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  1. Theory of a weak-link superconductor-ferromagnet Josephson structure

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    Gelhausen, J.; Eschrig, M.

    2016-09-01

    We propose a model for the theoretical description of a weak-link Josephson junction, in which the weak link is spin-polarized due to proximity to a ferromagnetic metal [S-(F |S )-S, where S is a superconductor and F is a ferromagnetic metal]. Employing Usadel transport theory appropriate for diffusive systems, we show that the weak link is described within the framework of Andreev circuit theory by an effective self-energy resulting from the implementation of spin-dependent boundary conditions. This leads to a considerable simplification of the model, and allows for an efficient numerical treatment. As an application of our model, we show numerical calculations of important physical observables such as the local density of states, proximity-induced minigaps, spin-magnetization, and the phase and temperature dependence of Josephson currents of the S-(F |S )-S system. We discuss multivalued current-phase relationships at low temperatures as well as their crossover to sinusoidal form at high temperatures. Additionally, we numerically treat (S-F-S) systems that exhibit a magnetic domain wall in the F region and calculate the temperature-dependence of the critical currents.

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

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

    2010-06-01

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

  3. Current driven transition from Abrikosov-Josephson to Josephson-like vortex in mesoscopic lateral S/S’/S superconducting weak links

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    Carapella, G.; Sabatino, P.; Barone, C.; Pagano, S.; Gombos, M.

    2016-01-01

    Vortices are topological defects accounting for many important effects in superconductivity, superfluidity, and magnetism. Here we address the stability of a small number of such excitations driven by strong external forces. We focus on Abrikosov-Josephson vortex that appears in lateral superconducting S/S’/S weak links with suppressed superconductivity in S’. In such a system the vortex is nucleated and confined in the narrow S’ region by means of a small magnetic field and moves under the effect of a force proportional to an applied electrical current with a velocity proportional to the measured voltage. Our numerical simulations show that when a slow moving Abrikosov-Josephson vortex is driven by a strong constant current it becomes unstable with respect to a faster moving excitation: the Josephon-like vortex. Such a current-driven transition explains the structured dissipative branches that we observe in the voltage-current curve of the weak link. When vortex matter is strongly confined phenomena as magnetoresistance oscillations and reentrance of superconductivity can possibly occur. We experimentally observe these phenomena in our weak links. PMID:27752137

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

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

    1990-11-01

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

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

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    Arjoranta, Juho; Heikkilä, Tero T.

    2016-01-01

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

  6. Nanoelectromechanics of superconducting weak links (Review Article)

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

    2012-04-01

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

  7. High Temperature Superconductor Josephson Weak Links

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

    1993-01-01

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

  8. 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.

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

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    Hunt, Brian D. (Inventor)

    1999-01-01

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

  10. Calibration Technique for Superfluid 4He Weak-Link Cells Based on the Fountain Effect

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    Hoskinson, E.; Packard, R. E.

    2006-09-07

    Studies of superfluid 4He weak-links require calibration constants which permit the determination of the pressure and temperature differences which drive Josephson oscillations. We describe a technique for calibrating 4He weak-link cells in which a heater is used to induce fountain pressures detected by the deflection of a diaphragm. The technique determines the diaphragm spring constant, the inner cell volume, and the thermal conductance of the inner cells walls. This information is used to convert the measured deflection of the diaphragm into the total chemical potential difference across the weak link.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    1994-01-01

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

  13. 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.

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

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

    2003-06-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  17. All-YBa2Cu3O(7-x) edge-geometry weak links

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

    1992-01-01

    High quality YBa2Cu3O(7-x)/normal-metal/YBa2Cu3O(7-x) edge-geometry weak links are fabricated using nonsuperconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O barrier layers deposited by laser ablation at reduced growth temperatures. Devices incorporating 25-100-A-thick barrier layers exhibit current-voltage characteristics consistent with the resistively-shunted-junction model, as well as ac Josephson steps. Magnetic field modulation of the critical currents shows Fraunhofer-like behavior with a periodicity which scales with device area. The critical currents vary exponentially with barrier thickness indicating an effective normal metal coherence length of 20 A. The average resistances scale linearly with Y-Ba-Cu-O interlayer thickness and device area. The scaling behavior of the device parameters combined with the well-behaved magnetic field modulation of the critical currents demonstrates good barrier-layer uniformity with low pinhole densities. Near the transition temperature, the critical currents exhibit a temperature dependence proportional to (1 - T/Tc) squared.

  18. 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

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

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    Claassen, J.H.

    1982-05-01

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

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

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

    1996-01-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Transport properties of Nb/InAs(2DEG)/Nb Josephson field-effect transistors

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    Richter, A.; Koch, M.; Matsuyama, T.; Merkt, U.

    1999-11-01

    We investigate transport properties of mesoscopic semiconductor-superconductor weak links. The superconducting Nb electrodes of our junctions are coupled by the two-dimensional electron gas of an InAs heterostructure grown on a GaAs substrate. We report on the properties of Josephson field-effect transistors utilizing these junctions.

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

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

    2015-05-25

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

  5. Applications of Laminar Weak-Link Mechanisms for Ultraprecision Synchrotron Radiation Instruments

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    Shu, D.; Toellner, T. S.; Alp, E. E.; Maser, J.; Ilavsky, J.; Shastri, S. D.; Lee, P. L.; Narayanan, S.; Long, G. G.

    2007-01-19

    Unlike traditional kinematic flexure mechanisms, laminar overconstrained weak-link mechanisms provide much higher structure stiffness and stability. Using a laminar structure configured and manufactured by chemical etching and lithography techniques, we are able to design and build linear and rotary weak-link mechanisms with ultrahigh positioning sensitivity and stability for synchrotron radiation applications. Applications of laminar rotary weak-link mechanism include: high-energy-resolution monochromators for inelastic x-ray scattering and x-ray analyzers for ultra-small-angle scattering and powder-diffraction experiments. Applications of laminar linear weak-link mechanism include high-stiffness piezo-driven stages with subnanometer resolution for an x-ray microscope. In this paper, we summarize the recent designs and applications of the laminar weak-link mechanisms at the Advanced Photon Source.

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

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    Bai, Chunxu; Yang, Yanling

    2014-01-01

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  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

    2016-01-21

    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.

  12. Current-phase relation of a Bose-Einstein condensate flowing through a weak link

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    Piazza, F.; Smerzi, A.; Collins, L. A.

    2010-03-15

    We study the current-phase relation of a Bose-Einstein condensate flowing through a repulsive square barrier by solving analytically the one-dimensional Gross-Pitaevskii equation. The barrier height and width fix the current-phase relation j({delta}{phi}), which tends to j{approx}cos({delta}{phi}/2) for weak barriers and to the Josephson sinusoidal relation j{approx}sin({delta}{phi}) for strong barriers. Between these two limits, the current-phase relation depends on the barrier width. In particular, for wide-enough barriers, we observe two families of multivalued current-phase relations. Diagrams belonging to the first family, already known in the literature, can have two different positive values of the current at the same phase difference. The second family, new to our knowledge, can instead allow for three different positive currents still corresponding to the same phase difference. Finally, we show that the multivalued behavior arises from the competition between hydrodynamic and nonlinear-dispersive components of the flow, the latter due to the presence of a soliton inside the barrier region.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  14. 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…

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

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

    2008-12-01

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

  16. Low-noise THz MgB2 Josephson mixer

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    Cunnane, Daniel; Kawamura, Jonathan H.; Acharya, Narendra; Wolak, Matthäus A.; Xi, X. X.; Karasik, Boris S.

    2016-09-01

    The potential applications for high frequency operation of the Josephson effect in MgB2 include THz mixers, direct detectors, and digital circuits. Here we report on MgB2 weak links which exhibit the Josephson behavior up to almost 2 THz and using them for low-noise heterodyne detection of THz radiation. The devices are made from epitaxial film grown in the c-axis direction by the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition method. The current in the junctions travels parallel to the surface of the film, thus making possible a large contribution of the quasi-two-dimensional σ-gap in transport across the weak link. These devices are connected to a planar spiral antenna with a dielectric substrate lens to facilitate coupling to free-space radiation for use as a detector. The IcRn product of the junction is 5.25 mV, giving confirmation of a large gap parameter. The sensitivity of the mixer was measured from 0.6 THz to 1.9 THz. At a bath temperature of over 20 K, a mixer noise temperature less than 2000 K (DSB) was measured near 0.6 THz.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    Brunk, G.; Luebbig, H.

    1982-04-01

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

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

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    Smith, Stephen

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-03-28

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  8. 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.

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

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

    2004-12-01

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

  10. Three-Dimensional Characterization and Modeling of Microstructural Weak Links for Spall Damage in FCC Metals

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    Krishnan, Kapil; Brown, Andrew; Wayne, Leda; Vo, Johnathan; Opie, Saul; Lim, Harn; Peralta, Pedro; Luo, Sheng-Nian; Byler, Darrin; McClellan, Kenneth J.; Koskelo, Aaron; Dickerson, Robert

    2014-11-25

    Local microstructural weak links for spall damage were investigated using three-dimensional (3-D) characterization in multicrystalline copper samples (grain size ≈ 450 µm) shocked with laser-driven plates at low pressures (2 to 4 GPa). The thickness of samples and flyer plates, approximately 1000 and 500 µm respectively, led to short pressure pulses that allowed isolating microstructure effects on local damage characteristics. Electron Backscattering Diffraction and optical microscopy were used to relate the presence, size, and shape of porosity to local microstructure. The experiments were complemented with 3-D finite element simulations of individual grain boundaries (GBs) that resulted in large damage volumes using crystal plasticity coupled with a void nucleation and growth model. Results from analysis of these damage sites show that the presence of a GB-affected zone, where strain concentration occurs next to a GB, correlates strongly with damage localization at these sites, most likely due to the inability of maintaining strain compatibility across these interfaces, with additional effects due to the inclination of the GB with respect to the shock. Results indicate that strain compatibility plays an important role on intergranular spall damage in metallic materials.

  11. Three-Dimensional Characterization and Modeling of Microstructural Weak Links for Spall Damage in FCC Metals

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    Krishnan, Kapil; Brown, Andrew; Wayne, Leda; Vo, Johnathan; Opie, Saul; Lim, Harn; Peralta, Pedro; Luo, Sheng-Nian; Byler, Darrin; McClellan, Kenneth J.; et al

    2014-11-25

    Local microstructural weak links for spall damage were investigated using three-dimensional (3-D) characterization in multicrystalline copper samples (grain size ≈ 450 µm) shocked with laser-driven plates at low pressures (2 to 4 GPa). The thickness of samples and flyer plates, approximately 1000 and 500 µm respectively, led to short pressure pulses that allowed isolating microstructure effects on local damage characteristics. Electron Backscattering Diffraction and optical microscopy were used to relate the presence, size, and shape of porosity to local microstructure. The experiments were complemented with 3-D finite element simulations of individual grain boundaries (GBs) that resulted in large damage volumesmore » using crystal plasticity coupled with a void nucleation and growth model. Results from analysis of these damage sites show that the presence of a GB-affected zone, where strain concentration occurs next to a GB, correlates strongly with damage localization at these sites, most likely due to the inability of maintaining strain compatibility across these interfaces, with additional effects due to the inclination of the GB with respect to the shock. Results indicate that strain compatibility plays an important role on intergranular spall damage in metallic materials.« less

  12. 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.

  13. Time-reversal-invariant Z4 fractional Josephson effect.

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    Zhang, Fan; Kane, C L

    2014-07-18

    We study the Josephson junction mediated by the quantum spin Hall edge states and show that electron-electron interactions lead to a dissipationless fractional Josephson effect in the presence of time-reversal symmetry. Surprisingly, the periodicity is 8π, corresponding to a Josephson frequency eV/2ℏ. We estimate the magnitude of interaction-induced many-body level splitting responsible for this effect and argue that it can be measured by using tunneling spectroscopy. For strong interactions we show that the Josephson effect is associated with the weak tunneling of charge e/2 quasiparticles between the superconductors. Our theory describes a fourfold ground state degeneracy that is similar to that of coupled "fractional" Majorana modes but is protected by time-reversal symmetry.

  14. 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.

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

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    Sheikhzada, Ahmad; Gurevich, Alex

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    Sheikhzada, Ahmad; Gurevich, Alex

    2015-12-07

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

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

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    Sheikhzada, Ahmad; Gurevich, Alex

    2015-12-07

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

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

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

    1994-01-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

    2008-05-01

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

    2011-05-27

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

  11. 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.

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  14. 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.

  15. The Weak Link in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: What is the Evidence for Graft Fixation Devices?

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    Campbell, Kirk A; Looze, Christopher; Bosco, Joseph A; Strauss, Eric J

    2016-03-01

    Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is a common injury that mostly affects young adults. The mechanisms of injury and surgical treatment have been extensively studied in both the laboratory and clinical arenas; however, great controversy still exists in regards to the best surgical technique, graft choice, and graft fixation device. In the area graft fixation, multiple breakthroughs have occurred in terms of fixation devices. These devices generally fall within the broad categories of interference screw, cross-pins, or cortical-based devices. Furthermore, some of these devices are available in either metal or bioabsorbable materials, which adds to the already great variety of options. Although biomechanically these devices have been shown to be able to withstand the typical forces experienced by the ACL graft during the early phases of rehabilitation before the graft has fully incorporated into the bone, little is known about the clinical outcomes. It is well recognized that graft fixation is the weakest link in the early postoperative period after ACL reconstruction. This review of the outcomes of ACL fixation devices explores some of the evidence available for the different devices. PMID:26977545

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

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

    2010-02-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. Terahertz Josephson plasma waves in layered superconductors: spectrum, generation, nonlinear and quantum phenomena

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    Savel'ev, Sergey; Yampol'skii, V. A.; Rakhmanov, A. L.; Nori, Franco

    2010-02-01

    The recent growing interest in terahertz (THz) and sub-THz science and technology is due to its many important applications in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology and medicine, including THz imaging, spectroscopy, tomography, medical diagnosis, health monitoring, environmental control, as well as chemical and biological identification. We review the problem of linear and nonlinear THz and sub-THz Josephson plasma waves in layered superconductors and their excitations produced by moving Josephson vortices. We start by discussing the coupled sine-Gordon equations for the gauge-invariant phase difference of the order parameter in the junctions, taking into account the effect of breaking the charge neutrality, and deriving the spectrum of Josephson plasma waves. We also review surface and waveguide Josephson plasma waves. The spectrum of these waves is presented, and their excitation is discussed. We review the propagation of weakly nonlinear Josephson plasma waves below the plasma frequency, ωJ, which is very unusual for plasma-like excitations. In close analogy to nonlinear optics, these waves exhibit numerous remarkable features, including a self-focusing effect and the pumping of weaker waves by a stronger one. In addition, an unusual stop-light phenomenon, when ∂ω/∂k ≈ 0, caused by both nonlinearity and dissipation, can be observed in the Josephson plasma waves. At frequencies above ωJ, the current-phase nonlinearity can be used for transforming continuous sub-THz radiation into short, strongly amplified, pulses. We also present quantum effects in layered superconductors, specifically, the problem of quantum tunneling of fluxons through stacks of Josephson junctions. Moreover, the nonlocal sine-Gordon equation for Josephson vortices is reviewed. We discuss the Cherenkov and transition radiations of the Josephson plasma waves produced by moving Josephson vortices, either in a single Josephson junction or in layered superconductors. Furthermore, the

  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. Weak-link capacitor

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

    2013-04-23

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

  2. Weak-link capacitor

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

    2011-06-07

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. Efficient Qubit Readout Using Josephson Photomultipliers

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    Pritchett, E. J.; Govia, L. C. G.; Xu, C.; Vavilov, M. G.; Plourde, B. L. T.; McDermott, R.; Wilhelm, F. K.

    2014-03-01

    A Josephson photomultplier (JPM) - a current-biased Josephson junction operated near its critical bias - can absorb and detect weak microwave signals with high sensitivity (PRL 107, 217401 (2011)). When strongly coupled to a high-Q transmission line ``cavity,'' the JPM can detect single microwave photons with large bandwidth and with near unit efficiency (PRB 86, 174506 (2012)). The switching of a JPM into its voltage state acts on the adjacent cavity via the backaction of photon subtraction (PRA 86, 032311 (2012)). While a destructive measurement of the microwave cavity, this switching can perform a binary non-demolition measurement of a quantum system coupled to the cavity. We present a protocol by which the presence and subsequent detection of a cavity photon by a JPM conveys information about the state of a superconducting qubit without destroying it, thus performing a quantum non-demolition measurement of the qubit's state. Multi-qubit generalizations of this protocol are discussed. (Present address HRL Laboratories).

  6. 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.…

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

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    Smith, Stephen J.

    2011-01-01

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

  8. Efficient Qubit Readout Using Josephson Photomultipliers

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    Govia, L. C. G.; Pritchett, E. J.; Xu, C.; Vavilov, M. G.; Plourde, B. L. T.; McDermott, R.; Wilhelm, F. K.

    2014-05-01

    A Josephson photomultplier (JPM) can absorb and detect weak microwave signals with high sensitivity (PRL 107, 217401 (2011)). When strongly coupled to a microwave cavity, the JPM can detect single microwave photons with large bandwidth and with near unit efficiency (PRB 86, 174506 (2012)). The switching of a JPM into its measured state acts on the adjacent cavity via the back action of photon subtraction (PRA 86, 032311 (2012)). While a destructive measurement of the microwave cavity, this switching can perform a binary non-demolition measurement of a quantum system coupled to the cavity. We present a protocol by which the presence and subsequent detection of a cavity photon by a JPM conveys information about the state of a qubit coupled to the cavity without destroying it, thus performing a quantum non-demolition measurement of the qubit's state. Multi-qubit generalizations of this protocol are discussed.

  9. Josephson vortex lattice in layered superconductors

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

    2013-09-15

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  14. PHONONS IN INTRINSIC JOSEPHSON SYSTEMS

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    C. PREIS; K. SCHMALZL; ET AL

    2000-10-01

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

  15. 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.

  16. Artificial neural network circuits with Josephson devices

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    Harada, Y.; Goto, E. )

    1991-03-01

    This article describes a new approach of Josephson devices for computer applications. With an artificial neural network scheme Josephson devices is expected to develop a new paradigm for future computer systems. Here the authors discuss circuit configuration for a neuron with Josephson devices. The authors proposed a combination of a variable bias source and Josephson devices for a synapse circuit. The bias source signal is steered by the Josephson device input signal and becomes the synapse output signal. These output signals are summed up at the specific resistor or inductor to produce the weighted sum of Josephson devices input signals. According to the error signal, the bias source value is corrected. This corresponds to the learning procedure.

  17. 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.

  18. Scintillation index and performance analysis of wireless optical links over non-Kolmogorov weak turbulence based on generalized atmospheric spectral model.

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    Cang, Ji; Liu, Xu

    2011-09-26

    Based on the generalized spectral model for non-Kolmogorov atmospheric turbulence, analytic expressions of the scintillation index (SI) are derived for plane, spherical optical waves and a partially coherent Gaussian beam propagating through non-Kolmogorov turbulence horizontally in the weak fluctuation regime. The new expressions relate the SI to the finite turbulence inner and outer scales, spatial coherence of the source and spectral power-law and then used to analyze the effects of atmospheric condition and link length on the performance of wireless optical communication links.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Josephson relation for the superfluid density in the BCS-BEC crossover

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    Taylor, Edward

    2008-04-01

    The Josephson relation for the superfluid density is derived for a Fermi superfluid in the BCS-BEC crossover. This identity extends the original Josephson relation for Bose superfluids. It gives a simple exact relation between the superfluid density {rho}{sub s} and the broken-symmetry Cooper pair order parameter {delta}{sub 0} in terms of the infrared limit of the pair fluctuation propagator. The same expression holds through the entire BCS-BEC crossover, describing the superfluid density of a weak-coupling BCS superfluid as well as the superfluid density of a Bose condensate of dimer molecules.

  2. Microwave spectroscopy on a double quantum dot with an on-chip Josephson oscillator

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    Holleitner, A. W.; Qin, H.; Simmel, F.; Irmer, B.; Blick, R. H.; Kotthaus, J. P.; Ustinov, A. V.; Eberl, K.

    2000-02-01

    We present measurements on microwave spectroscopy on a double quantum dot with an on-chip microwave source. The quantum dots are realized in the two-dimensional electron gas of an AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructure and are weakly coupled in series by a tunnelling barrier forming an `ionic' molecular state. We employ a Josephson oscillator formed by a long Nb/Al-AlOx /Nb junction as a microwave source. We find photon-assisted tunnelling sidebands induced by the Josephson oscillator, and compare the results with those obtained using an externally operated microwave source.

  3. 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.

  4. Josephson effect through magnetic skyrmions

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    Yokoyama, Takehito; Linder, Jacob

    2015-08-01

    We discover that the multiple degrees of freedom associated with magnetic skyrmions—size, position, and helicity—can all be used to control the Josephson effect and 0 -π transitions occurring in superconductor/magnetic skyrmion/superconductor junctions. In the presence of two skyrmions, the Josephson effect depends strongly on their relative helicity and leads to the possibility of a helicity-transistor effect for the supercurrent, where the critical current is changed by several orders of magnitude simply by reversing the helicity of a magnetic skyrmion. Moreover, we demonstrate that the Fraunhofer pattern can show a local minimum at zero flux as a direct result of the skyrmion magnetic texture. These findings demonstrate the rich physics that emerges when combining topological magnetic objects with superconductors and could lead to different perspectives in superconducting spintronics.

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

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

    2006-06-01

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

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

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

    2015-10-16

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

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

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

    2009-05-08

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

  11. Observation of coherent modes of Josephson vortices in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x}

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    Lee, J.U.; Guptasarma, P.; Hornbaker, D.; El-Kortas, A.; Hinks, D.; Gray, K.E.

    1997-09-01

    We report strong evidence for coherent modes of moving Josephson vortices in mesas patterned on the surface of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} single crystals. The vortex flow current{endash}voltage curves are characterized by a sharp up-turn and the appearance of multiple branches as the current is ramped up and down at a fixed magnetic field and temperature. These results are consistent with weakly damped motion of Josephson vortices in which different coherent modes can occur in a close stack of Josephson coupled multilayers. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

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

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

    1995-01-01

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

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

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

    1994-12-31

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Polaritonic Rabi and Josephson Oscillations

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    Rahmani, Amir; Laussy, Fabrice P.

    2016-07-01

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

  17. Polaritonic Rabi and Josephson Oscillations.

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    Rahmani, Amir; Laussy, Fabrice P

    2016-07-25

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

  18. Polaritonic Rabi and Josephson Oscillations

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    Rahmani, Amir; Laussy, Fabrice P.

    2016-01-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. High-temperature dc superconducting quantum interference device with deep-submicron YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 weak links

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    Romaine, S.E.; Mankiewich, P.M.; Skocpol, W.J. ); Westerwick, E. )

    1991-11-11

    We have fabricated a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO) thin-film dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) with lithographically defined deep-submicron weak links. At 77 K the voltage response to dc flux is sinusoidal and nonhysteretic, with maximum peak-to-peak amplitude of 5 {mu}V. The maximum response is 8 {mu}V at 70 K, where 2{ital LI}{sub 0}/{Phi}{sub 0}{approx}1. At lower temperatures, the maximum response oscillates in the range 4--6 {mu}V. Random telegraph noise was observed near 30--40 K. Well-behaved Shapiro steps were observable at all measured temperatures below {ital T}{sub {ital c}}.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Learning's "Weak" Link to Persistence

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

    2012-01-01

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

  6. 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.

  7. Scanning Josephson spectroscopy on the atomic scale

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

    2016-04-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. A Josephson radiation comb generator.

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

    2015-01-01

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

  11. A Josephson radiation comb generator

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    1995-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-06-01

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

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

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

    1994-12-31

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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}

  17. 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.

  18. Phonon-Josephson resonances in atomtronic circuits

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    Bidasyuk, Y. M.; Prikhodko, O. O.; Weyrauch, M.

    2016-09-01

    We study the resonant excitation of sound modes from Josephson oscillations in Bose-Einstein condensates. From the simulations for various setups using the Gross-Pitaevskii mean-field equations and Josephson equations we observe additional tunneling currents induced by resonant phonons. The proposed experiment may be used for spectroscopy of phonons as well as other low-energy collective excitations in Bose-Einstein condensates. We also argue that the observed effect may mask the observation of Shapiro resonances if not carefully controlled.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. A compact transportable Josephson voltage standard

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

    1996-06-01

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

  6. 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

  7. From Judgment to Action: The Josephson Institute.

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    Kuhmerker, Lisa

    1989-01-01

    Reports on the activities of the Josephson Institute for the Advancement of Ethics which was created to promote ethical principles. Points out that the Institute's program focuses on the movement from judgment to action and attracts professionals in decision-making positions. Provides a description of a workshop and an address for obtaining…

  8. 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.

  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. 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.

  11. Fluxon propagation on a Josephson transmission line

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    Matsuda, A.; Kawakami, T.

    1983-08-22

    Fluxon propagation profiles for Josephson transmission lines have been directly measured. Single--input-pulse dissociation into multifluxon as well as velocity-dependent wave forms have actually been observed. The experimental results agree well with the theoretical results if a large rf loss term is assumed.

  12. Is reporting on interventions a weak link in understanding how and why they work? A preliminary exploration using community heart health exemplars

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    Riley, Barbara L; MacDonald, JoAnne; Mansi, Omaima; Kothari, Anita; Kurtz, Donna; vonTettenborn, Linda I; Edwards, Nancy C

    2008-01-01

    Background The persistent gap between research and practice compromises the impact of multi-level and multi-strategy community health interventions. Part of the problem is a limited understanding of how and why interventions produce change in population health outcomes. Systematic investigation of these intervention processes across studies requires sufficient reporting about interventions. Guided by a set of best processes related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of community health interventions, this article presents preliminary findings of intervention reporting in the published literature using community heart health exemplars as case examples. Methods The process to assess intervention reporting involved three steps: selection of a sample of community health intervention studies and their publications; development of a data extraction tool; and data extraction from the publications. Publications from three well-resourced community heart health exemplars were included in the study: the North Karelia Project, the Minnesota Heart Health Program, and Heartbeat Wales. Results Results are organized according to six themes that reflect best intervention processes: integrating theory, creating synergy, achieving adequate implementation, creating enabling structures and conditions, modifying interventions during implementation, and facilitating sustainability. In the publications for the three heart health programs, reporting on the intervention processes was variable across studies and across processes. Conclusion Study findings suggest that limited reporting on intervention processes is a weak link in research on multiple intervention programs in community health. While it would be premature to generalize these results to other programs, important next steps will be to develop a standard tool to guide systematic reporting of multiple intervention programs, and to explore reasons for limited reporting on intervention processes. It is our contention that

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  14. 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).

  15. 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.

  16. Transition from slow Abrikosov to fast moving Josephson vortices in iron pnictide superconductors.

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    Moll, Philip J W; Balicas, Luis; Geshkenbein, Vadim; Blatter, Gianni; Karpinski, Janusz; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D; Batlogg, Bertram

    2013-02-01

    Iron pnictides are layered high T(c) superconductors with moderate material anisotropy and thus Abrikosov vortices are expected in the mixed state. Yet, we have discovered a distinct change in the nature of the vortices from Abrikosov-like to Josephson-like in the pnictide superconductor SmFeAs(O,F) with T(c)~48-50 K on cooling below a temperature T*~41-42 K, despite its moderate electronic anisotropy γ~4-6. This transition is hallmarked by a sharp drop in the critical current and accordingly a jump in the flux-flow voltage in a magnetic field precisely aligned along the FeAs layers, indicative of highly mobile vortices. T* coincides well with the temperature where the coherence length ξ(c) perpendicular to the layers matches half of the FeAs-layer spacing. For fields slightly out-of-plane (> 0.1°- 0.15°) the vortices are completely immobilized as well-pinned Abrikosov segments are introduced when the vortex crosses the FeAs layers. We interpret these findings as a transition from well-pinned, slow moving Abrikosov vortices at high temperatures to weakly pinned, fast flowing Josephson vortices at low temperatures. This vortex dynamics could become technologically relevant as superconducting applications will always operate deep in the Josephson regime.

  17. 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.

  18. Hybrid-free Josephson Parametric Converter

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    Frattini, N. E.; Narla, A.; Sliwa, K. M.; Shankar, S.; Hatridge, M.; Devoret, M. H.

    A necessary component for any quantum computation architecture is the ability to perform efficient quantum operations. In the microwave regime of superconducting qubits, these quantum-limited operations can be realized with a non-degenerate Josephson junction based three-wave mixer, the Josephson Parametric Converter (JPC). Currently, the quantum signal of interest must pass through a lossy 180 degree hybrid to be presented as a differential drive to the JPC. This hybrid therefore places a limit on the quantum efficiency of the system and also increases the device footprint. We present a new design for the JPC eliminating the need for any external hybrid. We also show that this design has nominally identical performance to the conventional JPC. Work supported by ARO, AFOSR and YINQE.

  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. Josephson Circuits as Vector Quantum Spins

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    Samach, Gabriel; Kerman, Andrew J.

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

  1. 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.

  2. Cryogenic wafer prober for Josephson devices

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    Geary, J.; Vella-Coleiro, G.

    1983-05-01

    A wafer probing system has been built for the testing of Josephson junction devices at helium temperature. A mechanism moves a probe card from one position to another on a two inch wafer while immersed in liquid helium. The mechanism is actuated by shafts which connect to stepper motors positioned above the helium dewar. A positioning accuracy of + or - 50 ..mu..m at the probe tips is achieved. The replaceable probe card is all ceramic and carries 120 rigidly mounted palladium-alloy needles, arranged in signal-ground pairs and positioned in an array which matches the pad design of the particular device under test. Controlled impedance transmission lines are maintained all the way to the wafer's surface. A computer interface is included so that probing of a whole wafer can be conducted under software control. The system is intended for routine testing of Josephson devices in wafer form as well as for testing very large numbers of individual junctions.

  3. Fluctuation of heat current in Josephson junctions

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    Virtanen, P.; Giazotto, F.

    2015-02-15

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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}.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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    Warburton, Paul A.

    2011-01-01

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. REVIEW ARTICLE: A review of Josephson comparison results

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    Wood, B. M.; Solve, S.

    2009-12-01

    In March 2009, the Consultative Committee for Electricity and Magnetism (CCEM) reviewed and re-endorsed its recommendations originally proposed during its 25th meeting (April 2007) for changes in the SI electrical units (Recommendation E-1). Among its considerations, the document stated that the representation of the volt using the Josephson effect and the conventional value of the Josephson constant, KJ-90, has provided practical, accessible, reproducible, low noise and highly linear references worldwide since 1990. We summarize the measurement results of comparisons between Josephson voltage standards that help support this statement, especially concerning the accuracy and the simplicity of the Josephson relationship between voltage and frequency. We also detail a list of influence parameters and the ranges over which the Josephson relationship has been tested.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Isolation of a Josephson qubit from the electromagnetic environment

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

    2015-11-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

    2016-04-18

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

  8. Fabrication and characteristics of weak links between {cflx {ital a}} and {cflx {ital c}}-axis normal grains of Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{ital x}}

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    Mahajan, S.; Buchholz, D.B.; Lei, J.; Chang, R.P.; Hogan, T.; Kannewurf, C.R.; Song, S.N.; Ketterson, J.B.; Hinds, B.; Marks, T.J.; Eckstein, J.

    1996-05-01

    We have used pulsed organometallic beam epitaxy (POMBE) to simultaneously deposit {cflx {ital a}} and {cflx {ital c}}-axis oriented Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{ital x}} (YBCO) thin films at arbitrary locations on LaAlO{sub 3}(100) substrates. Using photolithography and ion milling, several types of {cflx {ital a}}-{cflx {ital c}} weak links have been fabricated at the boundary between the two films. The current-voltage ({ital I}-{ital V}) characteristics show a flux flow type behavior. The resistive transitions are broad and the critical current density is low, indicating weak coupling across these boundaries. With magnetic field applied parallel to the grain boundary plane, nonhysteretic {ital I}-{ital V} curves are obtained and the critical current goes to zero at an applied magnetic field of {approximately}7500 Gauss. {copyright} {ital 1996 Materials Research Society.}

  9. 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.

  10. Josephson effects in condensates of excitons and exciton polaritons

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

    2008-07-01

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

  11. 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.

  12. The ac Josephson effect: observation of electromagnetic radiation (Review)

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    Yanson, I. K.

    2004-07-01

    An historical review of the discovery and the early period of research on the Josephson effect is given. Experiments on the tunneling effect in superconductors done in the 1960s at the Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kharkov (ILTPE), which led to the observation of Josephson electromagnetic radiation are described in detail. The experimental data are illustrated by the original curves, and the dates they were taken are indicated. The physical mechanism for the generation of rf radiation in superconducting tunnel junctions is examined, and some of the more promising applications of the ac Josephson effect are briefly listed.

  13. Josephson effects in condensates of excitons and exciton polaritons

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

    2008-07-15

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

  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. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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    Troncoso, Roberto E.; Núñez, Álvaro S.

    2014-07-15

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

  19. 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.

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

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    Kochetov, Bogdan A.; Fedorov, Arkady

    2015-12-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. On the electrodynamics of Josephson effect in anisotropic superconductors

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    Mints, R.G.

    1989-01-01

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

  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. Quantum waveguide theory of the Josephson effect in multiband superconductors

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

    2015-12-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Simplifying the circuit of Josephson parametric converters

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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Weak Interactions

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    Lee, T. D.

    1957-06-01

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

  14. 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.

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

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    Lee, Yu-Li; Lee, Yu-Wen

    2016-05-01

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

  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. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

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

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    Yasunaga, Masashi; Tsubota, Makoto

    2010-02-15

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Improved Josephson Qubits incorporating Crystalline Silicon Dielectrics

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    Gao, Yuanfeng; Maurer, Leon; Hover, David; Patel, Umeshkumar; McDermott, Robert

    2010-03-01

    Josephson junction phase quibts are a leading candidate for scalable quantum computing in the solid state. Their energy relaxation times are currently limited by microwave loss induced by a high density of two-level state (TLS) defects in the amorphous dielectric films of the circuit. It is expected that the integration of crystalline, defect-free dielectrics into the circuits will yield substantial improvements in qubit energy relaxation times. However, the epitaxial growth of a crystalline dielectric on a metal underlayer is a daunting challenge. Here we describe a novel approach in which the crystalline silicon nanomembrane of a Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) wafer is used to form the junction shunt capacitor. The SOI wafer is thermocompression bonded to the device wafer. The handle and buried oxide layers of the SOI are then etched away, leaving the crystalline silicon layer for subsequent processing. We discuss device fabrication issues and present microwave transport data on lumped-element superconducting resonators incorporating the crystalline silicon.

  10. 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.

  11. Josephson-coupled Moore-Read states

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    Hormozi, Layla; Moller, Gunnar; Slingerland, Joost; Simon, Steven

    2015-03-01

    We study a quantum Hall bilayer system of bosons at total filling fraction ν = 1, and analyze the the coupled Moore-Read state [PRL 108, 256809 (2012)] that results from the interplay between short-ranged interactions and interlayer pair-tunneling terms. Supported by the exact solution of the full zero-energy quasihole spectrum and a conformal field theory analysis, we develop an intuitive picture of this system as two coupled composite fermion superconductors. In this language, pair tunneling plays the role of Josephson coupling between the superconducting phases of the two layers, which gaps out the Goldstone mode associated with interlayer particle distribution. This coupling further implies that non-Abelian quasiparticles are confined between the layers. In the bulk, the resulting phase has the topological order of the Halperin 220 state i.e. U(1)2 x U(1)2 but the edge spectrum at a fixed particle number reveals an unexpected U(1)4 x U(1) structure. We attribute this behavior to the fact that this state is realized in a rotated basis of layer index, where the charged and neutral sectors are separated. With the charge quantum number being conserved but without any such restriction on the neutral sector we show that the edge spectrum must take the observed form.

  12. Josephson-coupled Moore-Read states

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

    2014-12-01

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

  13. Qubit readout with the Josephson Photomultiplier

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    Ribeill, Guilhem

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

  14. Josephson current between topological and conventional superconductors

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

    2016-03-01

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Dynamical Casimir effect in a Josephson metamaterial

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    Lähteenmäki, Pasi; Paraoanu, G. S.; Hassel, Juha; Hakonen, Pertti J.

    2013-01-01

    The zero-point energy stored in the modes of an electromagnetic cavity has experimentally detectable effects, giving rise to an attractive interaction between the opposite walls, the static Casimir effect. A dynamical version of this effect was predicted to occur when the vacuum energy is changed either by moving the walls of the cavity or by changing the index of refraction, resulting in the conversion of vacuum fluctuations into real photons. Here, we demonstrate the dynamical Casimir effect using a Josephson metamaterial embedded in a microwave cavity at 5.4 GHz. We modulate the effective length of the cavity by flux-biasing the metamaterial based on superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs), which results in variation of a few percentage points in the speed of light. We extract the full 4 × 4 covariance matrix of the emitted microwave radiation, demonstrating that photons at frequencies symmetrical with respect to half of the modulation frequency are generated in pairs. At large detunings of the cavity from half of the modulation frequency, we find power spectra that clearly show the theoretically predicted hallmark of the Casimir effect: a bimodal, “sparrow-tail” structure. The observed substantial photon flux cannot be assigned to parametric amplification of thermal fluctuations; its creation is a direct consequence of the noncommutativity structure of quantum field theory.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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    Machida, Masahiko; Kobayashi, Keita; Koyama, Tomio

    2013-08-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Optical bistability of localized Josephson surface plasmons in cuprate superconductors.

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    Alpeggiani, Filippo

    2015-03-15

    Microparticles made of high-Tc cuprate superconductors are characterized by localized plasmonic excitations known as Josephson surface plasmons, whose electromagnetic response is intrinsically nonlinear, giving rise to yet unexplored optical phenomena. In this work bistability effects in the near-resonance excitation of Josephson surface plasmons of dipolar symmetry are investigated for spheroidal superconducting particles. The threshold for the incident intensity is estimated, and experimental probing strategies are discussed. The system can be of interest in view of terahertz light switching and detection. PMID:25768133

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Spontaneous symmetry breaking and collapse in bosonic Josephson junctions

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    Mazzarella, Giovanni; Salasnich, Luca

    2010-09-15

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

  7. 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”.

  8. 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.

  9. Interfaces - Weak Links, Yet Great Opportunities

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

    2011-01-01

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

  10. Hypernuclear Weak Decays

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    Itonaga, K.; Motoba, T.

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

  11. Homoclinic chaos in systems perturbed by weak Langevin noise

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    Bulsara, A.R. ); Schieve, W.C. ); Jacobs, E.W. )

    1990-01-15

    We consider the effect of weak additive noise on the homoclinic threshold of a driven dissipative nonlinear system. A new generalized'' Melnikov function is derived for the system and is seen to be the Melnikov function for the corresponding noise-free system plus a correction term that depends on the second-order noise characteristics. The correction term is explicitly calculated for three model systems (Duffing oscillator, Josephson junction, and rf superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID)). The effect of a distribution of dc driving terms on the chaotic attractor of a dissipative system is also examined via numerical simulation of the rf SQUID.

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

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

    2015-05-15

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

  13. Reconfigurable Josephson Circulator/Directional Amplifier

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

    2015-10-01

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

  14. Quantum manipulation in a Josephson light-emitting diode.

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    Hassler, Fabian; Nazarov, Yuli V; Kouwenhoven, Leo P

    2010-07-01

    We assess the suitability of the recently proposed Josephson LED for quantum manipulation purposes. We show that the device can both be used for on-demand production of entangled photon pairs and operated as a two-qubit gate. Also, one can entangle particle spin with photon polarization and/or measure the spin by measuring the polarization.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

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

    2011-06-01

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

  18. 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.

  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. High-frequency dynamics of hybrid oxide Josephson heterostructures

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

    2008-07-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Phase-matched Josephson traveling-wave parametric amplifier for superconducting qubit readout - experiment

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    Macklin, Chris; O'Brien, K.; Schwartz, M. E.; Hover, D.; Bolkhovsky, V.; Tolpygo, S.; Fitch, G.; Weir, T.; Oliver, W. D.; Zhang, X.; Siddiqi, I.

    2015-03-01

    We have developed a new generation of Josephson traveling wave parametric amplifiers (JTWPAs) utilizing the technique of resonant phase matching. Due to its transmission line geometry, the JTWPA is not limited by the gain-bandwidth tradeoffs inherent in resonator-based parametric amplifiers. We present experimental results on the amplifier performance of the JTWPA, demonstrating gain in excess of 20 dB over an instantaneous bandwidth of more than 2 GHz with a 1 dB compression power of -100 dBm. The system noise temperature with the JTWPA is less than a factor of 3 above the quantum limit as measured using a 3D transmon in the weak measurement regime to provide a precise power calibration at the relevant experimental reference plane. We also utilize quantum weak measurement to provide an independent measure of the quantum measurement efficiency, in good agreement with the noise power measurement. We demonstrate projective qubit readout with a raw measurement fidelity exceeding 98% in an 80 ns integration window, and extrapolate this performance to a multi-qubit system. Work supported by IARPA.

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

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    Vasyutin, M. A.

    2013-12-01

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

  5. Intrinsic Josephson effect and single Cooper pair tunneling

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

    2000-06-01

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

  6. 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.

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

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

    1991-03-01

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

  8. 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.

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

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

    2011-11-15

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

    2013-12-04

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

  2. 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).

  3. 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.

  4. Self-contained automatic recorder of the dc Josephson current.

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    Simon, R W; Landmeier, P

    1978-12-01

    A circuit for the automatic recording of the dc Josephson current as a function of magnetic field or other variable has been designed and constructed. The apparatus requires no additional signal processing devices as have techniques for this measurement utilized in the past. Sensitivity to critical current amplitudes corresponding to the appearance of 5 mV across a sensing resistor is attained, as well as separate examination of the positive and negative halves of the zero-bias current. PMID:18699046

  5. 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.

  6. Introduction to parametric amplification of quantum signals with Josephson circuits

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    Roy, Ananda; Devoret, Michel

    2016-08-01

    This short and opinionated review starts with the concept of quantum signals at microwave frequencies and focuses on the principle of linear parametric amplification. This process emerges from the dispersive nonlinearity of Josephson junctions driven with appropriate tones. We discuss two defining characteristics of the corresponding amplifying devices: i) the number of modes excited by the signal, idler and pump waves and ii) the number of independent ports through which these waves enter into the circuit.

  7. 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)].

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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    Guichard, Wiebke

    2011-03-01

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

  11. 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.

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

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

    2015-07-15

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. A millimeter wave Josephson mixer employing a high-T(c) GdBaCuO point contact

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    Olsson, H. K.; Claeson, T.; Eriksson, S.; Johansson, L.-G.; Mcgrath, W. R.

    1987-01-01

    A Josephson effect heterodyne mixer for the millimeter wave band was investigated employing high-T(c) GdBaCuO point contacts. Mixer performance was in qualitative agreement with theory. A mixing response was observed up to 55 K, the highest operating temperature achieved for such a device to date. The voltage separation of RF-induced steps gave a value of h/2e = 2.08 x 10 to the -15th V s, which is in excellent agreement with the value expected for Cooper pairs. In addition, the temperature dependence of the I(0)R product was found to agree with Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory in the weak coupling limit.

  18. Weak Selection and Protein Evolution

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    Akashi, Hiroshi; Osada, Naoki; Ohta, Tomoko

    2012-01-01

    The “nearly neutral” theory of molecular evolution proposes that many features of genomes arise from the interaction of three weak evolutionary forces: mutation, genetic drift, and natural selection acting at its limit of efficacy. Such forces generally have little impact on allele frequencies within populations from generation to generation but can have substantial effects on long-term evolution. The evolutionary dynamics of weakly selected mutations are highly sensitive to population size, and near neutrality was initially proposed as an adjustment to the neutral theory to account for general patterns in available protein and DNA variation data. Here, we review the motivation for the nearly neutral theory, discuss the structure of the model and its predictions, and evaluate current empirical support for interactions among weak evolutionary forces in protein evolution. Near neutrality may be a prevalent mode of evolution across a range of functional categories of mutations and taxa. However, multiple evolutionary mechanisms (including adaptive evolution, linked selection, changes in fitness-effect distributions, and weak selection) can often explain the same patterns of genome variation. Strong parameter sensitivity remains a limitation of the nearly neutral model, and we discuss concave fitness functions as a plausible underlying basis for weak selection. PMID:22964835

  19. Weak scale supersymmetry

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    Hall, L.J. California Univ., Berkeley, CA . Dept. of Physics)

    1990-11-12

    An introduction to the ideas and current state of weak scale supersymmetry is given. It is shown that LEP data on Z decays has already excluded two of the most elegant models of weak scale supersymmetry. 14 refs.

  20. Single intrinsic Josephson junction with double-sided fabrication technique

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    You, L. X.; Torstensson, M.; Yurgens, A.; Winkler, D.; Lin, C. T.; Liang, B.

    2006-05-01

    We make stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) embedded in the bulk of very thin (d⩽100nm) Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x single crystals. By precisely controlling the etching depth during the double-sided fabrication process, the stacks can be reproducibly tailor-made to be of any microscopic height (0-9nm

  1. 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.

  2. Strong environmental coupling in a Josephson parametric amplifier

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

    2014-06-30

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

  3. Images of interlayer Josephson vortices in single-layer cuprates

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    Moler, K. A.; Kirtley, J. R.; Liang, R.; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Williams, J. M.; Schlueter, J. A.; Hinks, D.; Villard, G.; Maignan, A.; Nohara, M.; Takagi, H.

    2000-03-01

    The interlayer penetration depth in layered superconductors may be determined from scanning Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) microscope images of interlayer Josephson vortices. The authors compare their findings at 4 K for single crystals of the organic superconductor {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu(NCS){sub 2} and three near-optimally doped cuprate superconductors: La{sub 2{minus}x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4}, (Hg, Cu)Ba{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}}, and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CuO{sub 6+{delta}}.

  4. Microwave quantum refrigeration based on the Josephson effect

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    Solinas, Paolo; Bosisio, Riccardo; Giazotto, Francesco

    2016-06-01

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

  5. 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.

  6. Towards large scale HTS Josephson detector arrays for THz imaging

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    Du, J.; Hellicar, A. D.; Leslie, K. E.; Nikolic, N.; Hanham, S. M.; Macfarlane, J. C.; Foley, C. P.

    2013-11-01

    We present the design and implementation of a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) Josephson junction detector array for terahertz (THz) imaging. The array device is made of ten YBa2Cu3Ox-7 (YBCO) step-edge junctions coupled to gold thin-film ring-slot antennas on a MgO substrate. The design and characterization of the detector array in response to a 0.6 THz signal are presented. The development of multi-channel biasing and read-out electronics and the system integration with a commercial cryocooler are also described.

  7. Classical Bifurcation at the Transition from Rabi to Josephson Dynamics

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    Zibold, Tilman; Nicklas, Eike; Gross, Christian; Oberthaler, Markus K.

    2010-11-12

    We report on the experimental demonstration of the internal bosonic Josephson effect in a rubidium spinor Bose-Einstein condensate. The measurement of the full time dynamics in phase space allows the characterization of the theoretically predicted {pi}-phase modes and quantitatively confirms analytical predictions, revealing a classical bifurcation. Our results suggest that this system is a model system which can be tuned from classical to the quantum regime and thus is an important step towards the experimental investigation of entanglement generation close to critical points.

  8. Behavior of noise in a nondegenerate Josephson-parametric amplifier

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    Yurke, B.; Movshovich, R.; Kaminsky, D.G. ); Bryant, P. . Dept. of Physics); Smith, A.D.; Silver, A.H.; Simon, R.W. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on a systematic study of noise in a nondegenerate Josephson-parametric amplifier as one passes through the threshold for oscillation. Below threshold all the noise is accounted for by equilibrium fluctuations of the losses. Well above threshold the noise is 3 dB larger than the below threshold value and is again well accounted for by noise from the losses. In the region near threshold the noise can become quite large. The behavior of the noise is in qualitative agreement with that expected for a generic system undergoing a Hopf bifurcation.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Josephson Phase Qubit with a Distributed Reactance: Theory

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

    2014-03-01

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Josephson D/A converter with fundamental accuracy

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    Hamilton, C.A.; Burroughs, C.J.; Kautz, R.L.

    1994-12-31

    A binary sequence of series arrays of shunted Josephson junctions is used to make a 14-bit D/A converter. With thirteen bias lines any step number in the range -8192 to +8192 (1.2 to -1.2 V) can be selected in the time required to stabilize the bias current (a few microseconds). The circuit makes possible the digital synthesis of very-accurate ac wave-forms whose amplitude derives directly from the internationally accepted definition of the volt.

  18. 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.

  19. Adjustable Josephson Coupler for Transmon Qubit Measurement

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    Jeffrey, Evan

    2015-03-01

    Transmon qubits are measured via a dispersive interaction with a linear resonator. In order to be scalable this measurement must be fast, accurate, and not disrupt the state of the qubit. Speed is of particular importance in a scalable architecture with error correction as the measurement accounts for substantial portion of the cycle time and waiting time associated with measurement is a major source of decoherence. We have found that measurement speed and accuracy can be improved by driving the qubit beyond the critical photon number ncrit = Δ/4g by a factor of 2-3 without compromising the QND nature of the measurement. While it is expected that such strong drive will cause qubit state transitions, we find that as long as the readout is sufficiently fast, those transitions are negligible, however they grow rapidly with time, and are not described by a simple rate. Measuring in this regime requires parametric amplifiers with very high saturation power, on the order of -105 dBm in order to avoid losing SNR when increasing the power. It also requires a Purcell filter to allow fast ring-up and ring-down. Adjustable couplers can be used to further increase the measurement performance, by switching the dispersive interaction on and off much faster than the cavity ring-down time. This technique can also be used to investigate the dynamics of the qubit cavity interaction beyond the weak dispersive limit ncavity >=ncrit not easily accessible to standard dispersive measurement due to the cavity time constant.

  20. 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.

  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. 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'.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Electric control of the Josephson current-phase relation in a topological circuit

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    Wang, J.; Hao, L.; Liu, Jun-Feng

    2016-04-01

    We study the current-phase relation of a topological ring-shape Josephson junction, where the ring structure is defined by one-dimensional topological interface states constructed in a two-dimensional honeycomb-lattice system. We show that control of the potential difference between the two ring arms can lead to a φ0 Josephson junction. The physics origin is the superconducting electron- and holelike quasiparticles possessing a valley-dependent chirality and moving separately in the two ring arms. Our findings provide a purely electric way to consecutively manipulate the Josephson current-phase relation.

  7. 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.

  8. Postselected weak measurement beyond the weak value

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    Geszti, Tamas

    2010-04-15

    Closed expressions are derived for the quantum measurement statistics of pre- and postselected Gaussian particle beams. The weakness of the preselection step is shown to compete with the nonorthogonality of postselection in a transparent way. The approach is shown to be useful in analyzing postselection-based signal amplification, allowing measurements to be extended far beyond the range of validity of the well-known Aharonov-Albert-Vaidman limit. Additionally, the present treatment connects postselected weak measurement to the topic of phase-contrast microscopy.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  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. Cryocooler operation of SNIS Josephson arrays for AC Voltage standards

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    Sosso, A.; De Leo, N.; Fretto, M.; Monticone, E.; Roncaglione, L.; Rocci, R.; Lacquaniti, V.

    2014-05-01

    Avoiding liquid helium is now a worldwide issue, thus cryocooler operation is becoming mandatory for a wider use of superconductive electronics. Josephson voltage standards hold a peculiar position among superconducting devices, as they are in use in high precision voltage metrology since decades. Higher temperature operation would reduce the refrigerator size and complexity, however, arrays of Josephson junctions made with high temperature superconductors for voltage standard applications are not to date available. The SNIS (Superconductor-Normal metal-Insulator-Superconductor) junction technology developed at INRIM, based on low temperature superconductors, but capable of operation well above liquid helium temperature, is interesting for application to a compact cryocooled standard, allowing to set a compromise between device and refrigerator requirements. In this work, the behavior of SNIS devices cooled with a closed-cycle refrigerator has been investigated, both in DC and under RF irradiation. Issues related to thermal design of the apparatus to solve specific problems not faced with liquid coolants, like reduced cooling power and minimization of thermal gradients for uniform operation of the chip are discussed in detail.

  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. 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.

  19. Two-Volt Josephson Arbitrary Waveform Synthesizer Using Wilkinson Dividers

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    Flowers-Jacobs, Nathan E.; Fox, Anna E.; Dresselhaus, Paul D.; Schwall, Robert E.; Benz, Samuel P.

    2016-01-01

    The root-mean-square (rms) output voltage of the NIST Josephson arbitrary waveform synthesizer (JAWS) has been doubled from 1 V to a record 2 V by combining two new 1 V chips on a cryocooler. This higher voltage will improve calibrations of ac thermal voltage converters and precision voltage measurements that require state-of-the-art quantum accuracy, stability, and signal-to-noise ratio. We achieved this increase in output voltage by using four on-chip Wilkinson dividers and eight inner-outer dc blocks, which enable biasing of eight Josephson junction (JJ) arrays with high-speed inputs from only four high-speed pulse generator channels. This approach halves the number of pulse generator channels required in future JAWS systems. We also implemented on-chip superconducting interconnects between JJ arrays, which reduces systematic errors and enables a new modular chip package. Finally, we demonstrate a new technique for measuring and visualizing the operating current range that reduces the measurement time by almost two orders of magnitude and reveals the relationship between distortion in the output spectrum and output pulse sequence errors. PMID:27453676

  20. Tunable ground states in helical p-wave Josephson junctions

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    Cheng, Qiang; Zhang, Kunhua; Yu, Dongyang; Chen, Chongju; Zhang, Yinhan; Jin, Biao

    2016-07-01

    We study new types of Josephson junctions composed of helical p-wave superconductors with {k}x\\hat{x}+/- {k}y\\hat{y} and {k}y\\hat{x}+/- {k}x\\hat{y}-pairing symmetries using quasi-classical Green’s functions with generalized Riccati parametrization. The junctions can host rich ground states: π phase, 0 + π phase, φ 0 phase and φ phase. The phase transition can be tuned by rotating the magnetization in the ferromagnetic interface. We present the phase diagrams in the parameter space formed by the orientation of the magnetization or by the magnitude of the interfacial potentials. The selection rules for the lowest order current which are responsible for the formation of the rich phases are summarized from the current-phase relations based on the numerical calculation. We construct a Ginzburg-Landau type of free energy for the junctions with d-vectors and the magnetization, which not only reveals the interaction forms of spin-triplet superconductivity and ferromagnetism, but can also directly lead to the selection rules. In addition, the energies of the Andreev bound states and the novel symmetries in the current-phase relations are also investigated. Our results are helpful both in the prediction of novel Josephson phases and in the design of quantum circuits.

  1. Aperiodic Weak Topological Superconductors

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

    2016-06-01

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

  2. Aperiodic Weak Topological Superconductors.

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

    2016-06-24

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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Effect of Impurities on the Josephson Current through Helical Metals: Exploiting a Neutrino Paradigm.

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    Ghaemi, Pouyan; Nair, V P

    2016-01-22

    In this Letter we study the effect of time-reversal symmetric impurities on the Josephson supercurrent through two-dimensional helical metals such as on a topological insulator surface state. We show that, contrary to the usual superconducting-normal metal-superconducting junctions, the suppression of the supercurrent in the superconducting-helical metal-superconducting junction is mainly due to fluctuations of impurities in the junctions. Our results, which are a condensed matter realization of a part of the Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein effect for neutrinos, show that the relationship between normal state conductance and the critical current of Josephson junctions is significantly modified for Josephson junctions on the surface of topological insulators. We also study the temperature dependence of the supercurrent and present a two fluid model which can explain some of the recent experimental results in Josephson junctions on the edge of topological insulators. PMID:26849609

  6. 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

  7. Effect of Impurities on the Josephson Current through Helical Metals: Exploiting a Neutrino Paradigm

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    Ghaemi, Pouyan; Nair, V. P.

    2016-01-01

    In this Letter we study the effect of time-reversal symmetric impurities on the Josephson supercurrent through two-dimensional helical metals such as on a topological insulator surface state. We show that, contrary to the usual superconducting-normal metal-superconducting junctions, the suppression of the supercurrent in the superconducting-helical metal-superconducting junction is mainly due to fluctuations of impurities in the junctions. Our results, which are a condensed matter realization of a part of the Mikheyev-Smirnov-Wolfenstein effect for neutrinos, show that the relationship between normal state conductance and the critical current of Josephson junctions is significantly modified for Josephson junctions on the surface of topological insulators. We also study the temperature dependence of the supercurrent and present a two fluid model which can explain some of the recent experimental results in Josephson junctions on the edge of topological insulators.

  8. Effect of impurities on the Josephson current through helical metals: Exploiting a neutrino paradigm

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    Ghaemi, Pouyan; Nair, V. Parameswaran

    In this talk we present our results on the effect of time-reversal symmetric impurities on the Josephson supercurrent through two dimensional helical metals such as on topological insulator surface state. We show that contrary to the usual superconducting-normal metal-superconducting junctions, the suppression of supercurrent in superconducting-helical metal-superconducting junction is mainly due to fluctuations of impurities in the junctions. Our results, which is a condensed matter realization of a part of the MSW effect for neutrinos, shows that the relationship between normal state conductance and critical current of Josephson junctions is significantly modified for Josephson junctions on the surface of topological insulators. We also study the temperature-dependence of supercurrent and present a two fluid model which can explain some of recent experimental results in Josephson junctions on the edge of topological insulators.

  9. Josephson effect in low-capacitance superconductor--normal-metal--superconductor systems

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    Bauernschmitt, R.; Siewert, J.; Nazarov, Y.V.; Odintsov, A.A. )

    1994-02-01

    The transport properties of a small superconductor--normal-metal--superconducting tunnel junction can be controlled by a gate electrode coupled capacitively to the central island. We evaluate the critical Josephson current [ital I][sub [ital c

  10. 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.

  11. On the feasibility of an Erasable Programmable, Read-Only Memory (EPROM) based on Josephson technology

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    Barone, A.; Russo, M.

    1983-08-01

    An optically programmable and erasable Josephson read-only memory cell has been recently proposed by Faris (1980). Some aspects of the feasibility of such a device are considered here on the basis of experimental data for light-sensitive Josephson junctions based on Pb-CdS-In structures. Although far from being conclusive, the results support the idea of an EPROM device in which threshold curves can be continuously adjusted a posteriori by optical input.

  12. Role of phonons in Josephson oscillations of excitonic and polaritonic condensates

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    Magnusson, E. B.; Flayac, H.; Malpuech, G.; Shelykh, I. A.

    2010-11-15

    We analyze theoretically the role of the exciton-phonon interactions in phenomena related to the Josephson effect between two spatially separated exciton and exciton-polariton condensates. We consider the role of the dephasing introduced by phonons in such phenomena as Josephson tunneling, self-trapping and spontaneous polarization separation. In the regime of cw pumping we find a remarkable bistability effect arising from exciton-exciton interactions as well as regimes of self-sustained regular and chaotic oscillations.

  13. 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}

  14. Anisotropic Josephson Effects in Point Contacts between the Heavy Fermion Superconductor URu2Si2 and Nb

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    Wasser, S.; Nowack, A.; Schlabitz, W.; Freimuth, A.; Kvitnitskaya, O. E.; Menovsky, A. A.; Bruder, C.

    1998-07-01

    Point contacts between the heavy-fermion superconductor URu2Si2 and Nb are studied. A finite dc Josephson current is found in contacts aligned parallel to the a- b directions of URu2Si2, whereas it is absent in contacts aligned along the c direction. We attribute this extreme anisotropy of the Josephson current to an unconventional superconducting order parameter in URu2Si2, with a symmetry leading to destructive interference for Josephson currents along the c direction.

  15. 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.

  16. HTS Josephson heterodyne oscillator on a pulse-tube cryocooler

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    Du, J.; Macfarlane, J. C.; Lam, S. H. K.; Taylor, R.

    2009-10-01

    A high-temperature superconducting (HTS) Josephson heterodyne oscillator based on step-edge junction technology has recently been developed (Du et al 2008 Appl. Phys. Lett. 93 033507, Macfarlane et al 2009 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 19 920). In this work, the implementation and characterization of such a heterodyne oscillator on a compact pulse-tube cryocooler (PTC) are presented. The rf performance of the oscillator cooled by the cryocooler is compared to that of the same device when cooled in the quiet gas phase of a liquid helium Dewar. Any measurable influence of additional electromagnetic noise and mechanical vibration of the cryocooler on the oscillator performance is assessed by measuring the linewidth broadening of the heterodyne oscillation. The cryocooled oscillator demonstrated excellent performance and negligible excess noise was observed when operating the PTC.

  17. Probing commensurate ground states of Josephson vortex in layered superconductors.

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    Takahashi, Y; Luo, M-B; Nishizaki, T; Kobayashi, N; Hu, X

    2014-04-01

    Because of the commensurability condition between the vortex lattice constant determined by external magnetic field and the nano-scale layered structure, interlayer Josephson vortices (JVs) in high-Tc cuprate superconductors can take various configurations. We have simulated with Langevin scheme the in-plane flux-flow dynamics of JVs subject to point-like pinning centers. Oscillation in resistivity is found with the applied magnetic field, where the resistivity peaks occur around commensurate JV configurations. We have also measured the resistivity experimentally using single crystals of underdoped YBa2Cu3Oy with the anisotropy parameter gamma approximately equal to 50. A unique JV lattice has been detected for the first time.

  18. Stochastic Resonance Magnetic Force Microscopy imaging of Josephson Arrays

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    Naibert, Tyler; Polshyn, Hryhoriy; Wolin, Brian; Durkin, Malcolm; Garrido Menacho, Rita; Mondragon Shem, Ian; Chua, Victor; Hughes, Taylor; Mason, Nadya; Budakian, Raffi

    Vortex interactions are key to explaining the behavior of many two dimensional superconducting systems. We report on the development of a technique to locally probe vortex interactions in a 2D array of Josephson junctions. Scanning a magnetic tip attached to an ultra-soft cantilever over the array produces changes in the frequency of the cantilever along certain lines, forming geometric patterns in the scans. Different tip-surface separations and external magnetic fields produce a number of different patterns. These patterns correspond to tip locations in which two configurations of vortices in the lattice have degenerate energies. By imaging the locations of these degeneracies, information on the local vortex interactions may be obtained.

  19. Josephson phase diffusion in the superconducting quantum interference device ratchet

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    Spiechowicz, Jakub; Łuczka, Jerzy

    2015-05-15

    We study diffusion of the Josephson phase in the asymmetric superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) subjected to a time-periodic current and pierced by an external magnetic flux. We analyze a relation between phase diffusion and quality of transport characterized by the dc voltage across the SQUID and efficiency of the device. In doing so, we concentrate on the previously reported regime [J. Spiechowicz and J. Łuczka, New J. Phys. 17, 023054 (2015)] for which efficiency of the SQUID attains a global maximum. For long times, the mean-square displacement of the phase is a linear function of time, meaning that diffusion is normal. Its coefficient is small indicating rather regular phase evolution. However, it can be magnified several times by tailoring experimentally accessible parameters like amplitudes of the ac current or external magnetic flux. Finally, we prove that in the deterministic limit this regime is essentially non-chaotic and possesses an unexpected simplicity of attractors.

  20. 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.

  1. Observing Majorana bound states of Josephson vortices in topological superconductors

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    Grosfeld, Eytan; Stern, Ady

    2011-01-01

    In recent years there has been an intensive search for Majorana fermion states in condensed matter systems. Predicted to be localized on cores of vortices in certain nonconventional superconductors, their presence is known to render the exchange statistics of bulk vortices non-Abelian. Here we study the equations governing the dynamics of phase solitons (fluxons) in a Josephson junction in a topological superconductor. We show that the fluxon will bind a localized zero energy Majorana mode and will consequently behave as a non-Abelian anyon. The low mass of the fluxon, as well as its experimentally observed quantum mechanical wave-like nature, will make it a suitable candidate for vortex interferometry experiments demonstrating non-Abelian statistics. We suggest two experiments that may reveal the presence of the zero mode carried by the fluxon. Specific experimental realizations will be discussed as well. PMID:21730165

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Violation of Bell's Inequality using Josephson Phase Qubits

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    Ansmann, Markus; Bialczak, R.; Katz, N.; Lucero, E.; McDermott, R.; Neeley, M.; Steffen, M.; Weig, E. M.; Cleland, A. N.; Martinis, J. M.

    2006-03-01

    Recent improvements of the measurement visibility and coherence times in Josephson Phase Qubits have enabled first tests of two- qubit quantum gates and examination of quantum phenomena using these devices. Here, we present an experiment in which we attempt to violate Bell’s Inequality, which would be further proof that the system at hand behaves in a truly quantum mechanical way. The violation of Bell’s Inequality is the primary argument against the possible existence of a hidden- variable-theory as an alternative to quantum mechanics. This experiment illustrates the use of coherent control over capacitatively coupled qubits with always-on coupling, including the establishment of the system in eigenstates of the coupling, e.g. the singlet state. Single qubit rotations combined with a simultaneous, fast, high-visibility readout allow for state- tomography on the system.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Symmetry protected Josephson supercurrents in three-dimensional topological insulators.

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    Cho, Sungjae; Dellabetta, Brian; Yang, Alina; Schneeloch, John; Xu, Zhijun; Valla, Tonica; Gu, Genda; Gilbert, Matthew J; Mason, Nadya

    2013-01-01

    Coupling the surface state of a topological insulator to an s-wave superconductor is predicted to produce the long-sought Majorana quasiparticle excitations. However, superconductivity has not been measured in surface states when the bulk charge carriers are fully depleted, that is, in the true topological regime relevant for investigating Majorana modes. Here we report measurements of d.c. Josephson effects in topological insulator-superconductor junctions as the chemical potential is moved through the true topological regime characterized by the presence of only surface currents. We compare our results with three-dimensional quantum transport simulations, and determine the effects of bulk/surface mixing, disorder and magnetic field; in particular, we show that the supercurrent is largely carried by surface states, due to the inherent topology of the bands, and that it is robust against disorder. Our results thus clarify key open issues regarding the nature of supercurrents in topological insulators. PMID:23575693

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Developing Josephson junction array chips for microvolt applications

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    Wenhui, Cao; Jinjin, Li; Yuan, Zhong; Yuan, Gao; Honghui, Li; Zengmin, Wang; Qing, He

    2016-05-01

    Josephson junction array chips for microvolt applications have been designed and fabricated. A voltage step as small as 1 μV has been observed for a single junction in the array when it is driven by 483.59 MHz microwave. By selecting different parts of the array, it can output a voltage from 1 μV to 256 μV. The flat region of the voltage steps is over 200 μA. This kind of array is useful for potential microvolt applications. Project supported by the National Key Technology Research and Development Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (Grant No. 2011BAK15B00), the Young Scientists Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61401418), and the Basic Research Foundation of National Institute of Metrology of China (Grant No. 20-AKY1415).

  11. Experimental vortex transitional nondestructive read-out Josephson memory cell

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    Tahara, S.; Ishida, I.; Ajisawa, Y.; Wada, Y.

    1989-01-15

    A proposal vortex transitional nondestructive read-out Josephson memory cell is successfully fabricated and tested. The memory cell consists of two superconducting loops in which a single flux quantum is stored and a two-junction interferometer gate as a sense gate. The memory cell employs vortex transitions in the superconducting loops for writing and reading data. The vortex transitional memory operation of the cell contributes to improving its sense discrimination and operating margin. The memory cell is activated by two control signals without timing control signals. Memory cell chips have been fabricated using a niobium planarization process. A +- 21% address signal current margin and a +- 33% sense gate current margin have been obtained experimentally. Successful memory operations of a cell driven by two-junction interferometer gates has been demonstrated. The single flux quantum operations of this memory cell makes it an attractive basic element for a high-speed cache memory.

  12. 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.

  13. Nonlocal electrodynamics of Josephson vortices in superconducting circuits

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    Abdumalikov, A. A., Jr.; Alfimov, G. L.; Malishevskii, A. S.

    2009-02-01

    A review of the main analytical, numerical and experimental results of nonlocal Josephson electrodynamics in different types of junctions is presented. Several mechanisms of nonlocality are discussed. Linear electromagnetic waves and vortices (kinks) propagating along junctions are examined in detail. The main attention is paid to bulk junctions with internal nonlocality and to narrow junctions with geometrical nonlocality. Theoretical conceptions of Cherenkov excitation of plasma waves, discretization of kink velocities and forming of multikinks by binding of elementary vortices are considered. Experimental results for narrow junctions are surveyed. It is shown that the positions of Fiske steps and Cherenkov resonances at current-voltage characteristics which have been obtained in experiments can be properly explained by a nonlocal model that takes into account stray magnetic fields outside the junction.

  14. Spin-Josephson effects in exchange coupled antiferromagnetic insulators

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    Liu, Yizhou; Yin, Gen; Zang, Jiadong; Lake, Roger K.; Barlas, Yafis

    2016-09-01

    The spin superfluid analogy can be extended to include Josephson-like oscillations of the spin current. In a system of two antiferromagnetic insulators (AFMIs) separated by a thin metallic spacer, a threshold spin chemical potential established perpendicular to the direction of the Néel vector field drives terahertz oscillations of the spin current. This spin current also has a nonlinear, time-averaged component which provides a "smoking gun" signature of spin superfluidity. The time-averaged spin current can be detected via the inverse spin Hall effect in a metallic spacer with large spin-orbit coupling. The physics illustrated here with AFMIs also applies to easy-plane ferromagnetic insulators. These findings may provide a new approach for experimental verification of spin superfluidity and realization of a terahertz spin oscillator.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Devil's staircases and continued fractions in Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Medvedeva, S. Yu.; Botha, A. E.; Kolahchi, M. R.; Irie, A.

    2013-12-01

    Detailed numerical simulations of the IV characteristics of a Josephson junction under external electromagnetic radiation show the devil's staircase within different bias current intervals. We have found that the observed steps form very precisely continued fractions. Increase of the amplitude of the radiation shifts the devil's staircase to higher Shapiro steps. An algorithm for the appearance and detection of subharmonics with increasing radiation amplitude is proposed. We demonstrate that the subharmonic steps registered in the well-known experiments by Dayem and Wiegand [Phys. Rev. 155, 419 (1967), 10.1103/PhysRev.155.419] and Clarke [Phys. Rev. B 4, 2963 (1971), 10.1103/PhysRevB.4.2963] also form continued fractions.

  19. 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.

  20. Josephson parametric amplifiers for the ADMX-HF experiment

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    Malnou, Maxime; Palken, Daniel; Hilton, Gene; Vale, Leila; Lehnert, Konrad

    2016-03-01

    Dark matter search in the ADMX-HF experiment aims at detecting power generated by the axion-photon conversion, of a few hundred of yoctowatts, in the 4 - 12 GHz band. The sensitivity of detection directly depends on the amplifier noise temperature, and therefore requires state of the art microwave amplifiers. In contrast to amplifiers with dissipation on-chip, superconducting Josephson parametric amplifiers (JPA) reach and even circumvent the quantum limit. Over the past years, we have developed JPAs fabricated with arrays of superconducting quantum interference devices. Their gain, bandwidth and tunability are particularly well suited for efficient amplification in the band of interest. In this talk we will present numerical modeling of the behavior of our amplifiers, along with the first results from new designs that cover the 4-12 GHz band. Finally, we will present the ongoing work to increase the gain-bandwidth product and gain stability of our amplifiers.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Weak measure expansive flows

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    Lee, Keonhee; Oh, Jumi

    2016-01-01

    A notion of measure expansivity for flows was introduced by Carrasco-Olivera and Morales in [3] as a generalization of expansivity, and they proved that there were no measure expansive flows on closed surfaces. In this paper we introduce a concept of weak measure expansivity for flows which is really weaker than that of measure expansivity, and show that there is a weak measure expansive flow on a closed surface. Moreover we show that any C1 stably weak measure expansive flow on a C∞ closed manifold M is Ω-stable, and any C1 stably measure expansive flow on M satisfies both Axiom A and the quasi-transversality condition.

  4. History of Weak Interactions

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    Lee, T. D.

    1970-07-01

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

  5. 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.

  6. Weak bond screening system

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    Chuang, S. Y.; Chang, F. H.; Bell, J. R.

    Consideration is given to the development of a weak bond screening system which is based on the utilization of a high power ultrasonic (HPU) technique. The instrumentation of the prototype bond strength screening system is described, and the adhesively bonded specimens used in the system developmental effort are detailed. Test results obtained from these specimens are presented in terms of bond strength and level of high power ultrasound irradiation. The following observations were made: (1) for Al/Al specimens, 2.6 sec of HPU irradiation will screen weak bond conditions due to improper preparation of bonding surfaces; (2) for composite/composite specimens, 2.0 sec of HPU irradiation will disrupt weak bonds due to under-cured conditions; (3) for Al honeycomb core with composite skin structure, 3.5 sec of HPU irradiation will disrupt weak bonds due to bad adhesive or oils contamination of bonding surfaces; and (4) for Nomex honeycomb with Al skin structure, 1.3 sec of HPU irradiation will disrupt weak bonds due to bad adhesive.

  7. 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 .

  8. Multidimensional Josephson vortices in spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensates: Snake instability and decay through vortex dipoles

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    Gallemí, A.; Guilleumas, M.; Mayol, R.; Mateo, A. Muñoz

    2016-03-01

    We analyze the dynamics of Josephson vortex states in two-component Bose-Einstein condensates with Rashba-Dresselhaus spin-orbit coupling by using the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. In one dimension, both in homogeneous and harmonically trapped systems, we report on stationary states containing doubly charged, static Josephson vortices. In multidimensional systems, we find stable Josephson vortices in a regime of parameters typical of current experiments with 87Rb atoms. In addition, we discuss the instability regime of Josephson vortices in disk-shaped condensates, where the snake instability operates and vortex dipoles emerge. We study the rich dynamics that they exhibit in different regimes of the spin-orbit-coupled condensate depending on the orientation of the Josephson vortices.

  9. Weak shock reflection

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    Hunter, John K.; Brio, Moysey

    2000-05-01

    We present numerical solutions of a two-dimensional inviscid Burgers equation which provides an asymptotic description of the Mach reflection of weak shocks. In our numerical solutions, the incident, reflected, and Mach shocks meet at a triple point, and there is a supersonic patch behind the triple point, as proposed by Guderley for steady weak-shock reflection. A theoretical analysis indicates that there is an expansion fan at the triple point, in addition to the three shocks. The supersonic patch is extremely small, and this work is the first time it has been resolved.

  10. In praise of weakness

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    Steinberg, Aephraim; Feizpour, Amir; Rozema; Mahler; Hayat

    2013-03-01

    Quantum physics is being transformed by a radical new conceptual and experimental approach known as weak measurement that can do everything from tackling basic quantum mysteries to mapping the trajectories of photons in a Young's double-slit experiment. Aephraim Steinberg, Amir Feizpour, Lee Rozema, Dylan Mahler and Alex Hayat unveil the power of this new technique.

  11. 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.

  12. Josephson effect in CeCoIn{sub 5} microbridges as seen via quantum interferometry

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    Foyevtsov, Oleksandr; Porrati, Fabrizio; Huth, Michael

    2011-07-15

    A superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) was prepared on a micron-sized single crystal using a selected growth domain of a thin film of CeCoIn{sub 5} grown by molecular beam epitaxy. SQUID voltage oscillations of good quality were obtained as well as interference effects stemming from the individual Josephson microbridges. The transport characteristics in the superconducting state exhibited several peculiarities which we ascribe to the periodic motion of vortices in the microbridges. The temperature dependence of the Josephson critical current shows good correspondence to the Ambegaokar-Baratoff relation, expected for the ideal Josephson junction. The results indicate a promising pathway to identify the type of order parameter in CeCoIn{sub 5} by means of phase-sensitive measurements on microbridges.

  13. 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.

  14. Slot Antenna Coupled YBa2Cu3O7-δ Josephson Mixers for Millimeter Wave Radiation

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    Hasegawa, Akihisa; Uchida, Takashi; Yasuoka, Yoshizumi

    1999-12-01

    The antenna structure and the direction of the irradiated signal wave were investigated in order to improve the responsivity of a slot antenna coupled YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) Josephson mixer. The slot antenna coupled Josephson mixer consists of a thin-film slot antenna on a fused quartz substrate and a YBCO Josephson junction on a MgO substrate. It was found that maximum responsivity was obtained by letting the thickness of the MgO substrate be odd multiples of λd/4 (λd: wavelength in the substrate) and irradiating the electromagnetic wave through the MgO substrate. Furthermore, the device with the optimized structure improved the responsivity in the third-harmonic mixing by 7 dB compared to the device without a slot antenna in the harmonicmixing at 48 GHz.

  15. Non-equilibrium 8π Josephson effect in atomic Kitaev wires

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    Laflamme, C.; Budich, J. C.; Zoller, P.; Dalmonte, M.

    2016-08-01

    The identification of fractionalized excitations, such as Majorana quasi-particles, would be a striking signal of the realization of exotic quantum states of matter. While the paramount demonstration of such excitations would be a probe of their non-Abelian statistics via controlled braiding operations, alternative proposals exist that may be easier to access experimentally. Here we identify a signature of Majorana quasi-particles, qualitatively different from the behaviour of a conventional superconductor, which can be detected in cold atom systems using alkaline-earth-like atoms. The system studied is a Kitaev wire interrupted by an extra site, which gives rise to super-exchange coupling between two Majorana-bound states. We show that this system hosts a tunable, non-equilibrium Josephson effect with a characteristic 8π periodicity of the Josephson current. The visibility of the 8π periodicity of the Josephson current is then studied including the effects of dephasing and particle losses.

  16. Non-equilibrium 8π Josephson effect in atomic Kitaev wires

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    Laflamme, C.; Budich, J. C.; Zoller, P.; Dalmonte, M.

    2016-01-01

    The identification of fractionalized excitations, such as Majorana quasi-particles, would be a striking signal of the realization of exotic quantum states of matter. While the paramount demonstration of such excitations would be a probe of their non-Abelian statistics via controlled braiding operations, alternative proposals exist that may be easier to access experimentally. Here we identify a signature of Majorana quasi-particles, qualitatively different from the behaviour of a conventional superconductor, which can be detected in cold atom systems using alkaline-earth-like atoms. The system studied is a Kitaev wire interrupted by an extra site, which gives rise to super-exchange coupling between two Majorana-bound states. We show that this system hosts a tunable, non-equilibrium Josephson effect with a characteristic 8π periodicity of the Josephson current. The visibility of the 8π periodicity of the Josephson current is then studied including the effects of dephasing and particle losses. PMID:27481540

  17. Grain boundary Josephson devices by YBaCuO films and 77K operations

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    Yamashita, T.; Kawakami, A.; Noge, S.; Xu, W.; Takata, M.; Komatsu, T.; Matusita, K.

    1989-03-01

    Magnetron sputtering and screen printing methods were used to fabricate YBaCuO films with thickness of 5 to 30..mu..m. The annealing of the films at 1000/sup 0/C gave abnormal grain growth. The grain size of the films was about 20 to 70..mu..m. With photolithography and razor cutting techniques, the films were formed to bridge type Josephson junctions having a few grain boundaries in the bridge regions. In the devices, clear Shapiro steps and SQUID patterns were observed at 77K. The experiments show that all currents flowing through grain boundaries are Josephson currents in YBaCuO polycrystalline films. Clear Josephson effects were observed in about 30% of the fabricated devices. The device may hae high potentials for high frequency detectors and SQUID flux sensors operative at 77K.

  18. Statistics of avalanches in the self-organized criticality state of a Josephson junction

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    Matizen, E. V.; Martynets, V. G. Bezverkhii, P. P.

    2010-08-15

    Magnetic flux avalanches in Josephson junctions that include superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) tunnel junctions and are magnetized at temperatures lower than approximately 5 K have been studied in detail. Avalanches are of stochastic character and appear when the magnetic field penetration depth {lambda} into a junction becomes equal to the length a of the Josephson junction with a decrease in the temperature. The statistical properties of such avalanches are presented. The size distribution of the avalanches is a power law with a negative noninteger exponent about unity, indicating the self-organized criticality state. The self-organized criticality state is not observed in Josephson junctions with a superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) junction.

  19. Coulomb stability of the 4π-periodic Josephson effect of Majorana fermions

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    van Heck, B.; Hassler, F.; Akhmerov, A. R.; Beenakker, C. W. J.

    2011-11-01

    The Josephson energy of two superconducting islands containing Majorana fermions is a 4π-periodic function of the superconducting phase difference. If the islands have a small capacitance, their ground state energy is governed by the competition of Josephson and charging energies. We calculate this ground-state energy in a ring geometry, as a function of the flux Φ enclosed by the ring, and show that the dependence on the Aharonov-Bohm phase 2eΦ/ℏ remains 4π periodic regardless of the ratio of charging and Josephson energies—provided that the entire ring is in a topologically nontrivial state. If part of the ring is topologically trivial, then the charging energy induces quantum phase slips that restore the usual 2π periodicity.

  20. Coulomb stability of the 4π-periodic Josephson effect of Majorana fermions

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    Hassler, Fabian; van Heck, Bernard; Akhmerov, Anton R.; Beenakker, C. W. J.

    2012-02-01

    The Josephson energy of two superconducting islands containing Majorana fermions is a 4π-periodic function of the superconducting phase difference. If the islands have a small capacitance, their ground state energy is governed by the competition of Josephson and charging energies. We calculate this ground state energy in a ring geometry, as a function of the flux φ enclosed by the ring, and show that the dependence on the Aharonov-Bohm phase 2eφ/ remains 4π-periodic regardless of the ratio of charging and Josephson energies---provided that the entire ring is in a topologically nontrivial state. If part of the ring is topologically trivial, then the charging energy induces quantum phase slips that restore the usual 2π-periodicity [B. van Heck, F. Hassler, A. R. Akhmerov, and C. W. J. Beenakker, Phys. Rev. B 84, 180502(R) (2011)].

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Enhancing bandwidth of Josephson parametric amplifiers with impedance engineering

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    Roy, Tanay; A M, Vadiraj; Kundu, Suman; Patankar, Meghan; Vijayaraghavan, Rajamani

    2015-03-01

    Josephson parametric amplifiers (JPAs) are a crucial component of superconducting quantum information processing systems since they enable fast, high-fidelity measurement of qubits. However, JPAs based on a single SQUID oscillator suffer from two major drawbacks - narrow bandwidth and gain saturation at low signal powers, and are typically suited to single qubit experiments only. With the rapid development of multi-qubit systems, there is a practical need to develop an amplifier with larger bandwidth and signal handling capacity, while maintaining gain and noise performance. We will describe a new method to enhance the bandwidth by introducing a frequency dependent shunting impedance for the JPA. To prevent gain saturation, we also replace the single SQUID with a SQUID array. With an appropriate choice of device parameters, numerical calculations indicate the possibility of obtaining 20 dB gain with 700 MHz of bandwidth and near quantum limited noise performance. We will present experimental results demonstrating bandwidth enhancement and discuss strategies for optimizing overall amplifier performance.

  8. 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.

  9. Squeezing with a flux-driven Josephson parametric amplifier

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    Menzel, E. P.; Zhong, L.; Eder, P.; Baust, A.; Haeberlein, M.; Hoffmann, E.; Deppe, F.; Marx, A.; Gross, R.; di Candia, R.; Solano, E.; Ihmig, M.; Inomata, K.; Yamamoto, T.; Nakamura, Y.

    2014-03-01

    Josephson parametric amplifiers (JPA) are promising devices for the implementation of continuous-variable quantum communication protocols. Operated in the phase-sensitive mode, they allow for amplifying a single quadrature of the electromagnetic field without adding any noise. While in practice internal losses introduce a finite amount of noise, our device still adds less noise than an ideal phase-insensitive amplifier. This property is a prerequisite for the generation of squeezed states. In this work, we reconstruct the Wigner function of squeezed vacuum, squeezed thermal and squeezed coherent states with our dual-path method [L. Zhong et al. arXiv:1307.7285 (2013); E. P. Menzel et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 100401 (2010)]. In addition, we illuminate the physics of squeezed coherent microwave fields. This work is supported by SFB 631, German Excellence Initiative via NIM, EU projects SOLID, CCQED, PROMISCE and SCALEQIT, MEXT Kakenhi ``Quantum Cybernetics,'' JSPS FIRST Program, the NICT Commissioned Research, Basque Government IT472-10, Spanish MINECO FIS2012-36673-C03-02, and UPV/EHU UFI 11/55.

  10. Structured chaos in a devil's staircase of the Josephson junction

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Botha, A. E.; Medvedeva, S. Yu.; Kolahchi, M. R.; Irie, A.

    2014-09-01

    The phase dynamics of Josephson junctions (JJs) under external electromagnetic radiation is studied through numerical simulations. Current-voltage characteristics, Lyapunov exponents, and Poincaré sections are analyzed in detail. It is found that the subharmonic Shapiro steps at certain parameters are separated by structured chaotic windows. By performing a linear regression on the linear part of the data, a fractal dimension of D = 0.868 is obtained, with an uncertainty of ±0.012. The chaotic regions exhibit scaling similarity, and it is shown that the devil's staircase of the system can form a backbone that unifies and explains the highly correlated and structured chaotic behavior. These features suggest a system possessing multiple complete devil's staircases. The onset of chaos for subharmonic steps occurs through the Feigenbaum period doubling scenario. Universality in the sequence of periodic windows is also demonstrated. Finally, the influence of the radiation and JJ parameters on the structured chaos is investigated, and it is concluded that the structured chaos is a stable formation over a wide range of parameter values.

  11. 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.

  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. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Josephson frequency meter for millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths

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    Anischenko, S. E.; Larkin, S. Y.; Chaikovsky, V. I.; Kabayev, P. V.; Kamyshin, V. V.

    1995-01-01

    Frequency measurements of electromagnetic oscillations of millimeter and submillimeter wavebands with frequency growth due to a number of reasons become more and more difficult. First, these frequencies are considered to be cutoffs for semiconductor converting devices and one has to use optical measurement methods instead of traditional ones with frequency transfer. Second, resonance measurement methods are characterized by using relatively narrow bands and optical ones are limited in frequency and time resolution due to the limited range and velocity of movement of their mechanical elements as well as the efficiency of these optical techniques decrease with the increase of wavelength due to diffraction losses. That requires a priori information on the radiation frequency band of the source involved. Method of measuring frequency of harmonic microwave signals in millimeter and submillimeter wavebands based on the ac Josephson effect in superconducting contacts is devoid of all the above drawbacks. This approach offers a number of major advantages over the more traditional measurement methods, that is one based on frequency conversion, resonance and interferometric techniques. It can be characterized by high potential accuracy, wide range of frequencies measured, prompt measurement and the opportunity to obtain a panoramic display of the results as well as full automation of the measuring process.

  16. Josephson frequency meter for millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths

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    Anischenko, S.E.; Larkin, S.Y.; Chaikovsky, V.I.

    1994-12-31

    Frequency measurements of electromagnetic oscillations of millimeter and submillimeter wavebands with frequency growth due to a number of reasons become more and more difficult. First, these frequencies are considered to be cutoff for semiconductor converting devices and one has to use optical measurement methods instead of traditional ones with frequency transfer. Second, resonance measurement methods are characterized by using relatively narrow bands and optical ones are limited in frequency and time resolution due to the limited range and velocity of movement of their mechanical elements as well as the efficiency of these optical techniques decreases with the increase of wavelength due to diffraction losses. That requires the apriori information on the radiation frequency band of the source involved. Method of measuring frequency of harmonic microwave signals in millimeter and submillimeter wavebands based on the ac Josephson effect in superconducting contacts is devoid of all the above drawbacks. This approach offers a number of major advantages over the more traditional measurement methods, that is the one based on frequency conversion, resonance and interferrometric techniques. It can be characterized by high potential accuracy, wide range of frequencies measured, prompt measurement and the opportunity to obtain panoramic display of the results as well as full automation of the measuring process.

  17. 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.

  18. Behavior of a Josephson Flux Qubit on a Sapphire Substrate

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    Przybysz, Anthony; Crowe, E.; Kwon, H.; Cooper, B. K.; Lewis, R. M.; Palmer, B. S.; Anderson, J. R.; Lobb, C. J.; Wellstood, F. C.

    2009-03-01

    We discuss the design, fabrication, and testing of a Nakamura- style [1] flux qubit. The device consists of a four-Josephson junction qubit loop that is directly coupled to a small dc SQUID, which is used for detection. The device was built on a sapphire substrate using electron beam lithography and double angle evaporation to form the Al/AlOx/Al tunnel junctions. A 200 nm thick layer of aluminum was deposited on the e-beam resist in order to counteract charging effects during the lithography. Three of the junctions in the qubit loop were 100 nm x 250 nm, and the fourth was 100 nm x 150 nm. The large junctions are the main contribution to the inductance of the qubit loop, and the smaller junction creates an energy splitting of 1-10 GHz between the two circulating current states. The SQUID junctions were 100 nm x 2000 nm, and the critical current of the detection SQUID was 240 nA. We present the results of ongoing measurements on the behavior of the device at 25 mK. This project was funded by the JQI, LPS, and CNAM. [1] F. Yoshihara, Y. Nakamura, et al.,``Decoherence of Flux Qubit Due to 1/f Flux Noise,'' PRL 97, 167001 (2006).

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Relation between ac Josephson effect and double-well Bose-Einstein-condensate oscillations

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    Radzihovsky, Leo; Gurarie, Victor

    2010-06-15

    In this article we comment on the relation between the ac Josephson effect and the coherent oscillations of a Bose-Einstein condensate confined to a double-well potential. The goal is to elucidate the extent to which the latter is a realization of the former. We detail the correspondence between the two oscillation frequencies, that emerges in the high occupation limit of the double-well potential. We show that in the latter thermodynamic limit the effective one-particle interwell coupling vanishes with the system size, leading to oscillation frequency that depends only on the interwell imbalance, consistent with the ac Josephson effect frequency.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Relation between ac Josephson effect and double-well Bose-Einstein-condensate oscillations

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    Radzihovsky, Leo; Gurarie, Victor

    2010-06-01

    In this article we comment on the relation between the ac Josephson effect and the coherent oscillations of a Bose-Einstein condensate confined to a double-well potential. The goal is to elucidate the extent to which the latter is a realization of the former. We detail the correspondence between the two oscillation frequencies, that emerges in the high occupation limit of the double-well potential. We show that in the latter thermodynamic limit the effective one-particle interwell coupling vanishes with the system size, leading to oscillation frequency that depends only on the interwell imbalance, consistent with the ac Josephson effect frequency.

  6. Josephson Network as a Model for Inhomogeneous Superconductor: a Microwave Power Absorption

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    Rycerz, A.; Spałek, J.

    2007-04-01

    We discuss the applied magnetic field dependence of the microwave absorption by a three-dimensional array of up to 30×30 ×30 Josephson junctions with random parameters including the resistivity, capacity, and inductance of each junction. The numerical simulation results for the networks show characteristic microwave absorption anomalies observed in the ceramic samples of high temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-x. We also provide a discussion of the absorption in simple analytical terms of the Josephson loop instabilities.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Weak Gravitational Lensing

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    Pires, Sandrine; Starck, Jean-Luc; Leonard, Adrienne; Réfrégier, Alexandre

    2012-03-01

    This chapter reviews the data mining methods recently developed to solve standard data problems in weak gravitational lensing. We detail the different steps of the weak lensing data analysis along with the different techniques dedicated to these applications. An overview of the different techniques currently used will be given along with future prospects. Until about 30 years ago, astronomers thought that the Universe was composed almost entirely of ordinary matter: protons, neutrons, electrons, and atoms. The field of weak lensing has been motivated by the observations made in the last decades showing that visible matter represents only about 4-5% of the Universe (see Figure 14.1). Currently, the majority of the Universe is thought to be dark, that is, does not emit electromagnetic radiation. The Universe is thought to be mostly composed of an invisible, pressure less matter - potentially relic from higher energy theories - called "dark matter" (20-21%) and by an even more mysterious term, described in Einstein equations as a vacuum energy density, called "dark energy" (70%). This "dark" Universe is not well described or even understood; its presence is inferred indirectly from its gravitational effects, both on the motions of astronomical objects and on light propagation. So this point could be the next breakthrough in cosmology. Today's cosmology is based on a cosmological model that contains various parameters that need to be determined precisely, such as the matter density parameter Omega_m or the dark energy density parameter Omega_lambda. Weak gravitational lensing is believed to be the most promising tool to understand the nature of dark matter and to constrain the cosmological parameters used to describe the Universe because it provides a method to directly map the distribution of dark matter (see [1,6,60,63,70]). From this dark matter distribution, the nature of dark matter can be better understood and better constraints can be placed on dark energy

  18. Composite weak bosons

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    Suzuki, M.

    1988-04-01

    Dynamical mechanism of composite W and Z is studied in a 1/N field theory model with four-fermion interactions in which global weak SU(2) symmetry is broken explicitly by electromagnetic interaction. Issues involved in such a model are discussed in detail. Deviation from gauge coupling due to compositeness and higher order loop corrections are examined to show that this class of models are consistent not only theoretically but also experimentally.

  19. Sequential weak measurement

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    Mitchison, Graeme; Jozsa, Richard; Popescu, Sandu |||

    2007-12-15

    The notion of weak measurement provides a formalism for extracting information from a quantum system in the limit of vanishing disturbance to its state. Here we extend this formalism to the measurement of sequences of observables. When these observables do not commute, we may obtain information about joint properties of a quantum system that would be forbidden in the usual strong measurement scenario. As an application, we provide a physically compelling characterization of the notion of counterfactual quantum computation.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Non-Abelian Josephson Effect between Two F=2 Spinor Bose-Einstein Condensates in Double Optical Traps

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    Qi Ran; Liu, W. M.; Yu, Xiao-Lu; Li, Z. B.

    2009-05-08

    We investigate the non-Abelian Josephson effect in F=2 spinor Bose-Einstein condensates with double optical traps. We propose a real physical system which contains non-Abelian Josephson effect and has very different density and spin tunneling characters compared with the Abelian case. We calculate the frequencies of the pseudo Goldstone modes in different phases between two traps, respectively, which are the crucial feature of the non-Abelian Josephson effect. We also give an experimental protocol to observe this novel effect in future experiments.

  3. Justification of the canonical quantization of the Josephson effect and its modifications due to high capacitance energy

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    Pomorski, Krzysztof; Bednorz, Adam

    2016-03-01

    Quantum devices based on the Josephson effect in superconductors are usually described by a Hamiltonian obtained by commonly used canonical quantization. However, this recipe has not yet been rigorously and systematically justified. We show that this approach is indeed correct in a certain range of parameters. We find the condition of validity of such quantization and the systematic corrections to the Josephson energy E J: namely, the capacitance energy {E}C={e}2/2C must be much smaller than the superconducting gap Δ. Moreover, we find an experimentally testable modification of Josephson energy at large capacitance energy also with nonlinear capacitance.

  4. `Weak A' phenotypes

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    Cartron, J. P.; Gerbal, A.; Hughes-Jones, N. C.; Salmon, C.

    1974-01-01

    Thirty-five weak A samples including fourteen A3, eight Ax, seven Aend, three Am and three Ae1 were studied in order to determine their A antigen site density, using an IgG anti-A labelled with 125I. The values obtained ranged between 30,000 A antigen sites for A3 individuals, and 700 sites for the Ae1 red cells. The hierarchy of values observed made it possible to establish a quantitative relationship between the red cell agglutinability of these phenotypes measured under standard conditions, and their antigen site density. PMID:4435836

  5. Weakly broken galileon symmetry

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    Pirtskhalava, David; Santoni, Luca; Trincherini, Enrico; Vernizzi, Filippo

    2015-09-01

    Effective theories of a scalar ϕ invariant under the internal galileon symmetryϕ→ϕ+b{sub μ}x{sup μ} have been extensively studied due to their special theoretical and phenomenological properties. In this paper, we introduce the notion of weakly broken galileon invariance, which characterizes the unique class of couplings of such theories to gravity that maximally retain their defining symmetry. The curved-space remnant of the galileon’s quantum properties allows to construct (quasi) de Sitter backgrounds largely insensitive to loop corrections. We exploit this fact to build novel cosmological models with interesting phenomenology, relevant for both inflation and late-time acceleration of the universe.

  6. Weak decay of hypernuclei

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    Grace, R.

    1983-01-01

    The Moby Dick spectrometer (at BNL) in coincidence with a range spectrometer and a TOF neutron detector will be used to study the weak decay modes of /sup 12/C. The Moby Dick spectrometer will be used to reconstruct and tag events in which specific hypernuclear states are formed in the reaction K/sup -/ + /sup 12/C ..-->.. ..pi../sup -/ + /sup 12/C. Subsequent emission of decay products (pions, protons and neutrons) in coincidence with the fast forward pion will be detected in a time and range spectrometer, and a neutron detector.

  7. Weakly broken galileon symmetry

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    Pirtskhalava, David; Santoni, Luca; Trincherini, Enrico; Vernizzi, Filippo E-mail: luca.santoni@sns.it E-mail: filippo.vernizzi@cea.fr

    2015-09-01

    Effective theories of a scalar φ invariant under the internal galileon symmetry φ→φ+b{sub μ} x{sup μ} have been extensively studied due to their special theoretical and phenomenological properties. In this paper, we introduce the notion of weakly broken galileon invariance, which characterizes the unique class of couplings of such theories to gravity that maximally retain their defining symmetry. The curved-space remnant of the galileon's quantum properties allows to construct (quasi) de Sitter backgrounds largely insensitive to loop corrections. We exploit this fact to build novel cosmological models with interesting phenomenology, relevant for both inflation and late-time acceleration of the universe.

  8. Model I - V curves and figures of merit of underdamped deterministic Josephson ratchets

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    Goldobin, E.; Menditto, R.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R.

    2016-09-01

    We propose simple models for the current-voltage characteristics of typical Josephson ratchets. We consider the case of a ratchet working against a constant applied counter force and derive analytical expressions for the key characteristics of such a ratchet: rectification curve, stopping force, input and output powers, and rectification efficiency. Optimization of the ratchet performance is discussed.

  9. Josephson current through a quantum dot coupled to a Majorana zero mode

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    Tang, Han-Zhao; Zhang, Ying-Tao; Liu, Jian-Jun

    2016-05-01

    Employing the Green’s function method, we investigate the Josephson current through a quantum dot side coupled to a topological superconducting nanowire sustaining a pair of Majorana zero modes. It is found that the Josephson current is blocked when the quantum dot is side coupled to a superconducting nanowire in a topologically trivial phase. However, when the topological superconducting nanowire transitions from a topologically trivial to a topologically non-trivial phase, an Andreev bound state arises at the zero Fermi energy of the quantum dot due to leakage of the Majorana zero mode. Thus a Josephson current can be induced by leakage of the Majorana zero mode into the quantum dot. The Josephson current shows a plateau-like structure and a clear-cut trivial/non-trivial phase transition, as a function of a Zeeman field imposed on the system. The transition and plateau-like structure can be used to probe the existence of the Majorana zero mode. The current-phase relation has also been studied.

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Josephson admittance spectroscopy application for frequency analysis of broadband THz antennas

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    Volkov, O. Yu; Divin, Yu Yu; Gubankov, V. N.; Gundareva, I. I.; Pavlovskiy, V. V.

    2010-06-01

    Application of Josephson admittance spectroscopy for the spectral analysis of a broad-band log-periodic superconducting antenna was demonstrated at the frequency range from 50 to 700 GHz. The [001]-tilt YBa2Cu3O7-x bicrystal Josephson junctions, integrated with sinuous log-periodic YBa2Cu3O7-x antennas, were fabricated on NdGaO3 bicrystal substrates. A real part of the antenna admittance ReY(f) as a function of the frequency f was reconstructed from the modification of the dc current-voltage characteristic of the junction, induced by the antenna. Resonance features were observed in the recovered ReY(f)-spectra with a periodicity in the logarithmic frequency scale, corresponding to log-periodic geometry of the antenna. The ReY(f)-spectra, recovered by Josephson spectroscopy, were compared with the ReY(f)-spectra, obtained by CAD simulation, and both spectra were shown to be similar in their main features. A value of 23 was obtained for an effective permittivity of the NdGaO3 bicrystal substrates by fitting simulated data to those obtained from Josephson spectroscopy.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 4-kbit Josephson nondestructive read-out RAM operated at 580 psec and 6. 7 MW

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    Tahara, S.; Ishida, I.; Nagasawa, S.; Hidaka, M.; Tsuge, H.; Wada, Y. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper proposes a fully decoded 4-kbit Josephson non-destructive read-out high-speed RAM with vortex transitional memory cells designed and operated successfully. The 4-kbit Josephson RAM is composed of 64 {times} 64 bit cells, polarity-convertible drivers, address decoders using resistor coupled Josephson logic (RCJL) gates and a resistively loaded sense circuit. The memory cells employ vortex transitions in their superconducting loops for writing and reading data. The cells are activated by two control signals without timing control, while all peripheral circuits are activated by an AC power supply. This memory configuration eliminates the timing sequence needed for memory operations, resulting in a decrease in the memory operation time for an actual memory chip. The 4-kbit Josephson high-speed RAM is fabricated using niobium planarization technique with a 1.5-{mu}m design rule. The RAM circuit size is 4.8 {times} 4.8 mm{sup 2} and the memory cell is 55 {times} 55 {mu}m{sup 2}.

  19. Josephson current through a quantum dot coupled to a Majorana zero mode.

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    Tang, Han-Zhao; Zhang, Ying-Tao; Liu, Jian-Jun

    2016-05-01

    Employing the Green's function method, we investigate the Josephson current through a quantum dot side coupled to a topological superconducting nanowire sustaining a pair of Majorana zero modes. It is found that the Josephson current is blocked when the quantum dot is side coupled to a superconducting nanowire in a topologically trivial phase. However, when the topological superconducting nanowire transitions from a topologically trivial to a topologically non-trivial phase, an Andreev bound state arises at the zero Fermi energy of the quantum dot due to leakage of the Majorana zero mode. Thus a Josephson current can be induced by leakage of the Majorana zero mode into the quantum dot. The Josephson current shows a plateau-like structure and a clear-cut trivial/non-trivial phase transition, as a function of a Zeeman field imposed on the system. The transition and plateau-like structure can be used to probe the existence of the Majorana zero mode. The current-phase relation has also been studied.

  20. 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.

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

    DOEpatents

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. The link in Linking

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    Caldwell, Jane C; Chiale, Pablo A; Gonzalez, Mario D; Baranchuk, Adrian

    2013-01-01

    We present 2 cases of the slow-fast form of AVNRT with initially narrow QRS complexes followed by sudden unexpected transition to persistently wide QRS complexes due to aberrant intraventricular conduction. Introduction of a properly timed extrastimulus in one case and critical oscillations in cycle length due to short-long coupling in the second case set the stage for the initial bundle branch block. However, persistence of the aberrancy pattern once the initial event abated was maintained by the "linking" phenomenon. Delayed, retrograde concealed activation from the contralateral bundle branch perpetuated the initial bundle branch block. PMID:23840106

  5. Strengthening the weak link: Built Environment modelling for loss analysis

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    Millinship, I.

    2012-04-01

    Methods to analyse insured losses from a range of natural perils, including pricing by primary insurers and catastrophe modelling by reinsurers, typically lack sufficient exposure information. Understanding the hazard intensity in terms of spatial severity and frequency is only the first step towards quantifying the risk of a catastrophic event. For any given event we need to know: Are any structures affected? What type of buildings are they? How much damaged occurred? How much will the repairs cost? To achieve this, detailed exposure information is required to assess the likely damage and to effectively calculate the resultant loss. Modelling exposures in the Built Environment therefore plays as important a role in understanding re/insurance risk as characterising the physical hazard. Across both primary insurance books and aggregated reinsurance portfolios, the location of a property (a risk) and its monetary value is typically known. Exactly what that risk is in terms of detailed property descriptors including structure type and rebuild cost - and therefore its vulnerability to loss - is often omitted. This data deficiency is a primary source of variations between modelled losses and the actual claims value. Built Environment models are therefore required at a high resolution to describe building attributes that relate vulnerability to property damage. However, national-scale household-level datasets are often not computationally practical in catastrophe models and data must be aggregated. In order to provide more accurate risk analysis, we have developed and applied a methodology for Built Environment modelling for incorporation into a range of re/insurance applications, including operational models for different international regions and different perils and covering residential, commercial and industry exposures. Illustrated examples are presented, including exposure modelling suitable for aggregated reinsurance analysis for the UK and bespoke high resolution modelling for industrial sites in Germany. A range of attributes are included following detailed claims analysis and engineering research with property type, age and condition identified as important differentiators of damage from flood, wind and freeze events.

  6. Horizontal gene transfer in eukaryotes: the weak-link model.

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    Huang, Jinling

    2013-10-01

    The significance of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) in eukaryotic evolution remains controversial. Although many eukaryotic genes are of bacterial origin, they are often interpreted as being derived from mitochondria or plastids. Because of their fixed gene pool and gene loss, however, mitochondria and plastids alone cannot adequately explain the presence of all, or even the majority, of bacterial genes in eukaryotes. Available data indicate that no insurmountable barrier to HGT exists, even in complex multicellular eukaryotes. In addition, the discovery of both recent and ancient HGT events in all major eukaryotic groups suggests that HGT has been a regular occurrence throughout the history of eukaryotic evolution. A model of HGT is proposed that suggests both unicellular and early developmental stages as likely entry points for foreign genes into multicellular eukaryotes.

  7. Superconducting quantum-interference devices

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    Peters, P. N.; Holdeman, L. B.

    1975-01-01

    Published document discusses devices which are based on weak-link Josephson elements that join superconductors. Links can take numerous forms, and circuitry utilizing links can perform many varied functions with unprecedented sensitivity. Theoretical review of Josephson's junctions include tunneling junctions, point contact devices, microbridges, and proximity-effect devices.

  8. Weakly relativistic plasma expansion

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    Fermous, Rachid Djebli, Mourad

    2015-04-15

    Plasma expansion is an important physical process that takes place in laser interactions with solid targets. Within a self-similar model for the hydrodynamical multi-fluid equations, we investigated the expansion of both dense and under-dense plasmas. The weakly relativistic electrons are produced by ultra-intense laser pulses, while ions are supposed to be in a non-relativistic regime. Numerical investigations have shown that relativistic effects are important for under-dense plasma and are characterized by a finite ion front velocity. Dense plasma expansion is found to be governed mainly by quantum contributions in the fluid equations that originate from the degenerate pressure in addition to the nonlinear contributions from exchange and correlation potentials. The quantum degeneracy parameter profile provides clues to set the limit between under-dense and dense relativistic plasma expansions at a given density and temperature.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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}.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Quantum state engineering with flux-biased Josephson phase qubits by rapid adiabatic passages

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    Nie, W.; Huang, J. S.; Shi, X.; Wei, L. F.

    2010-09-15

    In this article, the scheme of quantum computing based on the Stark-chirped rapid adiabatic passage (SCRAP) technique [L. F. Wei, J. R. Johansson, L. X. Cen, S. Ashhab, and F. Nori, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 113601 (2008)] is extensively applied to implement quantum state manipulations in flux-biased Josephson phase qubits. The broken-parity symmetries of bound states in flux-biased Josephson junctions are utilized to conveniently generate the desirable Stark shifts. Then, assisted by various transition pulses, universal quantum logic gates as well as arbitrary quantum state preparations can be implemented. Compared with the usual {pi}-pulse operations widely used in experiments, the adiabatic population passages proposed here are insensitive to the details of the applied pulses and thus the desirable population transfers can be satisfyingly implemented. The experimental feasibility of the proposal is also discussed.

  20. 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.

  1. Josephson-based full digital bridge for high-accuracy impedance comparisons

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    Overney, Frédéric; Flowers-Jacobs, Nathan E.; Jeanneret, Blaise; Rüfenacht, Alain; Fox, Anna E.; Underwood, Jason M.; Koffman, Andrew D.; Benz, Samuel P.

    2016-08-01

    This paper describes a Josephson-based full digital impedance bridge capable of comparing any two impedances, regardless of type (R-C, R-L, or L-C), over a large frequency range (from 1 kHz to 20 kHz). At the heart of the bridge are two Josephson arbitrary waveform synthesizer systems that offer unprecedented flexibility in high-precision impedance calibration, that is, it can compare impedances with arbitrary ratios and phase angles. Thus this single bridge can fully cover the entire complex plane. In the near future, this type of instrument will considerably simplify the realization and maintenance of the various impedance scales in many National Metrology Institutes around the world. Contribution of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Department of Commerce, not subject to copyright in the United States.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.}

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Josephson Effect in Trapped Spin-orbit Coupled Bose-Einstein Condensation

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    Tang, Wai Ho

    Spin-orbit coupling (SOC) has given rise to many novel states of matter including topological insulators and superconductors. Recent experimental realization of SOC in neutral cold atom systems have opened a new avenue to study its effects in Bose-Einstein condensate. In this study, we discuss the Josephson-like mode in the spin-orbit coupled condensate, and study its decoherence due to thermal effect. We discuss experimental implications of our results.

  17. 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.

  18. Single flux-quantum Josephson memory cell using a new threshold characteristic

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    Kurosawa, I.; Yagi, A.; Nakagawa, H.; Hayakawa, H.

    1983-12-01

    A new single flux-quantum Josephson memory cell in which nondestructive readout (NDRO) operations can be realized with a simple circuit configuration is proposed. The memory cell utilizes a new type of threshold characteristics in an equivalent asymmetric dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) consisting of a three-junction SQUID gate and a single junction. NDRO operation has been successfully demonstrated in an experimental memory circuit.

  19. 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.

  20. Low-noise Josephson mixers at 115 GHz using recyclable point contacts

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    Taur, Y.; Kerr, A. R.

    1978-01-01

    Thermally recyclable Nb point-contact Josephson junctions are investigated as low-noise mixers with an external local oscillator at 115 GHz. The best single sideband mixer noise temperature achieved is 140 (+ or - 20) K with a single sideband conversion loss of 2.4 (+ or - 0.5) dB. Such rugged junctions are suitable for use in practical receivers and should give unprecedented sensitivity at the shorter millimeter wavelengths.