneling. On the full N -particle level, the beating phenomenon leads to an experimentally feasible, robust strategy for probing highly entangled mesoscopic states.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Measure synchronization in a spin-orbit-coupled bosonic Josephson junction

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    Wang, Wen-Yuan; Liu, Jie; Fu, Li-Bin

    2015-11-01

    We present measure synchronization (MS) in a bosonic Josephson junction with spin-orbit coupling. The two atomic hyperfine states are coupled by a Raman dressing scheme, and they are regarded as two orientations of a pseudo-spin-1 /2 system. A feature specific to a spin-orbit-coupled (SOC) bosonic Josephson junction is that the transition from non-MS to MS dynamics can be modulated by Raman laser intensity, even in the absence of interspin atomic interaction. A phase diagram of non-MS and MS dynamics as functions of Raman laser intensity and Josephson tunneling amplitude is presented. Taking into account interspin atomic interactions, the system exhibits MS breaking dynamics resulting from the competition between intraspin and interspin atomic interactions. When interspin atomic interactions dominate in the competition, the system always exhibits MS dynamics. For interspin interaction weaker than intraspin interaction, a window for non-MS dynamics is present. Since SOC Bose-Einstein condensates provide a powerful platform for studies on physical problems in various fields, the study of MS dynamics is valuable in researching the collective coherent dynamical behavior in a spin-orbit-coupled bosonic Josephson junction.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Two-Point Phase Correlations of a One-Dimensional Bosonic Josephson Junction

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    Betz, T.; Manz, S.; Buecker, R.; Berrada, T.; Koller, Ch.; Schmiedmayer, J.; Kazakov, G.; Mazets, I. E.; Stimming, H.-P.; Perrin, A.; Schumm, T.

    2011-01-14

    We realize a one-dimensional Josephson junction using quantum degenerate Bose gases in a tunable double well potential on an atom chip. Matter wave interferometry gives direct access to the relative phase field, which reflects the interplay of thermally driven fluctuations and phase locking due to tunneling. The thermal equilibrium state is characterized by probing the full statistical distribution function of the two-point phase correlation. Comparison to a stochastic model allows us to measure the coupling strength and temperature and hence a full characterization of the system.

  12. 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.

  13. Quantum catastrophes and ergodicity in the dynamics of bosonic Josephson junctions.

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    O'Dell, D H J

    2012-10-12

    We study rainbow (fold) and cusp catastrophes that form in Fock space following a quench in a Bose Josephson junction. In the Gross-Pitaevskii mean-field theory, the rainbows are singular caustics, but in the second-quantized theory a Poisson resummation of the wave function shows that they are described by well-behaved Airy functions. The structural stability of these Fock space caustics against variations in the initial conditions and Hamiltonian evolution is guaranteed by catastrophe theory. We also show that the long-time dynamics are ergodic. Our results are relevant to the question posed by Berry [M. V. Berry, Nonlinearity 21, T19 (2008)]: Are there circumstances when it is necessary to second quantize wave theory in order to avoid singularities? PMID:23102282

  14. Equivalent Josephson junctions

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    Boyadjiev, T. L.; Semerdjieva, E. G.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2008-01-01

    The magnetic field dependences of critical current are numerically constructed for a long Josephson junction with a shunt-or resistor-type microscopic inhomogeneities and compared to the critical curve of a junction with exponentially varying width. The numerical results show that it is adequate to replace the distributed inhomogeneity of a long Josephson junction by an inhomogeneity localized at one of its ends, which has certain technological advantages. It is also shown that the critical curves of junctions with exponentially varying width and inhomogeneities localized at the ends are unaffected by the mixed fluxon-antifluxon distributions of the magnetic flow. This fact may explain the improvement of the spectra of microwave radiation noted in the literature.

  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. Photon-induced self-trapping and entanglement of a bosonic Josephson junction inside an optical resonator

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    Rosson, P.; Mazzarella, G.; Szirmai, G.; Salasnich, L.

    2015-12-01

    We study the influence of photons on the dynamics and the ground state of the atoms in a bosonic Josephson junction inside an optical resonator. The system is engineered in such a way that the atomic tunneling can be tuned by changing the number of photons in the cavity. In this setup the cavity photons are a means of control, which can be utilized both in inducing self-trapping solutions and in driving the crossover of the ground state from an atomic coherent state to a Schrödinger cat state. This is achieved, for suitable setup configurations, with interatomic interactions weaker than those required in the absence of a cavity. This is corroborated by the study of the entanglement entropy. In the presence of a laser, this quantum indicator attains its maximum value (which marks the formation of the catlike state and, at a semiclassical level, the onset of self-trapping) for attractions smaller than those of the bare junction.

  17. Tunable φ Josephson junction ratchet

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    Menditto, R.; Sickinger, H.; Weides, M.; Kohlstedt, H.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.; Goldobin, E.

    2016-10-01

    We demonstrate experimentally the operation of a deterministic Josephson ratchet with tunable asymmetry. The ratchet is based on a φ Josephson junction with a ferromagnetic barrier operating in the underdamped regime. The system is probed also under the action of an additional dc current, which acts as a counterforce trying to stop the ratchet. Under these conditions the ratchet works against the counterforce, thus producing a nonzero output power. Finally, we estimate the efficiency of the φ Josephson junction ratchet.

  18. 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.

  19. Nonlinear nonequilibrium quasiparticle relaxation in Josephson junctions.

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    Krasnov, V M

    2009-11-27

    I solve numerically a full set of nonlinear kinetic balance equations for stacked Josephson junctions, which allows analysis of strongly nonequilibrium phenomena. It is shown that nonlinearity becomes significant already at very small disequilibrium. The following new, nonlinear effects are obtained: (i) At even-gap voltages V = 2nDelta/e (n = 2, 3, ...) nonequilibrium bosonic bands overlap. This leads to enhanced emission of Omega = 2Delta bosons and to the appearance of dips in tunnel conductance. (ii) A new type of radiative solution is found at strong disequilibrium. It is characterized by the fast stimulated relaxation of quasiparticles. A stack in this state behaves as a light emitting diode and directly converts electric power to boson emission, without utilization of the ac-Josephson effect. The phenomenon can be used for realization of a new type of superconducting cascade laser in the THz frequency range.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. Josephson junctions in SPICE3

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    Whiteley, S.R.

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on SPICE3 which is the most recent version of the venerable circuit simulator SPICE from the University of California, Berkeley. Unlike its predecessors, SPICE3 is written in the C programming language, and is designed for interactive use under a modern multitasking operating system. SPICE3, being an interactive program, offers the user great control and flexibility in performing simulations, and provides a powerful graphics capability for viewing simulation results. A C-shell like control syntax is supported, as well as such features as plotting while simulating, parameter alteration during simulation, and simulation data controlled breakpoints. Unfortunately, the Berkeley distribution of SPICE3 lacks support for Josephson junctions. As a consequence, the author has developed a customize version of SPICE3b.1 which incorporates a Josephson junction model. The model supports control current modulation, as well as a fifth order polynomial description of the quasiparticle current suitable for NbN junctions.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Coherence and entanglement in the ground state of a bosonic Josephson junction: From macroscopic Schroedinger cat states to separable Fock states

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    Mazzarella, G.; Toigo, F.; Salasnich, L.; Parola, A.

    2011-05-15

    We consider a bosonic Josephson junction made of N ultracold and dilute atoms confined by a quasi-one-dimensional double-well potential within the two-site Bose-Hubbard model framework. The behavior of the system is investigated at zero temperature by varying the interatomic interaction from the strongly attractive regime to the repulsive one. We show that the ground state exhibits a crossover from a macroscopic Schroedinger-cat state to a separable Fock state through an atomic coherent regime. By diagonalizing the Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian we characterize the emergence of the macroscopic cat states by calculating the Fisher information F, the coherence by means of the visibility {alpha} of the interference fringes in the momentum distribution, and the quantum correlations by using the entanglement entropy S. Both Fisher information and visibility are shown to be related to the ground-state energy by employing the Hellmann-Feynman theorem. This result, together with a perturbative calculation of the ground-state energy, allows simple analytical formulas for F and {alpha} to be obtained over a range of interactions, in excellent agreement with the exact diagonalization of the Bose-Hubbard Hamiltonian. In the attractive regime the entanglement entropy attains values very close to its upper limit for a specific interaction strength lying in the region where coherence is lost and self-trapping sets in.

  8. 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.

  9. Method of fabrication of Josephson tunnel junction

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    Michikami, O.; Katoh, Y.; Takenaka, H.; Tanabe, K.; Yoshii, S.

    1983-11-01

    There is disclosed a method of fabrication of a Josephson tunnel junction device. A surface of a base electrode of Nb or Nb compound is subjected to sputter cleaning and then to plasma oxidation in an atmosphere of a diluent gas and oxygen to form thereon an oxide layer serving as a tunnel barrier. A counter electrode is then formed on the oxide layer to provide the Josephson tunnel junction.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Chaos induced by coupling between Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Azemtsa-Donfack, H.; Botha, A. E.

    2015-02-01

    It is found that, in a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions in layered high temperature superconductors under external electromagnetic radiation, the chaotic features are triggered by interjunction coupling, i.e., the coupling between different junctions in the stack. While the radiation is well known to produce chaotic effects in the single junction, the effect of interjunction coupling is fundamentally different and it can lead to the onset of chaos via a different route to that of the single junction. A precise numerical study of the phase dynamics of intrinsic Josephson junctions, as described by the CCJJ+DC model, is performed. We demonstrate the charging of superconducting layers, in a bias current interval corresponding to a Shapiro step subharmonic, due to the creation of a longitudinal plasma wave along the stack of junctions. With increase in radiation amplitude chaotic behavior sets in. The chaotic features of the coupled Josephson junctions are analyzed by calculations of the Lyapunov exponents. We compare results for a stack of junctions to the case of a single junction and prove that the observed chaos is induced by the coupling between the junctions. The use of Shapiro step subharmonics may allow longitudinal plasma waves to be excited at low radiation power.

  13. Ferromagnetic Josephson Junctions for Cryogenic Memory

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    Niedzielski, Bethany M.; Gingrich, Eric C.; Khasawneh, Mazin A.; Loloee, Reza; Pratt, William P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    2015-03-01

    Josephson junctions containing ferromagnetic materials are of interest for both scientific and technological purposes. In principle, either the amplitude of the critical current or superconducting phase shift across the junction can be controlled by the relative magnetization directions of the ferromagnetic layers in the junction. Our approach concentrates on phase control utilizing two junctions in a SQUID geometry. We will report on efforts to control the phase of junctions carrying either spin-singlet or spin-triplet supercurrent for cryogenic memory applications. Supported by Northorp Grumman Corporation and by IARPA under SPAWAR Contract N66001-12-C-2017.

  14. Fabrication of high quality ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

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    Weides, M.; Tillmann, K.; Kohlstedt, H.

    2006-05-01

    We present ferromagnetic Nb/Al2O3/Ni60Cu40/Nb Josephson junctions (SIFS) with an ultrathin Al2O3 tunnel barrier. The junction fabrication was optimized regarding junction insulation and homogeneity of current transport. Using ion-beam-etching and anodic oxidation we defined and insulated the junction mesas. The additional 2 nm thin Cu-layer below the ferromagnetic NiCu (SINFS) lowered interface roughness and ensured very homogeneous current transport. A high yield of junctional devices with jc spreads less than 2% was obtained.

  15. 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}

  16. Coordinate transformation in the model of long Josephson junctions: geometrically equivalent Josephson junctions

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    Semerdzhieva, E. G.; Boyadzhiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2005-10-01

    The transition from the model of a long Josephson junction of variable width to the model of a junction with a coordinate-dependent Josephson current amplitude is effected through a coordinate transformation. This establishes the correspondence between the classes of Josephson junctions of variable width and quasi-one-dimensional junctions with a variable thickness of the barrier layer. It is shown that for a junction of exponentially varying width the barrier layer of the equivalent quasi-one-dimensional junction has a distributed resistive inhomogeneity that acts as an attractor for magnetic flux vortices. The curve of the critical current versus magnetic field for a Josephson junction with a resistive microinhomogeneity is constructed with the aid of a numerical simulation, and a comparison is made with the critical curve of a junction of exponentially varying width. The possibility of replacing a distributed inhomogeneity in a Josephson junction by a local inhomogeneity at the end of the junction is thereby demonstrated; this can have certain advantages from a technological point of view.

  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. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Progress on millimeter wave Josephson junction mixers

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    Taur, Y.; Kerr, A. R.

    1978-01-01

    Preset, recyclable Nb point contacts are tested as low-noise Josephson mixers at a signal frequency of 115 GHz. The best result achieved is a mixer noise temperature (single sideband) of 120 K with unity conversion efficiency (SSB) for a junction at 6 K. Variation of mixer properties with temperature and other parameters is presented.

  2. Averaged equations for distributed Josephson junction arrays

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    Bennett, Matthew; Wiesenfeld, Kurt

    2004-06-01

    We use an averaging method to study the dynamics of a transmission line studded by Josephson junctions. The averaged system is used as a springboard for studying experimental strategies which rely on spatial non-uniformity to achieve enhanced synchronization. A reduced model for the near resonant case elucidates in physical terms the key to achieving stable synchronized dynamics.

  3. Pseudospin dynamics in multimode polaritonic Josephson junctions

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

    2013-03-01

    Using Keldysh-Green function formalism we theoretically analyzed the dynamics of multimode exciton-polariton Josephson junctions. We took into account the spinor nature of polaritons and considered in detail the role of coupling of the fundamental modes with excited states. We demonstrate that the coupling to the reservoir results in a change of the oscillation pattern. In particular, it can lead to renormalization of the oscillation frequency, appearance of higher order harmonics, and induce transition between the regimes of free Josephson oscillations and macroscopic quantum self-trapping.

  4. Common features of a vortex structure in long exponentially shaped Josephson junctions and Josephson junctions with inhomogeneities

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    Boyadjiev, T. L.; Semerdjieva, E. G.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2007-09-01

    We study the vortex structure in three different models of the long Josephson junction: the exponentially shaped Josephson junction and the Josephson junctions with the resistor and the shunt inhomogeneities in the barrier layer. For these three models the critical curves “critical current-magnetic field” are numerically constructed. We develop the idea of the equivalence of the exponentially shaped Josephson junction and the rectangular junction with the distributed inhomogeneity and demonstrate that at some parameters of the shunt and the resistor inhomogeneities in the ends of the junction the corresponding critical curves are very close to the exponentially shaped one.

  5. Vortex structures in exponentially shaped Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Semerdjieva, E. G.; Boyadjiev, T. L.

    2005-04-01

    We report the numerical calculations of the static vortex structure and critical curves in exponentially shaped long Josephson junctions for in-line and overlap geometries. Stability of the static solutions is investigated by checking the sign of the smallest eigenvalue of the associated Sturm-Liouville problem. The change in the junction width leads to the renormalization of the magnetic flux in comparison with the case of a linear one-dimensional model. We study the influence of the model's parameters, and particularly, the shape parameter on the stability of the states of the magnetic flux. We compare the vortex structure and critical curves for the in-line and overlap geometries. Our numerically constructed critical curve of the Josephson junction matches well with the experimental one.

  6. Parametric resonance in the system of long Josephson junctions

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    Rahmonov, I. R.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Irie, A.

    2014-08-01

    The phase dynamics of the system of long Josephson junctions whose length exceeds the Josephson penetration depth has been studied. The possibility of the appearance of a longitudinal plasma wave and parametric resonance has been demonstrated. Both inductive and capacitive couplings between Josephson junctions have been taken into account in the calculations. The current-voltage characteristics, as well as time evolution of the spatial distribution of the electric charge in superconducting layers and the magnetic field, have been calculated in all Josephson junctions of the system. The coexistence of the longitudinal plasma wave and fluxon states has been observed in the region of parametric resonance beginning with a certain length of the Josephson junction. This indicates the appearance of a new unique collective excitation in the system of coupled Josephson junctions, namely, a composite state of the Josephson current, electric field, and vortex magnetic field.

  7. delta-biased Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Monaco, R.; Mygind, J.; Koshelets, V. P.; Dmitriev, P.

    2010-02-01

    The behavior of a long Josephson tunnel junction drastically depends on the distribution of the dc bias current. We investigate the case in which the bias current is fed in the central point of a one-dimensional junction. Such junction configuration has been recently used to detect the persistent currents circulating in a superconducting loop. Analytical and numerical results indicate that the presence of fractional vortices leads to remarkable differences from the conventional case of uniformly distributed dc bias current. The theoretical findings are supported by detailed measurements on a number of delta-biased samples having different electrical and geometrical parameters.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Ferromagnetic resonance with a magnetic Josephson junction

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    Barnes, S. E.; Aprili, M.; Petković, I.; Maekawa, S.

    2011-02-01

    We show experimentally and theoretically that there is a coupling via the Aharonov-Bohm phase between the order parameter of a ferromagnet and a singlet, s-wave, Josephson super-current. We have investigated the possibility of measuring the dispersion of such spin-waves by varying the magnetic field applied in the plane of the junction and demonstrated the electromagnetic nature of the coupling by the observation of magnetic resonance side-bands to microwave induced Shapiro steps.

  12. 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}.

  13. Synchronization in Disordered Josephson Junction Arrays

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    Dissanayake, S. T. M.; Trees, B. R.

    2001-10-01

    There is considerable scientific and technological interest in the time-dependent behavior of arrays of non-identical Josephson junctions, whose voltages oscillate with individual bare frequencies that can be made, through interactions, to renormalize their frequencies to a common value. We have studied the degree of synchronization of a subset of overdamped junctions in a ladder geometry, in which the voltages across the ``rung'' junctions of the ladder oscillate with the same, renormalized frequency and a fixed phase difference. We measure the degree of synchronization of the junctions with an order parameter, r (0<= r<= 1), as a function of the nearest-neighbor junction coupling strength. We also determined that a time-averaged version of the resistively-shunted junction (RSJ) equations could be used as an accurate description of the dynamics of the junctions. The solutions to the averaged equations exhibit phase slips between pairs of junctions for certain ranges of the junction coupling strength and also demonstrated that the relationship between the array size N and the critical coupling strength for all junctions to oscillate with the same frequency scales as N^2. This research was partially funded by a grant to Ohio Wesleyan University from the McGregor Foundation to support student research.

  14. Created-by-current states in long Josephson junctions

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    Boyadjiev, T. L.; Andreeva, O. Yu.; Semerdjieva, E. G.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2008-08-01

    Critical curves "critical current-external magnetic field" of long Josephson junctions with inhomogeneity and variable width are studied. We demonstrate the existence of regions of magnetic field where some fluxon states are stable only if the external current through the junction is different from zero. Position and size of such regions depend on the length of the junction, its geometry, parameters of inhomogeneity and form of the junction. The noncentral (left and right) pure fluxon states appear in the inhomogeneous Josephson junction with the increase in the junction length. We demonstrate new bifurcation points with change in width of the inhomogeneity and amplitude of the Josephson current through the inhomogeneity.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Shapiro and parametric resonances in coupled Josephson junctions

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    Gaafar, Ma A.; Shukrinov, Yu M.; Foda, A.

    2012-11-01

    The effect of microwave irradiation on the phase dynamics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high temperature superconductors is investigated. We compare the current-voltage characteristics for a stack of coupled Josephson junctions under external irradiation calculated in the framework of CCJJ and CCJJ+DC models.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Synchronization in Disordered Josephson Junction Arrays

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    Trees, B. R.; Dissanayake, S. T. M.

    2002-03-01

    We have studied the dynamics of a ladder array of overdamped Josephson junctions with periodic boundary conditions. The junctions have critical current and resistive disorder, are current biased above the critical current, and their voltages oscillate with nonidentical bare frequencies. We have been interested in the onset of synchronization in the rung junctions of the ladder, in which nearest neighbor interactions of strength α renormalize the bare frequencies to a common value. The degree of synchronization of the array is measured by an order parameter, r (0<= r<= 1), as a function of α and the spread of bare frequencies. For a given frequency spread, a synchronization phase transition is clearly visible with an increase in α. We have also determined that a time-averaged version of the resistively-shunted junction equations can be used as an accurate description of the dynamics of the junctions. The solutions to the averaged equations exhibit phase slips between pairs of junctions for certain ranges of values of α and also demonstrate that the relationship between the array size, N, and the critical coupling strength for the onset of synchronization scales as N^2. This research was partially funded by a grant to Ohio Wesleyan University from the McGregor Foundation to support student research.

  4. Coherent diffraction of thermal currents in long Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Guarcello, Claudio; Giazotto, Francesco; Solinas, Paolo

    2016-08-01

    We discuss heat transport in thermally-biased long Josephson tunnel junctions in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field. In full analogy with the Josephson critical current, the phase-dependent component of the heat current through the junction displays coherent diffraction. Thermal transport is analyzed as a function of both the length and the damping of the junction, highlighting deviations from the standard "Fraunhofer" pattern characteristic of short junctions. The heat current diffraction patterns show features strongly related to the formation and penetration of Josephson vortices, i.e., solitons. We show that a dynamical treatment of the system is crucial for the realistic description of the Josephson junction, and it leads to peculiar results. In fact, hysteretic behaviors in the diffraction patterns when the field is swept up and down are observed, corresponding to the trapping of vortices in the junction.

  5. 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.

  6. Resonance features of coupled Josephson junctions: radiation and shunting

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Seidel, P.; Il'ichev, E.; Nawrocki, W.; Grajcar, M.; Plecenik, P. A.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Kulikov, K.

    2012-11-01

    We study the phase dynamics and the resonance features of coupled Josephson junctions in layered superconductors and their manifestations in the current- voltage characteristics and temporal dependence of the electric charge in the superconducting layers. Results on the effect of the external radiation and shunting of the stack of Josephson junctions by LC-elements are presented. We discuss the ideas concerning the experimental observation of these resonances.

  7. Magnetoelectrics in disordered topological insulator Josephson junctions

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    Bobkova, I. V.; Bobkov, A. M.; Zyuzin, Alexander A.; Alidoust, Mohammad

    2016-10-01

    We study theoretically the coupling of electric charge and spin polarization in an equilibrium and nonequilibrium electric transport across a two-dimensional Josephson configuration comprised of disordered surface channels of a three-dimensional topological insulator. In the equilibrium state of the system, we predict the Edelstein effect, which is much more pronounced than its counterpart in conventional spin-orbit coupled materials. Employing a quasiclassical Keldysh technique, we demonstrate that the ground state of the system can be shifted experimentally into arbitrary macroscopic superconducting phase differences other than the standard "0" or "π ," constituting a ϕ0 junction, solely by modulating a quasiparticle flow injection into the junction. We propose a feasible experiment in which the quasiparticles are injected into the topological insulator surface by means of a normal electrode and voltage gradient so that oppositely oriented stationary spin densities can be developed along the interfaces and allow for direct use of the spin-momentum locking nature of Dirac fermions in the surface channels. The ϕ0 state is proportional to the voltage difference applied between the injector electrode and superconducting terminals that calibrates the injection rate of particles and, therefore, the ϕ0 shift.

  8. Fluxons in long and annular intrinsic Josephson junction stacks

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    Clauss, T.; Oehmichen, V.; Mößle, M.; Müller, A.; Weber, A.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.

    2002-12-01

    A promising approach towards a THz oscillator based on intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-temperature superconductors is based on the collective motion of Josephson fluxons, which are predicted to form various configurations ranging from a triangular to a quadratic lattice. Not only for this reason, but certainly also for the sake of basic physics, several experimental and theoretical investigations have been done on the subject of collective fluxon dynamics in stacked intrinsic Josephson junctions. In this paper we will present some experimental results on the fluxon dynamics of long intrinsic Josephson junction stacks made of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8. The stacks were formed either in an open or in an annular geometry, and clear resonant fluxon modes were observed. Experiments discussed include measurements of current-voltage characteristics in external magnetic fields and in external microwave fields.

  9. Bloch inductance in small-capacitance Josephson junctions.

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    Zorin, A B

    2006-04-28

    We show that the electrical impedance of a small-capacitance Josephson junction also includes, in addition to the capacitive term -i/(omega)CB, an inductive term i(omega)LB. Similar to the known Bloch capacitance CB(q), the Bloch inductance LB(q) also depends periodically on the quasicharge, q, and its maximum value achieved at q=e(mod 2e) always exceeds the value of the Josephson inductance of this junction LJ(phi) at fixed phi=0. The effect of the Bloch inductance on the dynamics of a single junction and a one-dimensional array is described.

  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. 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.

  12. Vortex structure in a long Josephson junction with two inhomogeneities

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    Andreeva, O. Yu.; Boyadjiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2007-09-01

    We study the vortex structure in the long Josephson junctions with one and two rectangular inhomogeneities in the barrier layer. In case of one inhomogeneity we demonstrate the existence of the asymmetric fluxon states. The disappearance of the mixed fluxon-antifluxon states is shown when the position of the inhomogeneity shifted to the end of the junction. In case of two inhomogeneities the change of the amplitude of Josephson current through the inhomogeneity in the end of the junction makes strong effect on the stability of the fluxon states and smoothes the maximums on the dependence “critical current-magnetic field”.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Revealing topological superconductivity in extended quantum spin Hall Josephson junctions.

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    Lee, Shu-Ping; Michaeli, Karen; Alicea, Jason; Yacoby, Amir

    2014-11-01

    Quantum spin Hall-superconductor hybrids are promising sources of topological superconductivity and Majorana modes, particularly given recent progress on HgTe and InAs/GaSb. We propose a new method of revealing topological superconductivity in extended quantum spin Hall Josephson junctions supporting "fractional Josephson currents." Specifically, we show that as one threads magnetic flux between the superconductors, the critical current traces an interference pattern featuring sharp fingerprints of topological superconductivity-even when noise spoils parity conservation.

  3. 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

  4. Switching current distributions in InAs nanowire Josephson junctions

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    Kim, Bum-Kyu; Doh, Yong-Joo

    2016-08-01

    We report on the switching current distributions in nano-hybrid Josephson junctions made of InAs semiconductor nanowires. The temperature dependence of the switching current distribution can be understood through the motion of Josephson phase particles escaping from a tilted washboard potential, and the data could be fitted well by using the macroscopic quantum tunneling, thermal activation or phase diffusion models, depending on temperature. Application of the gate voltage to tune the Josephson coupling strength enable us to adjust the effective temperature for the escape process, and holds promising for developing gate-tunable superconducting phase qubits.

  5. 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.

  6. Sub-micrometer epitaxial Josephson junctions for quantum circuits

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    Kline, Jeffrey S.; Vissers, Michael R.; da Silva, Fabio C. S.; Wisbey, David S.; Weides, Martin; Weir, Terence J.; Turek, Benjamin; Braje, Danielle A.; Oliver, William D.; Shalibo, Yoni; Katz, Nadav; Johnson, Blake R.; Ohki, Thomas A.; Pappas, David P.

    2012-02-01

    We present a fabrication scheme and testing results for epitaxial sub-micrometer Josephson junctions. The junctions are made using a high-temperature (1170 K) ‘via process’ yielding junctions as small as 0.8 µm in diameter by use of optical lithography. Sapphire (Al2O3) tunnel-barriers are grown on an epitaxial Re/Ti multilayer base-electrode. We have fabricated devices with both Re and Al top-electrodes. While room temperature (295 K) resistance versus area data are favorable for both types of top-electrodes, the low-temperature (50 mK) data show that junctions with the Al top-electrode have a much higher subgap resistance. The microwave loss properties of the junctions have been measured by use of superconducting Josephson junction qubits. The results show that high subgap resistance correlates with improved qubit performance.

  7. 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.

  8. Noise characteristics and instabilities of long Josephson junctions

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    Han, B.S.; Lee, B.; Symko, O.G.; Yeh, W.J.; Zheng, D.J.

    1989-03-01

    In a magnetic field, current biased long Josephson junctions exhibit the dynamics of fluxon motion which are affected by fluctuations. These consist of telegraph noise at voltage steps and instabilities due to chaotic behavior. Results on long junctions with McCumber number ..beta../sub c/ ranging from 10 to 100 show such behavior. The telegraph noise is driven by thermal fluctuations. Modeling of our junctions using a perturbed sine-Gordon equation shows the chaotic regions and the periodic ones.

  9. 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.

  10. Breakdown of the escape dynamics in Josephson junctions

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    Massarotti, D.; Stornaiuolo, D.; Lucignano, P.; Galletti, L.; Born, D.; Rotoli, G.; Lombardi, F.; Longobardi, L.; Tagliacozzo, A.; Tafuri, F.

    2015-08-01

    We have identified anomalous behavior of the escape rate out of the zero-voltage state in Josephson junctions with a high critical current density Jc. For this study we have employed YBa2Cu3O7 -x grain boundary junctions, which span a wide range of Jc and have appropriate electrodynamical parameters. Such high Jc junctions, when hysteretic, do not switch from the superconducting to the normal state following the expected stochastic Josephson distribution, despite having standard Josephson properties such as a Fraunhofer magnetic field pattern. The switching current distributions (SCDs) are consistent with nonequilibrium dynamics taking place on a local rather than a global scale. This means that macroscopic quantum phenomena seem to be practically unattainable for high Jc junctions. We argue that SCDs are an accurate means to measure nonequilibrium effects. This transition from global to local dynamics is of relevance for all kinds of weak links, including the emergent family of nanohybrid Josephson junctions. Therefore caution should be applied in the use of such junctions in, for instance, the search for Majorana fermions.

  11. 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.

  12. Josephson junction oscillators as probes of electronic nanostructures

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    Adourian, A. S.; Yang, Scott; Westervelt, R. M.; Campman, K. L.; Gossard, A. C.

    1998-11-01

    We have fabricated high-quality planar Nb/AlOx/Nb Josephson junctions on-chip adjacent to quantum dots in a near surface two-dimensional electron gas in a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure. When used as a voltage-tunable oscillator coupled capacitively to a quantum dot, the Josephson junction can produce a localized time-dependent potential of 200 μV across the dot at frequencies in excess of 300 GHz. The fabrication process involves five separate patterning and processing steps to define the multilayer integrated device.

  13. Field theoretical model of multilayered Josephson junction and dynamics of Josephson vortices

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    Fujimori, Toshiaki; Iida, Hideaki; Nitta, Muneto

    2016-09-01

    Multilayered Josephson junctions are modeled in the context of a field theory, and dynamics of Josephson vortices trapped inside insulators are studied. Starting from a theory consisting of complex and real scalar fields coupled to a U(1) gauge field which admit parallel N -1 domain-wall solutions, Josephson couplings are introduced weakly between the complex scalar fields. The N -1 domain walls behave as insulators separating N superconductors, where one of the complex scalar fields has a gap. We construct the effective Lagrangian on the domain walls, which reduces to a coupled sine-Gordon model for well-separated walls and contains more interactions for walls at short distance. We then construct sine-Gordon solitons emerging in an effective theory in which we identify Josephson vortices carrying singly quantized magnetic fluxes. When two neighboring superconductors tend to have the same phase, the ground state does not change with the positions of domain walls (the width of superconductors). On the other hand, when two neighboring superconductors tend to have π -phase differences, the ground state has a phase transition depending on the positions of domain walls; when the two walls are close to each other (one superconductor is thin), frustration occurs because of the coupling between the two superconductors besides the thin superconductor. Focusing on the case of three superconductors separated by two insulators, we find for the former case that the interaction between two Josephson vortices on different insulators changes its nature, i.e., attractive or repulsive, depending on the positions of the domain walls. In the latter case, there emerges fractional Josephson vortices when two degenerate ground states appear due to spontaneous charge-symmetry breaking, and the number of the Josephson vortices varies with the position of the domain walls. Our predictions should be verified in multilayered Josephson junctions.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

    2013-09-13

    We study the temperature dependence of the critical current modulation I(c)(H) for two types of planar Josephson junctions: a low-Tc Nb/CuNi/Nb and a high-Tc YBa2Cu3O(7-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 I(c)(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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Topological order in Josephson junction ladders with Mobius boundary conditions

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    Cristofano, Gerardo; Marotta, Vincenzo; Naddeo, Adele

    2005-03-01

    We propose a CFT description for a closed one-dimensional fully frustrated ladder of quantum Josephson junctions with Mobius boundary conditions; in particular we show how such a system can develop topological order. Such a property is crucial for its implementation as a 'protected' solid state qubit.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Compact tunable sub-terahertz oscillators based on Josephson junctions

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    Song, Fengbin; Müller, Franz; Scheller, Thomas; Semenov, Alexei; He, Ming; Fang, Lan; Hübers, Heinz-Wilhelm; Klushin, Alexander M.

    2011-04-01

    Essential applications of terahertz technology are urgently in need of compact, tunable solid-state continuous wave radiation sources. However, no satisfactory solution is yet available for the frequency range of up to approximately 1.0 THz. Here, we present coherent radiation from large series arrays of Josephson junctions between 0.1 and 0.25 THz with off-chip radiation power of 7 μW. Niobium junctions oscillate at 4.2 K and the detection has been done at room temperature. The well-known obstacle to impedance matching is overcome by utilizing the excited resonances in the junction substrates serving as dielectric resonator antennae.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Macroscopic quantum tunneling in Josephson tunnel junctions and Coulomb blockade in single small tunnel junctions

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    Cleland, A.N.

    1991-04-01

    Experiments investigating the process of macroscopic quantum tunneling in a moderately-damped, resistively shunted, Josephson junction are described, followed by a discussion of experiments performed on very small capacitance normal-metal tunnel junctions. The experiments on the resistively-shunted Josephson junction were designed to investigate a quantum process, that of the tunneling of the Josephson phase variable under a potential barrier, in a system in which dissipation plays a major role in the dynamics of motion. All the parameters of the junction were measured using the classical phenomena of thermal activation and resonant activation. Theoretical predictions are compared with the experimental results, showing good agreement with no adjustable parameters; the tunneling rate in the moderately damped (Q {approx} 1) junction is seen to be reduced by a factor of 300 from that predicted for an undamped junction. The phase is seen to be a good quantum-mechanical variable. The experiments on small capacitance tunnel junctions extend the measurements on the larger-area Josephson junctions from the region in which the phase variable has a fairly well-defined value, i.e. its wavefunction has a narrow width, to the region where its value is almost completely unknown. The charge on the junction becomes well-defined and is predicted to quantize the current through the junction, giving rise to the Coulomb blockade at low bias. I present the first clear observation of the Coulomb blockade in single junctions. The electrical environment of the tunnel junction, however, strongly affects the behavior of the junction: higher resistance leads are observed to greatly sharpen the Coulomb blockade over that seen with lower resistance leads. I present theoretical descriptions of how the environment influences the junctions; comparisons with the experimental results are in reasonable agreement.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Quantum Dynamics of a d-wave Josephson Junction

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    Bauch, Thilo

    2007-03-01

    Thilo Bauch ^1, Floriana Lombardi ^1, Tobias Lindstr"om ^2, Francesco Tafuri ^3, Giacomo Rotoli ^4, Per Delsing ^1, Tord Claeson ^1 1 Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, MC2, Chalmers University of Technology, S-412 96 G"oteborg, Sweden. 2 National Physical Laboratory, Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 0LW, UK. 3 Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia-Dipartimento Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Seconda Universita di Napoli, Aversa (CE), Italy. 4 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Energetica e Gestionale, Universita of L'Aquila, Localita Monteluco, L'Aquila, Italy. We present direct observation of macroscopic quantum properties in an all high critical temperature superconductor d-wave Josephson junction. Although dissipation caused by low energy excitations is expected to strongly suppress quantum effects we demonstrate macroscopic quantum tunneling [1] and energy level quantization [2] in our d-wave Josephson junction. The results clearly indicate that the role of dissipation mechanisms in high temperature superconductors has to be revised, and may also have consequences for a new class of solid state ``quiet'' quantum bit with superior coherence time. We show that the dynamics of the YBCO grain boundary Josephson junctions fabricated on a STO substrate are strongly affected by their environment. As a first approximation we model the environment by the stray capacitance and stray inductance of the junction electrodes. The total system consisting of the junction and stray elements has two degrees of freedom resulting in two characteristic resonance frequencies. Both frequencies have to be considered to describe the quantum mechanical behavior of the Josephson circuit. [1] T. Bauch et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 087003 (2005). [2] T. Bauch et al, Science 311, 57 (2006).

  9. The shape dependency of two-dimensional magnetic field dependence of a Josephson junction

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    Watanabe, Norimichi; Nakayama, Akiyoshi; Abe, Susumu; Kawai, Sho; Nishi, Yohei; Masuda, Koji

    2008-04-01

    Modulation characteristics of a Josephson current are usually measured by applying the external magnetic field parallel to the junction plane from one direction, and uniformity in tunnel barrier is discussed. So far, we have measured two-dimensional magnetic field dependence of a square Josephson junction by independently scanning the magnetic field (Hx,Hy) parallel to the junction plane from two directions. We can get a lot of information about spatial critical current distribution in a Josephson junction by observing the magnetic field dependence of a Josephson junction in two dimensions. This time, we have fabricated the different-shaped Josephson junctions and investigated the shape dependency of two-dimensional magnetic field dependence of a Josephson junction. We observed the Ic-(Hx,Hy) characteristics of triangular, hexagonal, and circular Josephson junctions quite different from the Ic-(Hx,Hy), characteristics of a square Josephson junction. Furthermore, we simulated two-dimensional magnetic field dependence of a Josephson junction by calculating the superconducting current density distribution in each magnetic field. The simulation results agreed well with experimental results.

  10. Theory of macroscopic quantum tunneling with Josephson-Leggett collective excitations in multiband superconducting Josephson junctions

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    Asai, Hidehiro; Ota, Yukihiro; Kawabata, Shiro; Machida, Masahiko; Nori, Franco

    2014-06-01

    Collective excitations reveal fundamental properties and potential applications of superconducting states. We theoretically study macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in a Josephson junction composed of multiband superconductors, focusing on a phase mode induced by interband fluctuations: the Josephson-Leggett (JL) collective excitation mode. Using the imaginary-time path-integral method, we derive a formula for the MQT escape rate for low-temperature switching events. We clarify that the JL mode has two major effects on the MQT: (i) the zero-point fluctuations enhance the escape rate, and (ii) the quantum dissipation induced by the couplings to the gauge-invariant phase difference suppresses the quantum tunneling. We show that the enhancement exceeds the suppression for a wide range of junction parameters. This enhancement originates from the single-mode interaction between the tunneling variable and the interband fluctuations.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Double resonance in the system of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Kulikov, K. V.

    2013-01-01

    The effect of LC shunting on the phase dynamics of coupled Josephson junctions has been examined. It has been shown that additional ( rc) branches appear in the current-voltage characteristics of the junctions when the Josephson frequency ωJ is equal to the natural frequency of the formed resonance circuit ωrc. The effect of the parameters of the system on its characteristics has been studied. Double resonance has been revealed in the system at ωJ = ωrc = 2ωLPW, where ωLPW is the frequency of a longitudinal plasma wave appearing under the parametric-resonance conditions. In this case, electric charge appears in superconducting layers in the interval of the bias current corresponding to the rc branch. The charge magnitude is determined by the accuracy with which the double resonance condition is satisfied. The possibility of the experimental implementation of the effects under study has been estimated.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Identification of the periodic processes in Josephson junctions p

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    Zagrodzinski, J.

    1984-02-01

    It is shown that different forms of the same quasiperiodic solution of the sine-Gordon equation can be obtained by applying to the Riemann-theta function a transformation determined by a matrix belonging to a certain subgroup of the symplectic group Sp(g,Z). A few examples important for classification of the processes occurring in the Josephson junction illustrate the essential statement.

  20. 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.

  1. Critical-current diffraction pattern of annular Josephson junctions

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    Nappi, Ciro

    1997-01-01

    A derivation of the exact analytical expressions for the critical current versus magnetic-field-diffraction pattern of ``electrically'' small annular Josephson junctions is presented. These formulas have been recently used to fit experimental data [N. Martucciello and R. Monaco, Phys. Rev. B 54, 9050 (1996)]. They include, as a special case, the approximate analytical results previously published [N. Martucciello and R. Monaco, Phys. Rev. B 53 3471 (1996)].

  2. Branching in current voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2007-02-01

    We study branching in the current-voltage characteristics of the intrinsic Josephson junctions of high-temperature superconductors in the framework of the capacitively coupled Josephson junction model with diffusion current. A system of dynamical equations for the gauge-invariant phase differences between superconducting layers for a stack of ten intrinsic junctions has been numerically solved. We have obtained a total branch structure in the current-voltage characteristics. We demonstrate the existence of a 'breakpoint region' on the current-voltage characteristics and explain it as a result of resonance between Josephson and plasma oscillations. The effect of the boundary conditions is investigated. The existence of two outermost branches and correspondingly two breakpoint regions for the periodic boundary conditions is shown. One branch, which is observed only at periodic boundary conditions, corresponds to the propagating of the plasma mode. The second one corresponds to the situation when the charge oscillations on the superconducting layers are absent, excluding the breakpoint. A time dependence of the charge oscillations at breakpoints is presented.

  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 (0-9nmjunction. We discuss reproducible gaplike features in the current-voltage characteristics of the samples at high bias.

  4. Noise in Bose Josephson junctions: Decoherence and phase relaxation

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    Ferrini, G.; Minguzzi, A.; Hekking, F. W. J.; Spehner, D.

    2010-09-15

    Squeezed states and macroscopic superpositions of coherent states have been predicted to be generated dynamically in Bose Josephson junctions. We solve exactly the quantum dynamics of such a junction in the presence of a classical noise coupled to the population-imbalance number operator (phase noise), accounting for, for example, the experimentally relevant fluctuations of the magnetic field. We calculate the correction to the decay of the visibility induced by the noise in the non-Markovian regime. Furthermore, we predict that such a noise induces an anomalous rate of decoherence among the components of the macroscopic superpositions, which is independent of the total number of atoms, leading to potential interferometric applications.

  5. Experiments on spontaneous vortex formation in Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Monaco, R.; Aaroe, M.; Mygind, J.; Rivers, R. J.; Koshelets, V. P.

    2006-10-01

    It has been argued by Zurek and Kibble that the likelihood of producing defects in a continuous phase transition depends in a characteristic way on the quench rate. In this paper we discuss an improved experiment for measuring the scaling exponent {sigma} for the production of single fluxons in annular symmetric Josephson tunnel junctions. We find {sigma}{approx_equal}0.5 and show how this can arise from the Kibble-Zurek scenario. Further, we report accurate measurements of the temperature dependence of the junction gap voltage, which allow for precise monitoring of the fast temperature variations during the quench.

  6. Manifestation of resonance-related chaos in coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Hamdipour, M.; Kolahchi, M. R.; Botha, A. E.; Suzuki, M.

    2012-11-01

    Manifestation of chaos in the temporal dependence of the electric charge is demonstrated through the calculation of the maximal Lyapunov exponent, phase-charge and charge-charge Lissajous diagrams and correlation functions. It is found that the number of junctions in the stack strongly influences the fine structure in the current-voltage characteristics and a strong proximity effect results from the nonperiodic boundary conditions. The observed resonance-related chaos exhibits intermittency. The criteria for a breakpoint region with no chaos are obtained. Such criteria could clarify recent experimental observations of variations in the power output from intrinsic Josephson junctions in high temperature superconductors.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Static vortices in long Josephson junctions of exponentially varying width

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    Semerdjieva, E. G.; Boyadjiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2004-06-01

    A numerical simulation is carried out for static vortices in a long Josephson junction with an exponentially varying width. At specified values of the parameters the corresponding boundary-value problem admits more than one solution. Each solution (distribution of the magnetic flux in the junction) is associated to a Sturm-Liouville problem, the smallest eigenvalue of which can be used, in a first approximation, to assess the stability of the vortex against relatively small spatiotemporal perturbations. The change in width of the junction leads to a renormalization of the magnetic flux in comparison with the case of a linear one-dimensional model. The influence of the model parameters on the stability of the states of the magnetic flux is investigated in detail, particularly that of the shape parameter. The critical curve of the junction is constructed from pieces of the critical curves for the different magnetic flux distributions having the highest critical currents for the given magnetic field.

  11. Dynamical gate-tunable supercurrents in topological Josephson junctions

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    Kurter, C.; Finck, A. D. K.; Ghaemi, P.; Hor, Y. S.; Van Harlingen, D. J.

    2014-07-01

    Josephson junctions made of closely spaced conventional superconductors on the surface of three-dimensional topological insulators have been proposed to host Andreev bound states (ABSs), which can include Majorana fermions. Here, we present an extensive study of the supercurrent carried by low-energy ABSs in Nb/Bi2Se3/Nb Josephson junctions in various superconducting quantum interference devices as we modulate the carrier density in the Bi2Se3 barriers through electrostatic top gates. As previously reported, we find a precipitous drop in the Josephson current at a critical value of the voltage applied to the top gate. This drop has been attributed to a transition where the topologically trivial two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) at the surface is nearly depleted, causing a shift in the spatial location and a change in nature of the helical surface states. We present measurements that support this picture by revealing qualitative changes in the temperature and magnetic field dependence of the critical current across this transition. In particular, we observe pronounced fluctuations in the critical current near total depletion of the 2DEG that demonstrate the dynamical nature of the supercurrent transport through topological low-energy ABSs.

  12. 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.

  13. Mechanism of terahertz electromagnetic wave emission from intrinsic Josephson junctions.

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    Tachiki, Masashi; Fukuya, Shouta; Koyama, Tomio

    2009-03-27

    Using a 3D parallelepiped model of the stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions, we calculate the cavity resonance modes of Josephson plasma waves excited by external electric currents. The cavity modes accompanied by static phase kinks of the order parameter have been intensively investigated. Our calculation shows that the kink phase state is unfavorable, since the static phase kinks reduce the order parameter amplitude and thus the superconducting condensation energy. We point out that the oscillating magnetic field of the cavity mode penetrates the vacuum from the sample surfaces and the energy of the magnetic field plays an important role to determine the orientation of the cavity resonance mode. On the basis of the above discussions, we calculate the I-V characteristic curve, the THz wave emission intensity and the other physical quantities.

  14. Dynamic properties of a Josephson junction balanced comparator with Coulomb blockade

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    Askerzade, I. N.

    2016-09-01

    The dynamics of a Josephson junction balanced comparator with Coulomb blockade has been analyzed. An expression for the time resolution in the case of a linearly increasing gating voltage pulse has been derived with regard to the Bloch inductance. It has been shown that the time resolution depends on the Bloch inductance of small Josephson junctions. Estimates have confirmed the feasibility of a subpicosecond time resolution for balance Josephson comparators with Coulomb blockade.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Non-Fraunhofer interference pattern in inhomogeneous ferromagnetic Josephson junctions.

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    Alidoust, Mohammad; Sewell, Granville; Linder, Jacob

    2012-01-20

    Generic conditions are established for producing a non-Fraunhofer response of the critical supercurrent subject to an external magnetic field in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions. Employing the quasiclassical Keldysh-Usadel method, we demonstrate theoretically that an inhomogeneity in the magnitude of the energy scales in the system, including Thouless energy, exchange field and temperature gradient normal to the transport direction, influences drastically the standard Fraunhofer pattern. The exotic non-Fraunhofer response, similar to that observed in recent experiments, is described in terms of an intricate interplay between multiple "0-π" states and is related to the appearance of proximity vortices.

  18. Josephson tunnel junctions in a magnetic field gradient

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    Monaco, R.; Mygind, J.; Koshelets, V. P.

    2011-02-01

    We measured the magnetic field dependence of the critical current of high-quality Nb-based planar Josephson tunnel junctions in the presence of a controllable nonuniform field distribution. We found skewed and slowly changing magnetic diffraction patterns quite dissimilar from the Fraunhofer-like ones typical of a homogeneous field. Our findings can be well interpreted in terms of recent theoretical predictions [R. Monaco, J. Appl. Phys. 108, 033906 (2010)] for a uniform magnetic field gradient, leading to Fresnel-like magnetic diffraction patterns. We also show that Fiske resonances can be suppressed by an asymmetric magnetic field profile.

  19. Phase dynamics modeling of parallel stacks of Josephson junctions

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    Rahmonov, I. R.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2014-11-01

    The phase dynamics of two parallel connected stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (JJs) in high temperature superconductors is numerically investigated. The calculations are based on the system of nonlinear differential equations obtained within the CCJJ + DC model, which allows one to determine the general current-voltage characteristic of the system, as well as each individual stack. The processes with increasing and decreasing base currents are studied. The features in the behavior of the current in each stack of the system due to the switching between the states with rotating and oscillating phases are analyzed.

  20. Survey of chaos in the rf-biased Josephson junction

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    Kautz, R.L.; Monaco, R.

    1985-02-01

    Chaotic behavior in the rf-biased Josephson junction is studied through digital simulations of the Steward--McCumber model. Chaotic states are characterized by Poincare sections, Liapunov exponents, and power spectra. Models are presented which explain some features of the chaotic spectra. The parameter range over which chaotic behavior occurs is determined empirically for a broad range of dc bias, rf bias, and hysteresis parameters for a fixed rf frequency. It is shown that chaos does not occur if either the dc bias or the rf bias is very large. An attempt is made to explain the boundaries of the chaotic region in terms of simple models for chaotic behavior.

  1. Observation of nonsinusoidal current-phase relation in graphene Josephson junctions

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    English, C. D.; Hamilton, D. R.; Chialvo, C.; Moraru, I. C.; Mason, N.; Van Harlingen, D. J.

    2016-09-01

    The current-phase relation of a Josephson junction can reveal valuable information about the processes influencing the supercurrent. In this paper we present direct measurements of the current-phase relation for Josephson junctions having a graphene barrier, obtained by a phase-sensitive SQUID interferometry technique. We find that the current-phase relation is forward skewed with respect to the commonly observed sinusoidal behavior for short junctions in the quasiballistic transport regime, consistent with predictions for the behavior of Dirac fermions in a Josephson junction. The skewness increases with critical current and decreases sharply with increasing temperature.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 4e(2)/h, where e is the electric charge and h is the Planck constant. PMID:27040917

  7. 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

  8. 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).

  9. Phase dynamics of two parallel stacks of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Plecenik, A.; Seidel, P.; Ilʼichev, E.; Nawrocki, W.

    2014-12-01

    Two parallel stacks of coupled Josephson junctions (JJs) are investigated to clarify the physics of transitions between the rotating and oscillating states and their effect on the IV-characteristics of the system. The detailed study of phase dynamics and bias dependence of the superconducting and diffusion currents allows one to explain all features of simulated IV-characteristics and demonstrate the correspondence in their behavior. The coupling between JJ in the stacks leads to the branching of IV-characteristics and a decrease in the hysteretic region. The crucial role of the diffusion current in the formation of the IV-characteristic of the parallel stacks of coupled JJs is demonstrated. We discuss the effect of symmetry in a number of junctions in the stacks and show a decrease of the branching in the symmetrical stacks. The observed effects might be useful for development of superconducting electronic devices based on intrinsic JJs.

  10. 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. PMID:26792013

  11. 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.

  12. 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. PMID:26792013

  13. 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

    2016-01-21

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Josephson junctions and AdS/CFT networks

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    Kiritsis, Elias; Niarchos, Vasilis

    2011-07-01

    We propose a new holographic model of Josephson junctions (and networks thereof) based on designer multi-gravity, namely multi-(super)gravity theories on products of distinct asymptotically AdS spacetimes coupled by mixed boundary conditions. We present a simple model of a Josephson junction (JJ) that reproduces trivially the well-known current-phase sine relation of JJs. In one-dimensional chains of holographic superconductors we find that the Cooper-pair condensates are described by a discretized Schrödinger-type equation. Such non-integrable equations, which have been studied extensively in the past in condensed matter and optics applications, are known to exhibit complex behavior that includes periodic and quasiperiodic solutions, chaotic dynamics, soliton and kink solutions. In our setup these solutions translate to holographic configurations of strongly-coupled superconductors in networks with weak site-to-site interactions that exhibit interesting patterns of modulated superconductivity. In a continuum limit our equations reduce to generalizations of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. We comment on the many possible extensions and applications of this new approach.

  17. 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.

  18. Terahertz Responses of Intrinsic Josephson Junctions in High T{sub C} Superconductors

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    Wang, H. B.; Wu, P. H.; Yamashita, T.

    2001-09-03

    High frequency responses of intrinsic Josephson junctions up to 2.5THz, including the observation of Shapiro steps under various conditions, are reported and discussed in this Letter. The sample was an array of intrinsic Josephson junctions singled out from inside a high T{sub C} superconducting Bi{sub 2}Sr {sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+x} single crystal, with a bow-tie antenna integrated to it. The number of junctions in the array was controllable, the junctions were homogeneous, the distribution of applied irradiation among the junctions was even, and the junctions could synchronously respond to high frequency irradiation.

  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. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Effect of interjunction coupling on superconducting current and charge correlations in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Hamdipour, M.; Kolahchi, M. R.

    2009-07-01

    Charge formations on superconducting layers and creation of the longitudinal plasma wave in the stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions change crucially the superconducting current through the stack. Investigation of the correlations of superconducting currents in neighboring Josephson junctions and the charge correlations in neighboring superconducting layers allows us to predict the additional features in the current-voltage characteristics. The charge autocorrelation functions clearly demonstrate the difference between harmonic and chaotic behavior in the breakpoint region. Use of the correlation functions gives us a powerful method for the analysis of the current-voltage characteristics of coupled Josephson junctions.

  3. Effects of LC shunting on the Shapiro steps features of Josephson junction

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Kulikov, K. V.; Seidel, P.

    2015-05-01

    We study an effect of external radiation on the dynamics of Josephson junction shunted by an LC circuit. When the Josephson frequency is equal to the frequency of the circuit, additional stable resonant circuit branches appear in the IV-characteristic of the junction. The branches occur on the stable side of a narrow resonance peak, while the other peak side has a negative slope and is unstable. We show that the amplitude dependence of the Shapiro step width crucially changes when the Shapiro step is on the resonant circuit branch. These effects might give very important advantages for methods and technologies that exploit the response of Josephson junctions to microwave fields.

  4. 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.

  5. Interactions between Josephson Junction Metamaterials and Evanescent Waves

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    Adams, Laura; Anlage, Steven

    2009-03-01

    Amplification of evanescent waves is an exciting, yet controversial application of negative index of refraction metamaterials in pursuit of creating a ``perfect lens''. We will describe evanescent wave amplification experiments using lossless metamaterials, i.e. arrays of Josephson junctions (JJ). The effects of input power, temperature, and dc magnetic field on JJ arrays below the cutoff frequency of a waveguide have been investigated. At low temperatures a pronounced, tunable microwave resonance emerges in transmission. This resonance has been systematically studied in terms of its transmission and reflection coefficients. In the regime between -45 and -25 dBm, we observe a non-hysteretic emission of microwave photons that reverberate at the same frequency. Amplification of these photons (parametric amplification) will also be described. This work was supported by the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

  6. 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.

  7. High-performance passive microwave survey on Josephson Junctions

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    Denisov, A. G.; Radzikhovsky, V. N.; Kudeliya, A. M.

    1995-01-01

    The quasi-optical generations of images of objects with their internal structure in millimeter (MM) and submillimeter (SMM) bands is one of 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 (field effect transistors) or SQUIDS for signal amplifications after JJ is of particular interest in this case.

  8. Energy storage and subharmonic oscillations in Josephson junctions

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    Dempsey, D. G.; Levinsen, M. T.; Ulrich, B. T.

    1975-01-01

    The energy stored in the magnetic and electric field near a superconducting point contact is typically the same magnitude as the coupling energy which produces the Josephson effect in the weakly coupled superconductors. One consequence of energy storage in both the electric and magnetic field is that the junction can oscillate at a fundamental frequency. The dynamics of these subharmonic oscillations have been studied for a model in which the magnetic and electric energies are represented as being stored in an inductance and a capacitance respectively. The model was studied numerically for various biasing conditions, and the behavior compared to experimental data. A simple analytic approximation was developed that gives physical insight into the mechanism that creates the subharmonic oscillations.

  9. 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.

  10. Quasiparticle current and phase locking of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Seidel, P.; Grib, A. N.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Scherbel, J.; Hübner, U.; Schmidl, F.

    2001-09-01

    On the base of our experiments on thin film Josephson junctions in mesa geometry we discuss the quasiparticle branches of the intrinsic arrays within a tunnelling model using d-wave superconductor density of states. We find temperature dependent current contributions and a zero bias anomaly. The coherent behaviour is studied for intrinsic arrays with an additional side-wall shunt. The existence of thresholds of phase locking at small as well as at large inductances is demonstrated. We discuss the problems with experimental realisation of the shunts as well as with an alternative concept to enhance phase locking in such arrays towards application as oscillators in the frequency range up to some THz.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Josephson junction arrays with positional disorder: Experiments and simulations

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    Forrester, Martin G.

    1988-02-01

    The results of a study of Josephson junction arrays with positional disorder are presented, using both experiments and Monte Carlo simulations. We have fabricated 50 x 50 arrays of Pb/Cu proximity-effects junctions, with controlled positional disorder characterized by a parameter delta-star. The zero-field resistive transitions of these samples are well described by the Kosterlitz-Thouless-Halperin-Nelson vortex-unbinding theory. Measurements of resistance vs. magnetic field reveal rich structure, with pronounced minima at integer fields, as well as higher-order structure. In samples with disorders the principal oscillations are found to decay linearly with field, after accounting for the effect of the magnetic field on the critical currents of the individual junctions. We can quantify the destruction of phase-coherence on length-scales of order q times the lattice parameter by defining critical fields, fc(q) approx. 1/delta-star, by the disappearance of structures at fields fo= p/q, where fo is the average number of flux quanta per plaquette, and p and q are integers. Extrapolation to q=infinity yields an estimate of the critical field, f c, for the destruction of quasi-long-range phase coherence which is in good agreement with the theoretical prediction of Granato and Kosterlitz. However, our experiments show no evidence for the predicted reentrant phase transition.

  14. Breathing charge density waves in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Abdelhafiz, H.

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate the creation of a charge density wave (CDW) along a stack of coupled Josephson junctions (JJs) in layered superconductors. Electric charge in each superconducting layer oscillates around some average value, forming a breathing CDW. We show the transformation of a longitudinal plasma wave to CDW in the state corresponding to the outermost branch. Transition between different types of CDW's related to the inner branches of IV characteristic is demonstrated. The effect of the external electromagnetic radiation on the states corresponding to the inner branches differs crucially from the case of the single JJ. The Shapiro steps in the IV characteristics of the junctions in the stack do not correspond directly to the frequency of radiation ω. The system of JJs behaves like a single whole system: the Shapiro steps or their harmonics in the total IV characteristics appear at voltage , where V l is the voltage in the lth junction, N R is the number of JJs in the rotating state, and m and n are integers.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Discontinuous current-phase relations in small one-dimensional Josephson junction arrays.

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    Koch, Jens; Le Hur, Karyn

    2008-08-29

    We study the Josephson effect in small one-dimensional (1D) Josephson junction arrays. For weak Josephson tunneling, topologically different regions in the charge-stability diagram generate distinct current-phase (I-phi) relationships. We present results for a three-junction system in the vicinity of charge-degeneracy lines and triple points. We explain the generalization to larger arrays, show that discontinuities of the I-phi relation at phase pi persist and that, at maximum degeneracy, the problem can be mapped to a tight-binding model providing analytical results for arbitrary system size.

  18. Influence of position and parameters of inhomogeneities on vortex structure in long Josephson junctions

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    Andreeva, O. Yu; Boyadjiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Yu M.

    2008-10-01

    Numerical experiment results on long Josephson junction with one and two rectangular inhomogeneities in the barrier layer are presented. We demonstrate the efiect of the shifting of the inhomogeneity and the value of the Josephson current on the vortex structure. The disappearance of mixed fluxon-antifluxon states is shown when the position of inhomogeneity shifted to the end of the junction. A change of the amplitude of Josephson current at the end makes a strong efiect on the stability of the fluxon states and smoothes the maximums of the dependence 'critical current-magnetic field'.

  19. Current voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions with charge-imbalance effect

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2007-09-01

    The current-voltage characteristics (IVC) of intrinsic Josephson junctions are numerically calculated taking into account the quasiparticle charge-imbalance effect. We solve numerically the full set of the equations including second order differential equations for phase differences, kinetic equations and generalized Josephson relations for a stack of Josephson junctions. The boundary conditions due to the proximity effect are used. We obtain the branch structure of IVC and investigate it as a function of disequilibrium parameter at different values of coupling constant and McCumber parameter. An increase in the disequilibrium parameter essentially changes the character of IVC at large values of McCumber parameter.

  20. The influence of microwave irradiation power on current voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Mans, M.; Scherbel, J.; Seidel, P.

    2007-02-01

    The current-voltage characteristics of a micrometre bridge of intrinsic Josephson junctions under microwave irradiation are studied. The collective switching of the group of four junctions splits up as the AC signal amplitude is gradually increased. The switching current of the remaining group of junctions is increased with increasing radiation power. We consider that microwave irradiation injects an additional quasiparticle current into the Josephson junction array. We use ideas of breakdown of quasineutrality and quasiparticle charge imbalance in the superconducting layers and explain the experimental results by the competition between the 'current effect' and the effect of suppression of the switching current by irradiation.

  1. Diffusion current in a system of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Rahmonov, I. R.

    2012-08-01

    The role of a diffusion current in the phase dynamics of a system of coupled Josephson junctions (JJs) has been analyzed. It is shown that, by studying the temporal dependences of the superconducting, quasi-particle, diffusion, and displacement currents and the dependences of average values of these currents on the total current, it is possible to explain the main features of the current-voltage characteristic (CVC) of the system. The effect of a diffusion current on the character of CVC branching in the vicinity of a critical current and in the region of hysteresis, as well as on the part of CVC branch corresponding to a parametric resonance in the system is demonstrated. A clear interpretation of the differences in the character of CVC branching in a model of capacitively coupled JJs (CCJJ model) and a model of capacitive coupling with diffusion current (CCJJ+DC model) is proposed. It is shown that a decrease in the diffusion current in a JJ leads to the switching of this junction to an oscillating state. The results of model calculations are qualitatively consistent with the experimental data.

  2. Diffusion current in a system of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M. Rahmonov, I. R.

    2012-08-15

    The role of a diffusion current in the phase dynamics of a system of coupled Josephson junctions (JJs) has been analyzed. It is shown that, by studying the temporal dependences of the superconducting, quasi-particle, diffusion, and displacement currents and the dependences of average values of these currents on the total current, it is possible to explain the main features of the current-voltage characteristic (CVC) of the system. The effect of a diffusion current on the character of CVC branching in the vicinity of a critical current and in the region of hysteresis, as well as on the part of CVC branch corresponding to a parametric resonance in the system is demonstrated. A clear interpretation of the differences in the character of CVC branching in a model of capacitively coupled JJs (CCJJ model) and a model of capacitive coupling with diffusion current (CCJJ+DC model) is proposed. It is shown that a decrease in the diffusion current in a JJ leads to the switching of this junction to an oscillating state. The results of model calculations are qualitatively consistent with the experimental data.

  3. Josephson junction devices: Model quantum mechanical systems and medical applications

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    Chen, Josephine

    In this dissertation, three experiments using Josephson junction devices are described. In Part I, the effect of dissipation on tunneling between charge states in a superconducting single-electron transistor (sSET) was studied. The sSET was fabricated on top of a semi-conductor heterostructure with a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) imbedded beneath the surface. The 2DEG acted as a dissipative ground plane. The sheet resistance of the 2DEG could be varied in situ by applying a large voltage to a gate on the back of the substrate. The zero-bias conductance of the sSET was observed to increase with increasing temperature and 2DEG resistance. Some qualitative but not quantitative agreement was found with theoretical calculations of the functional dependence of the conductance on temperature and 2DEG resistance. Part II describes a series of experiments performed on magnesium diboride point-contact junctions. The pressure between the MgB2 tip and base pieces could be adjusted to form junctions with different characteristics. With light pressure applied between the two pieces, quasiparticle tunneling in superconductor-insulator-superconductor junctions was measured. From these data, a superconducting gap of approximately 2 meV and a critical temperature of 29 K were estimated. Increasing the pressure between the MgB2 pieces formed junctions with superconductor-normal metal-superconductor characteristics. We used these junctions to form MgB2 superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDS). Noise levels as low as 35 fT/Hz1/2 and 4 muphi 0/Hz1/2 at 1 kHz were measured. In Part III, we used a SQUID-based instrument to acquire magnetocardiograms (MCG), the magnetic field signal measured from the human heart. We measured 51 healthy volunteers and 11 cardiac patients both at rest and after treadmill exercise. We found age and sex related differences in the MCG of the healthy volunteers that suggest that these factors should be considered when evaluating the MCG for

  4. Classical to Quantum Crossover in Driven Josephson Junctions

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    Tian, C. S.; Kamenev, A.; Larkin, A. I.

    2004-03-01

    We consider the classical-quantum behavior crossover in a small, externally driven Josephson junction. Charge of a small superconducting grain fluctuates strongly if its critical current J_c(t) is modulated (kicked) by short periodic pulses (e.g. by changing the tunneling strength). The system may be mapped onto the model of quantum kicked rotator [1]. For large amplitudes of J_c(t) and short enough times, the grain charge, Q(t), diffuses in time. That is, the charge correlation function K(t) = <(Q(t)-Q(0))^2> = 2Dt, where the classical diffusion coefficient, D, may be expressed through the microscopical parameters of the model. Quantum corrections develop at times longer than the Ehrenfest time of the corresponding dynamical system, t_E ˜ ln D/(2e)^2. We have calculated weak-localization one-loop renormalization of the diffusion coefficient, δ D(ω), and found δ K(t)= -4/3√ π 2e√ D (t-2t_E)^3/2 for 2tE ˜ t≪ t_L, where t_L ˜ D/(2e)^2 is the time to develop the strong localization [1,2]. The predicted classical-quantum crossover may be observed by performing time-resolved potentiometry on the kicked Josephson grain. Alternatively, the effect may be detected by driving a periodic current of a large amplitude, J≫ J_c, across the grain and monitoring fluctuations of voltage. We believe that such a crossover applies to other periodic driven systems. [1] G. Casati et. al., Lect. Notes Phys.93, 334 (1979). [2] S.Fishman et. al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 49, 509 (1982); A.Altland, ibid. 71, 69 (1993).

  5. Dynamics of Josephson junctions and single-flux-quantum networks with superconductor-insulator-normal-metal junction shunts

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    Zorin, A. B.; Tolkacheva, E. M.; Khabipov, M. I.; Buchholz, F.-I.; Niemeyer, J.

    2006-07-01

    Within the framework of the microscopic model of tunneling, we modeled the behavior of the Josephson junction shunted by the superconductor-insulator-normal-metal (SIN) tunnel junction. The electromagnetic impedance of the SIN junction includes both the frequency-dependent damping and reactance, which affect the circuit dynamics. We calculated the dc I-V curves and transient characteristics and show their differences to the characteristics obtained within the simpler models. The correct operation of the basic single-flux-quantum circuits, i.e., the Josephson transmission line and the toggle flip-flop, based on such SIN-shunted Josephson junctions with small damping at low frequencies, has also been modeled.

  6. Experimental manifestation of the breakpoint region in the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Irie, A.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Oya, G.

    2008-10-01

    The experimental evidence of the breakpoint on the current-voltage characteristics (IVCs) of the stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) is presented. The influence of the capacitive coupling on the IVCs of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy IJJs has been investigated. At 4.2K, clear breakpoint region is observed on the branches in the IVCs. It is found that due to the coupling between junctions, the hysteresis observed on the IVC is small compared to that expected from the McCumber parameter. Measurements agree well with the results predicted by the capacitively coupled Josephson junction model including the diffusion current.

  7. Development, characterization, and applications of high temperature superconductor nanobridge Josephson junctions

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    Wendt, J.R.; Tigges, C.P.; Hietala, V.M.; Plut, T.A.; Martens, J.S.; Char, K.; Johansson, M.E.

    1994-03-01

    A well-controlled, high-yield Josephson junction process in high temperature superconductors (HTS) is necessary for the demonstration of ultra-high-speed devices and circuits which exceed the capabilities of conventional electronics. The authors developed nanobridge Josephson junctions in high quality thin-film YBaCuO with dimensions below 100 nm fabricated using electron-beam nanolithography. They characterized this Josephson junction technology for process yield, junction parameter uniformity, and overall applicability for use in high-performance circuits. To facilitate the determination of junction parameters, they developed a measurement technique based on spectral analysis in the range of 90--160 GHz of phase-locked, oscillating arrays of up to 2,450 Josephson junctions. Because of the excellent yield and uniformity of the nanobridge junctions, they successfully applied the junction technology to a wide variety of circuits. These circuits included transmission-line pulse formers and 32 and 64-bit shift registers. The 32-bit shift register was shown to operate at clock speeds near 100 GHz and is believed to be one of the faster and more complex digital circuit demonstrated to date using high temperature superconductor technology.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Fluxons in a triangular set of coupled long Josephson junctions

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    Yukon, Stanford P.; Malomed, Boris A.

    2015-09-15

    We report results of an analysis of the dynamics of magnetic flux solitons in the system of three long Josephson junctions between three bulk superconductors that form a prism. The system is modeled by coupled sine-Gordon equations for the phases of the junctions. The Aharonov-Bohm constraint takes into account the axial magnetic flux enclosed by the prism and reduces the system from three independent phases to two. The equations of motion for the phases include dissipative terms, and a control parameter δ which accounts for the deviation of the enclosed flux from half a quantum. Analyzing the effective potential of the coupled equations, we identify different species of topological and non-topological phase solitons (fluxons) in this system. In particular, subkinks with fractional topological charges ±1/3 and ±2/3, confined inside integer-charge fluxons, may be mapped onto the root diagrams for mesons and baryons in the original quark model of hadrons. Solutions for straight-line kinks and for two types of non-topological solitons are obtained in an explicit analytical form. Numerical tests demonstrate that the former species is unstable against breakup into pairs of separating single-fluxon kinks. The non-topological kinks feature metastability, eventually breaking up into fluxon-antifluxon pairs. Free fractional-fluxon kinks, that connect different potential minima and are, accordingly, pulled by the potential difference, are also considered. Using the momentum-balance method, we predict the velocity at which these kinks should move in the presence of the dissipation. Numerical tests demonstrate that the analysis predicts the velocity quite closely. Higher-energy static solutions for all of the stable kink types mentioned above, as well as kinks connecting false vacua, are found by means of the shooting method. Inelastic collisions among the stable fractional and single-fluxon kinks are investigated numerically.

  15. Fluxons in a triangular set of coupled long Josephson junctions

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    Yukon, Stanford P.; Malomed, Boris A.

    2015-09-01

    We report results of an analysis of the dynamics of magnetic flux solitons in the system of three long Josephson junctions between three bulk superconductors that form a prism. The system is modeled by coupled sine-Gordon equations for the phases of the junctions. The Aharonov-Bohm constraint takes into account the axial magnetic flux enclosed by the prism and reduces the system from three independent phases to two. The equations of motion for the phases include dissipative terms, and a control parameter δ which accounts for the deviation of the enclosed flux from half a quantum. Analyzing the effective potential of the coupled equations, we identify different species of topological and non-topological phase solitons (fluxons) in this system. In particular, subkinks with fractional topological charges ±1/3 and ±2/3, confined inside integer-charge fluxons, may be mapped onto the root diagrams for mesons and baryons in the original quark model of hadrons. Solutions for straight-line kinks and for two types of non-topological solitons are obtained in an explicit analytical form. Numerical tests demonstrate that the former species is unstable against breakup into pairs of separating single-fluxon kinks. The non-topological kinks feature metastability, eventually breaking up into fluxon-antifluxon pairs. Free fractional-fluxon kinks, that connect different potential minima and are, accordingly, pulled by the potential difference, are also considered. Using the momentum-balance method, we predict the velocity at which these kinks should move in the presence of the dissipation. Numerical tests demonstrate that the analysis predicts the velocity quite closely. Higher-energy static solutions for all of the stable kink types mentioned above, as well as kinks connecting false vacua, are found by means of the shooting method. Inelastic collisions among the stable fractional and single-fluxon kinks are investigated numerically.

  16. Influence of coupling between junctions on breakpoint current in intrinsic Josephson junctions.

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    Shukrinov, Yu M; Mahfouzi, F

    2007-04-13

    We study theoretically the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-Tc superconductors. An oscillation of the breakpoint current on the outermost branch as a function of coupling alpha and dissipation beta parameters is found. We explain this oscillation as a result of the creation of longitudinal plasma waves at the breakpoint with different wave numbers. We demonstrate the commensurability effect and predict a group behavior of the current-voltage characteristics for the stacks with a different number of junctions. A method to determine the wave number of longitudinal plasma waves from alpha and beta dependence of the breakpoint current is suggested. We model the alpha and beta dependence of the breakpoint current and obtain good agreement with the results of the simulation.

  17. Influence of Coupling between Junctions on Breakpoint Current in Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2007-04-01

    We study theoretically the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-Tc superconductors. An oscillation of the breakpoint current on the outermost branch as a function of coupling α and dissipation β parameters is found. We explain this oscillation as a result of the creation of longitudinal plasma waves at the breakpoint with different wave numbers. We demonstrate the commensurability effect and predict a group behavior of the current-voltage characteristics for the stacks with a different number of junctions. A method to determine the wave number of longitudinal plasma waves from α and β dependence of the breakpoint current is suggested. We model the α and β dependence of the breakpoint current and obtain good agreement with the results of the simulation.

  18. 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.

  19. Anomalous current-voltage characteristics due to macroscopic resonant tunneling in a small Josephson junction

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    Hatakenaka, N.; Kurihara, S. ); Takayanagi, H. )

    1990-09-01

    Current-voltage characteristics of a small Josephson junction are studied, taking into account quantized energy levels in the Josephson potential. In the energy regions where the Josephson coupling energy is greater than the charging energy at zero temperature, it is predicted that voltage spikes in a usual zero-voltage state branch will appear due to resonant phase slips by macroscopic quantum tunneling. These spikes are very different from those expected by the Bloch oscillation mechanism based on the band motion of the macroscopic variable.

  20. Investigation of the breakpoint region in stacks with a finite number of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.; Pedersen, N. F.

    2007-03-01

    We study the breakpoint region on the outermost branch of the current-voltage characteristics of stacks with different numbers of intrinsic Josephson junctions. We show that at periodic boundary conditions the breakpoint region is absent for stacks with an even number of junctions. For stacks with an odd number of junctions and for stacks with nonperiodic boundary conditions the breakpoint current increases with the number of junctions and saturates at a value corresponding to the periodic boundary conditions. The region of saturation and the saturated value depend on the coupling between the junctions. We explain the results by the parametric resonance at the breakpoint and excitation of a longitudinal plasma wave by Josephson oscillations. A method for diagnostics of the junctions in the stack is proposed.

  1. Shunt-capacitor-assisted synchronization of oscillations in intrinsic Josephson junctions stack.

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    Martin, I.; Halasz, G. B.; Bulaevskii, L. N.; Koshelev, A. E.; Materials Science Division; LANL

    2010-08-06

    We show that a shunt capacitor, by coupling each Josephson junction to all the other junctions, stabilizes synchronized oscillations in an intrinsic Josephson junction stack biased by a dc current. This synchronization mechanism is similar to the previously discussed radiative coupling between junctions, however, it is not defined by the geometry of the stack. It is particularly important in crystals with smaller numbers of junctions (where the radiation coupling is weak), and is comparable with the effect of strong super-radiation in crystals with many junctions. The shunt also helps to enter the phase-locked regime in the beginning of the oscillations, after switching on the bias current. Furthermore, it may be used to tune radiation power, which drops as the shunt capacitance increases.

  2. 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…

  3. Macroscopic quantum effects in capacitively- and inductively-coupled intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Koyama, T.; Machida, M.

    2009-03-01

    A theory for macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in intrinsic Josephson junction stacks is formulated. Both capacitive and inductive couplings between junctions are taken into account. We calculate the escape rate in the switching to the first resistive branch in the quantum regime. It is shown that the enhancement of the escape rate is caused mainly by the capacitive coupling between junctions in IJJ's with small in-plane area of ~ 1μm2.

  4. Equidistance of branch structure in capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model with diffusion current

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.; Seidel, P.

    2006-11-01

    Branch structure in current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions of HTSC is studied in the framework of two models: capacitively coupled Josephson junctions (CCJJ) model and CCJJ model with diffusion current (CCJJ + DC). We investigate the coupling dependence of the branch’s slopes and demonstrate that the equidistance of the branch structure in CCJJ model is broken at enough small values of coupling parameter (at α ≪ 1). We show that the inclusion of diffusion in the tunneling current through intrinsic Josephson junctions might restore the equidistance of the branch structure. Change of the current-voltage characteristics in CCJJ + DC model under variation of the coupling and McCumber parameters and effect of boundary conditions on the branch structure is analyzed.

  5. 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.

  6. Visualizing supercurrents in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions with various arrangements of 0 and π segments

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    Gürlich, C.; Scharinger, S.; Weides, M.; Kohlstedt, H.; Mints, R. G.; Goldobin, E.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.

    2010-03-01

    Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic barrier can have positive or negative critical current depending on the thickness dF of the ferromagnetic layer. Accordingly, the Josephson phase in the ground state is equal to 0 (a conventional or 0 junction) or to π ( π junction). When 0 and π segments are joined to form a “ 0-π junction,” spontaneous supercurrents around the 0-π boundary can appear. Here we report on the visualization of supercurrents in superconductor-insulator-ferromagnet-superconductor (SIFS) junctions by low-temperature scanning electron microscopy (LTSEM). We discuss data for rectangular 0, π , 0-π , 0-π-0 , and 20×(0-π-) junctions, disk-shaped junctions where the 0-π boundary forms a ring, and an annular junction with two 0-π boundaries. Within each 0 or π segment the critical current density is fairly homogeneous, as indicated both by measurements of the magnetic field dependence of the critical current and by LTSEM. The π parts have critical current densities jcπ up to 35A/cm2 at T=4.2K , which is a record value for SIFS junctions with a NiCu F-layer so far. We also demonstrate that SIFS technology is capable to produce Josephson devices with a unique topology of the 0-π boundary.

  7. Magnetic Field Dependence of the Critical Current of Planar Geometry Josephson Junctions

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    Ma, Meng; Cho, Ethan; Huynh, Chuong; Cybart, Shane; Dynes, Robert

    2015-03-01

    We report a study on the magnetic field dependence of the critical current of planar geometry Josephson junctions. We have fabricated Josephson junctions by using a focused helium ion beam to irradiate a narrow barrier in the plane of a 25 nm thick Y-Ba-Cu-O film. The London penetration depth λL is large (~1 μm) because of the ultra-thin thickness of the film. As a result, calculations of the Josephson penetration depth λJ are not realistic nor physical. Therefore in this work, we measure λJ experimentally. We tested devices with bridge widths ranging from 4 to 50 μm, and present measurements of the Fraunhofer quantum diffraction pattern (IC (B)). We observe a crossover from short to long junction behavior, which gives an experimentally measured λJ that ranges between 3 μm to 5 μm. The shape of the IC (B) pattern is strongly affected by the width of the bridge because of self-field effects. As the bridge width increases, Josephson vortices enter the junction and skew the patterns. This work shows that the electronic properties of the planar junctions are very different than those classical ``sandwich'' junctions due to the differences in geometry.

  8. High temperature superconductor step-edge Josephson junctions using Ti-Ca-Ba-Cu-O

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    Ginley, D.S.; Hietala, V.M.; Hohenwarter, G.K.G.; Martens, J.S.; Plut, T.A.; Tigges, C.P.; Vawter, G.A.; Zipperian, T.E.

    1994-10-25

    A process is disclosed for formulating non-hysteretic and hysteretic Josephson junctions using HTS materials which results in junctions having the ability to operate at high temperatures while maintaining high uniformity and quality. The non-hysteretic Josephson junction is formed by step-etching a LaAlO[sub 3] crystal substrate and then depositing a thin film of TlCaBaCuO on the substrate, covering the step, and forming a grain boundary at the step and a subsequent Josephson junction. Once the non-hysteretic junction is formed the next step to form the hysteretic Josephson junction is to add capacitance to the system. In the current embodiment, this is accomplished by adding a thin dielectric layer, LaA1O[sub 3], followed by a cap layer of a normal metal where the cap layer is formed by first depositing a thin layer of titanium (Ti) followed by a layer of gold (Au). The dielectric layer and the normal metal cap are patterned to the desired geometry. 8 figs.

  9. High temperature superconductor step-edge Josephson junctions using Ti-Ca-Ba-Cu-O

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    Ginley, David S.; Hietala, Vincent M.; Hohenwarter, Gert K. G.; Martens, Jon S.; Plut, Thomas A.; Tigges, Chris P.; Vawter, Gregory A.; Zipperian, Thomas E.

    1994-10-25

    A process for formulating non-hysteretic and hysteretic Josephson junctions using HTS materials which results in junctions having the ability to operate at high temperatures while maintaining high uniformity and quality. The non-hysteretic Josephson junction is formed by step-etching a LaAlO.sub.3 crystal substrate and then depositing a thin film of TlCaBaCuO on the substrate, covering the step, and forming a grain boundary at the step and a subsequent Josephson junction. Once the non-hysteretic junction is formed the next step to form the hysteretic Josephson junction is to add capacitance to the system. In the current embodiment, this is accomplished by adding a thin dielectric layer, LaA1O.sub.3, followed by a cap layer of a normal metal where the cap layer is formed by first depositing a thin layer of titanium (Ti) followed by a layer of gold (Au). The dielectric layer and the normal metal cap are patterned to the desired geometry.

  10. Measurement of Aharonov-Casher effect in a Josephson junction chain

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    Pop, Ioan Mihai; Lecocq, Florent; Pannetier, Bernard; Buisson, Olivier; Guichard, Wiebke

    2011-03-01

    We have recently measured the effect of superconducting phase-slips on the ground state of a Josephson junction chain and a rhombi chain. Here we report clear evidence of Aharonov-Casher effect in a chain of Josephson junctions. This phenomenon is the dual of the well known Aharonov-Bohm interference. Using a capacitively coupled gate to the islands of the chain, we induce oscillations of the supercurrent by tuning the polarization charges on the islands. We observe complex interference patterns for different quantum phase slip amplitudes, that we understand quantitatively as Aharonov-Casher vortex interferences. European STREP MIDAS.

  11. Defect motion and lattice pinning barriers in Josephson-junction ladders

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    Kang, H.; Lim, Jong Soo; Fortin, J.-Y.; Choi, J.; Choi, M. Y.

    2006-01-01

    We study the motion of domain wall defects in a fully frustrated Josephson-junction ladder system, driven by small applied currents. For small system sizes, the energy barrier E{sub B} to the defect motion is computed analytically via symmetry and topological considerations. More generally, we perform numerical simulations directly on the equations of motion, based on the resistively-shunted junction model, to study the dynamics of defects, varying the system size. Coherent motion of domain walls is observed for large system sizes. In the thermodynamical limit, we find E{sub B}=0.1827 in units of the Josephson coupling energy.

  12. Thin-film metal coated insulation barrier in a Josephson tunnel junction. [Patent application

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    Hawkins, G.A.; Clarke, J.

    1975-10-31

    A highly stable, durable, and reproducible Josephson tunnel junction consists of a thin-film electrode of a hard superconductor, a thin oxide insulation layer over the electrode constituting a Josephson tunnel junction barrier, a thin-film layer of stabilizing metal over the barrier, and a second thin-film hard superconductive electrode over the stabilizing film. The thin stabilizing metal film is made only thick enough to limit penetration of the electrode material through the insulation layer so as to prevent a superconductive short.

  13. The c-axis charge traveling wave in a coupled system of Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Hamdipour, M.

    2012-05-01

    We demonstrate a manifestation of the charge traveling wave along the c axis (TW) in current voltage characteristics of coupled Josephson junctions in high- T c superconductors. The branches related to the TW with different wavelengths are found for the stacks with different number of Josephson junctions at different values of system's parameters. Transitions between the TW branches and the outermost branch are observed. The electric charge in the superconducting layers and charge-charge correlation functions for TW and outermost branches show different behavior with bias current. We propose an experimental testing of the TW branching by microwave irradiation.

  14. Breakpoint region in the IV-characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2008-02-01

    We study theoretically the IV-characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in HTSC. We solve numerically a set of differential equations for N intrinsic Josephson junctions and investigate the nonlinear dynamics of the system. The charging effect is taken into account. We demonstrate that the breakpoint region in the current-voltage characteristics naturally follows from the solution of the system of the dynamical equations for the phase difference. In the breakpoint region the plasma mode is a stationary solution of the system and this fact might be used in some applications, particularly, in high frequency devices such as THz oscillators and mixers.

  15. Characterization of escape times of Josephson junctions for signal detection.

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    Addesso, Paolo; Filatrella, Giovanni; Pierro, Vincenzo

    2012-01-01

    The measurement of the escape time of a Josephson junction might be used to detect the presence of a sinusoidal signal embedded in noise when use of standard signal processing tools can be prohibitive due to the extreme weakness of the source or to the huge amount of data. In this paper we show that the prescriptions for the experimental setup and some physical behaviors depend on the detection strategy. More specifically, by exploitation of the sample mean of escape times to perform detection, two resonant regions are identified. At low frequencies there is a stochastic resonance or activation phenomenon, while near the plasma frequency a geometric resonance appears. Furthermore, detection performance in the geometric resonance region is maximized at the prescribed value of the bias current. The naive sample mean detector is outperformed, in terms of error probability, by the optimal likelihood ratio test. The latter exhibits only geometric resonance, showing monotonically increasing performance as the bias current approaches the junction critical current. In this regime the escape times are vanishingly small and therefore performance is essentially limited by measurement electronics. The behavior of the likelihood ratio and sample mean detector for different values of incoming signal to noise ratio is discussed, and a relationship with the error probability is found. Detectors based on the likelihood ratio test could be employed also to estimate unknown parameters in the applied input signal. As a prototypical example we study the phase estimation problem of a sinusoidal current, which is accomplished by using the filter bank approach. Finally we show that for a physically feasible detector the performances are found to be very close to the Cramer-Rao theoretical bound. Applications might be found, for example, in some astronomical detection problems (where the all-sky gravitational and/or radio wave search for pulsars requires the analysis of nearly sinusoidal

  16. Characterization of escape times of Josephson junctions for signal detection

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    Addesso, Paolo; Filatrella, Giovanni; Pierro, Vincenzo

    2012-01-01

    The measurement of the escape time of a Josephson junction might be used to detect the presence of a sinusoidal signal embedded in noise when use of standard signal processing tools can be prohibitive due to the extreme weakness of the source or to the huge amount of data. In this paper we show that the prescriptions for the experimental setup and some physical behaviors depend on the detection strategy. More specifically, by exploitation of the sample mean of escape times to perform detection, two resonant regions are identified. At low frequencies there is a stochastic resonance or activation phenomenon, while near the plasma frequency a geometric resonance appears. Furthermore, detection performance in the geometric resonance region is maximized at the prescribed value of the bias current. The naive sample mean detector is outperformed, in terms of error probability, by the optimal likelihood ratio test. The latter exhibits only geometric resonance, showing monotonically increasing performance as the bias current approaches the junction critical current. In this regime the escape times are vanishingly small and therefore performance is essentially limited by measurement electronics. The behavior of the likelihood ratio and sample mean detector for different values of incoming signal to noise ratio is discussed, and a relationship with the error probability is found. Detectors based on the likelihood ratio test could be employed also to estimate unknown parameters in the applied input signal. As a prototypical example we study the phase estimation problem of a sinusoidal current, which is accomplished by using the filter bank approach. Finally we show that for a physically feasible detector the performances are found to be very close to the Cramer-Rao theoretical bound. Applications might be found, for example, in some astronomical detection problems (where the all-sky gravitational and/or radio wave search for pulsars requires the analysis of nearly sinusoidal

  17. Characterization of escape times of Josephson junctions for signal detection.

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    Addesso, Paolo; Filatrella, Giovanni; Pierro, Vincenzo

    2012-01-01

    The measurement of the escape time of a Josephson junction might be used to detect the presence of a sinusoidal signal embedded in noise when use of standard signal processing tools can be prohibitive due to the extreme weakness of the source or to the huge amount of data. In this paper we show that the prescriptions for the experimental setup and some physical behaviors depend on the detection strategy. More specifically, by exploitation of the sample mean of escape times to perform detection, two resonant regions are identified. At low frequencies there is a stochastic resonance or activation phenomenon, while near the plasma frequency a geometric resonance appears. Furthermore, detection performance in the geometric resonance region is maximized at the prescribed value of the bias current. The naive sample mean detector is outperformed, in terms of error probability, by the optimal likelihood ratio test. The latter exhibits only geometric resonance, showing monotonically increasing performance as the bias current approaches the junction critical current. In this regime the escape times are vanishingly small and therefore performance is essentially limited by measurement electronics. The behavior of the likelihood ratio and sample mean detector for different values of incoming signal to noise ratio is discussed, and a relationship with the error probability is found. Detectors based on the likelihood ratio test could be employed also to estimate unknown parameters in the applied input signal. As a prototypical example we study the phase estimation problem of a sinusoidal current, which is accomplished by using the filter bank approach. Finally we show that for a physically feasible detector the performances are found to be very close to the Cramer-Rao theoretical bound. Applications might be found, for example, in some astronomical detection problems (where the all-sky gravitational and/or radio wave search for pulsars requires the analysis of nearly sinusoidal

  18. Microwave resonant activation in hybrid single-gap/two-gap Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Carabello, Steven; Lambert, Joseph G.; Mlack, Jerome; Dai, Wenqing; Li, Qi; Chen, Ke; Cunnane, Daniel; Xi, X. X.; Ramos, Roberto C.

    2016-09-01

    Microwave resonant activation is a powerful, straightforward technique to study classical and quantum systems, experimentally realized in Josephson junction devices cooled to very low temperatures. These devices typically consist of two single-gap superconductors separated by a weak link. We report the results of the first resonant activation experiments on hybrid thin film Josephson junctions consisting of a multi-gap superconductor (MgB2) and a single-gap superconductor (Pb or Sn). We can interpret the plasma frequency in terms of theories both for conventional and hybrid junctions. Using these models, we determine the junction parameters including critical current, resistance, and capacitance and find moderately high quality factors of Q0˜ 100 for these junctions.

  19. In-phase electrodynamics and terahertz wave emission in extended intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Koyama, Tomio; Matsumoto, Hideki; Machida, Masahiko; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2009-03-01

    Strong emission of subterahertz electromagnetic (EM) waves has been observed recently in the high Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ’s). We investigate numerically the dynamics of the EM fields both inside and outside the IJJ’s emitting terahertz EM waves under a constant bias current, using two-dimensional models composed of IJJ’s and the space surrounding them: (1) xy model and (2) xz model. In the xy model we investigate the EM modes excited in the rectangular junctions. In the voltage state the Josephson oscillation generates the oscillating EM field having nodes inside the junctions. The number of nodes depends on the DC voltage appearing in the junctions, and their direction is parallel to the shorter side of the junctions. The EM field shows a complex distribution pattern in the near field region. In the region far from the junctions we have only the expanding EM wave oscillating with the Josephson frequency. In the xz model we study the EM waves emitted in the xz plane from the junctions covered with normal electrodes. It is shown that the power of the emitted EM waves has distribution similar to that in the dipole emission in the system where electrodes of the same size are attached on top and bottom junctions. In the asymmetric system where the lower electrode is larger than the upper one the power distribution of emitted EM wave deviates from that in the dipole emission.

  20. Effective model for a short Josephson junction with a phase discontinuity

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    Goldobin, E.; Mironov, S.; Buzdin, A.; Mints, R. G.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.

    2016-04-01

    We consider a short Josephson junction with a phase discontinuity κ created, e.g., by a pair of tiny current injectors, at some point x0 along the width of the junction. We derive the effective current-phase relation (CPR) for the system as a whole, i.e., reduce it to an effective pointlike junction. From the effective CPR we obtain the ground state of the system and predict the dependence of its critical current on κ . We show that in a large range of κ values the effective junction behaves as a φ0 Josephson junction, i.e., has a unique ground state phase φ0 within each 2 π interval. For κ ≈π and x0 near the middle of the junction one obtains a φ0±φ junction, i.e., a Josephson junction with degenerate ground state phase φ0±φ within each 2 π interval. Further, in view of possible escape experiments especially in the quantum domain, we investigate the scaling of the energy barrier and eigenfrequency close to the critical currents and predict the behavior of the escape histogram width σ (κ ) in the regime of the macroscopic quantum tunneling.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Josephson current in Fe-based superconducting junctions: Theory and experiment

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    Burmistrova, A. V.; Devyatov, I. A.; Golubov, Alexander A.; Yada, Keiji; Tanaka, Yukio; Tortello, M.; Gonnelli, R. S.; Stepanov, V. A.; Ding, Xiaxin; Wen, Hai-Hu; Greene, L. H.

    2015-06-01

    We present a theory of the dc Josephson effect in contacts between Fe-based and spin-singlet s -wave superconductors. The method is based on the calculation of temperature Green's function in the junction within the tight-binding model. We calculate the phase dependencies of the Josephson current for different orientations of the junction relative to the crystallographic axes of Fe-based superconductor. Further, we consider the dependence of the Josephson current on the thickness of an insulating layer and on temperature. Experimental data for PbIn/Ba 1 -xKx (FeAs) 2 point-contact Josephson junctions are consistent with theoretical predictions for s± symmetry of an order parameter in this material. The proposed method can be further applied to calculations of the dc Josephson current in contacts with other new unconventional multiorbital superconductors, such as Sr2RuO4 and the superconducting topological insulator CuxBi2Se3 .

  5. 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.

  6. A cryogen-free HTS Josephson junction detector for terahertz imaging

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    Du, J.; Smart, K.; Li, L.; Leslie, K. E.; Hanham, S. M.; Wang, D. H. C.; Foley, C. P.; Ji, F.; Li, X. D.; Zeng, D. Z.

    2015-08-01

    A cryogen-free terahertz (THz) imaging system based on a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) Josephson junction detector is reported. The detector was made of a YBa2Cu3O7-x step-edge Josephson junction and integrated into an on-chip thin-film antenna. The HTS Josephson detector was cooled via a commercial mechanical cryocooler; an important step towards cryogen-free THz instrumentation, which is critical for industrial acceptance. In addition, it is shown that operating the detector in a cryocooler provides improved flexibility for optimizing the detector parameters and performance due to the ability to adjust the temperature compared to liquid nitrogen cooling methods. The dc and ac characteristics, the detector responsivity and the noise-equivalent power of the detector, and resulting image quality were studied as the function of operating temperatures.

  7. Interaction of Josephson Junction and Distant Vortex in Narrow Thin-Film Superconducting Strips

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

    2014-01-31

    The phase difference between the banks of an edge-type planar Josephson junction crossing the narrow thin-film strip depends on wether or not vortices are present in the junction banks. For a vortex close to the junction this effect has been seen by Golod, Rydh, and Krasnov [Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 227003 (2010)], who showed that the vortex may turn the junction into π type. It is shown here that even if the vortex is far away from the junction, it still changes the 0 junction to a π junction when situated close to the strip edges. Within the approximation used, the effect is independent of the vortex-junction separation, a manifestation of the topology of the vortex phase which extends to macroscopic distances of superconducting coherence.

  8. Interaction of Josephson junction and distant vortex in narrow thin-film superconducting strips

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

    2014-01-01

    The phase difference between the banks of an edge-type planar Josephson junction crossing the narrow thin-film strip depends on wether or not vortices are present in the junction banks. For a vortex close to the junction this effect has been seen by Golod, Rydh, and Krasnov [Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 227003 (2010), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.227003], who showed that the vortex may turn the junction into π type. It is shown here that even if the vortex is far away from the junction, it still changes the 0 junction to a π junction when situated close to the strip edges. Within the approximation used, the effect is independent of the vortex-junction separation, a manifestation of the topology of the vortex phase which extends to macroscopic distances of superconducting coherence.

  9. Quantum tunneling of the magnetic moment in the S/F/S Josephson φ0 junction

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    Chudnovsky, Eugene M.

    2016-04-01

    We show that the S/F/S Josephson φ0 junction permits detection of macroscopic quantum tunneling and quantum oscillation of the magnetic moment by measuring the ac voltage across the junction. Exact expression for the tunnel splitting renormalized by the interaction with the superconducting order parameter is obtained. It is demonstrated that magnetic tunneling may become frozen at a sufficiently large φ0. The quality factor of quantum oscillations of the magnetic moment due to finite ohmic resistance of the junction is computed. It is shown that magnetic tunneling rate in the φ0 junction can be controlled by the bias current, with no need for the magnetic field.

  10. Noise properties in an rf-biased Josephson junction noise thermometer

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    Seppae, H.

    1984-03-15

    Frequency fluctuation in an rf-biased R-SQUID noise thermometer operating in an nonhysteretic mode is examined. The noise sources caused by the shunt resistor and by the dissipative elements in the tank circuit are included in the model. The results demonstrate that the noise in the tank circuit has a significant influence on the accuracy of the Josephson junction noise thermometer.

  11. A closed cycle cascade Joule Thomson refrigerator for cooling Josephson junction magnetometers

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    Tward, E.; Sarwinski, R.

    1985-01-01

    A closed cycle cascade Joule Thomson refrigerator designed to cool Josephson Junction magnetometers to liquid helium temperature is being developed. The refrigerator incorporates 4 stages of cooling using the working fluids CF4 and He. The high pressure gases are provided by a small compressor designed for this purpose. The upper stages have been operated and performance will be described.

  12. Melnikov's method at a saddle-node and the dynamics of the forced Josephson junction

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    Schecter, S.

    1987-11-01

    A version of Melnikov's method is developed for time-periodic perturbations of a planar vector field having a separatrix loop at a saddle-node. The method is applied to the forced pendulum, or josephson junction, equation ..beta..phi+phi+sin=rho+epsilonsin..omega..t.

  13. Structure of the breakpoint region on current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.; Suzuki, M.

    2008-10-01

    A fine structure of the breakpoint region in the current-voltage characteristics of the coupled intrinsic Josephson junctions in the layered superconductors is found. We establish a correspondence between the features in the current-voltage characteristics and the character of the charge oscillations in superconducting layers in the stack and explain the origin of the breakpoint region structure.

  14. Testing the kibble-zurek scenario with annular josephson tunnel junctions

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    Kavoussanaki; Monaco; Rivers

    2000-10-16

    In parallel with Kibble's description of the onset of phase transitions in the early Universe, Zurek has provided a simple picture for the onset of phase transitions in condensed matter systems, supported by agreement with experiments in 3He and superconductors. We show how experiments with annular Josephson tunnel junctions can, and do, provide further support for this scenario.

  15. Parametric amplification and oscillation at 36 GHz using a point-contact Josephson junction

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    Taur, Y.; Richards, P. L.

    1977-01-01

    The paper reports observation of doubly degenerate parametric amplification and oscillation at 36 GHz from a single point-contact Josephson junction. The experimental results agree qualitatively with theoretical calculations based on the resistively shunted junction model. The estimated noise temperature of an amplifier with 11 dB net gain is consistent with zero, but has an upper limit of 50 K. Attempts to observe parametric amplification in the singly degenerate mode with a pump frequency of 72 GHz were not successful.

  16. A survey of classical and quantum interpretations of experiments on Josephson junctions at very low temperatures

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    Blackburn, James A.; Cirillo, Matteo; Grønbech-Jensen, Niels

    2016-02-01

    For decades following its introduction in 1968, the resistively and capacitively shunted junction (RCSJ) model, sometimes referred to as the Stewart-McCumber model, was successfully applied to study the dynamics of Josephson junctions embedded in a variety of superconducting circuits. In 1980 a theoretical conjecture by A.J. Leggett suggested a possible new and quite different behavior for Josephson junctions at very low temperatures. A number of experiments seemed to confirm this prediction and soon it was taken as given that junctions at tens of millikelvins should be regarded as macroscopic quantum entities. As such, they would possess discrete levels in their effective potential wells, and would escape from those wells (with the appearance of a finite junction voltage) via a macroscopic quantum tunneling process. A zeal to pursue this new physics led to a virtual abandonment of the RCSJ model in this low temperature regime. In this paper we consider a selection of essentially prototypical experiments that were carried out with the intention of confirming aspects of anticipated macroscopic quantum behavior in Josephson junctions. We address two questions: (1) How successful is the non-quantum theory (RCSJ model) in replicating those experiments? (2) How strong is the evidence that data from these same experiments does indeed reflect macroscopic quantum behavior?

  17. Edge-type Josephson junctions in narrow thin-film strips

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

    2008-07-01

    We study the field dependence of the maximum current Im(H) in narrow edge-type thin-film Josephson junctions. We calculate Im(H) within nonlocal Josephson electrodynamics taking into account the stray fields. These fields affect the difference of phases of the order parameter 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, i.e., it is universal. An explicit formula for this universal function is derived and used to calculate Im(H) . It is shown that the maxima of Im(H)∝1/H and the zeros of Im(H) are equidistant only in high fields. We find that the spacing between the zeros is proportional to 1/w2 , where w is the width of the junction. The general approach is applied to calculate Im(H) for a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) with two narrow edge-type junctions.

  18. Switching behavior of Nb/Exchange spring magnet/Nb Josephson Junctions fabricated by Nanosphere Lithography

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    Gu, Jiyeong; Arias, Gilbert; Hedges, Samuel

    Superconductor(S)/ferromagnet(F)/superconductor Josephson junction was fabricated by nanosphere lithography method. Samarium-Cobalt (SmCo)/Permalloy(Py) exchange spring magnet system was used to generate an inhomogeneous magnetic structure in Niobium(Nb)-based Josephson junctions. We introduced nanosphere lithography in our device fabrication in order to decrease the lateral size of junctions and improve the quality of our devices. A bigger size junctions (tens of microns) were fabricated by optical photolithography using a mask.* Materials were deposited through DC magnetron sputtering. Base structure of devices was patterned through photolithography. Modulations of the critical current and IV-curve characteristics of the junction were used to search for direct evidence of the odd-triplet component. In addition, to investigate the switching behavior of S/F/S junction for memory application junction critical current was measured as a function of magnetic field and the angle between an easy axis of ferromagnetic layer and the external magnetic field by rotating the sample under magnetic field. Magnetic switching behavior of the ferromagnetic layers in our junction was also characterized based on this observation. * Junction fabrication in this research by an optical photolithography using a mask was conducted at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (CNMS User Project CNMS2014-257).

  19. Microwave-induced constant-voltage steps at one volt from a series array of Josephson junctions

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    Niemeyer, J.; Hinken, J.H.; Kautz, R.L.

    1984-08-15

    It is demonstrated that a series array of 1474 Josephson junctions can produce quantized voltages up to 1.2 V when driven by microwaves at 90 GHz in the absence of a dc bias. This result brings closer the possibility of a practical Josephson voltage standard at the 1-V level.

  20. An effect of temperature distribution on terahertz phase dynamics in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Asai, Hidehiro; Kawabata, Shiro

    2013-11-01

    In this study, we numerically calculate the temperature distribution and the THz phase dynamics in the mesa-structured intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) using the thermal diffusion equation and the Sine-Gordon equation. We observe that the temperature distribution has a broad peak around the center region of the IJJ mesa. Under a high external current, a “hot spot” where the temperature is locally higher than the superconducting critical temperature appears around this region. The transverse Josephson plasma wave is strongly excited by the inhomogeneous temperature distribution in the mesa. This gives rise to intense THz emission.

  1. Nonlocal magnetic configuration controlling realized in a triple-quantum-dot Josephson junction

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    Yi, Guang-Yu; Wang, Xiao-Qi; Wu, Hai-Na; Gong, Wei-Jiang

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the Josephson effect in a superconductor/triple-quantum-dot/superconductor junction in which the central dot is coupled to the superconductors. It is found that the supercurrent exhibits rich 0-π phase translations due to the interplay between interdot spin and electron correlations. Moreover, when the side dots are half-occupied, the nonlocal spin correlation between them, i.e., ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic, coincides well with the supercurrent phase. We thus consider such a system to be a promising candidate for controlling the nonlocal magnetic configuration based on the Josephson effect.

  2. Effects of anharmonicity of current-phase relation in Josephson junctions (Review Article)

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    Askerzade, I. N.

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this review is the analysis of dynamical properties of Josephson junctions (JJ) with anharmonic current-phase relation (CPR). Firstly, discussion of theoretical foundation of anharmonic CPR in different Josephson structures and their experimental observation are presented. The influence of anisotropy and multiband effects on CPR of JJ are analyzed. We present recent theoretical study results of the anharmonic CPR influence on I-V curve, plasma frequency, and dynamics of long JJ. Results of study of Shapiro steps in I-V curve of anharmonic JJ are also presented. Finally, CPR anharmonicity effect on characteristics of JJ-based qubits is discussed.

  3. Tunable Josephson effect in hybrid parallel coupled double quantum dot-superconductor tunnel junction

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    Rajput, Gagan; Kumar, Rajendra; Ajay

    2014-09-01

    Using non-equilibrium Green's function approach, we study electronic transport through a parallel double quantum dot (DQD) system symmetrically coupled to conventional superconducting leads. Andreev bound states (ABS) and corresponding resonant Cooper pair electron transmission through such a DQD-superconductor tunnel junction around the Fermi energy, a manifestation of Josephson effect, occur due to proximity effect as a result of superconducting order parameter. Interdot tunnel coupling in parallel coupled DQD system and Coulomb interactions regulate the Josephson effect in a very significant manner. Further, it is also found that interdot tunnel coupling has reverse effect on ABS and Cooper pair tunneling in the presence and absence of Coulomb interactions.

  4. Influence of Josephson current second harmonic on stability of magnetic flux in long junctions

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    Atanasova, P. K. H.; Boyadjiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Y. U. M.; Zemlyanaya, E. V.; Seidel, P.

    2010-11-01

    We study the long Josephson junction (LJJ) model which takes into account the second harmonic of the Fourier expansion of Josephson current. The dependence of the static magnetic flux distributions on parameters of the model are investigated numerically. Stability of the static solutions is checked by the sign of the smallest eigenvalue of the associated Sturm-Liouville problem. New solutions which do not exist in the traditional model, have been found. Investigation of the influence of second harmonic on the stability of magnetic flux distributions for main solutions is performed.

  5. Josephson junction in the double-well potential with a fast-oscillating barrier

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    Keser, Aydin Cem; Radic, Juraj; Galitski, Victor

    2014-03-01

    We present an analysis of the Bose gas in a double-well potential with a fast-oscillating barrier. We study the Floquet spectrum of the system and find the effective time-independent Hamiltonian where the tunneling coefficient gets modified due to the periodic driving. The system realizes a Josephson junction with a high control of the tunneling coefficient (the coefficient can now change sign, which is impossible in the stationary double-well potential). We connect the corresponding Josephson equations with equations of motion for Kapitsa's pendulum and study the ways to dynamically stabilize certain states of the system.

  6. Anomalous Josephson Effect in Junctions with Rashba Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Nesterov, Konstantin; Houzet, Manuel; Meyer, Julia

    2015-03-01

    We study two-dimensional double-barrier SINIS Josephson junctions in which the inversion symmetry in the normal part is broken by Rashba spin-orbit coupling. In the presence of a suitably oriented Zeeman field in the normal part, the system displays the anomalous Josephson effect: the current is nonzero even at zero phase difference between two superconductors. We investigate this effect by means of the Ginzburg-Landau formalism and microscopic Green's functions approach in the clean limit. This work was supported in part by the Grants No. ANR-12-BS04-0016-03 and an EU-FP7 Marie Curie IRG.

  7. Fabrication of Small Edge Josephson Junctions Between Sr2RuO4 and Al

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    Zakrzewski, Brian; Cai, Xinxin; Ying, Yiqun; Fobes, David; Liu, Tijiang; Mao, Zhiqiang; Liu, Ying

    2015-03-01

    Sr2RuO4 is predicted to have a chiral p-wave orbital pairing. However, attempts to measure the chiral edge currents have yielded results inconsistent with theoretical predictions. Josephson junctions between Sr2RuO4 and an s-wave superconductor such as Al may provide an avenue for directly measuring the edge currents. We report progress on fabricating these junctions, using Al electrodes with no oxide barrier. The Josephson junctions are placed on the naturally formed edges of cleaved Sr2RuO4 thin crystal, which is expected to feature a surface less disordered than ramped junctions prepared by focused ion beam and ion mills. Transmission electron microscope studies provide a powerful tool to characterize the interface. We have systematically investigated the effects of nanofabrication processes on the quality of the junction interface. In particular, several post-lithography processes appear to cause irreversible damage to the surface layer of Sr2RuO4, which highlights potential issues for general small scale device fabrication. We also report preliminary measurements of Josephson tunneling from these devices.

  8. Theory for collective macroscopic tunneling in high- Tc intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Machida, M.; Koyama, T.

    2007-10-01

    On the basis of the theory for the capacitive coupling in intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ's), we theoretically study the macroscopic quantum tunneling in the switching dynamics into the voltage states in IJJ. The effective action obtained by using the path integral formalism reveals that the capacitive coupling splits each of the lowest and higher quantum levels, which are given inside Josephson potential barrier of the single junction derived by dropping off the coupling, into levels composed of the number of junction (N). This level splitting can cause multiple low-frequency Rabi-oscillations and enhance the switching probability compared to the conventional Caldeira-Leggett theory. Furthermore, a possibility as a naturally built-in multi-qubit is discussed.

  9. Creation and Annihilation of Fluxons in ac-driven Semiannular Josephson Junction

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    Nayak, Chitra R.; Kuriakose, V. C.

    2011-04-01

    A new geometry (semiannular) for Josephson junction has been proposed and theoretical studies have shown that the new geometry is useful for electronic applications [1, 2]. In this work we study the voltage-current response of the junction with a periodic modulation. The fluxon experiences an oscillating potential in the presence of the ac-bias which increases the depinning current value. We show that in a system with periodic boundary conditions, average progressive motion of fluxon commences after the amplitude of the ac drive exceeds a certain threshold value. The analytic studies are justified by simulating the equation using finite-difference method. We observe creation and annihilation of fluxons in semiannular Josephson junction with an ac-bias in the presence of an external magnetic field.

  10. Method of making a Josephson junction with a diamond-like carbon insulating barrier

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    Hed, A.Z.

    1991-11-12

    This patent describes a method of making a Josephson junction. It comprises depositing upon a substrate a first layer of high-temperature superconductive oxide having a critical temperature above 23 K.; depositing on the first layer to a thickness in excess of 200 angstroms an insulating layer of diamond-like carbon resistant to cation diffusion therethrough and incapable of interdiffusing with superconductive oxides of the junction; plasma etching the insulating layer to leave the insulating layer with a thickness of 20 to 100 angstroms on the first layer; to leave a continuous film thereof on the first layer of a thickness of 20 to 100 angstroms; and depositing on the insulating layer a second layer of high-temperature superconductive oxide having a critical temperature above 23 K. and forming with the first layer and the insulating layer a Josephson junction at a temperature at least equal to one of the critical temperatures.

  11. Phase Retrapping in a Pointlike φ Josephson Junction: The Butterfly Effect

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

    2013-08-01

    We consider a φ Josephson junction, which has a bistable zero-voltage state with the stationary phases ψ=±φ. In the nonzero voltage state the phase “moves” viscously along a tilted periodic double-well potential. When the tilting is reduced quasistatically, the phase is retrapped in one of the potential wells. We study the viscous phase dynamics to determine in which well (-φ or +φ) the phase is retrapped for a given damping, when the junction returns from the finite-voltage state back to the zero-voltage state. In the limit of low damping, the φ Josephson junction exhibits a butterfly effect—extreme sensitivity of the destination well on damping. This leads to an impossibility to predict the destination well.

  12. Experimental and theoretical investigation on high-Tc superconducting intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Grib, Alexander; Shukrinov, Yury; Schmidl, Frank; Seidel, Paul

    2010-11-01

    Within the last years many groups have realized and investigated different types of intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) arrays out of high-temperature superconducting single crystals or thin films. We tried to improve the synchronization between the junctions by external shunts. Mesa structures as well as microbridges on vicinal cut substrates showed multi-branch behaviour in their IV characteristics and random switching between branches. Theoretical modelling was done investigating phase dynamics and stability numerically as well as analytically. Branch structure in current voltage characteristics of IJJ is studied in the framework of different models, particularly, in capacitevely coupled Josephson junctions (CCJJ) model and CCJJ model with diffusion current. Results of modelling of return current in IV characteristics for stacks with different number of IJJ are presented. We discussed the possible mechanisms of synchronization and the ranges of stability. Conclusions with respect to application of such arrays such as radiation sources were given.

  13. Thermally activated escape from the zero-voltage state in long Josephson junctions

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    Castellano, M.G.; Torrioli, G.; Cosmelli, C.; Costantini, A.; Chiarello, F.; Carelli, P.; Rotoli, G.; Cirillo, M.; Kautz, R.L.

    1996-12-01

    We have measured the rate of thermally induced escape from the zero-voltage state in long Josephson junctions of both overlap and in-line geometry as a function of applied magnetic field. The statistical distribution of switching currents is used to evaluate the escape rate and derive an activation energy {Delta}{ital U} for the process. Because long junctions correspond to the continuum limit of multidimensional systems, {Delta}{ital U} is in principle the difference in energy between stationary states in an infinite-dimensional potential. We obtain good agreement between calculated and measured activation energies for junctions with lengths a few times the Josephson penetration depth {lambda}{sub {ital J}}. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  14. Terahertz applications of integrated circuits based on intrinsic Josephson junctions in high Tc superconductors

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    Wang, Huabing; Wu, Peiheng; Yamashita, Tsutomu

    2001-10-01

    Using a newly developed double-side fabrication method, an IJJ stack plus a bow-tie antenna and chokes were integrated in a slice 200 nm thick and singled out from inside a bulk Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x (BSCCO) single crystal. The junctions in the fabricated stack were very uniform, and the number of junctions involved was rather controllable. In addition to this method, which can be used to fabricate integrated circuits based on intrinsic Josephson junctions in high temperature (Tc) superconductors, also reported will be terahertz responses of IJJs, and the possible applications in quantum voltage standard, spectroscopy, and so on.

  15. Macroscopic quantum tunneling in a stack of capacitively-coupled intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Koyama, Tomio; Machida, Masahiko

    2008-04-01

    A macroscopic quantum theory for the phase dynamics in capacitively-coupled intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ's) is constructed. We quantize the capacitively-coupled IJJ model in terms of the canonical quantization method. The multi-junction effect for the macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) to the first resistive branch is clarified. 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.

  16. Modeling of Intrinsic Josephson Junctions in High Temperature Superconductors under External Radiation in the Breakpoint Region

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Plecenik, A.; Streltsova, O. I.; Zuev, M. I.; Ososkov, G. A.

    2016-02-01

    The current-voltage (IV) characteristics of the intrinsic Josephson junctions in high temperature superconductors under external electromagnetic radiation are calculated numerically in the parametric resonance region. We discuss a numerical method for calculation of the Shapiro step width on the amplitude of radiation. In order to accelerate computations we used parallelization by task parameter via Simple Linux Utility for Resource Management (SLURM) arrays and tested it in the case of a single junction. An analysis of the junction transitions between rotating and oscillating states in the branching region of IV-characteristics is presented.

  17. Numerical Study of Radiation Pattern from Intrinsic Josephson Junctions Attached to Finite Size Substrates

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    Asai, Hidehiro; Tachiki, Masashi; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Minami, Hidetoshi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2012-12-01

    In this study, we have investigated numerically three dimensional radiation patterns from mesa-structured intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) attached to finite size substrates. We have calculated electromagnetic fields inside and outside of IJJs simultaneously using three dimensional calculation model. The radiation patterns emitted by the mesa have been calculated for three different substrates. We have found that the radiation patterns reflect the existence of dual radiation source, that is, uniform part of ac Josephson current and non-uniform part of ac Josephson current corresponding to the cavity modes. Moreover, we have found that the radiation pattern changes dramatically with the width of the substrates. The radiation patterns are strongly affected by the diffraction at substrate edges.

  18. Tunable current-phase relation in double-dot Josephson junctions

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    Koch, Jens; Le Hur, Karyn

    2008-03-01

    The current-phase relation I() for a Josephson junction contains information about the microscopic nature of the Cooper pair transfer. In particular, junctions more complicated than the single tunnel junction exhibit characteristic non-sinusoidal forms. Here, we investigate the Josephson effect in a superconducting double dot device, similar to the devices studied experimentally by Y. A. Pashkin et al. [1] and E. Bibow et al. [2]. In the vicinity of a charge degeneracy line, the system reduces to a two-level system equivalent to a charge qubit. In this regime, we find that the interplay between sequential tunneling and cotunneling of Cooper pairs leads to a strongly non-sinusoidal current- phase relation, tunable via gate electrodes. We propose the measurement of I() in a SQUID configuration, analyze the implications of flux noise, and compare our results to different types of Josephson junctions such as single-dot systems and microbridges. [1] Y. A. Pashkin et al., Nature (London) 421 (2003), 823 [2] E. Bibow, P. Lafarge, L. L'evy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88 (2002), 017003

  19. Classical phase diffusion in small hysteretic Josephson junctions

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    Martinis, J.M.; Kautz, R.L. )

    1989-10-02

    The existence of classical phase diffusion in hysteretic junctions is demonstrated by quantitative agreement between experimental and simulated {ital I}-{ital V} curves. The simulations are based on a circuit that accurately models both the junction and its external shunting impedance at microwave frequencies. We show that the bias current at which the junction switches from the phase diffusion state to the voltage state is sensitive to dissipation at microwave frequencies.

  20. Static properties of small Josephson tunnel junctions in an oblique magnetic field

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    Monaco, R.; Aaroe, M.; Mygind, J.; Koshelets, V. P.

    2009-04-01

    We have carried out a detailed experimental investigation of the static properties of planar Josephson tunnel junctions in presence of a uniform external magnetic field applied in an arbitrary orientation with respect to the barrier plane. We considered annular junctions, as well as rectangular junctions (having both overlap and cross-type geometries) with different barrier aspect ratios. It is shown how most of the experimental findings in an oblique field can be reproduced invoking the superposition principle to combine the classical behavior of electrically small junctions in an in-plane field together with the small junction behavior in a transverse field that we recently published [R. Monaco , J. Appl. Phys. 104, 023906 (2008)]. We show that the presence of a transverse field may have important consequences, which could be either voluntarily exploited in applications or present an unwanted perturbation.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Josephson junction and dc SQUID made from superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O thick film

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    Lin, A.Z.; Li, H.Q.; Tang, L.; Liu, F.W.

    1989-03-01

    YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ thick films were fabricated by the method of screen printing. A zero resistance state was achieved at 90K. The highest critical current density was about 150 A/cm/sup 2/ at 77K. Bridge type Josephson junction and dc SQUID were fabricated from thick films and operated at 77K. The induced steps produced by the ac Josephson effect were observed on the I-V curve when microwave radiation is applied to the junction. The clear periodic patterns of dc SQUID is observable at 77K. Environmental protection and the stability of thick films and devices were discussed.

  4. Phase retrapping in a φ Josephson junction: Onset of the butterfly effect

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    Menditto, R.; Sickinger, H.; Weides, M.; Kohlstedt, H.; Žonda, M.; Novotný, T.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.; Goldobin, E.

    2016-05-01

    We investigate experimentally the retrapping of the phase in a φ Josephson junction upon return of the junction to the zero-voltage state. Since the Josephson energy profile U0(ψ ) in φ JJ is a 2 π periodic double-well potential with minima at ψ =±φ mod2 π , the question is at which of the two minima -φ or +φ the phase will be trapped upon return from a finite voltage state during quasistatic decrease of the bias current (tilt of the potential). By measuring the relative population of two peaks in escape histograms, we determine the probability of phase trapping in the ±φ wells for different temperatures. Our experimental results agree qualitatively with theoretical predictions. In particular, we observe an onset of the butterfly effect with an oscillating probability of trapping. Unexpectedly, this probability saturates at a value different from 50% at low temperatures.

  5. Charge creation and nucleation of the longitudinal plasma wave in coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Hamdipour, M.

    2010-11-01

    We study the phase dynamics in coupled Josephson junctions described by a system of nonlinear differential equations. Results of detailed numerical simulations of charge creation in the superconducting layers and the longitudinal plasma wave (LPW) nucleation are presented. We demonstrate the different time stages in the development of the LPW and present the results of FFT analysis at different values of bias current. The correspondence between the breakpoint position on the outermost branch of current voltage characteristics (CVC) and the growing region in time dependence of the electric charge in the superconducting layer is established. The effects of noise in the bias current and the external microwave radiation on the charge dynamics of the coupled Josephson junctions are found. These effects introduce a way to regulate the process of LPW nucleation in the stack of IJJ.

  6. Thickness dependent interlayer transport in vertical MoS2 Josephson junctions

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    Island, Joshua O.; Steele, Gary A.; van der Zant, Herre S. J.; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres

    2016-09-01

    We report on observations of thickness dependent Josephson coupling and multiple Andreev reflections (MAR) in vertically stacked molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)—molybdenum rhenium (MoRe) Josephson junctions. MoRe, a chemically inert superconductor, allows for oxide free fabrication of high transparency vertical MoS2 devices. Single and bilayer MoS2 junctions display relatively large critical currents (up to 2.5 μA) and the appearance of sub-gap structure given by MAR. In three and four layer thick devices we observe orders of magnitude lower critical currents (sub-nA) and reduced quasiparticle gaps due to proximitized MoS2 layers in contact with MoRe. We anticipate that this device architecture could be easily extended to other 2D materials.

  7. Persistent current in a 2D Josephson junction array wrapped around a cylinder

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    Garanin, D. A.; Chudnovsky, E. M.

    2016-07-01

    We study persistent currents in a Josephson junction array wrapped around a cylinder. The T = 0 quantum statistical mechanics of the array is equivalent to the statistical mechanics of a classical xy spin system in 2+1 dimensions at the effective temperature T*=\\sqrt{2JU} , with J being the Josephson energy of the junction and U being the charging energy of the superconducting island. It is investigated analytically and numerically on lattices containing over one million sites. For weak disorder and T*\\ll J the dependence of the persistent current on disorder and T* computed numerically agrees quantitatively with the analytical result derived within the spin-wave approximation. The high-T* and/or strong-disorder behavior is dominated by instantons corresponding to the vortex loops in 2 + 1 dimensions. The current becomes destroyed completely at the quantum phase transition into the Cooper-pair insulating phase.

  8. Non-Josephson Emission from Intrinsic Junctions in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8 +{ital y}} : Cherenkov Radiation by Josephson Vortices

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    Hechtfischer, G.; Kleiner, R.; Ustinov, A.V.; Mueller, P.

    1997-08-01

    We have investigated Josephson vortex flow in intrinsic junctions in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+y}. In addition to the Josephson radiation we find a strong broadband non-Josephson microwave emission which is not expected for conventional junctions. We explain this non-Josephson signal by Cherenkov radiation occurring when the vortex velocity exceeds the lowest of the N possible mode velocities for electromagnetic waves in an N junction stack. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  9. Numerical study for electromagnetic wave emission from intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with a dielectric cover

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

    2013-08-01

    Electromagnetic (EM) wave emission from the intrinsic Josephson junction stacks (IJJ’s) covered with a thin dielectric medium is numerically investigated, using the multi-scale simulation method developed in our previous paper. It is shown that the power of emitted EM waves is considerably increased in the IJJ’s with a dielectric cover. The emission from the n = 2 resonance mode is greatly enhanced. The enhancement is caused by the excitation of a solitonic mode.

  10. The electric field effect and electromagnetic wave emission in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Koyama, T.

    2013-04-01

    We formulate a theory for the electric field effect in intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs). The coupled dynamical equations for the phase differences are derived in the presence of both a bias current and an applied electric field on the basis of the capacitively-coupled IJJ model. It is shown that the current-voltage characteristics of the IJJs sensitively depend on the applied electric field. The dipole emission originating from the electric field effect is also predicted.

  11. Dedicated multiprocessor system for calculating Josephson-junction noise thermometer frequency variances at high speed

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    Cutkosky, R.D.

    1983-07-01

    A Josephson-junction noise thermometer produces a sequence of frequency readings from whose variations the temperature of the thermometer may be calculated. A preprocessor system has been constructed to collect the frequency readings delivered to an IEEE 488 bus by an ordinary counter operating at up to 1000 readings per second, perform the required calculations, and send summary information to a desk calculator or minicomputer on another 488 bus at a more convenient rate.

  12. Vortex motion rectification in Josephson junction arrays with a ratchet potential.

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    Shalóm, D E; Pastoriza, H

    2005-05-01

    By means of electrical transport measurements we have studied the rectified motion of vortices in ratchet potentials engineered on overdamped Josephson junction arrays. The rectified voltage as a function of the vortex density shows a maximum efficiency close a matching condition to the period of the ratchet potential indicating a collective vortex motion. Vortex current reversals were detected varying the driving force and vortex density revealing the influence of vortex-vortex interaction in the ratchet effect.

  13. Study of charge-phase diagrams for coupled system of Josephson junctions

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    Hamdipour, M.; Shukrinov, Y. U. M.

    2010-11-01

    Dynamics of stacked intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) in the high-Tc superconductors is theoretically investigated. We calculate the current-voltage characteristics (CVC) of IJJ and study the breakpoint region on the outermost branch of the CVC for the stacks with 9 IJJ. A method for investigation of the fine structure in CVC of IJJ based on the recording the "phase-charge" diagrams is suggested. It is demonstrated that this method reflects the main features of the breakpoint region.

  14. Effect of microwave irradiation on parametric resonance in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Gaafar, Mahmoud; Shukrinov, Yury

    2013-08-01

    The effect of microwave irradiation on the phase dynamics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high temperature superconductors is investigated. We demonstrate the influence of microwave’s amplitude variation on the current-voltage characteristics and on the time dependence (temporal oscillations) of the electric charge in the superconducting layers. A remarkable changing of the longitudinal plasma wavelength at parametric resonance is shown. We demonstrate an effect of the microwave radiation on the width of the parametric resonance region.

  15. Ac Josephson effect in hysteretic junctions: Range and stability of phase lock

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    Kautz, R.L.

    1981-05-01

    The rf-induced constant voltage steps generated by the ac Josephson effect are studied within the context of the Stewart-McCumber model. Simulations are used to determine the range of current bias over which phase lock occurs for model parameters appropriate to hysteretic tunnel junctions. The effect of noise on phase lock is also considered. The results are applied to a zero-bias voltage standard proposed by Levinsen et al.

  16. Chaos and catastrophe near the plasma frequency in the rf-biased Josephson junction

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    Kautz, R.L.; Monaco, R.

    1989-03-01

    At bias frequencies much higher than the plasma frequency, the zero-voltage state of the rf-biased Josephson junction is known to span a range of dc bias proportional to the zero-order Bessel function of the rf amplitude. This pattern is modified at frequencies near the plasma frequency by the onset of chaotic instabilities and by the presence of cusp catastrophes.

  17. Even and odd subharmonic frequencies and chaos in Josephson junctions: Impact on parametric amplifiers

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    Levinsen, M.T.

    1982-06-01

    The Stewart-McCumber model of a Josephson junction has been shown to exhibit period-doubling bifurcation cascades, as described by the Feigenbaum bifurcation theory. Chaotic states, sometimes associated with the bifurcations, are also prevalent. The present paper deals with the questions of subharmonic generation and chaotic states in the aforementioned model, and in addition with the problem of the ubiquitous noise rise found in Josephson junction parametric amplifiers. The bifurcation is first discussed by drawing on analytical results on the Duffing equation which is an approximation to the complete ac-driven Stewart-McCumber model. The complete model is then solved on an analog computer. Thereafter it is shown that besides the even subharmonics predicted by the bifurcation theory, the natural subharmonic to expect at small dc currents is the odd. This may then have associated its own bifurcation tree. The role of spontaneous symmetry breaking will be discussed. This reconciles the earlier treatment of the 3-photon amplifier with the Feigenbaum scheme. Finally, analog calculations on a model of an externally pumped Josephson junction parametric amplifier will be discussed. The conclusion seems to be that chaotic noise cannot account for the noise rise.

  18. Engineering double-well potentials with variable-width annular Josephson tunnel junctions.

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-11-01

    Long Josephson tunnel junctions are non-linear transmission lines that allow propagation of current vortices (fluxons) and electromagnetic waves and are used in various applications within superconductive electronics. Recently, the Josephson vortex has been proposed as a new superconducting qubit. We describe a simple method to create a double-well potential for an individual fluxon trapped in a long elliptic annular Josephson tunnel junction characterized by an intrinsic non-uniform width. The distance between the potential wells and the height of the inter-well potential barrier are controlled by the strength of an in-plane magnetic field. The manipulation of the vortex states can be achieved by applying a proper current ramp across the junction. The read-out of the state is accomplished by measuring the vortex depinning current in a small magnetic field. An accurate one-dimensional sine-Gordon model for this strongly non-linear system is presented, from which we calculate the position-dependent fluxon rest-mass, its Hamiltonian density and the corresponding trajectories in the phase space. We examine the dependence of the potential properties on the annulus eccentricity and its electrical parameters and address the requirements for observing quantum-mechanical effects, as discrete energy levels and tunneling, in this two-state system. PMID:27604250

  19. Even and odd subharmonic frequencies and chaos in Josephson junctions: Impact on parametric amplifiers?

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    Levinsen, M. T.

    1982-06-01

    The Stewart-McCumber model of a Josephson junction has been shown to exhibit period-doubling bifurcation cascades, as described by the Feigenbaum bifurcation theory. Chaotic states, sometimes associated with the bifurcations, are also prevalent. The present paper deals with the questions of subharmonic generation and chaotic states in the aforementioned model, and in addition with the problem of the ubiquitous noise rise found in Josephson junction parametric amplifiers. The bifurcation is first discussed by drawing on analytical results on the Duffing equation which is an approximation to the complete ac-driven Stewart-McCumber model. The complete model is then solved on an analog computer. Thereafter it is shown that besides the even subharmonics predicted by the bifurcation theory, the natural subharmonic to expect at small dc currents is the odd. This may then have associated its own bifurcation tree. The role of spontaneous symmetry breaking will be discussed. This reconciles the earlier treatment of the 3-photon amplifier with the Feigenbaum scheme. Finally, analog calculations on a model of an externally pumped Josephson junction parametric amplifier will be discussed. The conclusion seems to be that chaotic noise cannot account for the noise rise.

  20. Engineering double-well potentials with variable-width annular Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-11-01

    Long Josephson tunnel junctions are non-linear transmission lines that allow propagation of current vortices (fluxons) and electromagnetic waves and are used in various applications within superconductive electronics. Recently, the Josephson vortex has been proposed as a new superconducting qubit. We describe a simple method to create a double-well potential for an individual fluxon trapped in a long elliptic annular Josephson tunnel junction characterized by an intrinsic non-uniform width. The distance between the potential wells and the height of the inter-well potential barrier are controlled by the strength of an in-plane magnetic field. The manipulation of the vortex states can be achieved by applying a proper current ramp across the junction. The read-out of the state is accomplished by measuring the vortex depinning current in a small magnetic field. An accurate one-dimensional sine-Gordon model for this strongly non-linear system is presented, from which we calculate the position-dependent fluxon rest-mass, its Hamiltonian density and the corresponding trajectories in the phase space. We examine the dependence of the potential properties on the annulus eccentricity and its electrical parameters and address the requirements for observing quantum-mechanical effects, as discrete energy levels and tunneling, in this two-state system.

  1. Engineering double-well potentials with variable-width annular Josephson tunnel junctions.

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-11-01

    Long Josephson tunnel junctions are non-linear transmission lines that allow propagation of current vortices (fluxons) and electromagnetic waves and are used in various applications within superconductive electronics. Recently, the Josephson vortex has been proposed as a new superconducting qubit. We describe a simple method to create a double-well potential for an individual fluxon trapped in a long elliptic annular Josephson tunnel junction characterized by an intrinsic non-uniform width. The distance between the potential wells and the height of the inter-well potential barrier are controlled by the strength of an in-plane magnetic field. The manipulation of the vortex states can be achieved by applying a proper current ramp across the junction. The read-out of the state is accomplished by measuring the vortex depinning current in a small magnetic field. An accurate one-dimensional sine-Gordon model for this strongly non-linear system is presented, from which we calculate the position-dependent fluxon rest-mass, its Hamiltonian density and the corresponding trajectories in the phase space. We examine the dependence of the potential properties on the annulus eccentricity and its electrical parameters and address the requirements for observing quantum-mechanical effects, as discrete energy levels and tunneling, in this two-state system.

  2. Incipient Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition in two-dimensional coplanar Josephson junctions

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    Massarotti, D.; Jouault, B.; Rouco, V.; Charpentier, S.; Bauch, T.; Michon, A.; De Candia, A.; Lucignano, P.; Lombardi, F.; Tafuri, F.; Tagliacozzo, A.

    2016-08-01

    Superconducting hybrid junctions are revealing a variety of effects. Some of them are due to the special layout of these devices, which often use a coplanar configuration with relatively large barrier channels and the possibility of hosting Pearl vortices. A Josephson junction with a quasi-ideal two-dimensional barrier has been realized by growing graphene on SiC with Al electrodes. Chemical vapor deposition offers centimeter size monolayer areas where it is possible to realize a comparative analysis of different devices with nominally the same barrier. In samples with a graphene gap below 400 nm, we have found evidence of Josephson coherence in the presence of an incipient Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. When the magnetic field is cycled, a remarkable hysteretic collapse and revival of the Josephson supercurrent occurs. Similar hysteresis are found in granular systems and are usually justified within the Bean critical state model (CSM). We show that the CSM, with appropriate account for the low-dimensional geometry, can partly explain the odd features measured in these junctions.

  3. RF impedance of intrinsic Josephson junction in flux-flow state with a periodic pinning potential and its optimum condition for RF radiation

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    Yamada, Y.; Nakajima, K.; Nakajima, K.

    2009-10-01

    We reported dynamics of Josephson vortices interacting with electromagnetic waves in strongly coupled long Josephson junctions stack, such as an intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ), by numerical simulations based on coupled sine-Gordon equations considering a periodic pinning potential of sinusoidal form. The numerical simulation results for the influence of the electromagnetic waves on flux-flow properties show that the periodic pinning potential induces an in-phase motion of Josephson vortices over the junction stacks, which achieve high performances of IJJ flux-flow oscillator. In order to prove it from another viewpoint, we calculate RF impedance of long Josephson junction stacks in flux-flow state. A remarkable negative real part region of RF impedance appears at 1st harmonic step, it means that the long Josephson junction stacks in flux-flow state acts as an oscillator at the negative real part region. In this study, we evaluate the optimum condition for RF radiation with the periodic pinning potential.

  4. Temporal stability of Y Ba Cu O nano Josephson junctions from ion irradiation

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    Cybart, Shane A.; Roediger, Peter; Chen, Ke; Parker, J. M.; Cho, Ethan Y.; Wong, Travis J.; Dynes, R. C.

    2012-11-29

    We investigate the temporal stability of YBa2Cu3O7 Josephson junctions created by ion irradiation through a nano-scale implant mask fabricated using electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. A comparison of current-voltage characteristics measured for junctions after fabrication and eight years of storage at room temperature show a slight decrease in critical current and increase in normal state resistance consistent with broadening of the weaklink from diffusion of defects. Shapiro step measurements performed 8 years after fabrication reveal that device uniformity is maintained and is strong evidence that these devices have excellent temporal stability for applications.

  5. Effects of spin-orbit coupling and spatial symmetries on the Josephson current in SNS junctions

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    Rasmussen, Asbjørn; Danon, Jeroen; Suominen, Henri; Nichele, Fabrizio; Kjaergaard, Morten; Flensberg, Karsten

    2016-04-01

    We present an analysis of the symmetries of the interference pattern of critical currents through a two-dimensional superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor junction, taking into account Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit interaction, an arbitrarily oriented magnetic field, disorder, and structural asymmetries. We relate the symmetries of the pattern to the absence or presence of symmetries in the Hamiltonian, which provides a qualitative connection between easily measurable quantities and the spin-orbit coupling and other symmetries of the junction. We support our analysis with numerical calculations of the Josephson current based on a perturbative expansion up to eighth order in tunnel coupling between the normal region and the superconductors.

  6. Using ion irradiation to make high-T{sub c} Josephson junctions

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    Bergeal, N.; Lesueur, J.; Sirena, M.; Faini, G.; Aprili, M.; Contour, J. P.; Leridon, B.

    2007-10-15

    In this article we describe the effect of ion irradiation on high-T{sub c} superconductor thin film and its interest for the fabrication of Josephson junctions. In particular, we show that these alternative techniques allow to go beyond most of the limitations encountered in standard junction fabrication methods, both in the case of fundamental and technological purposes. Two different geometries are presented: a planar one using a single high-T{sub c} film and a mesa one defined in a trilayer structure.

  7. Mathematical modeling of intrinsic Josephson junctions with capacitive and inductive couplings

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    Rahmonov, I. R.; Shukrinov, Yu M.; Zemlyanaya, E. V.; Sarhadov, I.; Andreeva, O.

    2012-11-01

    We investigate the current voltage characteristics (CVC) of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) with two types of couplings between junctions: capacitive and inductive. The IJJ model is described by a system of coupled sine-Gordon equations which is solved numerically by the 4th order Runge-Kutta method. The method of numerical simulation and numerical results are presented. The magnetic field distribution is calculated as the function of coordinate and time at different values of the bias current. The influence of model parameters on the CVC is studied. The behavior of the IJJ in dependence on coupling parameters is discussed.

  8. Peculiarities of phase dynamics of coupled Josephson junctions in CCJJ and CCJJ+DC models

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    Shukrinov, Y. U. M.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Demery, M. E. L.

    2010-11-01

    The phase dynamics of the coupled Josephson junctions in the framework of CCJJ and CCJJ+DC models is studied. The current voltage characteristics (CVC) are numerically calculated for the stacks with different number of junctions at different model parameters. We manifest the difference of these models for the branching at I = Ic and in the hysteretic region. The essential difference is observed in the breakpoint region, where the longitudinal plasma wave is created. We discuss the main features of both models, related with the role of the diffusion current between the superconducting layers.

  9. Tunneling and Josephson effects in odd-frequency superconductor junctions: A study on multichannel Kondo chain

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    Hoshino, Shintaro; Yada, Keiji; Tanaka, Yukio

    2016-06-01

    Junction systems of odd-frequency (OF) superconductors are investigated based on a mean-field Hamiltonian formalism. One-dimensional two-channel Kondo lattice (TCKL) is taken as a concrete example of OF superconductors. Properties of normal and Andreev reflections are examined in a normal metal/superconductor junction. Unlike conventional superconductors, normal reflection is always present due to the normal self energy that necessarily appears in the present OF pairing state. The conductance reflects the difference between repulsive and attractive potentials located at the interface, which is in contrast with the preexisting superconducting junctions. Josephson junction is also constructed by connecting TCKL with the other types of superconductors. The results can be understood from symmetry of the induced Cooper pairs at the edge in the presence of spin/orbital symmetry breaking. It has also been demonstrated that the symmetry argument for Cooper pairs is useful in explaining Meissner response in bulk.

  10. Critical Current Scaling in Long Diffusive Graphene-Based Josephson Junctions

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    Ke, Chung Ting; Borzenets, Ivan V.; Draelos, Anne W.; Amet, Francois; Bomze, Yuriy; Jones, Gareth; Craciun, Monica; Russo, Saverio; Yamamoto, Michihisa; Tarucha, Seigo; Finkelstein, Gleb

    2016-08-01

    We present transport measurements on long diffusive graphene-based Josephson junctions. Several junctions are made on a single-domain crystal of CVD graphene and feature the same contact width of ~9$\\mu$m but vary in length from 400 to 1000 nm. As the carrier density is tuned with the gate voltage, the critical current in the these junctions spans a range from a few nA up to more than $5\\mu$A, while the Thouless energy, ETh, covers almost two orders of magnitude. Over much of this range, the product of the critical current and the normal resistance IcRn is found to scale linearly with ETh, as expected from theory. However, the ratio IcRn /ETh is found to be 0.1-0.2: much smaller than the predicted ~10 for long diffusive SNS junctions.

  11. Critical Current Scaling in Long Diffusive Graphene-Based Josephson Junctions.

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    Ke, Chung Ting; Borzenets, Ivan V; Draelos, Anne W; Amet, Francois; Bomze, Yuriy; Jones, Gareth; Craciun, Monica; Russo, Saverio; Yamamoto, Michihisa; Tarucha, Seigo; Finkelstein, Gleb

    2016-08-10

    We present transport measurements on long, diffusive, graphene-based Josephson junctions. Several junctions are made on a single-domain crystal of CVD graphene and feature the same contact width of ∼9 μm but vary in length from 400 to 1000 nm. As the carrier density is tuned with the gate voltage, the critical current in these junctions ranges from a few nanoamperes up to more than 5 μA, while the Thouless energy, ETh, covers almost 2 orders of magnitude. Over much of this range, the product of the critical current and the normal resistance ICRN is found to scale linearly with ETh, as expected from theory. However, the value of the ratio ICRN/ETh is found to be 0.1-0.2, which much smaller than the predicted ∼10 for long diffusive SNS junctions. PMID:27388297

  12. 2D SQIF arrays using 20 000 YBCO high R n Josephson junctions

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    Mitchell, E. E.; Hannam, K. E.; Lazar, J.; Leslie, K. E.; Lewis, C. J.; Grancea, A.; Keenan, S. T.; Lam, S. K. H.; Foley, C. P.

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs) have been created using two dimensional arrays of YBCO step-edge Josephson junctions connected together in series and parallel configurations via superconducting loops with a range of loop areas and loop inductances. A SQIF response, as evidenced by a single large anti-peak at zero applied flux, is reported at 77 K for step-edge junction arrays with the junction number N = 1 000 up to 20 000. The SQIF sensitivity (slope of peak) increased linearly with N up to a maximum of 1530 V T-1. Array parameters related to geometry and average junction characteristics are investigated in order to understand and improve the SQIF performance in high temperature superconducting arrays. Initial investigations also focus on the effect of the SQUID inductance factor on the SQIF sensitivity by varying both the mean critical current and the mean inductance of the loops in the array. The RF response to a 30 MHz signal is demonstrated.

  13. 2D SQIF arrays using 20 000 YBCO high R n Josephson junctions

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    Mitchell, E. E.; Hannam, K. E.; Lazar, J.; Leslie, K. E.; Lewis, C. J.; Grancea, A.; Keenan, S. T.; Lam, S. K. H.; Foley, C. P.

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs) have been created using two dimensional arrays of YBCO step-edge Josephson junctions connected together in series and parallel configurations via superconducting loops with a range of loop areas and loop inductances. A SQIF response, as evidenced by a single large anti-peak at zero applied flux, is reported at 77 K for step-edge junction arrays with the junction number N = 1 000 up to 20 000. The SQIF sensitivity (slope of peak) increased linearly with N up to a maximum of 1530 V T‑1. Array parameters related to geometry and average junction characteristics are investigated in order to understand and improve the SQIF performance in high temperature superconducting arrays. Initial investigations also focus on the effect of the SQUID inductance factor on the SQIF sensitivity by varying both the mean critical current and the mean inductance of the loops in the array. The RF response to a 30 MHz signal is demonstrated.

  14. Self-Consistent Dynamics of a Josephson Junction in the Presence of an Arbitrary Environment

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    Joyez, Philippe

    2013-05-01

    We derive microscopically the dynamics associated with the dc Josephson effect in a superconducting tunnel junction interacting with an arbitrary electromagnetic environment. To do so, we extend to superconducting junctions the so-called P(E) theory (see, e.g., Ingold and Nazarov, arXiv:cond-mat/0508728) that accurately describes the interaction of a nonsuperconducting tunnel junction with its environment. We show the dynamics of this system is described by a small set of coupled correlation functions that take into account both Cooper pair and quasiparticle tunneling. When the phase fluctuations are small the problem is fully solved self-consistently, using and providing the exact linear admittance Y(ω) of the interacting junction.

  15. Direct measurements of the current-phase relation in long-range spin-triplet SFS Josephson junctions

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    Hamilton, David; van Harlingen, Dale; Wang, Yixing; Birge, Norman

    2015-03-01

    We present direct measurements of the current-phase relation (CPR) of Josephson junctions which use multiple ferromagnetic layers to generate long-range spin-triplet pair correlations. Using a phase-sensitive Josephson interferometry technique, we obtain the phase and temperature dependence of this spin-triplet supercurrent. We also demonstrate the use of an inductive shunt to enhance this technique at higher critical currents. Our data suggest that the current-phase relation of these junctions is harmonic in character. Further measurements are planned in order to determine the ground state phase shift of these junctions.

  16. Area-dependence of spin-triplet supercurrent in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

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    Wang, Yixing; Pratt, William P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    2012-02-01

    Spin-triplet supercurrents in strong ferromagnetic Josephson junctions were reported by several groups in 2010. At the same time, the 0-π current-phase relationship of the spin-triplet supercurrent was predicted to be controllable by the magnetization orientations of different ferromagnetic layers. Our junctions contain a series of ferromagnetic layers consisting of a synthetic antiferromagnet Co/Ru/Co sandwiched between two thin magnetic layers such as PdNi or Ni [1]. When looking along the direction of current flow, one should obtain 0 junctions if the rotation direction of magnetizations is the same from one to the next, and π junctions when the opposite rotation direction is the case. Since our magnetic layers have multiple domains in the virgin state, we should expect 0 and π phases to alternate randomly in different locations in the junctions. The critical current in the virgin state should scale with the square-root of the junction area. After aligning the outer ferromagnetic layers in the same direction with an external field, the current-phase relation should be uniform across the whole junction area and the critical current should be proportional to the junction area. We will present data confirming this expectation for the magnetized state, whereas the situation for the virgin state is presently unclear. [4pt] [1] T.S. Khaire, M.A. Khasawneh, W.P. Pratt Jr and N.O. Birge, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104 137002 (2010).

  17. 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.

  18. 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, Jr., W. P.; Birge, Norman O.

    2016-03-14

    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, 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 pi by changing the relativemore » 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. Here, 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.« less

  19. Josephson junction on one edge of a two dimensional topological insulator affected by magnetic impurity.

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    Zhang, Shu-Feng; Zhu, Wei; Sun, Qing-Feng

    2013-07-24

    The current-phase relation in a Josephson junction formed by putting two s-wave superconductors on the same edge of a two dimensional topological insulator is investigated. We consider the case in which the junction length is finite and magnetic impurity exists. The similarities and differences with respect to a conventional Josephson junction are discussed. Both the 2π- and 4π-period current-phase relations (I2π(ϕ),I4π(ϕ)) are studied. There is a sharp jump at ϕ = π and ϕ = 2π for I2π and I4π, respectively, in the clean junction. For I2π, the sharp jump is robust against the impurity strength and distribution. However, for I4π, an impurity makes the jump at ϕ = 2π smooth. The critical (maximum) current Ic,2π of I2π is given and we find it will be increased by an asymmetrical distribution of the impurity.

  20. Amplitude control of the spin-triplet supercurrent in S/F/S Josephson junctions

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

    2016-02-17

    Josephson junctions made with conventional s-wave superconductors and containing multiple layers of ferromagnetic materials can carry spin-triplet supercurrent in the presence of certain types of magnetic inhomogeneity. In junctions containing three ferromagnetic layers, the triplet supercurrent is predicted to be maximal when the magnetizations of the adjacent layers are orthogonal, and zero when the magnetizations of any two adjacent layers are parallel. Here we demonstrate on-off control of the spin-triplet supercurrent in such junctions, achieved by rotating the magnetization direction of one of the three layers by 90°. We obtain “on-off” ratios of 5, 7, and 19 for the supercurrentmore » in the three samples that have been studied so far. In conclusion, these observations directly confirm one of the most salient predictions of the theory, and they pave the way for applications of spin-triplet Josephson junctions in the nascent area of “superconducting spintronics”.« less

  1. Simulations and characterization of arrays of Josephson junctions on the surface of a topological insulator

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    Huemiller, Erik; Kurter, Cihan; Finck, Aaron; van Harlingen, Dale

    2014-03-01

    Topological insulators (TI) have drawn a great deal of interest due to their unique surface states protected by time-reversal symmetry and strong spin-orbit coupling. Josephson junctions made by proximity coupling of s-wave superconductors (S) through the surface states of 3D TI have been predicted to produce excitations of Majorana fermions, which modify the usual current-phase relationship (CPR). In this talk, we present simulations of arrays of superconducting islands connected by Josephson junctions with a CPR of the form of I1 sinφ +I2 sin φ / 2 . We calculate the energy of the metastable states of the array and the resistance in dynamical states as a function of external magnetic field, and junction critical current for different array sizes and geometries. The 4 π-periodic component of the CPR lifts the degeneracy to create additional metastable states and a modulation of the energy and resistance that depends on whether the number of vortices per cell is even or odd. We discuss experimental progress towards the fabrication of superconducting islands connected by S/TI/S junctions and their characterization by transport and imaging. Microsoft Station Q provided funding for this research.

  2. Evidence for an anomalous current-phase relation in topological insulator Josephson junctions

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    Kurter, C.; Finck, A. D. K.; Hor, Y. S.; van Harlingen, D. J.

    2015-06-01

    Josephson junctions with topological insulator weak links can host low-energy Andreev-bound states giving rise to a current-phase relation that deviates from sinusoidal behaviour. Of particular interest are zero-energy Majorana-bound states that form at a phase difference of π. Here we report on interferometry studies of Josephson junctions and superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) incorporating topological insulator weak links. We find that the nodes in single-junction diffraction patterns and SQUID oscillations are lifted and independent of chemical potential. At high temperatures, the SQUID oscillations revert to conventional behaviour, ruling out asymmetry. The node-lifting of the SQUID oscillations is consistent with low-energy Andreev-bound states exhibiting a nonsinusoidal current-phase relation, co-existing with states possessing a conventional sinusoidal current-phase relation. However, the finite nodal currents in the single-junction diffraction pattern suggest an anomalous contribution to the supercurrent possibly carried by Majorana-bound states, although we also consider the possibility of inhomogeneity.

  3. Evidence for an anomalous current-phase relation in topological insulator Josephson junctions.

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    Kurter, C; Finck, A D K; Hor, Y S; Van Harlingen, D J

    2015-06-01

    Josephson junctions with topological insulator weak links can host low-energy Andreev-bound states giving rise to a current-phase relation that deviates from sinusoidal behaviour. Of particular interest are zero-energy Majorana-bound states that form at a phase difference of π. Here we report on interferometry studies of Josephson junctions and superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) incorporating topological insulator weak links. We find that the nodes in single-junction diffraction patterns and SQUID oscillations are lifted and independent of chemical potential. At high temperatures, the SQUID oscillations revert to conventional behaviour, ruling out asymmetry. The node-lifting of the SQUID oscillations is consistent with low-energy Andreev-bound states exhibiting a nonsinusoidal current-phase relation, co-existing with states possessing a conventional sinusoidal current-phase relation. However, the finite nodal currents in the single-junction diffraction pattern suggest an anomalous contribution to the supercurrent possibly carried by Majorana-bound states, although we also consider the possibility of inhomogeneity.

  4. Spin supercurrent, magnetization dynamics, and φ-state in spin-textured Josephson junctions

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    Kulagina, Iryna; Linder, Jacob

    2014-08-01

    The prospect of combining the dissipationless nature of superconducting currents with the spin polarization of magnetic materials is interesting with respect to exploring superconducting analogs of topics in spintronics. In order to accomplish this aim, it is pivotal to understand not only how such spin supercurrents can be created, but also how they interact dynamically with magnetization textures. In this paper, we investigate the appearance of a spin supercurrent and the resulting magnetization dynamics in a textured magnetic Josephson current by using three experimentally relevant models: (i) a superconductor∣ferromagnet∣superconductor (S∣F∣S) junction with spin-active interfaces, (ii) a S∣F1∣F2∣F3∣S Josephson junction with a ferromagnetic trilayer, and (iii) a Josephson junction containing a domain wall. In all of these cases, the supercurrent is spin polarized and exerts a spin-transfer torque on the ferromagnetic interlayers which causes magnetization dynamics. Using a scattering matrix formalism in the clean limit, we compute the Andreev bound states and resulting free energy of the system which in turn is used to solve the Landau-Lifshiftz-Gilbert equation. We compute both how the inhomogeneous magnetism influences the phase dependence of the charge supercurrent and the magnetization dynamics caused by the spin polarization of the supercurrent. Using a realistic experimental parameter set, we find that the spin supercurrent can induce magnetization switching that is controlled by the superconducting phase difference. Moreover, we demonstrate that the combined effect of chiral spin symmetry breaking of the system as a whole with interface scattering causes the systems above to act as phase batteries that may supply any superconducting phase difference φ in the ground state. Such a φ-junction is accompanied by an anomalous supercurrent appearing even at zero phase difference, and we demonstrate that the flow direction of this current is

  5. Coherent Terahertz Emission of Intrinsic Josephson Junction Stacks in the Hot Spot Regime

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    Kleiner, Reinhold

    2011-03-01

    Having small sized active and tunable devices operating at frequencies up to the Terahertz (THz) range is one of the goals of modern electronics. However, there is still a lack of good active or passive devices, often referred to as the ``Terahertz gap.'' Intrinsic Josephson junctions formed by the layered crystal structure of high temperature superconductors such as Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O8 have the potential to operate in this regime. While for a long time the research on THz generation with this type of junctions was carried out with perhaps only modest success, recently synchronous emission, with an estimated output power in the μ W range, of stacks consisting of several hundred intrinsic Josephson junctions was achieved. We report on the investigation of THz electromagnetic wave generation in intrinsic junction stacks (mesas) of different geometries, using a combination of transport measurement, direct electromagnetic wave detection and Low Temperature Scanning Laser Microscopy [2,3]. At high enough input power a hot spot (a region heated to above the superconducting transition temperature) coexists with regions being still in the superconducting state. In the ``cold'' regions cavity resonances can occur, synchronizing the ac Josephson currents and giving rise to strong and stable coherent THz emission. We discuss possible scenarios of the hot spot/wave interaction and its relation to the generation of coherent THz radiation. In collaboration with S. Guenon, B. Gross, M. Gruenzweig, D. Koelle, H. B. Wang, J. Yuan, A. Iishi, T. Hatano, Z. Jiang, Y. Zhong, P.H. Wu.

  6. Traveling wave parametric amplifier with Josephson junctions using minimal resonator phase matching

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    White, T. C.; Mutus, J. Y.; Hoi, I.-C.; Barends, R.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Yu; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Dunsworth, A.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Megrant, A.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Roushan, P.; Sank, D.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Chaudhuri, S.; Gao, J.; Martinis, John M.

    2015-06-01

    Josephson parametric amplifiers have become a critical tool in superconducting device physics due to their high gain and quantum-limited noise. Traveling wave parametric amplifiers (TWPAs) promise similar noise performance, while allowing for significant increases in both bandwidth and dynamic range. We present a TWPA device based on an LC-ladder transmission line of Josephson junctions and parallel plate capacitors using low-loss amorphous silicon dielectric. Crucially, we have inserted λ/4 resonators at regular intervals along the transmission line in order to maintain the phase matching condition between pump, signal, and idler and increase gain. We achieve an average gain of 12 dB across a 4 GHz span, along with an average saturation power of -92 dBm with noise approaching the quantum limit.

  7. Traveling wave parametric amplifier with Josephson junctions using minimal resonator phase matching

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    White, T. C.; Mutus, J. Y.; Hoi, I.-C.; Barends, R.; Campbell, B.; 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.; Martinis, John M.; Megrant, A.; Chaudhuri, S.; and others

    2015-06-15

    Josephson parametric amplifiers have become a critical tool in superconducting device physics due to their high gain and quantum-limited noise. Traveling wave parametric amplifiers (TWPAs) promise similar noise performance, while allowing for significant increases in both bandwidth and dynamic range. We present a TWPA device based on an LC-ladder transmission line of Josephson junctions and parallel plate capacitors using low-loss amorphous silicon dielectric. Crucially, we have inserted λ/4 resonators at regular intervals along the transmission line in order to maintain the phase matching condition between pump, signal, and idler and increase gain. We achieve an average gain of 12 dB across a 4 GHz span, along with an average saturation power of −92 dBm with noise approaching the quantum limit.

  8. The effects of annealing a 2-dimensional array of ion-irradiated Josephson junctions

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    Cho, E. Y.; Kouperine, K.; Zhuo, Y.; Dynes, R. C.; Cybart, S. A.

    2016-09-01

    We have fabricated the two-dimensional arrays of superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) using YBa2Cu3O7-δ ion-irradiated Josephson junctions, and we have studied the effects of post-annealing the arrays at 100 ◦C in oxygen. The maximum voltage modulation, V B, in a magnetic field for DC biased arrays at 50 K is initially 1.2 mV, but increases to 3 mV after annealing. Furthermore, the temperature where the largest V B occurs increases from 45 K to 48.5 K after annealing. We present and simulate a model where annealing causes diffusion and recombination of the low-energy oxygen defects that narrows the barrier, resulting in an increase in the Josephson binding energy. We show that this process stabilizes after 40 minutes of annealing and leads to a significant improvement in the properties of the array.

  9. Visualization of phase-coherent electron interference in a ballistic graphene Josephson junction

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    Allen, Monica; Shtanko, Oles; Fulga, Ion Cosma; Wang, Joel; Nurgaliev, Daniyar; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Akhmerov, Anton; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo; Levitov, Leonid; Yacoby, Amir

    Graphene provides an appealing platform to explore electronic analogs of optics-like effects due to the nonclassical nature of ballistic charge transport. By coupling superconductors to a ballistic graphene sheet, we explore a new regime of superconducting transport in which phase-coherent interference of electron waves is a dominant feature. We employ Fraunhofer interferometry to achieve spatial imaging of cavity modes in a graphene Fabry-Perot resonator, embedded between two superconductors to form a Josephson junction. By visualizing current flow using Fourier methods, our measurements provide evidence of separate interference conditions for bulk and edge currents and elucidate the microscopic nature of interference at the crystal boundaries. We also observe modulation of the multiple Andreev reflection amplitude on and off resonance, a direct measure of cavity transparency. These results constitute a strong departure from conventional Josephson behavior and motivate further exploration of new effects at the intersection of superconductivity and electron-optics.

  10. The in-phase states of Josephson junctions stacks as attractors

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    Hristov, I.; Dimova, S.; Hristova, R.

    2014-11-12

    The aim of this investigation is to show that the coherent, in-phase states of intrinsic Josephson junctions stacks are attractors of the stacks' states when the applied external magnetic field h{sub e} and the external current γ vary within certain domains. Mathematically the problem is to find the solutions of the system of perturbed sine-Gordon equations for fixed other parameters and zero or random initial conditions. We determine the region in the plane (h{sub e}, γ), where the in-phase states are attractors of the stack's states for arbitrary initial perturbations. This is important, because the in-phase states are required for achieving terahertz radiation from the Josephson stacks.

  11. Pairing of Cooper pairs in a Josephson junction network containing an impurity

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    Giuliano, Domenico; Sodano, Pasquale

    2009-10-01

    We show how to induce pairing of Cooper pairs (and, thus, 4e superconductivity) as a result of local embedding of a quantum impurity in a Josephson network fabricable with conventional junctions. We find that a boundary double sine-Gordon model provides an accurate description of the dc Josephson current patterns, as well as of the stable phases accessible to the network. We point out that tunneling of pairs of Cooper pairs is robust against quantum fluctuations, as a consequence of the time reversal invariance, arising when the central region of the network is pierced by a dimensionless magnetic flux phiv=π. We find that, for phiv=π, a stable attractive finite coupling fixed point emerges and point out its relevance for engineering a two-level quantum system with enhanced coherence.

  12. Asymmetric current-phase relation due to spin-orbit interaction in semiconductor nanowire Josephson junction

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    Yokoyama, Tomohiro; Eto, Mikio; Nazarov, Yuli V.

    2013-12-04

    We theoretically study the current-phase relation in semiconductor nanowire Josephson junction in the presence of spin-orbit interaction. In the nanowire, the impurity scattering with strong SO interaction is taken into account using the random matrix theory. In the absence of magnetic field, the Josephson current I and phase difference φ between the superconductors satisfy the relation of I(φ) = –I(–φ). In the presence of magnetic field along the nanowire, the interplay between the SO interaction and Zeeman effect breaks the current-phase relation of I(φ) = –I(–φ). In this case, we show that the critical current depends on the current direction, which qualitatively agrees with recent experimental findings.

  13. 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.

  14. dc properties of series-parallel arrays of Josephson junctions in an external magnetic field

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    Lewandowski, S.J. )

    1991-04-01

    A detailed dc theory of superconducting multijunction interferometers has previously been developed by several authors for the case of parallel junction arrays. The theory is now extended to cover the case of a loop containing several junctions connected in series. The problem is closely associated with high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} superconductors and their clusters of intrinsic Josephson junctions. These materials exhibit spontaneous interferometric effects, and there is no reason to assume that the intrinsic junctions form only parallel arrays. A simple formalism of phase states is developed in order to express the superconducting phase differences across the junctions forming a series array as functions of the phase difference across the weakest junction of the system, and to relate the differences in critical currents of the junctions to gaps in the allowed ranges of their phase functions. This formalism is used to investigate the energy states of the array, which in the case of different junctions are split and separated by energy barriers of height depending on the phase gaps. Modifications of the washboard model of a single junction are shown. Next a superconducting inductive loop containing a series array of two junctions is considered, and this model is used to demonstrate the transitions between phase states and the associated instabilities. Finally, the critical current of a parallel connection of two series arrays is analyzed and shown to be a multivalued function of the externally applied magnetic flux. The instabilities caused by the presence of intrinsic serial junctions in granular high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} materials are pointed out as a potential source of additional noise.

  15. A 100 GHz Josephson mixer using resistively-shunted Nb tunnel junctions

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    Schoelkopf, R. J.; Phillips, T. G.; Zmuidzinas, J.

    1993-01-01

    The authors describe preliminary mixer results using resistively shunted Nb/AlO(x)/Nb tunnel junctions in a 100-GHz waveguide mixer mount. The mixer utilizes robust, lithographically defined devices which have nonhysteretic I-V curves. A receiver temperature of 390 K (DSB) has been obtained with a conversion loss of -6.5 dB. The receiver's behavior agrees qualitatively with the behavior predicted by the resistively shunted junction model. Substantial improvements in performance are expected with the use of better-optimized shunted junctions, and numerical simulations suggest that, if devices with higher ICRN (critical current-normal state resistance) products can be obtained, Josephson effect mixers could be competitive with SIS mixers at high frequencies.

  16. Spin-triplet supercurrent in Co/Ni multilayer Josephson junctions with perpendicular anisotropy

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    Gingrich, E. C.; Quarterman, P.; Wang, Yixing; Loloee, R.; Pratt, W. P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    2012-12-01

    We have measured spin-triplet supercurrent in Josephson junctions of the form S/F'/F/F'/S, where S is superconducting Nb, F' is a thin Ni layer with in-plane magnetization, and F is a Ni/[Co/Ni]n multilayer with out-of-plane magnetization. The supercurrent in these junctions decays very slowly with F-layer thickness and is much larger than in similar junctions not containing the two F' layers. Those two features are the characteristic signatures of spin-triplet supercurrent, which is maximized by the orthogonality of the magnetizations in the F and F' layers. Magnetic measurements confirm the out-of-plane anisotropy of the Co/Ni multilayers. These samples have their critical current optimized in the as-prepared state, which will be useful for future applications.

  17. Controlling the Phase of Ferromagnetic Josephson Junctions for Cryogenic Memory Applications

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    Niedzielski, Bethany; Gingrich, Eric; Glick, Joseph; Wang, Yixing; Miller, Don; Loloee, Reza; Pratt, William, Jr.; Birge, Norman

    Josephson junctions containing ferromagnetic layers are currently of interest for use in cryogenic memory where either the phase or critical current can be switched between two distinct states. We present the first direct phase measurements of such a junction demonstrating control of the phase. If a junction contains one ferromagnetic layer, the thickness of that layer dictates the ground state phase between the superconducting electrodes, which can be either 0 or π. If the junction contains two ferromagnetic layers and the layer thicknesses are carefully chosen, then the phase of a single junction can be switched between 0 and π by changing the relative magnetization directions of the two layers from antiparallel to parallel. We have successfully fabricated and directly measured the relative phase of two such spin valve junctions in a SQUID loop to confirm the phase change from π to 0 and back again of each junction. We report our continued progress in optimizing the control of such systems. This work was supported by IARPA via ARO Contract W911NF-14-C-0115.

  18. Influence of coupling parameter on current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high- Tc superconductors

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2006-02-01

    We study the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-Tc superconductors by numerical calculations and in framework of capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model we obtain the total number of branches. The influence of the coupling parameter α on the current-voltage characteristics at fixed parameter β (β2 = 1/βc, where βc is McCumber parameter) and the influence of α on β-dependence of the current-voltage characteristics are investigated. We obtain the α-dependence of the branch's slopes and branch's endpoints. The presented results show new features of the coupling effect on the scheme of hysteresis jumps in current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-Tc superconductors.

  19. Magnetic field oscillations of the critical current in long ballistic graphene Josephson junctions

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    Rakyta, Péter; Kormányos, Andor; Cserti, József

    2016-06-01

    We study the Josephson current in long ballistic superconductor-monolayer graphene-superconductor junctions. As a first step, we have developed an efficient computational approach to calculate the Josephson current in tight-binding systems. This approach can be particularly useful in the long-junction limit, which has hitherto attracted less theoretical interest but has recently become experimentally relevant. We use this computational approach to study the dependence of the critical current on the junction geometry, doping level, and an applied perpendicular magnetic field B . In zero magnetic field we find a good qualitative agreement with the recent experiment of M. Ben Shalom et al. [Nat. Phys. 12, 318 (2016), 10.1038/nphys3592] for the length dependence of the critical current. For highly doped samples our numerical calculations show a broad agreement with the results of the quasiclassical formalism. In this case the critical current exhibits Fraunhofer-like oscillations as a function of B . However, for lower doping levels, where the cyclotron orbit becomes comparable to the characteristic geometrical length scales of the system, deviations from the results of the quasiclassical formalism appear. We argue that due to the exceptional tunability and long mean free path of graphene systems a new regime can be explored where geometrical and dynamical effects are equally important to understand the magnetic field dependence of the critical current.

  20. Observation of 0–π transition in SIsFS Josephson junctions

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    Ruppelt, N. Vavra, O.; Kohlstedt, H.; Sickinger, H.; Menditto, R.; Goldobin, E.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.

    2015-01-12

    The 0–π transition in Superconductor-Insulator-superconductor-Ferromagnet-Superconductor (SIsFS) Josephson junctions (JJs) was investigated experimentally. As predicted by theory, an s-layer inserted into a ferromagnetic SIFS junction can enhance the critical current density up to the value of an SIS tunnel junction. We fabricated Nb′ | AlO{sub x} | Nb | Ni{sub 60}Cu{sub 40} | Nb JJs with wedge-like s (Nb) and F (Ni{sub 60}Cu{sub 40}) layers and studied the Josephson effect as a function of the s- and F-layer thickness, d{sub s} and d{sub F}, respectively. For d{sub s} = 11 nm, π-JJs with SIFS-type j{sub c}(d{sub F}) and critical current densities up to j{sub c}{sup π}=60 A/cm{sup 2} were obtained at 4.2 K. Thicker d{sub s} led to a drastic increase of the critical current decay length, accompanied by the unexpected disappearance of the 0–π transition dip in the j{sub c}(d{sub F}) dependence. Our results are relevant for superconducting memories, rapid single flux quantum logic circuits, and solid state qubits.

  1. Current-induced in-plane superconducting transition in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    You, L. X.; Yurgens, A.; Winkler, D.; Torstensson, M.; Kajiki, K.; Tanaka, I.

    2006-05-01

    In stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) with lateral sizes of several microns, the current is non-uniform in many cases. In certain geometries a significant part of the current flows along the superconducting planes and can reach the critical value. The current-driven superconductivity breakdown within a single Cu2O4 plane can be seen as an extra branch structure of the c-axis current-voltage characteristics. This allows us to deduce the sheet critical current of a single Cu2O4 plane in different measurement configurations. The conditions for the observation of such a current-induced transition in different IJJ geometries are discussed.

  2. Fabrication of submicron La2-xSrxCuO4 intrinsic Josephson junction stacks

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    Kubo, Yuimaru; Takahide, Yamaguchi; Tanaka, Takayoshi; Ueda, Shinya; Ishii, Satoshi; Tsuda, Shunsuke; Islam, ATM Nazmul; Tanaka, Isao; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2011-02-01

    Intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stacks of cuprate superconductors have potential to be implemented as intrinsic phase qubits working at relatively high temperatures. We report success in fabricating submicron La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) IJJ stacks carved out of single crystals. We also show a new fabrication method in which argon ion etching is performed after focused ion beam etching. As a result, we obtained an LSCO IJJ stack in which resistive multibranches appeared. It may be possible to control the number of stacked IJJs with an accuracy of a single IJJ by developing this method.

  3. Phase and vortex correlations in superconducting Josephson-junction arrays at irrational magnetic frustration.

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    Granato, Enzo

    2008-07-11

    Phase coherence and vortex order in a Josephson-junction array at irrational frustration are studied by extensive Monte Carlo simulations using the parallel-tempering method. A scaling analysis of the correlation length of phase variables in the full equilibrated system shows that the critical temperature vanishes with a power-law divergent correlation length and critical exponent nuph, in agreement with recent results from resistivity scaling analysis. A similar scaling analysis for vortex variables reveals a different critical exponent nuv, suggesting that there are two distinct correlation lengths associated with a decoupled zero-temperature phase transition. PMID:18764218

  4. Voltage divider operation using high-Tc superconducting interface-engineered Josephson junctions

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    Saitoh, Kazuo; Soutome, Yoshihisa; Fukazawa, Tokuumi; Tarutani, Yoshinobu; Takagi, Kazumasa

    2000-05-01

    A rapid-single-flux-quantum toggle-flip-flop logic gate was fabricated using high-temperature superconducting interface-engineered Josephson junctions. It was shown that the gate can operate as a voltage divider up to 155 GHz at 15 K and 19 GHz at 27 K. At the same time, the temperature dependence of the IcRn product and the maximum divided voltage was compared. As a result, it was found that the ratio of these values is 0.4-0.1 for 15 K>T>27 K. Circuit simulation with noise sources reveals this peculiar temperature dependence of the maximum divided voltage.

  5. Unpaired Majorana modes in Josephson-Junction Arrays with gapless bulk excitations

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    Pino, M.; Tsvelik, A.; Ioffe, L. B.

    2015-11-06

    In this study, the search for Majorana bound states in solid-state physics has been limited to materials that display a gap in their bulk spectrum. We show that such unpaired states appear in certain quasi-one-dimensional Josephson-junction arrays with gapless bulk excitations. The bulk modes mediate a coupling between Majorana bound states via the Ruderman-Kittel-Yosida-Kasuya mechanism. As a consequence, the lowest energy doublet acquires a finite energy difference. For a realistic set of parameters this energy splitting remains much smaller than the energy of the bulk eigenstates even for short chains of length L~10.

  6. Unpaired Majorana Modes in Josephson-Junction Arrays with Gapless Bulk Excitations

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    Pino, M.; Tsvelik, A. M.; Ioffe, L. B.

    2015-11-01

    The search for Majorana bound states in solid-state physics has been limited to materials that display a gap in their bulk spectrum. We show that such unpaired states appear in certain quasi-one-dimensional Josephson-junction arrays with gapless bulk excitations. The bulk modes mediate a coupling between Majorana bound states via the Ruderman-Kittel-Yosida-Kasuya mechanism. As a consequence, the lowest energy doublet acquires a finite energy difference. For a realistic set of parameters this energy splitting remains much smaller than the energy of the bulk eigenstates even for short chains of length L ˜10 .

  7. Spontaneous fluxon production in annular Josephson tunnel junctions in the presence of a magnetic field

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    Monaco, R.; Aaroe, M.; Mygind, J.; Rivers, R. J.; Koshelets, V. P.

    2008-02-01

    We report on the spontaneous production of fluxons in annular Josephson tunnel junctions during a thermal quench in the presence of a symmetry-breaking magnetic field. The dependence on field intensity B of the probability f{sub 1} to trap a single defect during the N-S phase transition depends drastically on the sample circumferences. We show that this can be understood in the framework of the same picture of spontaneous defect formation that leads to the experimentally well attested scaling behavior of f{sub 1} with quench rate in the absence of an external field.

  8. Influence of the diffusion current on the hysteretic behavior in the system of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Rahmonov, I. R.

    2010-09-01

    The detailed investigation of the phase dynamics and the I-V curves in the system of coupled Josephson junctions have been carried out. The superconducting, quasiparticle, diffusion, and displacement currents have been calculated as functions of the total current through the system. The role of the diffusion current in the formation of the I-V curves has been studied and the influence of this quantity on the I-V curve branching and the magnitude of the return current has been revealed. The calculation results agree qualitatively with the experimental data.

  9. Experimental observation of the longitudinal plasma excitation in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Irie, A.; Shukrinov, Yu M.; Oya, G.

    2008-10-01

    We have investigated the current-voltage characteristics (IVCs) of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs). Recently, it is predicted that the longitudinal plasma wave can be excited by the parametric resonance in IJJs. Such an excitation induces a singularity called as breakpoint region around switch back region in the IVC. We have succeeded in the observation of the breakpoint region in the IVC of the mesa with 5 IJJs at 4.2 K. Furthermore, it is found that the temperature dependence of the breakpoint current is in agreement with the theoretical prediction. This suggests that the wave number of the excited plasma wave varies with temperature.

  10. Phase and vortex correlations in superconducting Josephson-junction arrays at irrational magnetic frustration.

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    Granato, Enzo

    2008-07-11

    Phase coherence and vortex order in a Josephson-junction array at irrational frustration are studied by extensive Monte Carlo simulations using the parallel-tempering method. A scaling analysis of the correlation length of phase variables in the full equilibrated system shows that the critical temperature vanishes with a power-law divergent correlation length and critical exponent nuph, in agreement with recent results from resistivity scaling analysis. A similar scaling analysis for vortex variables reveals a different critical exponent nuv, suggesting that there are two distinct correlation lengths associated with a decoupled zero-temperature phase transition.

  11. Quasiparticle and Josephson Current in the Intrinsic Josephson Junctions in Htsc

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Namiranian, A.; Najafi, A.

    2000-09-01

    The tunneling properties of the model structure consisting of HTSC and normal metal are studied. The influence of the impurity concentration in CuO2 layers on the high energy features is investigated, taking into account tight binding band structure, d-wave gap symmetry, group velocity and tunneling directionality. The increasing of the impurity lifetime broadening factor changes the degree of tunneling conductance peaks asymmetry, leads to nonequal shifting of the quasiparticle peaks and their width. We consider that the underlying asymmetry of the conductance peaks is primarily due to the features of quasiparticle energy spectrum and the d-wave symmetry enhances the degree of the peaks asymmetry. The analysis of c-axis transport of quasiparticles and Cooper pairs of stacked intrinsic junctions in HTSC is done.

  12. Universal power-law decay of electron-electron interactions due to nonlinear screening in a Josephson junction array

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    Otten, Daniel; Rubbert, Sebastian; Ulrich, Jascha; Hassler, Fabian

    2016-09-01

    Josephson junctions are the most prominent nondissipative and at the same time nonlinear elements in superconducting circuits allowing Cooper pairs to tunnel coherently between two superconductors separated by a tunneling barrier. Due to this, physical systems involving Josephson junctions show highly complex behavior and interesting novel phenomena. Here, we consider an infinite one-dimensional chain of superconducting islands where neighboring islands are coupled by capacitances. We study the effect of Josephson junctions shunting each island to a common ground superconductor. We treat the system in the regime where the Josephson energy exceeds the capacitive coupling between the islands. For the case of two offset charges on two distinct islands, we calculate the interaction energy of these charges mediated by quantum phase slips due to the Josephson nonlinearities. We treat the phase slips in an instanton approximation and map the problem onto a classical partition function of interacting particles. Using the Mayer cluster expansion, we find that the interaction potential of the offset charges decays with a universal inverse-square power-law behavior.

  13. Spin Josephson effect in topological superconductor-ferromagnet junction

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    Ren, C. D.; Wang, J.

    2014-03-21

    The composite topological superconductor (TS), made of one-dimensional spin-orbit coupled nanowire with proximity-induced s-wave superconductivity, is not a pure p-wave superconductor but still has a suppressed s-wave pairing. We propose to probe the spin texture of the p-wave pairing in this composite TS by examining possible spin supercurrents in an unbiased TS/ferromagnet junction. It is found that both the exchange-coupling induced and spin-flip reflection induced spin currents exist in the setup and survive even in the topological phase. We showed that besides the nontrivial p-wave pairing state accounting for Majorana Fermions, there shall be a trivial p-wave pairing state that contributes to spin supercurrent. The trivial p-wave pairing state is diagnosed from the mixing effect between the suppressed s-wave pairing and the topologically nontrivial p-wave pairing. The d vector of the TS is proved not to be rigorously perpendicular to the spin projection of p-wave pairings. Our findings are also confirmed by the Kitaev's p-wave model with a nonzero s-wave pairing.

  14. Ballistic Josephson junctions in the presence of generic spin dependent fields

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

    2016-07-01

    Ballistic Josephson junctions are studied in the presence of a spin-splitting field and spin-orbit coupling. A generic expression for the quasiclassical Green's function is obtained and with its help we analyze several aspects of the proximity effect between a spin-textured normal metal (N) and singlet superconductors (S). In particular, we show that the density of states may show a zero-energy peak which is a generic consequence of the spin dependent couplings in heterostructures. In addition, we also obtain the spin current and the induced magnetic moment in a SNS structure and discuss possible coherent manipulation of the magnetization which results from the coupling between the superconducting phase and the spin degree of freedom. Our theory predicts a spin accumulation at the S/N interfaces, and transverse spin currents flowing perpendicular to the junction interfaces. Some of these findings can be understood in the light of a non-Abelian electrostatics.

  15. Submillimeter-wave detection and mixing experiments using high-temperature Josephson junctions

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    Chen, Jian; Kobayashi, Estuko; Myoren, Hiroaki; Nakajima, Kensuke; Yamashita, Tsutomu; Linzen, Sven; Schmidl, Frank; Seidel, Paul

    1998-11-01

    Using high temperature grain boundary Josephson junctions (GBJJs) made of YBa2Cu3O7-(delta ) (YBCO) deposited across silicon bicrystal boundary, we successfully demonstrated direct detection at wavelength as short as 118.8 micrometer (frequency of 2.525THz) and the operation temperature up to 70 K. Radiation from a far infrared (FIR) laser was coupled to the junction, via a TPX plano convex lens and a high resistivity Si hyperhemispherical lens. The response at wavelength of 183.4 micrometer was obtained for the YBCO GBJJs on MgO bicrystal substrates. Also, investigated are the effects of response on external DC magnetic fields and polarization of electromagnetic waves as well as the harmonic mixing properties.

  16. Degeneracy of Majorana bound states and fractional Josephson effect in a dirty SNS junction

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    Ikegaya, S.; Asano, Y.

    2016-09-01

    We theoretically study the stability of more than one Majorana fermion appearing in a p-wave superconductor/dirty normal metal/p-wave superconductor junction in two-dimensions by using the chiral symmetry of a Hamiltonian. At the phase difference across the junction φ being π, we will show that all of the Majorana bound states in the normal metal belong to the same chirality. Due to this pure chiral feature, the Majorana bound states retain their high degree of degeneracy at zero energy even in the presence of a random potential. As a consequence, the resonant transmission of a Cooper pair via the degenerate Majorana bound states carries the Josephson current at \\varphi =π -{{0}+} , which explains the fractional current-phase relationship discussed in a number of previous papers.

  17. 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.

  18. Numerical Study of a System of Long Josephson Junctions with Inductive and Capacitive Couplings

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    Rahmonov, I. R.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Plecenik, A.; Zemlyanaya, E. V.; Bashashin, M. V.

    2016-02-01

    The phase dynamics of the stacked long Josephson junctions is investigated taking into account the inductive and capacitive couplings between junctions and the diffusion current. The simulation of the current-voltage characteristics is based on the numerical solution of a system of nonlinear partial differential equations by a fourth order Runge-Kutta method and finite-difference approximation. A parallel implementation is based on the MPI technique. The effectiveness of the MPI/C++ code is confirmed by calculations on the multi-processor cluster CICC (LIT JINR, Dubna). We demonstrate the appearance of the charge traveling wave (CTW) at the boundary of the zero field step. Based on this fact, we conclude that the CTW and the fluxons coexist.

  19. High-Tc multilayer step-edge Josephson junctions and SQUIDs

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    Missert, N.; Harvey, T. E.; Ono, R. H.; Reinytsema, C. D.

    1993-09-01

    We have developed a reliable process to fabricate high-quality YBa2Cu3O(7-x) (YBCO) SNS step-edge junctions and SQUIDs over YBCO ground planes. These multilevel circuits employ thin films of SrTiO3 and NdGaO3 as the insulating layer between the active device and the ground plane and use Ag as the normal metal in the Josephson junction. The reproducibility and uniformity of the junctions are better than our single-level devices grown directly on step edges cut into single-crystal substrates. Here the critical current variation among junctions on a single wafer is less than a factor of 2. Junctions grown on thin-film step edges of SrTiO3 have critical currents near 2 mA at 4 K, while those grown on NdGaO3 step edges have critical currents near 0.5 mA at 4 K.

  20. Capacitance of Josephson junctions made on bicrystalline substrates of different geometries

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    Navacerrada, M. A.; Lucía, M. L.; Sánchez-Soto, L. L.; Sánchez Quesada, F.; Sarnelli, E.; Testa, G.

    2005-01-01

    The electromagnetic parameters of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) grain boundary Josephson junctions (JJs) fabricated on four different tilt bicrystal geometries: 12° [001] asymmetric, 24° [001] symmetric, 24° [001] asymmetric, and 45° [100] asymmetric, have been studied. While the Swihart velocity ( cmacr ) is slightly affected by the nature of the barrier and mainly fixed by the junction width, a notable influence of the barrier structure, of the geometry of the bicrystal substrate, on the relative dielectric constant to the barrier thickness ratio (ɛ/t) values has been found. Interesting barrier information can be deduced from the study of the dependence of the junction capacitance on the junction resistance. We have observed that the capacitance values deduced by means of Fiske steps in YBCO 24° [001] symmetric and 45° [100] asymmetric JJs scales with junction resistance in the opposite direction. This result could reveal the presence of a tunnel barrier in the YBCO 45° [100] asymmetric JJs. On the other hand, different capacitance values have been obtained by means of Fiske steps and hysteresis observed in the current-voltage characteristics in 45° [100] asymmetric JJs. An interpretation of this result can be made taking into account the contribution of the depleted YBCO layers close to the crystallographic grain boundary.

  1. Terahertz wave emission from intrinsic Josephson junctions in high- Tc superconductors

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    Ozyuzer, L.; Simsek, Y.; Koseoglu, H.; Turkoglu, F.; Kurter, C.; Welp, U.; Koshelev, A. E.; Gray, K. E.; Kwok, W. K.; Yamamoto, T.; Kadowaki, K.; Koval, Y.; Wang, H. B.; Müller, P.

    2009-11-01

    Recently, we experimentally demonstrated that rectangular mesa structures of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d (Bi2212) can be used as a compact solid-state generator of continuous, coherent and polarized terahertz (THz) radiation. In the present work, we will exhibit tall mesas (over 600 junctions) which were fabricated using UV lithography, e-beam lithography with photoresist and e-beam lithography with a Ti selective etching technique. We will present measurements of the c-axis resistance as a function of temperature and of current-voltage characteristics of THz emitting mesas with lateral sizes ranging from 30 × 300 to 100 × 300 µm2. Furthermore, we will discuss the dependence of the characteristics of the mesa structures on the oxygen doping level of the Bi2212 crystals. We will also experimentally show that the voltage-frequency relation of the ac Josephson effect has to match the cavity resonance for successful emission.

  2. Terahertz wave emission from intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-T{sub c} superconductors.

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    Ozyuzer, L.; Simsek, Y.; Koseoglu, H.; Turkoglu, F.; Kurter, C.; Welp, U.; Koshelev, A. E.; Gray, K. E.; Kwok, W. K.; Yamamoto, T.; Kadowaki, K.; Koval, Y.; Wang, H. B.; Muller, P.; Materials Science Division; Izmir Inst. of Tech.; Univ. of Erlangen-Nurnberg; Univ. of Tsukuba; National Inst. for Materials Science

    2009-10-20

    Recently, we experimentally demonstrated that rectangular mesa structures of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+d} (Bi2212) can be used as a compact solid-state generator of continuous, coherent and polarized terahertz (THz) radiation. In the present work, we will exhibit tall mesas (over 600 junctions) which were fabricated using UV lithography, e-beam lithography with photoresist and e-beam lithography with a Ti selective etching technique. We will present measurements of the c-axis resistance as a function of temperature and of current-voltage characteristics of THz emitting mesas with lateral sizes ranging from 30 x 300 to 100 x 300 {micro}m{sup 2}. Furthermore, we will discuss the dependence of the characteristics of the mesa structures on the oxygen doping level of the Bi2212 crystals. We will also experimentally show that the voltage-frequency relation of the ac Josephson effect has to match the cavity resonance for successful emission.

  3. Synchronization of coupled rotators: Josephson junction ladders and the Kuramoto model

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    Daniels, B. C.; Trees, B. R.

    2002-10-01

    We show that the resistively shunted junction (RSJ) equations describing a ladder array of overdamped, critical-current disordered Josephson junctions that are current-biased along the rungs of the ladder can be mapped onto a Kuramoto model with nearest-neighbor, sinusoidal couplings. This result is obtained by an averaging method, in which the fast dynamics of the RSJ equations are integrated out, leaving the dynamics which describe the time scale over which neighboring junctions along the rungs of the ladder phase and frequency synchronize. We quantify the degree of frequency synchronization of the rung junctions by calculating the standard deviation of their time-averaged voltages, σ_ω, and the phase synchronization is quantified by calculating the time average of the modulus of the Kuramoto order parameter, < |r|>. We test the results of our averaging process by comparing the values of σ_ω and < |r|> for the original RSJ equations and our averaged equations. We find excellent agreement for DC bias currents of I_B/< I_c>agt 3, where < I_c> is the average critical current of the rung junctions, and critical current disorders of up to 10%. We also study the effects of thermal noise on the synchronization properties of the overdamped ladder. Finally, we find that including the effects of junction capacitance can lead to a discontinuous synchronization transition as the strength of the coupling between neighboring junctions is smoothly varied. This project was supported by the Ohio Wesleyan University Summer Research Program which was funded in part by the McGregor Fund.

  4. Bloch Oscillation in a One-Dimensional Array of Small Josephson Junctions

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    Shimada, Hiroshi; Katori, Shunsuke; Gandrothula, Srinivas; Deguchi, Tomoaki; Mizugaki, Yoshinao

    2016-07-01

    A distinct Bloch nose was demonstrated in the current-voltage characteristics of a one-dimensional array of 20 small Josephson junctions. Arrays of direct-current superconducting quantum interference device (dc-SQUID) structures were used as leads to the array of junctions, and the environmental impedance was tuned with a magnetic field. The observed Bloch nose had a negative differential resistance of its magnitude of as large as 14.3 MΩ, a blockade voltage of 0.36 mV, and a decrease in voltage of 0.21 mV due to the Bloch oscillation, all of which are larger than those obtained in a single junction by more than one order. The observed Bloch oscillation was quantitatively described on the basis of the Bloch oscillation of each single junction in combination with the charge soliton model in a long array. Unexpected constant-current spikes, whose origin lay in the dc-SQUID in the leads, were also observed to be superposed on the current-voltage characteristics when the Coulomb blockade appeared.

  5. Signature of topological transition in InAs nanowire Josephson junctions

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    Strambini, Elia; Paajaste, J.; Amado, M.; Roddaro, S.; San-Jose, P.; Aguado, R.; Bergeret, S.; Ercolani, D.; Sorba, L.; Giazotto, F.

    The coupling of a conventional s-wave superconductors to semiconductors with strong spin-orbit (SO) coupling, like e. g. InAs or InSb nanowires (NWs), gives rise to unconventional p-wave superconductivity that may become a topological superconductor (TS), which is a natural host for exotic edge modes with Majorana character. Recently the enhancement of the critical supercurrent Ic in a strong SO semiconducting Josephson junction (JJ) have been proposed as a new evidence of the sought-after Majorana bound states. Here we report on the first observation of the colossal Ic enhancement induced by an external magnetic field on a mesoscopic JJ formed by InAs NWs and Ti/Al leads. This anomalous enhancement appears precisely above a threshold magnetic field Bth orthogonal to the substrate and in junctions of different lengths, suggesting that the origin of the enhancement is intrinsic, i.e. it is not related to geometrical resonances in the junction. None of the standard phenomenon known in JJ, including e. g. Fraunhofer patterns or π-junction behavior, can explain this colossal enhancement while a topological transition at Bth is qualitatively compatible with the observed phenomenology.

  6. Noise-affected I - V curves in small hysteretic Josephson junctions

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    Kautz, R.L.; Martinis, J.M. )

    1990-12-01

    We investigate the noise-affected {ital I}-{ital V} curves of small-area Josephson junctions through experiment, simulation, and theory. In particular, we consider {ital I}-{ital V} curves in which two different states of finite voltage coexist at the same dc bias: a high-voltage state that corresponds to the usual quasiparticle branch and a low-voltage state that is characterized by thermally activated phase diffusion. The observed hysteresis between the phase-diffusion and quasiparticle branches cannot be explained within the context of the simple resistively and capacitively shunted junction (RCSJ) model but is explained by extended models in which the damping increases with frequency. Frequency-dependent damping is shown to produce a qualitative change in the attractors of the noise-free system which allows the two voltage states to be simultaneously stable. This picture is confirmed by Monte Carlo simulations which accurately reproduce the experimental {ital I}-{ital V} curves of two different samples over a wide range of temperatures. In addition we develop analytic expressions for three key parameters of the {ital I}-{ital V} curve of junctions displaying hysteresis between the phase-diffusion and quasiparticle branches: the initial slope of the phase-diffusion branch, the bias level at which the junction switches from the phase-diffusion branch to the quasiparticle branch, and the bias level at which it returns to the phase-diffusion branch.

  7. Tunneling characteristics for nm-thick mesas consisting of a few intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Suzuki, Minoru; Ohmaki, Masayuki; Takemura, Ryota; Hamada, Kenji; Watanabe, Takao; Ota, Kensuke; Kitano, Haruhisa; Maeda, Atsutaka

    2008-10-01

    Very thin mesa structures consisting of a few intrinsic Josephson junctions have been fabricated on single crystal surfaces of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ. In the fabrication procedure, annealing is conducted after the mesa structure is formed by Ar ion milling. Or, the annealing is skipped and, instead, the electrodes to the mesas have been deposited in vacuum immediately after crystals are cleaved. We have attained both uniform current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and small contact resistances, which are usually difficult to obtain at the same time in the case of nm-thick mesa structures. For the mesas thus fabricated, it is found that the Josephson critical current Jc of the top IJJ (the surface junction) is reduced significantly. The reduction of Jc is more significant when the doping level of the crystal used is lower. We argue that this is due to the proximity efiect of the surface junction, in which the top electrode is in close proximity with the Ag or Au film of a thickness of the order of 300 nm. For mesas obtained by this method, the switching probability distribution has been measured. It is found that when the mesa lateral size is larger than 2 μm the switching is unreproducible and lacking systematic temperature dependence. It is also found that escape temperature Tesc and the standard deviation σ for the switching probability distribution exhibits a large deviation from the Kramers' thermal activation theory. When the lateral size is no larger than 2 μm, the switching probability distribution results show coincidence with the theory in the temperature range from 1.3 K to 5 K. Below 0.5 K, the escape temperature tends to saturate and indicates a crossover near 0.5 K from the thermal activation to the macroscopic quantum tunneling.

  8. Direct observation of intrinsic Josephson junction characteristics in electron-doped Sm2-xCexCuO4-δ

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    Kawakami, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Minoru

    2007-10-01

    We have investigated the current-voltage (CV) characteristics of the intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in the electron-doped high- Tc superconductor Sm2-xCexCuO4-δ by using a small mesa structure fabricated on a single crystal surface. It is found that multiple resistive branches, i.e., typical IJJ characteristics, are observed in the CV characteristics when the junction area of a mesa is 10μm2 or less. It is also found that a typical Josephson critical current density Jc is 7.5kA/cm2 at 4.2K for Tc=20.7K . The Josephson penetration depth is experimentally estimated to be 1.0-1.6μm from the size dependence of Jc . Both Jc and Tc are found to decrease with the carrier doping level, as is found for hole-doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ in the heavily overdoped region. These results are discussed in relation to the current locking in terms of the coupled Josephson junction stack model.

  9. 0-π quantum transition in a carbon nanotube Josephson junction: Universal phase dependence and orbital degeneracy

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    Delagrange, R.; Weil, R.; Kasumov, A.; Ferrier, M.; Bouchiat, H.; Deblock, R.

    2016-05-01

    In a π -Josephson junction, the supercurrent's sign is reversed due to the dephasing of superconducting pairs upon their traversal of the nonsuperconducting part. 0-π quantum transitions are extremely sensitive to electronic and magnetic correlations, providing powerful exploration tools of competing orders. In a quantum dot connected to superconducting reservoirs, the transition is governed by gate voltage. As shown recently, it can also be controlled by the superconducting phase in the case of strong competition between the superconducting proximity effect and Kondo correlations. We investigated here the current-phase relation in a clean carbon nanotube quantum dot, close to orbital degeneracy, in a regime of strong competition between local electronic correlations and superconducting proximity effect. We show that the nature of the transition depends crucially on the occupation and the width of the orbital levels, which determine their respective contribution to transport. When the transport of Cooper pairs takes place through only one of these levels, we find that the phase diagram of the phase-dependent 0-π transition is a universal characteristic of a discontinuous level-crossing quantum transition at zero temperature. In the case where the two levels are involved, the nanotube Josephson current exhibits a continuous 0-π transition, independent of the superconducting phase, revealing a different physical mechanism of the transition.

  10. Three-dimensional numerical analysis of terahertz radiation emitted from intrinsic Josephson junctions with hot spots

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    Asai, Hidehiro; Tachiki, Masashi; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2012-02-01

    In this study, we numerically investigate the terahertz radiation from mesa-structured intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) using a three-dimensional calculation model. We assume an in-phase mode of the phase differences and calculate electromagnetic fields inside and outside of the IJJs simultaneously. We consider the appearance of a hot spot in the mesa where jc locally decreases and investigate the change of the radiation power with varying hot-spot positions. The radiation powers for three different hot-spot positions are calculated as functions of voltage. We observe strong radiation when the ac Josephson frequency satisfies the cavity resonance condition. Transverse-magnetic modes TMm,n whose indices m and n are even appear regardless of the positions of hot spots. Meanwhile, the TMm,n cavity modes whose m or n are odd appear only when the hot spots break the reflectional symmetry of the mesa structure. Moreover, we calculate the radiation patterns emitted by the IJJs at these cavity resonance conditions. The radiation patterns reflect the existence of two types of internal modes, that is, a uniform background mode and a cavity resonance mode.

  11. Tunable 0–π transition by interband coupling in iron-based superconductor Josephson junctions

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    Tao, Y. C.; Liu, S. Y.; Bu, N.; Wang, J.; Di, Y. S.

    2016-01-01

    An extended four-component Bogoliubov–de Gennes equation is applied to study the Josephson effect in ballistic limit between either two iron-based superconductors (SCs) or an iron-based SC and a conventional s-wave SC, separated by a normal metal. A 0–π transition as a function of interband coupling strength α is always exhibited, arising from the tuning of mixing between the two trajectories with opposite phases. The novel property can be experimentally used to discriminate the {s}+/- -wave pairing symmetry in the iron-based SCs from the {s}++-wave one in MgB2. The effect of interface transparency on the 0–π transition is also presented. The 0–π transition as a function of α is wholly distinct from that as a function of barrier strength or temperature in recent theories (Linder et al 2009 Phys. Rev. B 80 020503(R)). The possible experimental probe of the phase-shift effect in iron-based SC Josephson junctions is commented on as well.

  12. Radiation of terahertz electromagnetic waves from build-in nano Josephson junctions of cuprate high-T(c) superconductors.

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    Lin, Shi-Zeng; Hu, Xiao

    2011-04-01

    The nano-scale intrinsic Josephson junctions in highly anisotropic cuprate superconductors have potential for generation of terahertz electromagnetic waves. When the thickness of a superconductor sample is much smaller than the wavelength of electromagnetic waves in vacuum, the superconductor renders itself as a cavity. Unlike conventional lasers, the presence of the cavity does not guarantee a coherent emission because of the internal degree of freedom of the superconductivity phase in long junctions. We study the excitation of terahertz wave by solitons in a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions, especially for relatively short junctions. Coherent emission requires a rectangular configuration of solitons. However such a configuration is unstable against weak fluctuations, contrarily solitons favor a triangular lattice corresponding to an out-phase oscillation of electromagnetic waves. To utilize the cavity, we propose to use an array of stacks of short intrinsic Josephson junctions to generate powerful terahertz electromagnetic waves. The cavity synchronizes the plasma oscillation in different stacks and the emission intensity is predicted to be proportional to the number of stacks squared.

  13. Characterization of intrinsic Josephson junctions for La 2- xSr xCuO 4 single crystals

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    Uematsu, Y.; Mizugaki, Y.; Nakajima, K.; Yamashita, T.; Watauchi, S.; Tanaka, I.

    2002-02-01

    We have fabricated c-axis micro-bridges of La 2- xSr xCuO 4 (LSCO) single crystals in order to characterize the LSCO intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs). The current-voltage characteristics of the micro-bridges exhibited a large hysteresis with a voltage jump of the order 0.5-3 V and no multiple branching structures. A superconducting energy gap was clearly observed on the quasi-particle branch and showed BCS-like temperature dependence. In addition, the temperature dependence of the critical current of the IJJ was in good agreement with the theoretical curves for superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) Josephson junctions. These results demonstrate that the IJJs of LSCO are characterized as stacked series SIS junctions.

  14. Fabrication and voltage divider operation of a T flip-flop using high-Tc interface-engineered Josephson junctions

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    Kim, Jun Ho; Hyeob Kim, Sang; Sung, Gun Yong

    2002-09-01

    We designed and fabricated a rapid-single-flux-quantum T flip-flop (TFF) with high-Tc interface-engineered Josephson junctions. Y1Ba2Cu3O7-d and Sr2AlTaO6 were deposited for the superconducting layer and the insulating layer, respectively. The Josephson junction was formed through an interface treatment process using Ar ion milling and vacuum annealing. We simulated a TFF circuit and designed a physical layout using WRspice and Xic. The fabricated TFF has a minimum junction width of 3 μm. Through the measurement of the voltage divider operation, the maximum operation frequency was estimated to be 53 GHz at 22 K and 106 GHz at 12 K.

  15. Nonsinusoidal Current-Phase Relationship in Josephson Junctions from the 3D Topological Insulator HgTe

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    Sochnikov, Ilya; Maier, Luis; Watson, Christopher A.; Kirtley, John R.; Gould, Charles; Tkachov, Grigory; Hankiewicz, Ewelina M.; Brüne, Christoph; Buhmann, Hartmut; Molenkamp, Laurens W.; Moler, Kathryn A.

    2015-02-01

    We use superconducting quantum interference device microscopy to characterize the current-phase relation (CPR) of Josephson junctions from the three-dimensional topological insulator HgTe (3D HgTe). We find clear skewness in the CPRs of HgTe junctions ranging in length from 200 to 600 nm. The skewness indicates that the Josephson current is predominantly carried by Andreev bound states with high transmittance, and the fact that the skewness persists in junctions that are longer than the mean free path suggests that the effect may be related to the helical nature of the Andreev bound states in the surface of HgTe. These experimental results suggest that the topological properties of the normal state can be inherited by the induced superconducting state, and that 3D HgTe is a promising material for realizing the many exciting proposals that require a topological superconductor.

  16. Efficient Fabrication of Intrinsic-Josephson-Junction Terahertz Oscillators with Greatly Reduced Self-Heating Effects

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    Kashiwagi, T.; Yamamoto, T.; Minami, H.; Tsujimoto, M.; Yoshizaki, R.; Delfanazari, K.; Kitamura, T.; Watanabe, C.; Nakade, K.; Yasui, T.; Asanuma, K.; Saiwai, Y.; Shibano, Y.; Enomoto, T.; Kubo, H.; Sakamoto, K.; Katsuragawa, T.; Marković, B.; Mirković, J.; Klemm, R. A.; Kadowaki, K.

    2015-11-01

    The intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 +δ (Bi2212) are shown to have great potential for the construction of an oscillator emitting in the terahertz-frequency f regime. However, earlier devices with Bi2212 substrates exhibit strong self-heating effects detrimental to their operation and limiting the maximum f to approximately 1 THz. Here we describe an efficient fabrication procedure for a stand-alone-mesa IJJ terahertz oscillator with considerably reduced self-heating effects, greatly expanding the tunability and maximum value of f , potentially even to 15 THz. Their typical current-voltage characteristics, radiation tunability and power, and some practical uses are also presented.

  17. A dispersion-engineered Josephson junction-based travelling wave parametric amplifier with low loss dielectric

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    Mutus, J.; White, T.; Hoi, I.-C.; Barends, R.; Campbell, B.; Chen, Y.; Chen, Z.; Chiaro, B.; Fowler, A.; Dunsworth, A.; Jeffrey, E.; Kelly, J.; Megrant, A.; Neill, C.; O'Malley, P. J. J.; Roushan, P.; Quintana, C.; Sank, D.; Vainsencher, A.; Wenner, J.; Gao, J.; Chaudhuri, S.; Cleland, A. N.; Martinis, J. M.

    2015-03-01

    Travelling wave parametric amplifiers (TWPAs) promise wide-band performance with high saturation power for amplifying microwave frequency signals. Designing a TWPA requires a careful balance of many parameters in order to approach quantum-limited noise performance with sufficient gain and saturation power. We present a design based on an LC-ladder transmission line of Josephson junctions and parallel plate capacitors using low-loss amorphous silicon dielectric. Crucially, we have inserted λ / 4 resonators at regular intervals along the transmission line in order maintain the phase matching condition between pump, signal and idler in order to increase gain. The design and performance of the device will be presented, demonstrating high-gain, wide bandwidth and high dynamic range.

  18. Effects of a rotating magnetization on pair correlations in a ballistic regime Josephson Junction

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    Bill, Andreas; Leal, Luis

    Pair correlations in clean superconducting-magnetic proximity systems are studied with a focus on the singlet-triplet mixing resulting from magnetic inhomogeneities. The system is modeled in the clean limit using a tight-binding Hamiltonian and the Bogoliubov -de Gennes equations are solved to determine the Gor'kov functions of the system. Three different magnetic configurations are considered: an exchange spring, a helical magnet, and misaligned homogeneous ferromagnetic layers; each is sandwiched between two superconductors to form a Josephson junction. The goal of the study is to revisit how pair correlations are affected by different magnetization configurations and magnitudes in the clean limit. We discuss our results in the light of those obtained in the diffusive regime. We gratefully acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation under Grant DMR- 1309341 and the ORSP Student Research Assistantship at CSU Long Beach.

  19. Vortex Penetrations in Parallel-connected two Stacks of Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Ooi, Shuuichi; Mochiku, Takashi; Tachiki, Minoru; Hirata, Kazuto

    In mesoscopic stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+y (Bi2212), the penetrations of individual vortices are detectable by the measurements of the transport properties, i.e., c-axis resistance or critical current. We have measured the c-axis resistance as a function of magnetic field in samples with two stacks of IJJs connected in parallel by Bi2212 itself to study any interaction of individual vortex penetrations into them. Since the superconducting loop containing two stacks of IJJs is the same geometry as that of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID), we might expect a periodic resistance (or current) modulation as a function of magnetic field, whose period corresponds to the area in the loop. However, the results were just simple mixing of the resistive changes by the individual vortex penetrations into each of the stacks; behavior like SQUID has not been observed in present samples.

  20. Effect of magnetic field on quasiparticle branches of intrinsic Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic layer.

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    Ozyuzer, L.; Ozdemir, M.; Kurter, C.; Hinks, D. G.; Gray, K. E.

    2007-01-01

    The interlayer tunneling spectroscopy has been performed on micron-sized mesa arrays of HgBr{sub 2} intercalated superconducting Bi2212 single crystals. A ferromagnetic multilayer (Au/Co/Au) is deposited on top of the mesas. The spin-polarized current is driven along the c-axis of the mesas through a ferromagnetic Co layer and the hysteretic quasiparticle branches are observed at 4.2 K. Magnetic field evolution of hysteretic quasiparticle branches is obtained to examine the effect of injected spin-polarized current on intrinsic Josephson junction characteristics. It is observed that there is a gradual distribution in quasiparticle branches with the application of magnetic field and increasing field reduces the switching current progressively.

  1. Multiple Resonators as a Multi-Channel Bus for Coupling Josephson Junction Qubits

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    Thrailkill, Zechariah; Lambert, Joseph; Ramos, Roberto

    2010-03-01

    Josephson junction-based qubits have been shown to be promising components for a future quantum computer. A network of these superconducting qubits will require quantum information to be stored in and transferred among them. Resonators made of superconducting metal strips are useful elements for this purpose because they have long coherence times and can dispersively couple qubits. We explore the use of multiple resonators with different resonant frequencies to couple qubits. We find that an array of resonators with different frequencies can be individually addressed to store and retrieve information, while coupling qubits dispersively. We show that a control qubit can be used to effectively isolate an active qubit from an array of resonators so that it can function within the same frequency range used by the resonators.

  2. Effect of phase noise on quantum correlations in Bose-Josephson junctions

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    Ferrini, G.; Minguzzi, A.; Hekking, F. W. J.; Spehner, D.

    2011-10-15

    In a two-mode Bose-Josephson junction the dynamics induced by a sudden quench of the tunnel amplitude leads to the periodic formation of entangled states. For instance, squeezed states are formed at short times and macroscopic superpositions of phase states at later times. In atom interferometry, the two modes of the junction play the role of the two arms of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer; use of multiparticle entangled states allows the enhancement of phase sensitivity with respect to that obtained from uncorrelated atoms. Decoherence due to the presence of noise degrades quantum correlations between atoms, thus reducing phase sensitivity. We consider decoherence due to stochastic fluctuations of the energies of the two modes of the junction. We analyze its effect on squeezed states and macroscopic superpositions and calculate the squeezing parameter and the quantum Fisher information during the quenched dynamics. The latter quantity measures the amount of quantum correlations useful in interferometry. For moderate noise intensities, we show that it increases on time scales beyond the squeezing regime. This suggests multicomponent superpositions of phase states as interesting candidates for high-precision atom interferometry.

  3. Coherent Charge Transport in Ballistic InSb Nanowire Josephson Junctions

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    Li, S.; Kang, N.; Fan, D. X.; Wang, L. B.; Huang, Y. Q.; Caroff, P.; Xu, H. Q.

    2016-01-01

    Hybrid InSb nanowire-superconductor devices are promising for investigating Majorana modes and topological quantum computation in solid-state devices. An experimental realisation of ballistic, phase-coherent superconductor-nanowire hybrid devices is a necessary step towards engineering topological superconducting electronics. Here, we report on a low-temperature transport study of Josephson junction devices fabricated from InSb nanowires grown by molecular-beam epitaxy and provide a clear evidence for phase-coherent, ballistic charge transport through the nanowires in the junctions. We demonstrate that our devices show gate-tunable proximity-induced supercurrent and clear signatures of multiple Andreev reflections in the differential conductance, indicating phase-coherent transport within the junctions. We also observe periodic modulations of the critical current that can be associated with the Fabry-Pérot interference in the nanowires in the ballistic transport regime. Our work shows that the InSb nanowires grown by molecular-beam epitaxy are of excellent material quality and hybrid superconducting devices made from these nanowires are highly desirable for investigation of the novel physics in topological states of matter and for applications in topological quantum electronics. PMID:27102689

  4. Large Tunable Thermophase in Superconductor – Quantum Dot – Superconductor Josephson Junctions

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    Kleeorin, Yaakov; Meir, Yigal; Giazotto, Francesco; Dubi, Yonatan

    2016-01-01

    In spite of extended efforts, detecting thermoelectric effects in superconductors has proven to be a challenging task, due to the inherent superconducting particle-hole symmetry. Here we present a theoretical study of an experimentally attainable Superconductor – Quantum Dot – Superconductor (SC-QD-SC) Josephson Junction. Using Keldysh Green’s functions we derive the exact thermo-phase and thermal response of the junction, and demonstrate that such a junction has highly tunable thermoelectric properties and a significant thermal response. The origin of these effects is the QD energy level placed between the SCs, which breaks particle-hole symmetry in a gradual manner, allowing, in the presence of a temperature gradient, for gate controlled appearance of a superconducting thermo-phase. This thermo-phase increases up to a maximal value of ±π/2 after which thermovoltage is expected to develop. Our calculations are performed in realistic parameter regimes, and we suggest an experimental setup which could be used to verify our predictions. PMID:27734919

  5. Coherent Charge Transport in Ballistic InSb Nanowire Josephson Junctions

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    Li, S.; Kang, N.; Fan, D. X.; Wang, L. B.; Huang, Y. Q.; Caroff, P.; Xu, H. Q.

    2016-04-01

    Hybrid InSb nanowire-superconductor devices are promising for investigating Majorana modes and topological quantum computation in solid-state devices. An experimental realisation of ballistic, phase-coherent superconductor-nanowire hybrid devices is a necessary step towards engineering topological superconducting electronics. Here, we report on a low-temperature transport study of Josephson junction devices fabricated from InSb nanowires grown by molecular-beam epitaxy and provide a clear evidence for phase-coherent, ballistic charge transport through the nanowires in the junctions. We demonstrate that our devices show gate-tunable proximity-induced supercurrent and clear signatures of multiple Andreev reflections in the differential conductance, indicating phase-coherent transport within the junctions. We also observe periodic modulations of the critical current that can be associated with the Fabry-Pérot interference in the nanowires in the ballistic transport regime. Our work shows that the InSb nanowires grown by molecular-beam epitaxy are of excellent material quality and hybrid superconducting devices made from these nanowires are highly desirable for investigation of the novel physics in topological states of matter and for applications in topological quantum electronics.

  6. Phase-sensitive transport at a normal metal-superconductor interface close to a Josephson junction

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    Gosselin, David; Hornecker, Gaston; Mélin, Régis; Feinberg, Denis

    2014-02-01

    Phase- and voltage bias-sensitive quasiparticle transport at a double NIS1IS2 interface is considered. The barriers I range from tunnel to transparent, and the intermediate region S1 has a width comparable to the superconducting coherence length. A phase difference φ is applied to the Josephson junction S1IS2. The normal and Andreev reflections at the NIS1 interface become φ sensitive, and transport is governed by interferences within the narrow S1 region in both the normal and the anomalous channels. The subgap conductance is separately (energy E) and (phase φ) symmetric. Above the superconducting gap, the conductance is, in general, not symmetric even if (E ,φ) is changed in (-E,-φ), but the symmetry is restored by averaging Fermi oscillations. The Tomasch oscillations are amplified by the phase difference. The subgap conductance exhibits a resonant structure at the energy of the Andreev bound states (ABSs) of the S1IS2 junction, providing a side spectroscopy of such states. Depending on the relative transparencies of the junctions, the resonance can increase or reduce the conductance, and it can even vanish for φ =π, featuring total reflection of quasiparticles at NS1 by the ABS at S1S2.

  7. Large Tunable Thermophase in Superconductor – Quantum Dot – Superconductor Josephson Junctions

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    Kleeorin, Yaakov; Meir, Yigal; Giazotto, Francesco; Dubi, Yonatan

    2016-10-01

    In spite of extended efforts, detecting thermoelectric effects in superconductors has proven to be a challenging task, due to the inherent superconducting particle-hole symmetry. Here we present a theoretical study of an experimentally attainable Superconductor – Quantum Dot – Superconductor (SC-QD-SC) Josephson Junction. Using Keldysh Green’s functions we derive the exact thermo-phase and thermal response of the junction, and demonstrate that such a junction has highly tunable thermoelectric properties and a significant thermal response. The origin of these effects is the QD energy level placed between the SCs, which breaks particle-hole symmetry in a gradual manner, allowing, in the presence of a temperature gradient, for gate controlled appearance of a superconducting thermo-phase. This thermo-phase increases up to a maximal value of ±π/2 after which thermovoltage is expected to develop. Our calculations are performed in realistic parameter regimes, and we suggest an experimental setup which could be used to verify our predictions.

  8. YBCO grain boundary Josephson junction coupled with a slot dipole antenna for terahertz wave detectors

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    Yamada, H.; Hayasaka, T.; Toya, G.; Saito, A.; Ohshima, S.; Nakajima, K.

    2014-05-01

    We examined terahertz wave detectors that used YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) grain boundary Josephson junctions (GBJJs) coupled with a slot dipole antenna (SDA). The detectors consisted of a 220-GHz full-wavelength SDA patterned on a Au layer and a GBJJ patterned on an YBCO/bicrystal MgO film, which were separated by an insulating benzocyclobutene layer. The microbridge of the fabricated junction was 5-μm wide and was trimmed to 2 μm using an ultraviolet laser cutter to modify the junction parameters. The critical current IC, normal resistance RN, and ICRN product after the trimming at 30 K were 0.62 mA, 1.42 Ω, and 0.88 mV, respectively. The current-voltage characteristics and radio frequency (RF) wave responses of these detectors for a millimeter wave of 180-240 GHz were measured at 30 K. The coupling efficiency between the GBJJ and the SDA and the system sensitivity were obtained as -19.0 dB and 630 V/W, respectively, at 193 GHz. For the RF wave response of 180-240 GHz, the coupling efficiency was relatively flat.

  9. Multidimensional washboard ratchet potentials for frustrated two-dimensional Josephson junctions arrays on square lattices

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    Rangel, Rafael; Negruz, Marcos

    2016-04-01

    In this work, we derive an analytical procedure that allows us to write the multidimensional washboard ratchet potential (MDWBP) U f for a two-dimensional Josephson junction array. The array has an applied perpendicular magnetic field. The magnetic field is given in units of the quantum flux per plaquette or frustration of the form {f}=\\frac{{M}}{{N}}[{{{Φ }}}0], where Φ0 is the flux quantum. The derivation is done under the assumption that the checkerboard pattern ground state or unit cell of a two-dimensional Josephson junction array is preserved under current biasing. The resistively and capacitively shunted Josephson junction model with a white noise term describes the dynamics for each junction in the array. The multidimensional potential is the unique expression of the collective effects that emerge from the array in contrast to the single junction. The first step in the procedure is to write the equation for the phases for the unit cell. In doing this, one takes into account the constraints imposed for the gauge invariant phases due to frustration. Second, and the key idea of the procedure, is to perform a variable transformation from the original systems of stochastic equations to a system of variables where the condition for the equality of mixed second partial happens. This is achieved via Poincaré's theorem for differential forms. In this way, we find to a nonlinear matrix equation (equation (9) in the text), that permits us to find the new coordinate variables x f where the potential exists. The transformation matrix also permits the correct transformation of the original white noise terms of each junction to the intensities in the x f variables. The commensurate symmetries of the ground state pinned vortex lattice leads to discrete symmetries to the part of the washboard potential that does not contain a tilt due to the external bias current (equation (11) in the text). In this work we apply the procedure for the important cases f=\\frac{1

  10. Highly sensitive photodetection using a microwave-coupled BaPb0.7Bi0.3O3 Josephson junction array

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    Ito, Minoru; Enomoto, Youichi; Murakami, Toshiaki

    1983-08-01

    The BaPb0.7Bi0.3O3 sputtered film possesses tunnel Josephson junctions at boundary layers [boundary Josephson junction (BJJ)] normal to the film plane in a homogeneous junction array. The film has high efficiency for optical irradiation of the junctions because of the high optical transparency. The letter presents the optical effect on the current-voltage characteristics for this Josephson junction array locked to a microwave field. The microwave-induced hysteresis loop caused by voltage locking among junctions in a microwave field is highly sensitive to optical illumination with as low an incident power as a few nanowatts. This probably can be exploited in a future, highly sensitive photodetector.

  11. Combined gate-tunable Josephson junctions and normal state transport in Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films

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    Ngabonziza, Prosper; Stehno, Martin, P.; Myoren, Hiroaki; Brinkman, Alexander

    In recent years, extensive efforts have been made to improve the coupling between topological insulators and s-wave superconductors in topological insulator Josephson devices (TIJDs). Despite significant progress, essential questions remain open such as the bulk contribution to the Josephson critical current or the existence (and number) of 4 π -periodic bound states (Majoranas) in TIJDs. To address these issues, we fabricated Nb/Bi2Te3/Nb Josephson junctions alongside Hall bar devices on MBE-grown Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films. Using the SrTiO3 [111] substrate as a gate dielectric, we tuned the carrier density electrostatically and measured the Josephson supercurrent and the normal state transport properties of our thin film devices. We identify three gate voltage ranges with distinct behavior: A region of intermediate gate bias where the measured quantities change rapidly with the applied electric field, and two saturation regions for large bias of either polarity. We discuss carrier distribution and band alignment in the material as well as implications for the effective Josephson coupling in TIJDs. This work is financially supported by the Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and by the European Research Council (ERC).

  12. Influence of an embedded quantum dot on the Josephson effect in the topological superconducting junction with Majorana doublets.

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    Gong, Wei-Jiang; Gao, Zhen; Shan, Wan-Fei; Yi, Guang-Yu

    2016-03-14

    One Majorana doublet can be realized at each end of the time-reversal-invariant Majorana nanowires. We investigate the Josephson effect in the Majorana-doublet-presented junction modified by different inter-doublet coupling manners. It is found that when the Majorana doublets couple indirectly via a non-magnetic quantum dot, only the normal Josephson effect occurs, and the fermion parity in the system just affects the current direction and amplitude. However, one magnetic field applied on the dot can induce the fractional Josephson effect in the odd-parity case. Next if the direct and indirect couplings between the Majorana doublets coexist, no fractional Josephson effect takes place, regardless of the presence of magnetic field. Instead, there almost appears the π-period-like current in some special cases. All the results are clarified by analyzing the influence of the fermion occupation in the quantum dot on the parity conservation in the whole system. We ascertain that this work will be helpful for describing the dot-assisted Josephson effect between the Majorana doublets.

  13. Influence of an embedded quantum dot on the Josephson effect in the topological superconducting junction with Majorana doublets

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    Gong, Wei-Jiang; Gao, Zhen; Shan, Wan-Fei; Yi, Guang-Yu

    2016-01-01

    One Majorana doublet can be realized at each end of the time-reversal-invariant Majorana nanowires. We investigate the Josephson effect in the Majorana-doublet-presented junction modified by different inter-doublet coupling manners. It is found that when the Majorana doublets couple indirectly via a non-magnetic quantum dot, only the normal Josephson effect occurs, and the fermion parity in the system just affects the current direction and amplitude. However, one magnetic field applied on the dot can induce the fractional Josephson effect in the odd-parity case. Next if the direct and indirect couplings between the Majorana doublets coexist, no fractional Josephson effect takes place, regardless of the presence of magnetic field. Instead, there almost appears the π-period-like current in some special cases. All the results are clarified by analyzing the influence of the fermion occupation in the quantum dot on the parity conservation in the whole system. We ascertain that this work will be helpful for describing the dot-assisted Josephson effect between the Majorana doublets. PMID:26971719

  14. Relaxation Oscillations in Josephson STM Junctions at mK Temperatures

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    Dreyer, Michael; Roychowdhurry, Anita; Dana, Rami; Li, Wanting; Liao, Shu-Chu

    2015-03-01

    Small Josephson junctions can exhibit relaxation oscillations between the superconducting and normal state. The switching time depends on the charging time of the junction capacitance and the R-L time constant of the electrical connections, usually in the μs range. We observed similar oscillations in the tunnel current between a Nb sample and a Nb tip in our STM operated at 30 mK. The oscillations occur in two forms, either of which is triggered by lowering the gap resistance. The first type occurs in voltage ranges where the I(V) curves show negative differential conductance, which in turn is caused by coupling to the electrical environment [4]. The oscillations span only a fraction of the superconducting gap and run at maximum frequencies below 10 kHz. The possible existence of ``minor'' loops was already mentioned in the original article, though thought to be a result of an applied in plane magnetic field. The second type appears at lower gap resistances and affects the whole bias range. The frequency was too high to be determined by our current setup, and thus could be due to a conventional relaxation oscillation.Our results will be discussed in detail. Partially funded by NSF.

  15. Bottom-up superconducting and Josephson junction devices and qubits inside a Group-IV semiconductor

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    Shim, Yun-Pil

    2014-03-01

    The Nb/AlOx/Nb (or Al/AlOx/Al) Josephson junction (JJ) has become ubiquitous for superconducting (SC) applications such as magnetometers, voltage standards, logic, and qubits. But heterogeneous devices such as these can pose problems, especially for low-power or quantum applications, where losses in or at the interfaces of the various materials can limit device quality dramatically. Possible solutions include better materials, weak-link junctions, symmetry protection, or 3D cavity qubits. Here we consider another alternative: atomically-precise, hole-doped SC silicon (or germanium) JJ devices and qubits made entirely out of the same crystal. Like the Si spin qubit, our super-semi JJ devices exist inside the ``vacuum'' of ultra-pure silicon, far away from any dirty interfaces. We predict the possibility of SC wires, JJs, and qubits, calculate their critical parameters, and find that most known SC qubits should be realizable. This approach could enable better devices, hybrid superconducting-spin qubit systems, and exotic SC circuits, as well as a new physical testbed for superconductivity.

  16. Chaos and thermal noise in the rf-biased Josephson junction

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    Kautz, R.L.

    1985-07-01

    The effect of thermal noise on chaotic behavior in the rf-biased Josephson junction is studied through digital simulations. In instances for which chaotic behavior occurs in the noise-free system, it is found that the dynamics of the system are almost unchanged by the addition of thermal noise unless the level of thermal noise exceeds that of the chaotic state. In instances for which the only stable states of the noise-free system are periodic solutions, small amounts of thermal noise can induce the junction to hop between two different dynamical states, producing a low-frequency noise level much higher than that of the thermal noise. Such noise-induced hopping can occur either between two periodic solutions or between a periodic solution and a metastable chaotic solution. When a metastable chaotic state is involved, temperatures somewhat higher than those which produce hopping can destablize the periodic solution to the point where the system spends virtually all of its time in the metastable chaotic state, creating noise-induced chaos. The similarities between chaotic behavior at zero temperature and noise-induced chaos are sufficiently strong that it may be difficult to distinguish the two cases experimentally.

  17. Improving ion irradiated high T{sub c} Josephson junctions by annealing: The role of vacancy-interstitial annihilation

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    Sirena, M.; Matzen, S.; Bergeal, N.; Lesueur, J.; Faini, G.; Bernard, R.; Briatico, J.; Crete, D. G.

    2007-10-01

    The authors have studied the annealing effect in the transport properties of high T{sub c} Josephson junctions (JJs) made by ion irradiation. Low temperature annealing (80 deg. C) increases the JJ coupling temperature (T{sub J}) and the I{sub c}R{sub n} product, where I{sub c} is the critical current and R{sub n} the normal resistance. They have found that the spread in JJ characteristics can be reduced by sufficient long annealing times, increasing the reproducibility of ion irradiated Josephson junctions. The characteristic annealing time and the evolution of the spread in the JJ characteristics can be explained by a vacancy-interstitial annihilation process rather than by an oxygen diffusion one.

  18. Superconducting transport in single and parallel double InAs quantum dot Josephson junctions with Nb-based superconducting electrodes

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    Baba, Shoji Sailer, Juergen; Deacon, Russell S.; Oiwa, Akira; Shibata, Kenji; Hirakawa, Kazuhiko; Tarucha, Seigo

    2015-11-30

    We report conductance and supercurrent measurements for InAs single and parallel double quantum dot Josephson junctions contacted with Nb or NbTiN superconducting electrodes. Large superconducting gap energy, high critical field, and large switching current are observed, all reflecting the features of Nb-based electrodes. For the parallel double dots, we observe an enhanced supercurrent when both dots are on resonance, which may reflect split Cooper pair tunneling.

  19. Transport in arrays of submicron Josephson junctions over a ground plane

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    Ho, Teressa Rae

    1997-12-01

    One-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) arrays of Al islands linked by submicron Al/Al{sub x}O{sub y}/Al tunnel junctions were fabricated on an insulating layer grown on a ground plane. The arrays were cooled to temperatures as low as 20 mK where the Josephson coupling energy E{sub J} of each junction and the charging energy E{sub C} of each island were much greater than the thermal energy k{sub B}T. The capacitance C{sub g} between each island and the ground plane was much greater than the junction capacitance C. Two classes of arrays were studied. In the first class, the normal state tunneling resistance of the junctions was much larger than the resistance quantum for single electrons, R{sub N}{much_gt} R{sub Q{sub e}}{identical_to} h/e{sup 2} {approx} 25.8 k{Omega}, and the islands were driven normal by an applied magnetic field such that E{sub J} = 0 and the array was in the Coulomb blockade regime. The arrays were made on degenerately-doped Si, thermally oxidized to a thickness of approximately 100 nm. The current-voltage (I - V) characteristics of a 1D and a 2D array were measured and found to display a threshold voltage V{sub T} below which little current flows. In the second class of arrays, the normal state tunneling resistance of the junctions was close to the resistance quantum for Cooper pairs, R{sub N}{approx}R{sub Q}{equivalent_to}h/4e{sup 4}{approx}6.45k{Omega}, such that E{sub J}/E{sub C}{approx}1. The arrays were made on GaAs/Al{sub 0.3}Ga{sub 0.7}As heterostructures with a two-dimensional electron gas approximately 100 nm below the surface. One array displayed superconducting behavior at low temperature. Two arrays displayed insulating behavior at low temperature, and the size of the Coulomb gap increased with increasing R{sub g}.

  20. An investigation of the SNS Josephson junction as a three-terminal device. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Meissner, H.; Prans, G. P.

    1973-01-01

    A particular phenomenon of the SNS Josephson junction was investigated; i.e., control by a current entering the normal region and leaving through one of the superconducting regions. The effect of the control current on the junction was found to be dependent upon the ration of the resistances of the two halves of the N layer. A low frequency, lumped, nonlinear model was proposed to describe the electrical characteristics of the device, and a method was developed to plot the dynamic junction resistance as a function of junction current. The effective thermal noise temperature of the sample was determined. Small signal linearized analysis of the device suggests its use as an impedance transformer, although geometric limitations must be overcome. Linear approximation indicates that it is reciprocal and no power gain is possible. It is felt that, with suitable metallurgical and geometrical improvements, the device has promise to become a superconducting transistor.

  1. Intrinsic Josephson junctions in the iron-based multi-band superconductor (V2Sr4O6)Fe2As2

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    Moll, Philip J. W.; Zhu, Xiyu; Cheng, Peng; Wen, Hai-Hu; Batlogg, Bertram

    2014-09-01

    In layered superconductors, Josephson junctions may be formed within the unit cell as a result of sufficiently low inter-layer coupling. These intrinsic Josephson junction (iJJ) systems have attracted considerable interest for their application potential in quantum computing as well as efficient sources of THz radiation, closing the famous `THz gap'. So far, iJJ have been demonstrated in single-band, copper-based high-Tc superconductors, mainly in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (refs , , ). Here we report clear experimental evidence for iJJ behaviour in the iron-based superconductor (V2Sr4O6)Fe2As2. The intrinsic junctions are identified by periodic oscillations of the flux-flow voltage on increasing a well-aligned in-plane magnetic field. The periodicity is explained by commensurability effects between the Josephson vortex lattice and the crystal structure, which is a hallmark signature of Josephson vortices confined into iJJ stacks. This finding adds the pnictide (V2Sr4O6)Fe2As2 to the copper-based iJJ materials of interest for Josephson junction applications. In particular, novel devices based on multi-band Josephson coupling may be realized.

  2. Investigation of TiO{sub x} barriers for their use in hybrid Josephson and tunneling junctions based on pnictide thin films

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    Döring, S. Monecke, M.; Schmidt, S.; Schmidl, F.; Tympel, V.; Seidel, P.; Engelmann, J.; Kurth, F.; Iida, K.; Holzapfel, B.; Haindl, S.; Mönch, I.

    2014-02-28

    We tested oxidized titanium layers as barriers for hybrid Josephson junctions with high I{sub c}R{sub n}-products and for the preparation of junctions for tunneling spectroscopy. For that we firstly prepared junctions with conventional superconductor electrodes, such as lead and niobium, respectively. By tuning the barrier thickness, we were able to change the junction's behavior from a Josephson junction to tunnel-like behavior applicable for quasi-particle spectroscopy. Subsequently, we transferred the technology to junctions using Co-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition as base electrode and evaporated Pb as counter electrode. For barriers with a thickness of 1.5 nm, we observe clear Josephson effects with I{sub c}R{sub n}≈90 μV at 4.2 K. These junctions behave SNS'-like (SNS: superconductor-normal conductor-superconductor) and are dominated by Andreev reflection transport mechanism. For junctions with barrier thickness of 2.0 nm and higher, no Josephson but SIS'- (SIS: superconductor-insulator-superconductor) or SINS'-like (SINS: superconductor-normal conductor-insulator-superconductor) behavior with a tunnel-like conductance spectrum was observed.

  3. Proximity induced vortices and long-range triplet supercurrents in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions and spin valves

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    Alidoust, Mohammad; Halterman, Klaus

    2015-03-28

    Using a spin-parameterized quasiclassical Keldysh-Usadel technique, we theoretically study supercurrent transport in several types of diffusive ferromagnetic (F)/superconducting (S) configurations with differing magnetization textures. We separate out the even- and odd-frequency components of the supercurrent within the low proximity limit and identify the relative contributions from the singlet and triplet channels. We first consider inhomogeneous one-dimensional Josephson structures consisting of a uniform bilayer magnetic S/F/F/S structure and a trilayer S/F/F/F/S configuration, in which case the outer F layers can have either a uniform or conical texture relative to the central uniform F layer. Our results demonstrate that for supercurrents flowing perpendicular to the F/F interfaces, incorporating a conical texture yields the most effective way to observe the signatures of long-ranged spin-triplet supercurrents. We also consider three different types of finite-sized two-dimensional magnetic structures subjected to an applied magnetic field normal to the junction plane: a S/F/S junction with uniform magnetization texture and two S/F/F/S configurations with differing F/F bilayer arrangements. In one case, the F/F interface is parallel with the S/F junction interfaces while in the other case, the F/F junction is oriented perpendicular to the S/F interfaces. We then discuss the proximity vortices and corresponding spatial maps of currents inside the junctions. For the uniform S/F/S junction, we analytically calculate the magnetic field induced supercurrent and pair potential in both the narrow and wide junction regimes, thus providing insight into the variations in the Fraunhofer diffraction patterns and proximity vortices when transitioning from a wide junction to a narrow one. Our extensive computations demonstrate that the induced long-range spin-triplet supercurrents can deeply penetrate uniform F/F bilayers when spin-singlet supercurrents flow parallel to the

  4. Enhancement of the critical current of intrinsic Josephson junctions by carrier injection

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    Kizilaslan, O.; Simsek, Y.; Aksan, M. A.; Koval, Y.; Müller, P.

    2015-08-01

    We present a study of the doping effect by carrier injection of high-Tc superconducting Bi-based whiskers. The current was injected in the c-axis direction, i.e., perpendicular to the superconducting planes. Superconducting properties were investigated systematically as a function of the doping level. The doping level of one and the same sample was changed by current injection in very small steps from an underdoped state up to a slightly overdoped state. We have observed that Tc versus log (jc) exhibits a dome-shaped characteristic, which can be fitted by a parabola. As Tc versus carrier concentration has a parabolic form, too, it can be concluded that the critical current density jc increases exponentially with the doping level. The electron-trapping mechanism is interpreted in the framework of Phillips’ microscopic theory. In addition, the Joule heating effect in the intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) was controlled by carrier injection, and the effect of the non-equilibrium quasiparticle on the I-V curves of the IJJs was also discussed.

  5. Spin polarized current injection through HgBr{sub 2} intercalated Bi2212 intrinsic Josephson junctions.

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    Ozyuzer, L.; Kurter, C.; Ozdemir, M.; Zasadzinski, J. F.; Gray, K. E.; Hinks, D. G.

    2007-06-01

    To investigate the effect of polarized current on tunneling characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs), spin-polarized and spin-degenerate current have been injected through the c-axis of HgBr{sub 2} intercalated Bi{sub 2.1}Sr{sub 1.5}Ca{sub 1.4}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8+delta} (Bi2212) single crystals on which 10 times 10 mum{sup 2} mesas have been fabricated. These two spin conditions are achieved by depositing either Au (15 nm)/Co (80 nm)/Au (156 nm) multilayers or single Au film on HgBr{sub 2} intercalated Bi2212 with T{sub c} = 74 K followed by photolithography and Ar ion beam etching. The I-V characteristics have been measured with and without a magnetic field parallel to c-axis at 4.2 K. A fine, soft Au wire is used to make a gentle mechanical contact on the top of a particular mesa in the array. Tunneling conductance characteristics were obtained and the magnetic field dependence of sumgap voltage peaks was investigated. These peaks do not change in position with increasing magnetic field for both contact configurations. In addition, the temperature dependence of tunneling characteristics of the IJJs are obtained and existence of pseudogap feature is observed above T{sub c} for HgBr{sub 2} intercalated Bi2212.

  6. Cryogenic Memories based on Spin-Singlet and Spin-Triplet Ferromagnetic Josephson Junctions

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    Gingrich, Eric

    The last several decades have seen an explosion in the use and size of computers for scientific applications. The US Department of Energy has set an ExaScale computing goal for high performance computing that is projected to be unattainable by current CMOS computing designs. This has led to a renewed interest in superconducting computing as a means of beating these projections. One of the primary requirements of this thrust is the development of an efficient cryogenic memory. Estimates of power consumption of early Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) memory designs are on the order of MW, far too steep for any real application. Therefore, other memory concepts are required. S/F/S Josephson Junctions, a class of device in which two superconductors (S) are separated by one or more ferromagnetic layers (F) has shown promise as a memory element. Several different systems have been proposed utilizing either the spin-singlet or spin-triplet superconducting states. This talk will discuss the concepts underpinning these devices, and the recent work done to demonstrate their feasibility. This research is supported in part by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), via U.S. Army Research Office Contract W911NF-14-C-0115.

  7. Properties of linear arrays of Josephson junctions capacitively coupled to a diffusive metal

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    Lobos, Alejandro; Giamarchi, Thierry

    2011-03-01

    Josephson junctions arrays (JJAs) are strongly-correlated quantum systems showing a rich and complex behavior at low-temperatures. Besides their potential uses in applications, JJAs allow to investigate (under controlled conditions) many aspects of low-dimensional superconductivity which remain to be understood. In this work we study the phase diagram and the low-energy properties of a one-dimensional (1D) JJA capacitively coupled to a diffusive two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) placed at a distance d , which provides dissipation. We derive an effective field-theoretical model for the 1D JJA coupled to the 2DEG, and predict a superconductor-insulator transition (SIT) at T = 0 , in agreement with former theoretical predictions. We discuss implications for transport experiments and for the observed SIT in 1DJJAs. Both in the superconducting and insulating phases, the coupling to the 2DEG produces deviations with respect to the resistivity as a function of T predicted for an isolated array. This work was supported in part by the Swiss SNF under MaNEP and division II.

  8. Microwave characterization of Josephson junction arrays: implementing a low loss superinductance.

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    Masluk, Nicholas A; Pop, Ioan M; Kamal, Archana; Minev, Zlatko K; Devoret, Michel H

    2012-09-28

    We have measured the plasma resonances of an array of Josephson junctions in the regime E(J)>E(C), up to the ninth harmonic by incorporating it as part of a resonator capacitively coupled to a coplanar waveguide. From the characteristics of the resonances, we infer the successful implementation of a superinductance, an electrical element with a nondissipative impedance greater than the resistance quantum [R(Q)=h/(2e)(2) is approximately equal to 6.5 kΩ] at microwave frequencies. Such an element is crucial for preserving the quantum coherence in circuits exploiting large fluctuations of the superconducting phase. Our results show internal losses less than 20 ppm, self-resonant frequencies greater than 10 GHz, and phase-slip rates less than 1 mHz, enabling direct application of such arrays for quantum information and metrology. Arrays with a loop geometry also demonstrate a new manifestation of flux quantization in a dispersive analog of the Little-Parks effect.

  9. Terahertz-wave emission from Bi2212 intrinsic Josephson junctions: a review on recent progress

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    Kakeya, Itsuhiro; Wang, Huabing

    2016-07-01

    Emission of terahertz (THz) electromagnetic (EM) waves from a high critical temperature (T c) superconductor intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) is a new and promising candidate for practical applications of superconducting devices. From the engineering viewpoint, the IJJ THz source is competitive against the present semiconducting THz sources such as quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) and resonance tunnelling diode oscillators because of its broad tunable frequency range and ease of the fabrication process for the device. The emitted EM waves are considered to be coherent because the emission is yielded by synchronisation of thousand stacked IJJs consisting of the mesa device. This synchronisation is peculiar: the resonant frequency of each IJJ is distributed because the cross section of the mesa device is trapezoidal in shape. One of the key features of the synchronisation mechanism is the temperature inhomogeneity of the emitting device. In this topical review, we describe the recent progress in studies of IJJ THz sources with particular emphasis on the relevance of the temperature inhomogeneity to the synchronisation and the emission intensity. This review is of specific interest because the IJJ THz source shows the rich variety of functions due to self-heating which has always been a detrimental feature in the present superconducting devices. Moreover, the thermal managements used for IJJ THz sources will be common with those of other semiconducting devices such as QCLs. In addition, this review is to invite the readers into related research through the detailed descriptions of experimental procedures.

  10. Annealing of ion irradiated high T{sub C} Josephson junctions studied by numerical simulations

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    Sirena, M.; Matzen, S.; Bergeal, N.; Lesueur, J.; Faini, G.; Bernard, R.; Briatico, J.; Crete, D. G.

    2009-01-15

    Recently, annealing of ion irradiated high T{sub c} Josephson iunctions (JJs) has been studied experimentally in the perspective of improving their reproducibility. Here we present numerical simulations based on random walk and Monte Carlo calculations of the evolution of JJ characteristics such as the transition temperature T{sub c}{sup '} and its spread {delta}T{sub c}{sup '}, and compare them with experimental results on junctions irradiated with 100 and 150 keV oxygen ions, and annealed at low temperatures (below 80 deg. C). We have successfully used a vacancy-interstitial annihilation mechanism to describe the evolution of the T{sub c}{sup '} and the homogeneity of a JJ array, analyzing the evolution of the defects density mean value and its distribution width. The annealing first increases the spread in T{sub c}{sup '} for short annealing times due to the stochastic nature of the process, but then tends to reduce it for longer times, which is interesting for technological applications.

  11. Spin-controlled coexistence of 0 and π states in SFSFS Josephson junctions

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    Alidoust, Mohammad; Halterman, Klaus

    2014-05-01

    Using the Keldysh-Usadel formalism, we theoretically study the 0-π transition profiles and current-phase relations of magnetic SFSFS and SFSFFS Josephson nanojunctions in the diffusive regime. By allowing the magnetizations of the ferromagnetic layers to take arbitrary orientations, the strength and direction of the charge supercurrent flowing through the ferromagnetic regions can be controlled via the magnetization rotation in one of the ferromagnetic layers. Depending on the junction parameters, we find opposite current flow in the ferromagnetic layers, revealing that, remarkably, such configurations possess well-controlled 0 and π states simultaneously, creating a three-terminal 0-π spin switch. We demonstrate that the spin-controlled 0-π profiles trace back to the proximity induced odd-frequency superconducting correlations generated by the ferromagnetic layers. It is also shown that the spin-switching effect can be more pronounced in SFSFFS structures. The current-phase relations reveal the important role of the middle S electrode, where the spin-controlled supercurrent depends crucially on its thickness and phase differences with the outer S terminals.

  12. Global stability of phase lock near a chaotic crisis in the rf-biased Josephson junction

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    Kautz, R.L.

    1987-07-01

    The global stability of phase lock in the rf-biased Josephson junction is studied through digital simulations. Global stability is determined by calculating the lifetime of the phase-locked state in the presence of thermal noise. This lifetime, the mean time required for thermal noise to induce a 2..pi.. phase slip, increases exponentially with inverse temperature in the limit of low temperatures, and the low-temperature asymptote can be parametrized in terms of an activation energy E-script and an attempt time tau/sub 0/. The activation energy is a useful measure of global stability for both periodic and chaotic phase-locked states. The behavior of E-script and tau/sub 0/ is studied over a range of critical-current densities which take the system from a region of harmonic motion through a period-doubling cascade and into a region of phase-locked chaotic behavior which is ended by a chaotic crisis. At the crisis point, the activation energy goes to zero and the attempt time goes to infinity. The results are used to determine the optimum critical-current density for series-array voltage standards.

  13. Coherent control of a transmon qubit with a nanowire-based Josephson junction

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

    2015-03-01

    Transmon qubits have taken great leaps towards realizing a quantum processor. Here we present measurements on a novel, gateable transmon. By tuning the electron density in a semiconducting nanowire Josephson junction we can control the qubit frequency from ~3 GHz to ~8 GHz. The transmon was embedded into an aluminum coplanar waveguide cavity for readout and qubit control. In the resonant regime we observe strong cavity-qubit coupling. In the dispersive regime we demonstrate coherent control on the Bloch sphere. The life- and coherence times were measured to T2* ~ 2T1 ~ 1 μ s. The coherence time was measured to almost 1 μs. Fast gate operations facilitate z-rotations as well as promising fast two-qubit operations in future multiple-qubit devices. These measurements open new possibilities for gateable superconducting qubits and promise a plausible system for Majorana hybrid devices. Research supported by Microsoft Station Q, Danish National Research Foundation, Villum Foundation, Lundbeck Foundation, and the European Commission.

  14. Partially resummed perturbation theory for multiple Andreev reflections in a short three-terminal Josephson junction

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    Mélin, Régis; Feinberg, Denis; Douçot, Benoît

    2016-03-01

    In a transparent three-terminal Josephson junction, modeling nonequilibrium transport is numerically challenging, owing to the interplay between multiple Andreev reflection (MAR) thresholds and multipair resonances in the pair current. An approximate method, coined as "partially resummed perturbation theory in the number of nonlocal Green's functions", is presented that can be operational on a standard computer and demonstrates compatibility with results existing in the literature. In a linear structure made of two neighboring interfaces (with intermediate transparency) connected by a central superconductor, tunneling through each of the interfaces separately is taken into account to all orders. On the contrary, nonlocal processes connecting the two interfaces are accounted for at the lowest relevant order. This yields logarithmically divergent contributions at the gap edges, which are sufficient as a semi-quantitative description. The method is able to describe the current in the full two-dimensional voltage range, including commensurate as well as incommensurate values. The results found for the multipair (for instance quartet) current-phase characteristics as well as the MAR thresholds are compatible with previous results. At intermediate transparency, the multipair critical current is much larger than the background MAR current, which supports an experimental observation of the quartet and multipair resonances. The paper provides a proof of principle for addressing in the future the interplay between quasiparticles and multipairs in four-terminal structures.

  15. Fully frustrated Josephson junction ladders with Mobius boundary conditions as topologically protected qubits

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    Cristofano, Gerardo; Marotta, Vincenzo; Naddeo, Adele; Niccoli, Giuliano

    2008-03-01

    We show how to realize a “protected” qubit by using a fully frustrated Josephson junction ladder (JJL) with Mobius boundary conditions. Such a system has been recently studied within a twisted conformal field theory (CFT) approach [G. Cristofano, G. Maiella, V. Marotta, Mod. Phys. Lett. A 15 (2000) 1679; G. Cristofano, G. Maiella, V. Marotta, G. Niccoli, Nucl. Phys. B 641 (2002) 547] and shown to develop the phenomenon of flux fractionalization [G. Cristofano, V. Marotta, A. Naddeo, G. Niccoli, Eur. Phys. J. B 49 (2006) 83]. The relevance of a “closed” geometry has been fully exploited in relating the topological properties of the ground state of the system to the presence of half flux quanta and the emergence of a topological order has been predicted [G. Cristofano, V. Marotta, A. Naddeo, J. Stat. Mech.: Theory Exp. (2005) P03006]. In this Letter the stability and transformation properties of the ground states under adiabatic magnetic flux change are analyzed and the deep consequences on the realization of a solid state qubit, protected from decoherence, are presented.

  16. A low power 10 V programmable array based on Nb x Si1-x Josephson junctions for metrology applications

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    Knipper, Richard; Anders, Solveig; Schubert, Marco; Peiselt, Katja; Scheller, Thomas; Franke, Dirk; Dellith, Jan; Meyer, Hans-Georg

    2016-09-01

    Josephson junctions generate, when subjected to microwave irradiation, voltages with a very high precision and are used in metrology applications. So-called PJVS (programmable Josephson voltage-standards) are capable of generating both AC and DC voltages of up to 10 V. Our work addresses a full fabrication scenario for 10 V PJVS arrays driven at 70 GHz to be used in low microwave-power conditions as in, but not limited to GUNN diodes or cryocooler applications. Nb x Si1-x in its function as a barrier material was characterised with AFM, RBS and reflectometry in order to establish a reliable technological foundation. A 10 V PJVS array driven with microwave power below 50 mW is further presented, which was achieved by optimising the fabrication technology regarding the degree of homogeneity of the Josephson junctions composition and thickness. Control over these parameters is crucial in choosing a stable and well-suited characteristic voltage (I c R n product) and critical current density j c. With this, a low-power operation of a PJVS array is possible without the need for liquid helium cooling, which is currently limiting the availability of PJVS based metrology.

  17. Fabrication of Ultrasmall High-Quality Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Matsumoto, Tetsuro; Kashiwaya, Hiromi; Shibata, Hajime; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Kashiwaya, Satoshi

    2008-10-01

    The fabrication of ultrasmall high-quality intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) using a cuprate superconductor is critical for the realization of a qubit. We investigated the mechanism of damage induced by a Ga+ beam in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ IJJ during focused ion beam (FIB) processing. On the basis of the results, we developed a process that allowed the successful fabrication of an ultrasmall and high-quality IJJ. The damage induced by the FIB is reduced by restricting the direction of the Ga+ beam so that the junction area is not directly irradiated by the ion beam. The fabricated ultrasmall IJJ device has a junction area of 0.3 µm2 and shows excellent current-voltage characteristics.

  18. Multi-Junction Switching in Bi2Sr1.6La0.4CuO6+δ Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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

    2010-04-01

    We study the dynamics of multi-junction switching (MJS): several intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in an array switch to the finite voltage state simultaneously. The number of multi-switching junctions (N) was successfully tuned by changing the load resistance serially connected to an Bi2Sr1.6La0.4CuO6+δ IJJ array. The independence of the escape rates of N in the macroscopic quantum tunneling regime indicates that MJS is a successive switching process rather than a collective process. The origin of MJS is explained by the gradient of a load curve and the relative magnitudes of the switching currents of quasiparticle branches in the current-voltage plane.

  19. Fabrication and measurements of hybrid Nb/Al Josephson junctions and flux qubits with π-shifters

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    Shcherbakova, A. V.; Fedorov, K. G.; Shulga, K. V.; Ryazanov, V. V.; Bolginov, V. V.; Oboznov, V. A.; Egorov, S. V.; Shkolnikov, V. O.; Wolf, M. J.; Beckmann, D.; Ustinov, A. V.

    2015-02-01

    We describe fabrication and testing of composite flux qubits combining Nb- and Al-based superconducting circuit technology. This hybrid approach to making qubits allows for employing π-phase shifters fabricated using well-established Nb-based technology of superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor Josephson junctions. The important feature here is to obtain high interface transparency between Nb and Al layers without degrading sub-micron shadow mask. We achieve this by in situ Ar etching using e-beam gun. Shadow-evaporated Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions with Nb bias pads show the expected current-voltage characteristics with reproducible critical currents. Using this technique, we fabricated composite Nb/Al flux qubits with Nb/CuNi/Nb π-shifters and measured their magnetic field response. The observed offset between the field responses of the qubits with and without π-junction is attributed to the π phase shift. The reported approach can be used for implementing a variety of hybrid Nb/Al superconducting quantum circuits.

  20. Macroscopic quantum tunneling and phase diffusion in a La2-xSrxCuO4 intrinsic Josephson junction stack

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    Kubo, Yuimaru; Sboychakov, A. O.; Nori, Franco; Takahide, Y.; Ueda, S.; Tanaka, I.; Islam, A. T. M. N.; Takano, Y.

    2012-10-01

    We performed measurements of switching current distribution in a submicrometer La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stack in a wide temperature range. The escape rate saturates below approximately 2 K, indicating that the escape event is dominated by a macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) process with a crossover temperature T*≈2K. We applied the theory of MQT for IJJ stacks, taking into account dissipation and the phase retrapping effect in the LSCO IJJ stack. The theory is in good agreement with the experiment both in the MQT and in the thermal activation regimes.

  1. Computed tomography image using sub-terahertz waves generated from a high-Tc superconducting intrinsic Josephson junction oscillator

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    Kashiwagi, T.; Nakade, K.; Saiwai, Y.; Minami, H.; Kitamura, T.; Watanabe, C.; Ishida, K.; Sekimoto, S.; Asanuma, K.; Yasui, T.; Shibano, Y.; Tsujimoto, M.; Yamamoto, T.; Marković, B.; Mirković, J.; Klemm, R. A.; Kadowaki, K.

    2014-02-01

    A computed tomography (CT) imaging system using monochromatic sub-terahertz coherent electromagnetic waves generated from a device constructed from the intrinsic Josephson junctions in a single crystalline mesa structure of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ was developed and tested on three samples: Standing metallic rods supported by styrofoam, a dried plant (heart pea) containing seeds, and a plastic doll inside an egg shell. The images obtained strongly suggest that this CT imaging system may be useful for a variety of practical applications.

  2. Effects of Lévy noise on the dynamics of sine-Gordon solitons in long Josephson junctions

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    Guarcello, Claudio; Valenti, Davide; Carollo, Angelo; Spagnolo, Bernardo

    2016-05-01

    We numerically investigate the generation of solitons in current-biased long Josephson junctions in relation to the superconducting lifetime and the voltage drop across the device. The dynamics of the junction is modelled with a sine-Gordon equation driven by an oscillating field and subject to an external non-Gaussian noise. A wide range of $\\alpha$-stable L\\'evy distributions is considered as noise source, with varying stability index $\\alpha$ and asymmetry parameter $\\beta$. In junctions longer than a critical length, the mean switching time (MST) from superconductive to the resistive state assumes a values independent of the device length. Here, we demonstrate that such a value is directly related to the mean density of solitons which move into or from the washboard potential minimum corresponding to the initial superconductive state. Moreover, we observe: (i) a connection between the total mean soliton density and the mean potential difference across the junction; (ii) an inverse behavior of the mean voltage in comparison with the MST, with varying the junction length; (iii) evidences of non-monotonic behaviors, such as stochastic resonant activation and noise enhanced stability, of MST versus the driving frequency and noise intensity for different values of $\\alpha$ and $\\beta$; (iv) finally, these non-monotonic behaviors are found to be related to the mean density of solitons formed along the junction.

  3. Josephson Junctions with Tunnel Barriers Grown Via In Situ Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Elliot, Alan J.

    Since the 1970's, silicon technology has increased processing power by increasing the density of silicon transistors according to Moore's Law. However, silicon transistor feature sizes are approaching a minimum size limit, and a new paradigm is required to continue progress. Quantum computing is a promising paradigm that relies on the entanglement of macroscopic quantum objects, called qubits, to perform calculations. Josephson junction (JJ) based qubits are a promising candidate for the implementation of quantum computers. However, JJ qubits have suffered from poor coherence. A major source of decoherence in JJ qubits is two-level fluctuators in the insulating materials of the JJ circuit, particularly oxygen vacancies and interstitials in the thermally oxidized tunnel barrier. In order to realize the full potential of JJ qubits, an alternative method to thermal oxidation must be found for tunnel barrier growth. This work explores using atomic layer deposition (ALD) for the growth of ultrathin (~ 1 nm) tunnel barriers in JJs. A unique thin film deposition tool was built which integrates ultra-high vacuum sputtering with ALD in situ. The growth of ALD-Al2O3 on in situ sputtered Al films was studied in depth. Atomic force microscopy and ellipsometry were used to determine that ALD-Al2O3 grows conformally on Al, but a ~ 2 nm thermally oxidized interfacial layer (IL) develops between the Al and Al2O3 for ALD films > 2 nm. The thickness of this IL decreased when the Al film was < 2 nm, confirming the IL is a thermal oxide. As a proof of concept, Nb/Al/ALD-Al2O3/Nb trilayers with ultrathin (< 1 nm) tunnel barriers were grown and processed into JJs. The junction specific resistance and gap current density were found to depend exponentially on the ALD film thickness, indicating that the tunnel barrier thickness can be controlled by ALD. Despite evidence for an estimated 0.8 nm interfacial layer in the ultrathin tunnel barrier, this work incontrovertibly concludes that ALD

  4. 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

  5. Intrinsic Josephson Junctions in the iron-based multi-band superconductor (V2Sr4O6)Fe2As2

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    Moll, Philip; Zhu, Xiyu; Cheng, Peng; Wen, Hai-Hu; Bertram, Batlogg

    2014-03-01

    We have observed clear experimental evidence for intrinsic Josephson junction (iJJ) behavior in the iron-based superconductor (V2Sr4O6)Fe2As2 (Tc ~ 20 K). The iJJs are identified by periodic oscillations of the flux flow voltage for out-of-plane (c-axis) currents upon increasing a well aligned in-plane magnetic field. Their periodicity is well explained by commensurability effects between the Josephson vortex lattice and the crystal structure, which is a hallmark signature of Josephson vortices confined into iJJ stacks. Essential for reliable c-axis transport measurements on the available microcrystals are Focused Ion Beam microstructuring and contacting techniques. The insulating temperature behavior of ρc indicates S-I-S type junctions. This finding adds (V2Sr4O6)Fe2As2 as the first iron-based, multi-band superconductor to the copper-based iJJ materials of interest for Josephson junction applications, and in particular novel devices based on multi-band Josephson coupling may be realized.

  6. Atomic structure and oxygen deficiency of the ultrathin aluminium oxide barrier in Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions

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    Zeng, Lunjie; Tran, Dung Trung; Tai, Cheuk-Wai; Svensson, Gunnar; Olsson, Eva

    2016-07-01

    Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions are the building blocks of a wide range of superconducting quantum devices that are key elements for quantum computers, extremely sensitive magnetometers and radiation detectors. The properties of the junctions and the superconducting quantum devices are determined by the atomic structure of the tunnel barrier. The nanoscale dimension and disordered nature of the barrier oxide have been challenges for the direct experimental investigation of the atomic structure of the tunnel barrier. Here we show that the miniaturized dimension of the barrier and the interfacial interaction between crystalline Al and amorphous AlOx give rise to oxygen deficiency at the metal/oxide interfaces. In the interior of the barrier, the oxide resembles the atomic structure of bulk aluminium oxide. Atomic defects such as oxygen vacancies at the interfaces can be the origin of the two-level systems and contribute to decoherence and noise in superconducting quantum circuits.

  7. Atomic structure and oxygen deficiency of the ultrathin aluminium oxide barrier in Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions.

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    Zeng, Lunjie; Tran, Dung Trung; Tai, Cheuk-Wai; Svensson, Gunnar; Olsson, Eva

    2016-01-01

    Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions are the building blocks of a wide range of superconducting quantum devices that are key elements for quantum computers, extremely sensitive magnetometers and radiation detectors. The properties of the junctions and the superconducting quantum devices are determined by the atomic structure of the tunnel barrier. The nanoscale dimension and disordered nature of the barrier oxide have been challenges for the direct experimental investigation of the atomic structure of the tunnel barrier. Here we show that the miniaturized dimension of the barrier and the interfacial interaction between crystalline Al and amorphous AlOx give rise to oxygen deficiency at the metal/oxide interfaces. In the interior of the barrier, the oxide resembles the atomic structure of bulk aluminium oxide. Atomic defects such as oxygen vacancies at the interfaces can be the origin of the two-level systems and contribute to decoherence and noise in superconducting quantum circuits. PMID:27403611

  8. Atomic structure and oxygen deficiency of the ultrathin aluminium oxide barrier in Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions

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    Zeng, Lunjie; Tran, Dung Trung; Tai, Cheuk-Wai; Svensson, Gunnar; Olsson, Eva

    2016-01-01

    Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions are the building blocks of a wide range of superconducting quantum devices that are key elements for quantum computers, extremely sensitive magnetometers and radiation detectors. The properties of the junctions and the superconducting quantum devices are determined by the atomic structure of the tunnel barrier. The nanoscale dimension and disordered nature of the barrier oxide have been challenges for the direct experimental investigation of the atomic structure of the tunnel barrier. Here we show that the miniaturized dimension of the barrier and the interfacial interaction between crystalline Al and amorphous AlOx give rise to oxygen deficiency at the metal/oxide interfaces. In the interior of the barrier, the oxide resembles the atomic structure of bulk aluminium oxide. Atomic defects such as oxygen vacancies at the interfaces can be the origin of the two-level systems and contribute to decoherence and noise in superconducting quantum circuits. PMID:27403611

  9. Atomic structure and oxygen deficiency of the ultrathin aluminium oxide barrier in Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions.

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    Zeng, Lunjie; Tran, Dung Trung; Tai, Cheuk-Wai; Svensson, Gunnar; Olsson, Eva

    2016-07-12

    Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions are the building blocks of a wide range of superconducting quantum devices that are key elements for quantum computers, extremely sensitive magnetometers and radiation detectors. The properties of the junctions and the superconducting quantum devices are determined by the atomic structure of the tunnel barrier. The nanoscale dimension and disordered nature of the barrier oxide have been challenges for the direct experimental investigation of the atomic structure of the tunnel barrier. Here we show that the miniaturized dimension of the barrier and the interfacial interaction between crystalline Al and amorphous AlOx give rise to oxygen deficiency at the metal/oxide interfaces. In the interior of the barrier, the oxide resembles the atomic structure of bulk aluminium oxide. Atomic defects such as oxygen vacancies at the interfaces can be the origin of the two-level systems and contribute to decoherence and noise in superconducting quantum circuits.

  10. Charging of superconducting layers and resonance-related hysteresis in the current-voltage characteristics of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Gaafar, M. A.

    2011-09-01

    A manifestation of a resonance-type hysteresis related to the parametric resonance in the system of coupled Josephson junctions is demonstrated. In contrast with the McCumber and Steward hysteresis, we find that the width of this hysteresis is inversely proportional to the McCumber parameter and it also depends on the coupling between junctions and the boundary conditions. Investigation of the time dependence of the electric charge in superconducting layers allows us to explain the origin of this hysteresis by different charge dynamics for increasing and decreasing bias current processes. The effect of the wavelength of the longitudinal plasma wave created at the resonance on the charging of superconducting layers is demonstrated. We find a strong effect of the dissipation in the system on the amplitude of the charge oscillations at the resonance.

  11. Branch structure of IV-characteristics in the capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model with the diffusion current

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.; Seidel, P.

    2007-09-01

    We have solved numerically a system of dynamical equations for the gauge-invariant phase differences between superconducting layers for a stack of N intrinsic junctions and obtained a total branch structure in the current-voltage characteristics (IVC) of the stack. The coupling dependence of the branch’s slopes is investigated and demonstrated that the equidistance of the branch structure in capacitively coupled Josephson junctions (CCJJ) model is broken at small values of coupling parameter. Changes in the parameters of the boundary conditions and the use of periodic boundary conditions do not affect this result. In the framework of the CCJJ model with the diffusion current we simulate an experiment and obtain the IV-characteristic with equidistant branch structure at different values of model parameters.

  12. Current-phase relationship of planar Josephson junctions mediated by the surface states of a topological insulator

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    Kurter, C.; Finck, A. D. K.; English, C. D.; Hor, Y. S.; van Harlingen, D. J.

    2013-03-01

    It is predicted that the presence of Majorana fermions manifests itself with a 4 π periodic current-phase relation (CPR) in planar Josephson junctions formed with topological weak links. To test this proposal, we have fabricated planar junctions by depositing Nb leads on exfoliated Bi2Se3 single crystals. The temperature and magnetic field dependence of the proximity-induced supercurrent have been examined in various doping regimes accessed via top gating. The critical current modulation with magnetic field deviates from the usual Fraunhofer diffraction pattern, suggesting modifications to a sinusoidal CPR consistent with a sin (2 ϕ) component. We are corroborating those results with direct measurements of the CPR using a phase-sensitive SQUID interferometry technique.

  13. Superconducting quantum interference devices made with normal metal and insulator barrier Josephson junctions in Y-Ba-Cu-O directly written with a focused helium beam

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    Cho, Ethan; Ma, Meng; Huynh, Chuong; Pratt, Kevin; Paulson, Doug; Glyantsev, Victor; Dynes, Robert; Cybart, Shane

    We will present electrical transport data for Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) with focused helium ion damage Josephson junctions. The junctions were directly written with a 30 keV focused helium ion beam, which locally creates disorder in Y-Ba-Cu-O that induces a superconducting-insulator transition. SQUIDs with Josephson junctions written with a dose of 4 ×1016 He+/cm2 have metallic barriers and show a current-voltage characteristic (I-V) well-described by the resistively shunted junction model. The spectral density of the flux noise is 10 μΦ0 / √ Hz at 10 Hz and the white noise at higher frequencies is 2 μΦ0 / √ Hz. SQUIDs with junctions written with higher ion doses (~ 9 ×1016 He+/cm2) have insulating Josephson barriers with a critical current of 22 μA and a resistance of 12 Ω at 4 K. The I-V for all of these devices is not hysteretic due to the small capacitance and the resistance. At higher voltage the junction I-V curve shows tunnel-junction behavior and a superconducting energy gap edge at 20 mV. We will discuss how these results are a promising step forward for sensitive magnetic sensors made from high temperature superconductors at various temperatures.

  14. 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

  15. 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

    2016-06-21

    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.

  16. Resonance tunneling of cooper pairs in a superconductor-polymer-superconductor josephson junction

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    Ionov, A. I.

    2013-05-15

    It is shown that the superconducting current flowing though a polymer in a superconductor-polymer-superconductor Josephson structure is due to resonant tunneling of Cooper pairs. The critical current and the thickness of the polymer in which the superconducting current is observed depend on the coherence length of a Cooper pair in the superconductor contacting the polymer.

  17. Macroscopic quantum tunneling and thermal activation in a small mesa structured Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Kitano, H.; Ota, K.; Hamada, K.; Takemura, R.; Ohmaki, M.; Maeda, A.; Suzuki, M.

    2009-03-01

    A nanometer-thick small mesa consiting of only two or three Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) is studied through the switching current distribution measurements down to 0.4 K. Experimental results clearly show that the first switching events from the zero-voltage state for 1 K < T < 4 K are successfully described by a conventional thermal activation (TA) theory for a single Josephson junction, and that they become independent of temperature below T* ~ 0.7 K. We observe the microwave-induced peak in the switching distribution at 0.4 K, which is induced by the microwave irradiation at 55 GHz. These results strongly suggest that the system crossovers to macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) regime below T*, which is as high as the previously reported value for a stacked IJJs with several tens of junctions, in contrast to the recent result on a similar mesa-structured surface IJJ.

  18. Very Large Scale Integration of Nano-Patterned YBa2Cu3O7-delta Josephson Junctions in a Two-Dimensional Array

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    Cybart, Shane A; Anton, Steven; Wu, Stephen; Clarke, John; Dynes, Robert

    2009-09-01

    Very large scale integration of Josephson junctions in a two-dimensional series-parallel array has been achieved by ion irradiating a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} film through slits in a nano-fabricated mask created with electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. The mask consisted of 15,820 high-aspect ratio (20:1), 35-nm wide slits that restricted the irradiation in the film below to form Josephson junctions. Characterizing each parallel segment k, containing 28 junctions, with a single critical current I{sub ck} we found a standard deviation in I{sub ck} of about 16%.

  19. Terahertz electromagnetic radiation from Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junction stack

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    Oikawa, Dai; Irie, Akinobu; Yamaki, Kazuhiro; Oya, Gin-ichiro

    We have observed terahertz (THz) electromagnetic wave radiation from Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stacks using high sensitive detector made of a small IJJ mesa. In this study, we focused on the THz radiation from a few hundred IJJs. We fabricated the IJJ oscillator and detector. The oscillators consist of 55 ∼ 300 IJJs with the lateral dimensions of 290 ¥ 50 μm2. The current-voltage characteristics of the IJJ oscillators showed a negative resistance accompanied with large hysteresis. The THz radiation was observed for several samples when the oscillator was biased at some current in the negative resistance region. We attribute the observed radiation to synchronized emission from many IJJs in the stack and find the emission frequency corresponds to the in-phase cavity resonance frequency.

  20. Enhanced Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling in Capacitively Coupled BiPb2201 Single-Layered Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Nomura, Yoshiki; Mizuno, Takaaki; Kambara, Hitoshi; Nakagawa, Yuya; Kakeya, Itsuhiro

    2015-01-01

    Macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in an intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stack of Bi1.9Pb0.1Sr1.39La0.63CuO6+δ (BiPb2201) has been investigated. For the first switch, from superconducting to the first resistive branch in current-voltage characteristics, the crossover between MQT and thermal activation (TA) takes place at 0.6 K. On the other hand, for the second switch, the MQT-TA crossover temperature is increased to 2.0 K. This result is interpreted as follows: the MQT rate of the second switch is enhanced by the charge coupling between adjacent IJJs as well as in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ. We consider that the enhancement of the MQT rate is a common feature among bismuth-cuprates with single and double CuO2 layers in their crystal structures.

  1. Nonclassical Correlation Dynamics in a System of Mesoscopic Josephson Junction Coupled to Single-mode Optical Cavity

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    Xiang, Shao-Hua; Zhao, Yu-Jing; Zhu, Xi-Xiang; Song, Ke-Hui

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the time evolutions of the continuous-variable entanglement and Gaussian quantum discord in a system consisting of a mesoscopic Josephson junction coupled to a single-mode optical cavity field. We can obtain the time-dependent covariance matrix using known symplectic operation and local canonical transformations. We compare the dynamics of Gaussian quantum discord with that of entanglement. It is shown that the entanglement dynamics of two-mode squeezed thermal state is richer and undergoes three different features: periodical oscillation, sudden death and revival, and no-creation of entanglement, conditioned on the average number of thermal photons in each mode, whereas the Gaussian quantum discord can only exhibit a periodical oscillation behavior during the evolution.

  2. Majorana modes in a triple-terminal Josephson junction with embedded parallel-coupled double quantum dots

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    Yi, Guang-Yu; Wang, Xiao-Qi; Gao, Zhen; Wu, Hai-Na; Gong, Wei-Jiang

    2016-09-01

    We investigate the Josephson effect in one triple-terminal junction with embedded parallel-coupled double quantum dots. It is found that the inter-superconductor supercurrent has opportunities to oscillate in period 4 π, with the adjustment of the phase differences among the superconductors. What is notable is that such a result is robust and independent of fermion parities, intradot Coulomb strength, and the dot-superconductor coupling manner. By introducing the concept of spinful many-particle Majorana modes, we present the analytical definition of the Majorana operator via superposing electron and hole operators. It can be believed that this work provide a simple but feasible proposal for the realization of Majorana modes in a nonmagnetic system.

  3. Calculation of the plasma frequency of a stack of coupled Josephson junctions irradiated with electromagnetic waves

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Rahmonov, I. R.; Gaafar, M. A.

    2012-11-01

    We perform a precise numerical study of phase dynamics in high-temperature superconductors under electromagnetic radiation. We observe the charging of superconducting layers in the bias current interval corresponding to the Shapiro step. A remarkable change in the longitudinal plasma wavelength at parametric resonance is shown. Double resonance of the Josephson oscillations with radiation and plasma frequencies leads to additional parametric resonances and the non-Bessel Shapiro step.

  4. 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.

  5. Magnetic Field Dependence of the Critical Current of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta-Based Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Zhu, Xiao-Bo; Wei, Yan-Feng; Zhao, Shi-Ping; Chen, Geng-Hua; Yang, Qian-Sheng

    2004-04-01

    Well-characterized surface intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) on Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta single crystals are fabricated by in situ cryogenic cleavage of the crystals and immediate evaporation of Au films on the crystal surface. Magnetic field dependences of the critical currents of the surface and inner IJJs are carefully measured. We find that the critical current behaviour of the surface IJJs in magnetic field is quite different from that of the inner junctions. The behaviour of the inner IJJs can be understood to be of large stacked junctions described by the coupled sine-Gordon equations, while the surface IJJs behave like a separate single large junction. These results indicate that the coupling between the surface IJJ and the inner IJJs is weaker than the coupling among the inner junctions.

  6. Theory of Josephson effect in Sr 2RuO 4/diffusive normal metal/Sr 2RuO 4 junctions

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    Sawa, Y.; Yokoyama, T.; Tanaka, Y.; Golubov, A. A.

    2007-10-01

    We derive a generalized Nazarov's boundary condition for diffusive normal metal (DN)/chiral p-wave superconductor (CP) interface including the macroscopic phase of the superconductor. The Josephson effect is studied in CP/DN/CP junctions solving the Usadel equations under the above boundary condition. We find that, enhancement of a critical current at low temperature is small compared with that in px-wave /DN/px-wave junctions. As a result, temperature dependence of the critical current in these junctions is similar to that in conventional junctions. The result is consistent with the experiment in Sr2RuO4-Sr3RuO7 eutectic junctions. Similar feature is also found in current-phase relation.

  7. Long-range superharmonic Josephson current and spin-triplet pairing correlations in a junction with ferromagnetic bilayers

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    Meng, Hao; Wu, Jiansheng; Wu, Xiuqiang; Ren, Mengyuan; Ren, Yajie

    2016-02-01

    The long-range spin-triplet supercurrent transport is an interesting phenomenon in the superconductor/ferromagnet () heterostructure containing noncollinear magnetic domains. Here we study the long-range superharmonic Josephson current in asymmetric junctions. It is demonstrated that this current is induced by spin-triplet pairs  -  or  +  in the thick layer. The magnetic rotation of the particularly thin layer will not only modulate the amplitude of the superharmonic current but also realise the conversion between  -  and  + . Moreover, the critical current shows an oscillatory dependence on thickness and exchange field in the layer. These effect can be used for engineering cryoelectronic devices manipulating the superharmonic current. In contrast, the critical current declines monotonically with increasing exchange field of the layer, and if the layer is converted into half-metal, the long-range supercurrent is prohibited but still exists within the entire region. This phenomenon contradicts the conventional wisdom and indicates the occurrence of spin and charge separation in present junction, which could lead to useful spintronics devices.

  8. Long-range superharmonic Josephson current and spin-triplet pairing correlations in a junction with ferromagnetic bilayers

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    Meng, Hao; Wu, Jiansheng; Wu, Xiuqiang; Ren, Mengyuan; Ren, Yajie

    2016-01-01

    The long-range spin-triplet supercurrent transport is an interesting phenomenon in the superconductor/ferromagnet () heterostructure containing noncollinear magnetic domains. Here we study the long-range superharmonic Josephson current in asymmetric junctions. It is demonstrated that this current is induced by spin-triplet pairs  −  or  +  in the thick layer. The magnetic rotation of the particularly thin layer will not only modulate the amplitude of the superharmonic current but also realise the conversion between  −  and  + . Moreover, the critical current shows an oscillatory dependence on thickness and exchange field in the layer. These effect can be used for engineering cryoelectronic devices manipulating the superharmonic current. In contrast, the critical current declines monotonically with increasing exchange field of the layer, and if the layer is converted into half-metal, the long-range supercurrent is prohibited but still exists within the entire region. This phenomenon contradicts the conventional wisdom and indicates the occurrence of spin and charge separation in present junction, which could lead to useful spintronics devices. PMID:26892755

  9. Utilization of a cryo-prober system for operation of a pulse-driven josephson junction array

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    Maruyama, M.; Urano, C.; Kaneko, N.; Yamamori, H.; Shoji, A.; Maezawa, M.; Hashimoto, Y.; Suzuki, H.; Nagasawa, S.; Satoh, T.; Hidaka, M.; Kiryu, S.

    2010-06-01

    We demonstrated the operation of pulse-driven Josephson junction arrays (JJAs) for AC voltage standard using a wideband cryo-prober system with a 4-K Gifford-MacMahon (GM) cooler. This unique system was originally developed for high-speed network switch applications of rapid-single-flux-quantum (RSFQ) circuits and enables wideband data transmission at bit rates of higher than 10 Gbps between room-temperature and cryogenic environments. JJA chips were fabricated using NbN-based superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) junctions. A 5-mm chip was mounted on a 16-mm chip carrier using flip-chip bonding technology for probe contact. To obtain bipolar output voltages, we tried two types of testing based on the AC coupling technique proposed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A pulse pattern generator (PPG) with a large memory of 134 Mbit was used for covering a wide frequency range of output signals. As a result, we succeeded in bipolar operation of the JJA, generating waveforms at frequencies from 60 Hz to several tens of kilo hertz. The maximum rms voltage obtained for a single array was 12.7 mV. The observed spurious level was lower than -93 dBc at 16 kHz.

  10. Long-range superharmonic Josephson current and spin-triplet pairing correlations in a junction with ferromagnetic bilayers

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    Meng, Hao; Wu, Jiansheng; Wu, Xiuqiang; Ren, Mengyuan; Ren, Yajie

    2016-02-01

    The long-range spin-triplet supercurrent transport is an interesting phenomenon in the superconductor/ferromagnet () heterostructure containing noncollinear magnetic domains. Here we study the long-range superharmonic Josephson current in asymmetric junctions. It is demonstrated that this current is induced by spin-triplet pairs  ‑  or  +  in the thick layer. The magnetic rotation of the particularly thin layer will not only modulate the amplitude of the superharmonic current but also realise the conversion between  ‑  and  + . Moreover, the critical current shows an oscillatory dependence on thickness and exchange field in the layer. These effect can be used for engineering cryoelectronic devices manipulating the superharmonic current. In contrast, the critical current declines monotonically with increasing exchange field of the layer, and if the layer is converted into half-metal, the long-range supercurrent is prohibited but still exists within the entire region. This phenomenon contradicts the conventional wisdom and indicates the occurrence of spin and charge separation in present junction, which could lead to useful spintronics devices.

  11. Positive field-cooled dc susceptibility in granular superconductors interpreted through numerical simulations on a simple Josephson-junction-array model

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    Auletta, C.; Raiconi, G.; De Luca, R.; Pace, S.

    1995-05-01

    We have performed numerical simulations of a field-cooled dc susceptibility experiment carried out for granular superconductors by modeling these systems with a simple Josephson-junction array proposed by the authors. By this analysis the temperature dependence of the positive field-cooled susceptibility at very low values of the applied magnetic field, observed by Braunisch {ital et} {ital al}. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 1908 (1992)] for some ceramic superonductors, has been reproduced and interpreted.

  12. Novel 0–π transitions in Josephson junctions between noncentrosymmetric superconductors

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    Liu, Jun-Feng; Zhang, Huan; Wang, Jun

    2016-09-01

    We study the Josephson effect between two noncentrosymmetric superconductors (NCSs) with opposite polarization vectors of Rashba spin–orbit coupling (RSOC). We find a 0–π transition driven by the triplet–singlet ratio of NCSs. Different from conventional 0–π transitions, the Andreev bound states change their energy range instead of phase shift in the 0–π transition found here. This novel property results in a feature that the critical current becomes almost zero at the transition point, not only a minimum. Furthermore, when the directions of RSOC polarization vectors are the same in two NCSs, the similar effect can also be found in the presence of a perpendicular exchange field or a Dresselhause spin–orbit coupling in the interlayer. We find novel oscillations of critical current without 0–π transition. These novel 0–π transitions or oscillations of critical current present new understanding of the Josephson effect and can also serve as a tool to determine the unknown triplet–singlet ratio of NCSs. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11204187 and 11274059).

  13. Observation of macroscopic quantum tunneling in a single Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta surface intrinsic Josephson junction.

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    Li, Shao-Xiong; Qiu, Wei; Han, Siyuan; Wei, Y F; Zhu, X B; Gu, C Z; Zhao, S P; Wang, H B

    2007-07-20

    We report on the first unambiguous observation of macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in a single submicron Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta) surface intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) by measuring its temperature-dependent switching current distribution. All relevant junction parameters were determined in situ in the classical regime and were used to predict the behavior of the IJJ in the quantum regime via MQT theory. Experimental results agree quantitatively with the theoretical predictions, thus confirming the MQT picture. Furthermore, the data also indicate that the surface IJJ, where the current flows along the c axis of the crystal, has the conventional sinphi current-phase relationship. PMID:17678315

  14. Observation of Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling in a Single Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ Surface Intrinsic Josephson Junction

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    Li, Shao-Xiong; Qiu, Wei; Han, Siyuan; Wei, Y. F.; Zhu, X. B.; Gu, C. Z.; Zhao, S. P.; Wang, H. B.

    2007-07-01

    We report on the first unambiguous observation of macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in a single submicron Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ surface intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) by measuring its temperature-dependent switching current distribution. All relevant junction parameters were determined in situ in the classical regime and were used to predict the behavior of the IJJ in the quantum regime via MQT theory. Experimental results agree quantitatively with the theoretical predictions, thus confirming the MQT picture. Furthermore, the data also indicate that the surface IJJ, where the current flows along the c axis of the crystal, has the conventional sin⁡φ current-phase relationship.

  15. The atomic details of the interfacial interaction between the bottom electrode of Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions and HF-treated Si substrates

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    Zeng, L. J.; Krantz, P.; Nik, S.; Delsing, P.; Olsson, E.

    2015-04-01

    The interface between the Al bottom contact layer and Si substrates in Al based Josephson junctions is believed to have a significant effect on the noise observed in Al based superconducting devices. We have studied the atomic structure of it by transmission electron microscopy. An amorphous layer with a thickness of ˜5 nm was found between the bottom Al electrode and HF-treated Si substrate. It results from intermixing between Al, Si, and O. We also studied the chemical bonding states among the different species using energy loss near edge structure. The observations are of importance for the understanding of the origin of decoherence mechanisms in qubits based on these junctions.

  16. Complex Critical Exponents for Percolation Transitions in Josephson-Junction Arrays, Antiferromagnets, and Interacting Bosons

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    Fernandes, Rafael M.; Schmalian, Jörg

    2011-02-01

    We show that the critical behavior of the XY quantum-rotor model undergoing a percolation transition is dramatically affected by its topological Berry phase 2πρ. In particular, for irrational ρ, its low-energy excitations emerge as spinless fermions with fractal spectrum. As a result, critical properties not captured by the usual Ginzburg-Landau-Wilson description of phase transitions arise, such as complex critical exponents, log-periodic oscillations and dynamically broken scale invariance.

  17. Coherent THz radiation from multiple I-V branching structures in intrinsic Josephson junctions of Bi-2212

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    Tsujimoto, Manabu; Yamaki, Kazuhiro; Yamamoto, Takashi; Minami, Hidetoshi; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Kadowaki, Kazuo; Tachiki, Masashi

    2010-03-01

    Intense and coherent terahertz (THz) radiation was observed from the intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) system of the single crystalline high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212).footnotetextL. Ozyuzer et al., Science 318, (2007) 1291.^,footnotetextK. Kadowaki et al., Physica C 468, (2008) 634. In the present work, we demonstrate the importance of the THz radiation from inner branching structures of the I-V characteristic curve of the IJJ system. The radiation frequency has previously been thought to be uniquely constrained to the mesa size, but it turns out in the inner branches that it varies very flexibly and widely perhaps according to the inductive and capacitive coupling strength existing in the mesa itself. Therefore, the radiation frequency does not follow the previously established cavity resonance condition. This new experimental feature may provide a unique opportunity to understand the dynamical nature of IJJ as well as the mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity in this particular Bi-2212 compound.

  18. Trilayer Josephson junctions produced by atomic layer-by-layer FORCE (Flexible Oxide Reaction Controlled Epitaxy). Final report

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    1995-09-30

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is working with Varian Associates to lay the groundwork for the routine, reproducible fabrication of high-temperature superconducting trilayer structures. The objectives of this program are: To identify high temperature, superconducting materials, metallic and insulating barrier materials and associated substrate and electrode materials for engineered trilayer structures that can provide Josephson Junction devices with desired characteristics for sensor or electronic circuit use. To identify and test potentially useful analysis techniques and to provide data appropriate for the validation and analysis of the input materials, trilayer structures and completed JJ devices. To integrate the analysis results with the existing Varian data base to optimize the growth and fabrication process to obtain more reproducible devices across each chip and from chip to chip. These objectives were defined by a detailed set of milestones for both Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Varian Associates all of which have been meet. The timing of the milestones was revised midway through the CRADA term to allow a longer time to pursue the objectives at no additional cost to either partner.

  19. A low power 10 V programmable array based on Nb x Si1‑x Josephson junctions for metrology applications

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    Knipper, Richard; Anders, Solveig; Schubert, Marco; Peiselt, Katja; Scheller, Thomas; Franke, Dirk; Dellith, Jan; Meyer, Hans-Georg

    2016-09-01

    Josephson junctions generate, when subjected to microwave irradiation, voltages with a very high precision and are used in metrology applications. So-called PJVS (programmable Josephson voltage-standards) are capable of generating both AC and DC voltages of up to 10 V. Our work addresses a full fabrication scenario for 10 V PJVS arrays driven at 70 GHz to be used in low microwave-power conditions as in, but not limited to GUNN diodes or cryocooler applications. Nb x Si1‑x in its function as a barrier material was characterised with AFM, RBS and reflectometry in order to establish a reliable technological foundation. A 10 V PJVS array driven with microwave power below 50 mW is further presented, which was achieved by optimising the fabrication technology regarding the degree of homogeneity of the Josephson junctions composition and thickness. Control over these parameters is crucial in choosing a stable and well-suited characteristic voltage (I c R n product) and critical current density j c. With this, a low-power operation of a PJVS array is possible without the need for liquid helium cooling, which is currently limiting the availability of PJVS based metrology.

  20. A thin polymer insulator for Josephson tunneling applications

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    Wilmsen, C. M.

    1973-01-01

    The use of an organic monolayer formed from a vapor as an insulating barrier for thin film Josephson junctions is considered, and the effect of an organic monolayer on the transition temperature of a thin film superconductor is investigated. Also analyzed are the geometric factors which influence Josephson junctions and Josephson junction interferometers.

  1. 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.

  2. Low-frequency noise in high-{Tc} superconductor Josephson junctions, SQUIDs, and magnetometers

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    Miklich, A.H.

    1994-05-01

    Design and performance of high-T{sub c} dc superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUEDs), junctions that comprise them, and magnetometers made from them are described, with attention to sources of 1/f noise. Biepitaxial junctions are found to have large levels of critical current fluctuations which make them unsuitable for low-noise SQUIDS; this suggests a poorly connected interface at the grain boundary junction. SQUIDs from bicrystal junctions have levels of critical current noise controllable using bias current reversal techniques which leave the noise white down to frequencies of a few Hz. A SQUID with an energy resolution of 1.5{times}10{sup {minus}30} J Hz{sup {minus}1} at 1 Hz is reported. Magnetometers in which a (9 mm){sup 2} pickup loop is directly coupled to a SQUID body have achieved field resolutions of 93 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} down to frequencies below I Hz, improving to 39 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 1 Hz with the addition of a 50mm-diameter single-turn flux transformer. Poor coupling to pickup loop makes it difficult to satisfy competing goals of high field resolution and small detector size necessary for multichannel biomagnetic imaging. Improved coupling is demonstrated by the use of multiturn-input-coil flux transformers, and a resolution of 35 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} in the white noise region is reported with a (10 mm){sup 2} pickup loop. However, additional 1/f noise from processed multilayer structures in the transformer limits the resolution at 1 Hz to 114 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2}. High-T{sub c} SQUIDs exhibit additional 1/f noise when cooled in a nonzero static magnetic field because of additional flux vortices trapped in the film, with the noise power at 1 Hz typically increasing by a factor of 10--20 in a field of 0.05mT (0.5 G). Finally, a SQUID-based voltmeter with a resolution of 9.2 pV.Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 10 Hz (24 pV Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 1 Hz) is described.

  3. Spectral density of Cooper pairs in two level quantum dot-superconductors Josephson junction

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    Dhyani, A.; Rawat, P. S.; Tewari, B. S.

    2016-09-01

    In the present paper, we report the role of quantum dot energy levels on the electronic spectral density for a two level quantum dot coupled to s-wave superconducting leads. The theoretical arguments in this work are based on the Anderson model so that it necessarily includes dot energies, single particle tunneling and superconducting order parameter for BCS superconductors. The expression for single particle spectral function is obtained by using the Green's function equation of motion technique. On the basis of numerical computation of spectral function of superconducting leads, it has been found that the charge transfer across such junctions can be controlled by the positions and availability of the dot levels.

  4. Temperature and current dependencies of terahertz emission from stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions with thin electrodes revealed by a high-resolution FT-IR spectrometer

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    Kakeya, Itsuhiro; Hirayama, Nobuo; Nakagawa, Takuto; Omukai, Yuta; Suzuki, Minoru

    2013-08-01

    We report on emission of electromagnetic wave in a frequency range of 1012 hertz (THz) from stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) made of superconducting Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals. A home-built high-resolution Fourier-transfer-infrared spectrometer reveals that the emission spectrum is monochromatic and the width is as sharp as its resolution limit (∼1 GHz). The THz emission is obtained in a broad temperature and current range depending on the mesa. The emission frequency is tuned from 0.55 to 0.45 THz by changing temperature from 20 to 55 K.

  5. Resonant Phase Escape from the First Resistive State of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy Intrinsic Josephson Junctions under Strong Microwave Irradiation

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    Takahashi, Yusaku; Kakehi, Daiki; Takekoshi, Shuho; Ishikawa, Kazuki; Ayukawa, Shin-ya; Kitano, Haruhisa

    2016-07-01

    We report a study of the phase escape in Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junctions under the strong microwave irradiation, focusing on the switch from the first resistive state (2nd SW). The resonant double-peak structure is clearly observed in the switching current distributions below 10 K and is successfully explained by a quantum-mechanical model on the quantum phase escape under the strong microwave field. These results provide the first evidence for the formation of the energy level quantization for the 2nd SW, supporting that the macroscopic quantum tunneling for the 2nd SW survives up to ˜10 K.

  6. Large voltage modulation in magnetic field sensors from two-dimensional arrays of Y-Ba-Cu-O nano Josephson junctions

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    Cybart, Shane A. Dynes, R. C.; Cho, E. Y.; Wong, T. J.; Glyantsev, V. N.; Huh, J. U.; Yung, C. S.; Moeckly, B. H.; Beeman, J. W.; Ulin-Avila, E.; Wu, S. M.

    2014-02-10

    We have fabricated and tested two-dimensional arrays of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} superconducting quantum interference devices. The arrays contain over 36 000 nano Josephson junctions fabricated from ion irradiation of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} through narrow slits in a resist-mask that was patterned with electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. Measurements of current-biased arrays in magnetic field exhibit large voltage modulations as high as 30 mV.

  7. Fabrication of submicron La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} intrinsic Josephson junction stacks

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    Kubo, Yuimaru; Takano, Yoshihiko; Takahide, Yamaguchi; Ueda, Shinya; Ishii, Satoshi; Tsuda, Shunsuke; Tanaka, Takayoshi; Islam, ATM Nazmul; Tanaka, Isao

    2011-02-01

    Intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stacks of cuprate superconductors have potential to be implemented as intrinsic phase qubits working at relatively high temperatures. We report success in fabricating submicron La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (LSCO) IJJ stacks carved out of single crystals. We also show a new fabrication method in which argon ion etching is performed after focused ion beam etching. As a result, we obtained an LSCO IJJ stack in which resistive multibranches appeared. It may be possible to control the number of stacked IJJs with an accuracy of a single IJJ by developing this method.

  8. Computed tomography image using sub-terahertz waves generated from a high-T{sub c} superconducting intrinsic Josephson junction oscillator

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    Kashiwagi, T. Minami, H.; Kadowaki, K.; Nakade, K.; Saiwai, Y.; Kitamura, T.; Watanabe, C.; Ishida, K.; Sekimoto, S.; Asanuma, K.; Yasui, T.; Shibano, Y.; Tsujimoto, M.; Yamamoto, T.; Marković, B.; Mirković, J.; Klemm, R. A.

    2014-02-24

    A computed tomography (CT) imaging system using monochromatic sub-terahertz coherent electromagnetic waves generated from a device constructed from the intrinsic Josephson junctions in a single crystalline mesa structure of the high-T{sub c} superconductor Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} was developed and tested on three samples: Standing metallic rods supported by styrofoam, a dried plant (heart pea) containing seeds, and a plastic doll inside an egg shell. The images obtained strongly suggest that this CT imaging system may be useful for a variety of practical applications.

  9. Improving the I{sub c}R{sub n} product and the reproducibility of high T{sub c} Josephson junctions made by ion irradiation

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    Sirena, M.; Fabreges, X.; Bergeal, N.; Lesueur, J.; Faini, G.; Bernard, R.; Briatico, J.

    2007-12-24

    A simple model has been proposed to explain the spread in the characteristics of high T{sub c} Josephson junctions made by ion irradiation, assuming that the source of dispersion is the slit's size variation. Accordingly, increasing ion energy should lead to a significant reduction of inhomogeneities. Test samples have been fabricated using two different beam energies. As predicted, the spread in critical current decreases upon increasing energy. Moreover, since the actual width of the barrier is reduced in this case, the I{sub c}R{sub n} product increases significantly. These results seem promising for future technological applications.

  10. 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.…

  11. Gate tunability and collapse of superconductivity in hybrid tin-graphene Josephson junction arrays

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    Bouchiat, Vincent

    The accessible and surface-exposed 2D electron gas offered by graphene provides indeed an ideal platform on which to tune, via application of an electrostatic gate, the coupling between adsorbates deposited on its surface. We have experimentally studied the case of graphene transistors which channel is decorated with an array of superconducting tin nanoparticles. They induce via percolation of proximity effect a global 2D superconducting state which critical temperature Tc can be tuned by gate voltage. When the Graphene show strong disorder, it is possible to tune via the applied gate voltage the system towards an insulating state, demonstrating the possibility to trigger a superconducting to insulator transition, which features ressembles those found in granular superconductors. In this work, graphene monolayers are surface-conjugated to regular arrays of superconducting disk-shaped metal islands, whose inter-island distances were patterned to be in the quasi-ballistic limit of the underlying 2D electron gas. Arrays can be made on a large range of geometry and density, up to the highly diluted limit with less than 5% surface coverage and few micrometers in between islands. In the lower temperature limit (<100 mK) , despite of the long distance (2 microns) in between islands, a supercurrent was observed among the whole graphene sheet. Interestingly, the superconducting state vanishes exponentially in gate voltage and rests in a metallic state, caused by quantum fluctuations of phase is found for diluted and regular arrays. This peculiar behaviour provides evidence for recently developed theory, and may provide a hint to the understanding of long-standing issue of ``zero-temperature'' bosonic metallic state

  12. Millimeter wave inducing subharmonic steps in the Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 thin film bicrystal Josephson junction

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    Liu, X.; Hu, L.; Xie, W.; Wang, P.; Ma, L. J.; Zhao, X. J.; He, M.; Zhang, X.; Ji, L.

    2015-04-01

    The bicrystal Josephson junction (BJJ) was fabricated by patterning microbridge into Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 (Tl-2212) thin film grown epitaxially on the bicrystal SrTiO3 (STO) substrate. The millimeter wave responses of BJJ were researched by experiment and numerical simulation. Shapiro steps and subharmonic steps were both observed in the current-voltage (I-V) curve at the liquid nitrogen temperature. In the resistive-capacitive-inductive shunted junction (RCLSJ) model, both of the Shapiro steps and subharmonic steps were reproduced with varying capacitances and inductances. The result of simulation has a good agreement with the experiment. The relative large capacitance and inductance correspond to distinct subharmonic steps.

  13. The atomic details of the interfacial interaction between the bottom electrode of Al/AlO{sub x}/Al Josephson junctions and HF-treated Si substrates

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    Zeng, L. J.; Nik, S.; Olsson, E.; Krantz, P.; Delsing, P.

    2015-04-28

    The interface between the Al bottom contact layer and Si substrates in Al based Josephson junctions is believed to have a significant effect on the noise observed in Al based superconducting devices. We have studied the atomic structure of it by transmission electron microscopy. An amorphous layer with a thickness of ∼5 nm was found between the bottom Al electrode and HF-treated Si substrate. It results from intermixing between Al, Si, and O. We also studied the chemical bonding states among the different species using energy loss near edge structure. The observations are of importance for the understanding of the origin of decoherence mechanisms in qubits based on these junctions.

  14. 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.

  15. Low-magnetic-field operations of intrinsic Josephson junctions with a long c-axis periodicity by artificial critical-current modulations

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    Sakai, Shigeki; Zhao, Xia

    2007-02-01

    Flux-flow cavity resonances in intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) with long c-axis periodicity by artificial critical-current (Jc) modulation are studied numerically and theoretically. For an n-1-n-1-n-1-n IJJ system with n-layer high-Jc and one-layer low-Jc alternately stacked, numerical simulation confirms fluxon penetration only in the low-Jc junctions under proper low magnetic fields. The simulation also shows pronounced cavity-resonance steps in the I-V curves of the low-Jc junctions, meaning that fluxon dynamics can be generated under much lower magnetic fields, compared to the fields for usual IJJs with homogeneous Jc. A theoretical method for describing the flux-flow cavity-resonance properties is presented. The general disperse k-ω relationship shows that, at low-k regions, the critical-current-modulated junction system can be regarded as simple homogeneous stacked junctions with a new effective thickness and a new inductive coupling strength. For general-k cases, the cavity-resonant voltage steps on the I-V curves at various magnetic fields can be well indexed by integers, which means excellent agreement between the theoretical analysis and the numerical simulations.

  16. ``Hybrid'' multi-gap/single-gap Josephson junctions: Evidence of macroscopic quantum tunneling in superconducting-to-normal switching experiments on MgB2/I/Pb and MgB2/I/Sn junctions

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    Carabello, Steve; Lambert, Joseph; Dai, Wenqing; Li, Qi; Chen, Ke; Cunnane, Daniel; Xi, X. X.; Ramos, Roberto

    We report results of superconducting-to-normal switching experiments on MgB2/I/Pb and MgB2/I/Sn junctions, with and without microwaves. These results suggest that the switching behavior is dominated by quantum tunneling through the washboard potential barrier, rather than thermal excitations or electronic noise. Evidence includes a leveling in the standard deviation of the switching current distribution below a crossover temperature, a Lorentzian shape of the escape rate enhancement peak upon excitation by microwaves, and a narrowing in the histogram of escape counts in the presence of resonant microwave excitation relative to that in the absence of microwaves. These are the first such results reported in ``hybrid'' Josephson tunnel junctions, consisting of multi-gap and single-gap superconducting electrodes.

  17. Shapiro Step Response of Intrinsic Josephson Junctions of (Bi1-xPbx)2Sr2CaCu2Oy at Elevated Temperatures

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    Oya, G.; Miyasaka, T.; Kitamura, M.; Irie, A.

    We have studied the response of stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) of (Bi1-xPbx)2Sr2CaCu2Oy (x = 0.15) to injection of microwave of frequencies frf of 2-20 GHz at 4.2 K and higher temperatures. Clear constant voltage steps, which are considered Shapiro steps, are successfully observed on the current-voltage characteristic of an IJJ with a resistivity of Josephson-vortex flow Rfl in any stack under the injection of microwave. The step of the eighth order, which is the highest in this study, is observed from the largest IJJ under injection of microwave of 10 GHz at 4.2 K. But, as the temperature increases, the number of steps decreases, and finally the steps disappear at ∼45 K due to large self-heating. In this IJJ a low Rfl plays an important role in appearance of the steps of the high order. The typical behavior of the steps at 4.2 K is well reproduced by numerical simulations on that of Shapiro steps of a JJ with the shunt resistivity equal to Rfl at the temperature.

  18. Chaos in Josephson circuits

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    Kautz, R.

    1983-05-01

    Chaotic behavior in Josephson circuits is reviewed using the rf-driven junction as an example. Topics include the effect of chaos on the I-V characteristic, the period doubling route to chaos, and power spectra for the chaotic state. Liapunov exponents and the fractal geometry of strange attractors are also discussed.

  19. Comparison of measurements and simulations of series-parallel incommensurate area superconducting quantum interference device arrays fabricated from YBa2Cu3O7-δ ion damage Josephson junctions

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    Cybart, Shane A.; Dalichaouch, T. N.; Wu, S. M.; Anton, S. M.; Drisko, J. A.; Parker, J. M.; Harteneck, B. D.; Dynes, R. C.

    2012-09-01

    We have fabricated series-parallel (two-dimensional) arrays of incommensurate superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) using YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin film ion damage Josephson junctions. The arrays initially consisted of a grid of Josephson junctions with 28 junctions in parallel and 565 junctions in series, for a total of 15 255 SQUIDs. The 28 junctions in the parallel direction were sequentially decreased by removing them with photolithography and ion milling to allow comparisons of voltage-magnetic field (V-B) characteristics for different parallel dimensions and area distributions. Comparisons of measurements for these different configurations reveal that the maximum voltage modulation with magnetic field is significantly reduced by both the self inductances of the SQUIDs and the mutual inductances between them. Based on these results, we develop a computer simulation model from first principles which simultaneously solves the differential equations of the junctions in the array while considering the effects of self inductance, mutual inductance, and non-uniformity of junction critical currents. We find that our model can accurately predict V-B for all of the array geometries studied. A second experiment is performed where we use photolithography and ion milling to split another 28 × 565 junction array into 6 decoupled arrays to further investigate mutual interactions between adjacent SQUIDs. This work conclusively shows that the magnetic fields generated by self currents in an incommensurate array severely reduce its performance by reducing the maximum obtainable modulation voltage.

  20. Temperature distribution in a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions with their CuO-plane electrodes oriented perpendicular to supporting substrate

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    Yurgens, A.; Bulaevskii, L. N.

    2011-01-01

    We numerically study Joule heating in a THz emitter made of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 + δ (Bi2212) single crystal with its CuO planes oriented perpendicular to supporting substrate. The single crystal is glued to the substrate by a layer of PMMA. The electrical current is applied in the c-axis direction across many intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ's) in Bi2212. The calculations show that the internal temperature increases to an acceptable 10-20 K only above the bath temperature for a Joule power density of ~ 105 W cm - 3 typical for experiments on THz emission from IJJ's. This makes the suggested geometry promising for boosting the output power of the emitter.

  1. Size Dependence of Individual Vortex Penetration into Intrinsic Josephson Junction Stacks of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+y

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    Ooi, Shuuichi; Mochiku, Takashi; Tachiki, Minoru; Hirata, Kazuto

    By c-axis transport measurements in an intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) stack of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+y in magnetic fields parallel to c-axis, a penetration of individual vortices can be detected as a sudden jump or drop of c-axis resistance or critical current, which has already been reported in a sample of small in-plane area (<2 μm2). We explored the individual vortex penetrations in IJJs stacks with much larger in-plane areas and successfully observed the same phenomenon even in a sample as large as 100 μm2. Behavior of the c-axis resistance and critical current caused by the individual vortex penetrations are investigated through the sample-size dependence in various temperatures and magnetic fields.

  2. Zurek-Kibble Mechanism for the Spontaneous Vortex Formation in Nb-Al/Al{sub ox}/Nb Josephson Tunnel Junctions: New Theory and Experiment

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    Monaco, R.; Mygind, J.; Aaroe, M.; Rivers, R.J.; Koshelets, V.P.

    2006-05-12

    New scaling behavior has been both predicted and observed in the spontaneous production of fluxons in quenched Nb-Al/Al{sub ox}/Nb annular Josephson tunnel junctions (JTJs) as a function of the quench time, {tau}{sub Q}. The probability f{sub 1} to trap a single defect during the normal-metal-superconductor phase transition clearly follows an allometric dependence on {tau}{sub Q} with a scaling exponent {sigma}=0.5, as predicted from the Zurek-Kibble mechanism for realistic JTJs formed by strongly coupled superconductors. This definitive experiment replaces one reported by us earlier, in which an idealized model was used that predicted {sigma}=0.25, commensurate with the then much poorer data. Our experiment remains the only condensed matter experiment to date to have measured a scaling exponent with any reliability.

  3. Three-Dimensional Simulations of the Electrothermal and Terahertz Emission Properties of Bi2 Sr2 CaCu2 O8 Intrinsic Josephson Junction Stacks

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    Rudau, F.; Wieland, R.; Langer, J.; Zhou, X. J.; Ji, M.; Kinev, N.; Hao, L. Y.; Huang, Y.; Li, J.; Wu, P. H.; Hatano, T.; Koshelets, V. P.; Wang, H. B.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.

    2016-04-01

    We use 2D coupled sine-Gordon equations combined with 3D heat diffusion equations to numerically investigate the thermal and electromagnetic properties of a 250 ×70 μ m2 intrinsic Josephson junction stack. The 700 junctions are grouped to 20 segments; we assume that in a segment all junctions behave identically. At large input power, a hot spot forms in the stack. Resonant electromagnetic modes oscillating either along the length [(0, n ) modes] or the width [(m , 0) modes] of the stack or having a more complex structure can be excited both with and without a hot spot. At fixed bath temperature and bias current, several cavity modes can coexist in the absence of a magnetic field. The (1, 0) mode considered to be the most favorable mode for terahertz emission can be stabilized by applying a small magnetic field along the length of the stack. A strong field-induced enhancement of the emission power is also found in experiment for an applied field around 5.9 mT.

  4. SIN feature observed in intrinsic Josephson junction characteristics for overdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Suzuki, M.; Takemura, R.; Ohmaki, M.; Anagawa, K.

    2008-02-01

    We have fabricated mesa structures made of 5 to 10 intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) from overdoped and slightly overdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ(BSCCO) crystals and observed in their tunneling spectra a characteristics structure or a broad peak within the superconducting gap. We propose that this structure results from the inclusion of nonsuperconducting regions in the superconducting layer of IJJs. The cause of the structure is presumed to be the tunneling current through a superconductor/insulator/normal-metal (SIN) junction and the voltage drop due to the current flow in the normal regions after the tunneling through the SIN junctions. The broad peak located at a higher than Δ/eposition reflects the current path through the normal region. All these features imply that the superconducting state is inhomogeneous. The experimental results are compared with numerical calculations based on a simple model to obtain a good agreement. From the comparison, it is concluded that the nonsuperconducting and superconducting regions coexist in overdoped BSCCO on a ~ 50 nm scale.

  5. Determination of the temperature dependence of the penetration depth of Nb in Nb/AlO{sub x}/Nb Josephson junctions from a resistive measurement in a magnetic field

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    Kim, D.H. |; Gray, K.E.; Hettinger, J.D.; Kang, J.H.

    1993-11-01

    The temperature dependence of the penetration depth of Nb films was determined from resistive transitions of Nb/AlO{sub x}/Nb Josephson junctions in a constant magnetic field applied parallel to the junction planes. Distinct resistance peaks were observed as temperature decreases and those peaks were found to appear when the total flux threading the junction equals an integral multiple of the flux quantum. From this condition, the authors have determined the penetration depth at those peak positions. The temperature dependence was well described by the either dirty local limit or the two-fluid model. This method can be useful for highly fluctuating system like high-temperature superconductors.

  6. Comparative study of macroscopic quantum tunneling in Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junctions with different device structures

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    Ota, K.; Hamada, K.; Takemura, R.; Ohmaki, M.; Machi, T.; Tanabe, K.; Suzuki, M.; Maeda, A.; Kitano, H.

    2009-04-01

    We investigated macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) for two device structures. One is a small mesa, which is a few nanometers thick with only two or three IJJs, and the other is a stack of a few hundred IJJs in a narrow bridge structure. The experimental results regarding the switching-current distribution for the first switch from the zero-voltage state were in good agreement with the conventional theory for a single Josephson junction, indicating that the crossover temperature from thermal activation to the MQT regime for the former device structure was similar to that for the latter device structure. Together with the observation of multiphoton transitions between quantized energy levels in the MQT regime, these results strongly suggest that the observed MQT behavior is intrinsic to a single IJJ in high- Tc cuprates and is independent of the device structure. The switching-current distribution for the second switch from the first resistive state, which was carefully distinguished from the first switch, was also compared with respect to the two device structures. In spite of the differences between the heat transfer environments, the second switch exhibited a similar temperature-independent behavior for both devices up to a much higher temperature than the crossover temperature for the first switch. We argue that this cannot be explained in terms of self-heating caused by dissipative currents after the first switch. As possible candidates for this phenomenon, the MQT process for the second switch and the effective increase in the electronic temperature due to the quasiparticle injection are discussed.

  7. Intrinsic high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} Josephson junctions in random-telegraph-noise fluctuators

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    Jung, G.; Savo, B.; Vecchione, A.; Bonaldi, M.; Vitale, S.

    1996-01-01

    Bias current and magnetic field strongly influence the switching rates of random-telegraph signals by stressing the two-level fluctuator energy structure. Symmetric-telegraph noise is observed when the stress due to current flow is compensated by the magnetic-field-induced stress. The dependence of the measured symmetrizing magnetic field on current flow enables one to infer the symmetry characteristics of a fluctuator. The symmetry characteristics in granular films were found to be strongly nonlinear. It has been shown that current flow across the intrinsic Josephson inductance is responsible for the observed nonlinearity. A fit of the experimental data to the proposed model has revealed that a Josephson element enclosed in a superconducting loop is likely involved in the random-telegraph voltage noise generation. The evaluated area of the loop is consistent with the free space between average grains in the sample investigated. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  8. Fabricating Nanogaps in YBa2 Cu3 O7 -δ for Hybrid Proximity-Based Josephson Junctions

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    Baghdadi, Reza; Arpaia, Riccardo; Charpentier, Sophie; Golubev, Dmitri; Bauch, Thilo; Lombardi, Floriana

    2015-07-01

    The advances of nanotechnologies applied to high-critical-temperature superconductors (HTSs) have recently given a huge boost to the field, opening new prospectives for their integration in hybrid devices. The feasibility of this research goes through the realization of HTS nanogaps with superconductive properties close to the as-grown bulk material at the nanoscale. Here we present a fabrication approach allowing the realization of YBa2 Cu3 O7 -δ (YBCO) nanogaps with dimensions as small as 35 nm. To assess the quality of the nanogaps, we measure, before and after an ozone treatment, the current-voltage characteristics and the resistance versus temperature of YBCO nanowires with various widths and lengths, fabricated by using different lithographic processes. The analysis of the superconducting transition with a thermally activated vortex-entry model allows us to determine the maximum damage the nanowires undergo during the patterning which relates to the upper bound for the dimension of the nanogap. We find that the effective width of the nanogap is of the order of 100 nm at the superconducting transition temperature while retaining the geometrical value of about 35 nm at lower temperatures. The feasibility of the nanogaps for hybrid Josephson devices is demonstrated by bridging them with thin Au films. We detect a Josephson coupling up to 85 K with an almost ideal magnetic-field response of the Josephson current. These results pave the way for the realization of complex hybrid devices, where tiny HTS nanogaps can be instrumental to study the Josephson effect through barriers such as topological insulators or graphene.

  9. Microwave Cooling of Josephson Plasma Oscillations

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    Hammer, J.; Aprili, M.; Petković, I.

    2011-07-01

    An extended Josephson junction can be described as a microwave cavity coupled to a Josephson oscillator. This is formally equivalent to a Fabry-Perot cavity with a freely vibrating mirror, where it has been shown that radiation pressure from photons in the cavity can reduce (increase) the vibrations of the mirror, effectively cooling (heating) it. We demonstrate that, similarly, the superconducting phase difference across a Josephson junction—the Josephson phase—can be “cooled” or “heated” by microwave excitation of the junction and that both these effects increase with microwave power.

  10. Conditions for observing Shapiro steps in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ high- Tc superconductor intrinsic Josephson junction: Numerical calculations

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    Kitamura, Michihide; Irie, Akinobu; Oya, Gin-Ichiro

    2007-08-01

    Conditions to observe Shapiro steps clearly and stably are studied for an intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ high- Tc superconductors. The current equation normalized by the critical current Ic(T) is solved fully numerically. In the calculations, the quasiparticle tunneling current is evaluated by using the normalized I-V characteristics obtained within the d -wave symmetry superconducting gap, while the Cooper-pair (CP) one is calculated on the basis of the general way in which the coherent and incoherent CP tunneling currents can be correctly calculated within the d -wave treatment and the current due to thermal noises is also simulated by using normal random numbers. It is found that the product SRshunt of the junction cross section S and the shunt resistance Rshunt , and the critical current density Jc are important junction parameters, and moreover, that the current equation of the IJJ with no shunt resistance depends on only a universal curve μ(i0) as a function of the normalized external dc current i0 . Furthermore, the effects of the noise, the normalized CP tunneling currents, the SRshunt product, the normalized amplitude ir of external ac modulation, and the Jc on observing the Shapiro steps are studied. When the IJJ is operated under the condition that the shunt resistance is added and the external ac modulation frequency fr is higher than the plasma frequency fp , it is found that (1) clear and stable Shapiro steps with good responses are obtained within the wide range of ir , (2) the response does not so largely depend on the value of SRshunt , and (3) the response for the high Jc junction is much better than that for the low one.

  11. 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.

  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. The Josephson locked synthesizer

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    Jeanneret, Blaise; Overney, Frédéric; Rüfenacht, Alain

    2012-12-01

    This paper reviews the development of a Josephson locked synthesizer (JoLoS) where a calibrator is used as a sine wave generator whose output is controlled by the calculable fundamental of the stepwise sinusoidal wave generated by a programmable Josephson junction array. Such a system combines the versatility of a calibrator with the stability and accuracy of the Josephson voltage standard. The accuracy of the JoLoS was confirmed by a high precision comparison with a pulse-driven Josephson voltage standard. This comparison showed agreement between the two systems of 0.3 μV V-1 at a frequency of 500 Hz and an rms amplitude of 100 mV. As an example of the calibration ability of the JoLoS, the calibration of a thermal transfer standard (TTS) is reported. This calibration is in good agreement with a calibration performed against a multi-junction thermal converter for voltages below 1 V and frequencies below 1 kHz. The agreement between the JoLoS and the calibrated TTS is better than 1 μV V-1 at 1 V. On the lowest voltage ranges, the uncertainties measured with the JoLoS are significantly smaller than the calibration uncertainties of the TTS. This result demonstrates the present potential of the JoLoS at voltages up to 1 V and frequencies up to 1 kHz.

  14. Bulk-SQUID effect in a discrete superconductor as a consequence of generation frequency locking in constituent josephson junctions

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    Ginzburg, S. L.; Nakin, A. V.; Savitskaya, N. E.

    2012-02-15

    The theory of the bulk-SQUID effect in discrete superconductors is constructed for the first time. It is shown that the bulk-SQUID effect emerges in the system of 2D intrinsically stochastic multijunction SQUID (i.e., with random values of critical currents of the junctions, injection currents, and the coupling coefficients between the junction) due to generation frequency locking in all junctions. It is demonstrated that the bulk-SQUID effect occurs in a wide range of random parameters of the system. This domain of variation of the system parameters can be divided into three subdomains. The first one is the subdomain of coherent dynamics of phases at the junctions, the second is the subdomain of incoherent dynamics, in which the phases of the junctions are not locked, but the bulk-SQUID effect persists, and the third is the subdomain of transient dynamics, in which coherent dynamics and the bulk-SQUID effect are observed in parts. A simple mathematical model of noninteracting junctions, which correctly describes basic features of the dynamics of the initial system and makes it possible to calculate some of its statistical characteristics, is proposed and analyzed.

  15. 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.

  16. Characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions using a Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O x thin film estimated overall in a chip

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    Fujino, H.; Kume, E.; Sugimata, E.; Zhao, X.; Sakai, S.

    2004-10-01

    Integrated test chips of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O x thin-film-type intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) are fabricated, and the yield of showing proper IJJ characteristics is examined. The thin-film type is expected to be suitable for applications to integrated circuits using THz electromagnetic waves, but its low fabrication yield is an issue to be solved. The chip size is 12 × 12 mm 2 in which 90 IJJs are included. Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O x thin films are prepared via two steps. First the films are deposited on a low temperature (200 °C) substrate by a precisely controlled evaporation method. Next they are annealed at high temperatures (875 and 878 °C). The annealing time is varied to find an optimum condition. The best chip has a 70% yield of showing multiple-branch structure that is the most typical current vs voltage characteristics of IJJs. The relationship between the yield and the surface smoothness and the IJJ size dependence of the yield are also discussed.

  17. Terahertz emission from Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with all-superconducting electrodes

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    Yuan, J.; Li, M. Y.; Li, J.; Gross, B.; Ishii, A.; Yamaura, K.; Hatano, T.; Hirata, K.; Takayama-Muromachi, E.; Wu, P. H.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.; Wang, H. B.

    2012-07-01

    Terahertz (THz) emission has been recently detected from intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stacks made of the high critical temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (BSCCO). The most employed structure is a mesa standing on a big pedestal of a single crystal with a thin gold layer as its top electrode. In this work, a large (300 × 50 × 1.2 μm3) IJJ stack with superconducting electrodes was fabricated and studied. The stack consisted of N ≈ 800 IJJs. It was prepared with a double-sided fabrication process, and significant THz emission was detected. The output power is comparable to the emission power detected from mesa structures, obviously not weakened by the superconducting upper electrode. The observation of THz emission from the double-sided structure suggests that off-chip THz emission from IJJs can be obtained not only from mesa structures and, most importantly, that the emission power can be potentially enhanced in integrated multi-stack radiation sources.

  18. Hot Spot and THz Wave Generation in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 Intrinsic Josephson Junction Stacks

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    Kleiner, Reinhold

    2013-03-01

    Stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions made of the high temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 have been shown to emit coherent radiation at THz frequencies. Emission is observed both in a low bias regime and a high bias regime. While at low bias the temperature of the stack is close to the bath temperature, at high bias a hot spot and a standing wave, formed in the ``cold'' part of the stack, coexist. THz radiation is very stable in this regime, exhibiting a linewidth which is much smaller than expected from a purely cavity-induced synchronization mechanism. We investigate the interaction of hot spots and THz waves using a combination of transport measurement, direct electromagnetic wave detection and low temperature scanning laser microscopy (LTSLM). In this talk recent developments will be presented, with a focus on the mechanism of hot spot formation. In collaboration with B. Gross, S. Guénon, M. Y. Li, J. Yuan, N. Kinev, J. Li, A. Ishii, K. Hirata, T. Hatano, R. G. Mints, D. Koelle, V. P. Koshelets, H. B. Wang and P. H. Wu.

  19. Millimeter wave characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions with planar equiangular spiral antenna in misaligned Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 thin film

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    Liu, X.; Wang, P.; Xie, W.; Ma, L. J.; Zhao, X. J.; He, M.; Ji, L.; Zhang, X.

    2015-12-01

    An intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) microbridge with planar equiangular spiral antenna (PESA) is proposed and studied by simulation and experiment. This IJJs circuit is simulated firstly to obtain the minimum of reflection coefficient and pattern. Secondly, IJJs with PESA are fabricated on misaligned Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 superconducting film. The millimeter wave characteristics are investigated by a Febry-Pérot resonator, which consists of a spherical mirror antenna and a plane mirror. At 37.4 GHz, the IJJs and the millimeter wave show an optimum coupling, which deviate from the simulation for only 0.004 GHz. In addition, the extent of the coupling between IJJs and the resonator is discussed at different angle for the polarization direction of the spherical mirror antenna with the microbridge. The result shows that the strongest coupling is obtained at 0-30° angle. Good conformance of measurements and simulations illustrate the effectiveness of our design in strong coupling between sample and resonator.

  20. Quantum oscillation of the c-axis resistivity due to entrance of pancake vortices into micro-fabricated Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ δ intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Kakeya, I.; Fukui, K.; Kawamata, K.; Yamamoto, T.; Kadowaki, K.

    2008-04-01

    The c-axis resistance in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) with areas of the ab-plane less than 2 μm2 were measured as functions of applied magnetic field and angle to the crystalline axes. When the magnetic field is tilted off from the lock-in state of Josephson vortices, several sharp dips are found. The separation between the dips approaches to the value corresponding to ϕ0 with further tilting the external magnetic field. This behavior is attributed to the penetration of a quantized pancake vortex into the tiny IJJ. This argument is further supported by the result that the c-axis resistance under magnetic fields parallel to the c-axis shows identical stepwise behavior.

  1. Microstructure and composition of a SNS Josephson junction using CaRuO{sub 3} as the metallic barrier

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    Rozeveld, S.; Merkle, K.L.; Char, K.

    1994-10-01

    Superconductor - normal - superconductor (SNS) edge junctions consisting of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}/CaRuO{sub 3}/YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} were fabricated on (001) LaA1O{sub 3} substrates. These devices display an excess interface resistance which is not well understood but is related to the SN interface and interlayer structure. High-resolution and conventional transmission electron microscopy were employed to investigate the SN interface to determine the structure and possible interface defects. Energy-loss spectroscopy and energy dispersive x-ray analysis were performed on the CaRuO{sub 3} film and near interface regions to quantify the extent of interdiffusion between the CiRuO{sub 3} and YBCO films. Changes in either the interface structure or the normal layer chemistry are expected to greatly influence the junction properties.

  2. Metastable states and macroscopic quantum tunneling in a cold atom josephson ring

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    Solenov, Dmitry; Mozyrsky, Dmitry

    2009-01-01

    We study macroscopic properties of a system of weakly interacting neutral bosons confined in a ring-shaped potential with a Josephson junction. We derive an effective low energy action for this system and evaluate its properties. In particular we find that the system possesses a set of metastable current-carrying states and evaluate the rates of transitions between these states due to macroscopic quantum tunneling. Finally we discuss signatures of different metastable states in the time-of-flight images and argue that the effect is observable within currently available experimental technique.

  3. The I{sub C}R{sub N} value in intrinsic Josephson tunnel junctions in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} (Bi2212) mesas.

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    Kurter, C.; Ozyuzer, L.; Zasadzinski, J. F.; Hinks, D. G.; Gray, K. E.

    2010-11-01

    The c-axis current-voltage I(V) characteristics have been obtained on a set of mesas of varying height sculpted on Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} (Bi2212) crystals intercalated with HgB{sub 2}. The intercalation, along with the small number of junctions in the mesa, N = 6-30, minimizes the degree of self-heating, leading to a consistent Josephson critical current, I{sub C}, among junctions in the mesa. The Bi2212 crystals with a bulk T{sub C} = 74 K are overdoped and display negligible pseudogap effects allowing an accurate measure of the normal state resistance, R{sub N}. These properties make the mesas nearly ideal for the determination of the Josephson I{sub C}R{sub N} product. We find I{sub C}R{sub N} values consistently {approx}30% of the quasiparticle gap parameter, {Delta}/e, which was measured independently using a mechanical contact, break junction technique. The latter was necessitated by higher bias heating effects in the mesas which prevented direct measurements of the superconducting gap. These values are among the highest reported and may represent the maximum intrinsic value for I{sub C}R{sub N}. The results indicate that the c-axis transport is a mixture of coherent and incoherent tunneling.

  4. Tunneling characteristics of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ-Pb window-type Josephson junctions

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    Frangi, F.; Dwir, B.; Pavuna, D.

    1992-02-01

    We present the results of tunneling measurements done on window-type, native-barrier YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ-Pb junctions. We show features in the I-V curves which are related to the gap of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ, as well as to the Pb and YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ phonon spectra. The nature of barrier in these structures is found to be semi-conducting. We can also see the asymmetry in the tunneling curves.

  5. Secondary "smile"-gap in the density of states of a diffusive Josephson junction for a wide range of contact types

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    Reutlinger, J.; Glazman, L.; Nazarov, Yu. V.; Belzig, W.

    2014-07-01

    The superconducting proximity effect leads to strong modifications of the local density of states in diffusive or chaotic cavity Josephson junctions, which displays a phase-dependent energy gap around the Fermi energy. The so-called minigap of the order of the Thouless energy ETh is related to the inverse dwell time in the diffusive region in the limit ETh≪Δ, where Δ is the superconducting energy gap. In the opposite limit of a large Thouless energy ETh≫Δ, a small new feature has recently attracted attention, namely, the appearance of a further secondary gap, which is around two orders of magnitude smaller compared to the usual superconducting gap. It appears in a chaotic cavity just below the superconducting gap edge Δ and vanishes for some value of the phase difference between the superconductors. We extend previous theory restricted to a normal cavity connected to two superconductors through ballistic contacts to a wider range of contact types. We show that the existence of the secondary gap is not limited to ballistic contacts, but is a more general property of such systems. Furthermore, we derive a criterion which directly relates the existence of a secondary gap to the presence of small transmission eigenvalues of the contacts. For generic continuous distributions of transmission eigenvalues of the contacts, no secondary gap exists, although we observe a singular behavior of the density of states at Δ. Finally, we provide a simple one-dimensional scattering model which is able to explain the characteristic "smile" shape of the secondary gap.

  6. Structural and electrical characterization of ultra-thin SrTiO3 tunnel barriers grown over YBa2Cu3O7 electrodes for the development of high Tc Josephson junctions.

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    Félix, L Avilés; Sirena, M; Guzmán, L A Agüero; Sutter, J González; Vargas, S Pons; Steren, L B; Bernard, R; Trastoy, J; Villegas, J E; Briático, J; Bergeal, N; Lesueur, J; Faini, G

    2012-12-14

    The transport properties of ultra-thin SrTiO(3) (STO) layers grown over YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) electrodes were studied by conductive atomic force microscopy at the nano-scale. A very good control of the barrier thickness was achieved during the deposition process. A phenomenological approach was used to obtain critical parameters regarding the structural and electrical properties of the system. The STO layers present an energy barrier of 0.9 eV and an attenuation length of 0.23 nm, indicating very good insulating properties for the development of high-quality Josephson junctions.

  7. Structural and electrical characterization of ultra-thin SrTiO3 tunnel barriers grown over YBa2Cu3O7 electrodes for the development of high Tc Josephson junctions.

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    Félix, L Avilés; Sirena, M; Guzmán, L A Agüero; Sutter, J González; Vargas, S Pons; Steren, L B; Bernard, R; Trastoy, J; Villegas, J E; Briático, J; Bergeal, N; Lesueur, J; Faini, G

    2012-12-14

    The transport properties of ultra-thin SrTiO(3) (STO) layers grown over YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) electrodes were studied by conductive atomic force microscopy at the nano-scale. A very good control of the barrier thickness was achieved during the deposition process. A phenomenological approach was used to obtain critical parameters regarding the structural and electrical properties of the system. The STO layers present an energy barrier of 0.9 eV and an attenuation length of 0.23 nm, indicating very good insulating properties for the development of high-quality Josephson junctions. PMID:23154521

  8. Individual two level fluctuators in the tunneling conductance of Al/AlOx/Al Josephson junctions for superconducting qubits

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    Nugroho, Christopher; Orlyanchik, Vladimir; van Harlingen, Dale

    2014-03-01

    Two level system (TLS) defects in AlOx tunnel barriers can lead to low-frequency 1 / f critical current noise and losses in coherent superconducting circuits. Understanding the nature of these defects and how to eliminate them are critical in order to achieve ultra-long coherence times. We present measurements of the tunneling conductance of ultrasmall, A <(100nm) 2 , Al/AlOx/Al shadow evaporated junctions. The tunneling conductance of these junctions exhibits several isolated TLSs, which permitted the detailed analysis of the individual switching rates and behavior of the TLSs. We have studied the thermal activation behavior of these TLSs, and in some cases observe a crossover into quantum-limited tunneling at lower temperatures. Tracking the TLS switching rates as a function of the applied voltage bias provides an estimate of the TLS charge dipole moment. In some quantum tunneling limited TLSs we have observed a non-equilibrium enhancement of the switching rates that cannot be explained by simple dissipative heating of the TLSs. Further investigations into these TLS defects may lead to the identification of their physical origins and strategies to eliminate them. Research funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

  9. 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.

  10. Direct observation of tetrahertz electromagnetic waves emitted from intrinsic Josephson junctions in single crystallie Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}.

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    Kadowaki, K.; Yamaguchi, H.; Kawamata, K.; Yamamoto, T.; Minami, H.; Kakeya, I.; Welp, U.; Ozyuzer, L.; Koshelev, A.; Kurter, C.; Gray, K. E.; Kwok, W.-K.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of Tsukuba; Izmir Inst. of Tech.; Illinois Inst. of Tech.

    2008-04-01

    We have observed intense, coherent, continuous and monochromatic electromagnetic (EM) emission at terahertz frequencies generated from a single crystalline mesa structure of the high-T{sub c} superconductor Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} intrinsic Josephson junction system. The mesa is fabricated by the Argon-ion-milling and photolithography techniques on the cleaved surface of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} single crystal. The frequency, {nu}, of the EM radiation observed from the sample obeys simple relations: {nu} = c/n{lambda} = c/2nw and {nu} = 2eV/hN, where c is the light velocity in vacuum, n the refractive index of a superconductor, {lambda} the wave length of the EM emission in vacuum, w the shorter width of the mesa, V the voltage applied to the mesa, N the number of layers of intrinsic Josephson junctions, e and h are the elementary charge and the Planck constant, respectively. These two relations strongly imply that the mechanism of the emission is, firstly, due to the geometrical resonance of EM waves to the mesa like a cavity resonance occuring in the mesa structure, and forming standing waves as cavity resonance modes, and secondly, due to the ac-Josephson effect, which works coherently in all intrinsic Josephson junctions. The peculiar temperature dependence of the power intensity emitted form samples shows a broad maximum in a temperature region between 20 and 40 K, suggesting that the nonequilibrium effect plays an essential role for the emission of EM waves in this system. The estimated total power is significantly improved in comparison with the previous report [L. Ozyuzer et al., Science 318 (2007) 1291, K. Kadowaki, et al., Physica C 437-438 (2006) 111, I.E. Batov, et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 88 (2006) 262504], and reached as high as 5 {micro}W from single mesa with w = 60 {micro}m at 648 GHz, which enables us to use it for some of applications. So far, we succeeded in fabricating the mesa emitting EM waves up to

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with improved cooling: Coherent emission above 1 THz

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    Ji, M.; An, D. Y.; Li, M. Y.; Zhou, X. J.; Wang, H. B.; Yuan, J.; Hatano, T.; Gross, B.; Rudau, F.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.; Huang, Y.; Sun, H. C.; Zhu, Q.; Li, J.; Xu, W. W.; Jin, B. B.; Wu, P. H.; Kinev, N.; Koshelets, V. P.

    2014-09-22

    We report on Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (BSCCO) intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with improved cooling, allowing for a remarkable increase in emission frequency compared to the previous designs. We started with a BSCCO stack embedded between two gold layers. When mounted in the standard way to a single substrate, the stack emits in the range of 0.43–0.82 THz. We then glued a second, thermally anchored substrate onto the sample surface. The maximum voltage of this better cooled and dimension-unchanged sample was increased and, accordingly, both the emission frequencies and the tunable frequency range were significantly increased up to 1.05 THz and to 0.71 THz, respectively. This double sided cooling may also be useful for other “hot” devices, e.g., quantum cascade lasers.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Numerical Real Space Renormalization of a 2D Random Boson Model

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    Iyer, Shankar; Refael, Gil

    2011-03-01

    Interest in the random boson problem originated in experiments on Helium adsorbed in Vycor, but the problem arises in many contexts, including Josephson junction arrays and disordered cold atom systems. Recently, Altman, Kafri, Polkovnikov, and Refael have studied a rotor model description of interacting bosons subjected to quenched disorder in one dimension. Using a real space renormalization approach, they have identified a random fixed point that marks the transition between superfluid and Mott-glass phases. Here, we describe work that numerically extends their approach to the random boson problem in two dimensions. We first test the validity of the real space renormalization by comparison to exact diagonalization of small systems. Then, we move to larger systems and explore what the renormalization scheme can tell us about the nature of the insulating and superfluid phases.

  18. Josephson current between p-wave superconductors

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    Yokoyama, Takehito; Tanaka, Yukio; Golubov, Alexander; Asano, Yasuhiro

    2006-10-01

    Josephson current in p-wave superconductor/diffusive normal metal (DN)/p-wave superconductor junctions is calculated by solving the Usadel equation under the Nazarov's boundary condition extended to unconventional superconductors by changing the heights of the insulating barriers at the interfaces, the magnitudes of the resistance in DN, and the angles between the normal to the interface and the lobe directions of p-wave pair potentials. It is shown that the magnitude of the Josephson current strongly depends on the lobe directions of the p-wave pair potentials and the resulting magnitude of the Josephson current is large compared to that in the s-wave superconducting junctions due to the formation of the resonant states peculiar to p-wave superconductors.

  19. 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.

  20. The observation of the ac Josephson effect in a YBa2Cu3O7/ Au/YBa2Cu3O7 junction

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    Schwartz, D. B.; Mankiewich, P. M.; Howard, R. E.; Jackel, L. D.; Straughn, B. L.

    1989-03-01

    The authors have demonstrated proximity effect coupling between a high-transition-temperature superconductor and a normal metal. In a device with a 1-micron-long gap in a YBa2Cu3O7 film spanned by an Au shunt, the authors observed a dc supercurrent and the ac Josephson effect under microwave irradiation from 2 GHz to 15 GHz. Preliminary work has also begun with Ag shunts. It is concluded that these high quality S-N (superconductor-normal) interfaces should be applicable both to probing the superconducting state in oxide superconductors and to building high-Tc electronic devices.