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  1. Confocal Annular Josephson Tunnel Junctions

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-04-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. Fluxon dynamics in long annular Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Martucciello, N.; Mygind, Jesper; Koshelets, V.P.; Shchukin, A.V.; Filippenko, L.; Monaco, R

    1998-01-01

    Single-fluxon dynamics has been experimentally investigated in high-quality Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb annular Josephson tunnel junctions having a radius much larger than the Josephson penetration depth. Strong evidence of self-field effects is observed. An external magnetic field in the barrier plane acts on...

  4. Fluxon dynamics in long annular Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Martucciello, N.; Mygind, Jesper; Koshelets, V. P.; Shchukin, A. V.; Filippenko, L.; Monaco, R.

    1998-01-01

    Single-fluxon dynamics has been experimentally investigated in high-quality Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb annular Josephson tunnel junctions having a radius much larger than the Josephson penetration depth. Strong evidence of self-field effects is observed. An external magnetic field in the barrier plane acts on the fluxon as a periodic potential and lowers its average speed. Further, the results of perturbative calculations do not fit the experimental current-voltage profile and, provided the temperature is...

  5. New fluxon resonant mechanism in annular Josephson tunnel structures

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    A novel dynamical state has been observed in the dynamics of a perturbed sine-Gordon system. This resonant state has been experimentally observed as a singularity in the dc current-voltage characteristic of an annular Josephson tunnel junction, excited in the presence of a magnetic field. In this respect it can be assimilated to self-resonances known as Fiske steps. Differently from these, however, we demonstrate, on the basis of numerical simulations, that its detailed dynamics involves rotating fluxon pairs, a mechanism associated, so far, to self-resonances known as zero-field steps. This occurs because the size of nonlinear excitations is comparable with that of the system

  6. Elliptic annular Josephson tunnel junctions in an external magnetic field: the statics

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    Monaco, Roberto; Granata, Carmine; Vettoliere, Antonio;

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated the static properties of one-dimensional planar Josephson tunnel junctions (JTJs) in the most general case of elliptic annuli. We have analyzed the dependence of the critical current in the presence of an external magnetic field applied either in the junction plane or in the...... perpendicular direction. We report a detailed study of both short and long elliptic annular junctions having different eccentricities. For junctions having a normalized perimeter less than one the threshold curves are derived and computed even in the case with one trapped Josephson vortex. For longer junctions...... a numerical analysis is carried out after the derivation of the appropriate perturbed sine-Gordon equation. For a given applied field we find that a number of different phase profiles exist which differ according to the number of fluxon-antifluxon pairs. We demonstrate that in samples made by...

  7. Soliton bunching in annular Josephson junctions

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    Vernik, I.V; Lazarides, Nickos; Sørensen, Mads Peter;

    1996-01-01

    By studying soliton (fluxon) motion in long annular Josephson junctions it is possible to avoid the influence of the boundaries and soliton-soliton collisions present in linear junctions. A new experimental design consisting of a niobium coil placed on top of an annular junction has been used to...

  8. Josephson tunnel junction microwave attenuator

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    Koshelets, V. P.; Shitov, S. V.; Shchukin, A. V.;

    1993-01-01

    A new element for superconducting electronic circuitry-a variable attenuator-has been proposed, designed, and successfully tested. The principle of operation is based on the change in the microwave impedance of a superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) Josephson tunnel junction when dc biased...

  9. Fluctuation Dominated Josephson Tunneling with a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Naaman, O.; Teizer, W.; Dynes, R. C.

    2001-01-01

    We demonstrate Josephson tunneling in vacuum tunnel junctions formed between a superconducting scanning tunneling microscope tip and a Pb film, for junction resistances in the range 50-300 k$\\Omega$. We show that the superconducting phase dynamics is dominated by thermal fluctuations, and that the Josephson current appears as a peak centered at small finite voltages. In the presence of microwave fields (f=15.0 GHz) the peak decreases in magnitude and shifts to higher voltages with increasing ...

  10. DC intrinsic Josephson effect in 1{mu}m-lateral-size annular Bi-2212 stacks

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    Kim, S.J.; Yamashita, T. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Research Inst. of Electrical Comunication; Latyshev, Y.I.; Pavlenko, V.N. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan); Inst of Radio-Engineerig and Electronics Russian Academic of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    1999-11-10

    Small annular junctions were the subjects of particular interest last decade because of possibility of flux trapping (see, e.g. [1]). Related magnetic field can contain radial component affecting Josephson critical current. Here we report on the first studies of intrinsic dc Josephson effect [2] in small annular type Bi-2212 mesas and its sensitivity to the trapped flux. (translated by NEDO)

  11. delta-biased Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Monaco, R.; Mygind, Jesper; Koshelet, V.;

    2010-01-01

    Abstract: 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...

  12. Soliton excitations in Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Lomdahl, P. S.; Sørensen, O. H.; Christiansen, Peter Leth

    1982-01-01

    A detailed numerical study of a sine-Gordon model of the Josephson tunnel junction is compared with experimental measurements on junctions with different L / λJ ratios. The soliton picture is found to apply well on both relatively long (L / λJ=6) and intermediate (L / λJ=2) junctions. We find good...

  13. Microscopic tunneling theory of long Josephson junctions

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    Grønbech-Jensen, N.; Hattel, Søren A.; Samuelsen, Mogens Rugholm

    1992-01-01

    We present a numerical scheme for solving a nonlinear partial integro-differential equation with nonlocal time dependence. The equation describes the dynamics in a long Josephson junction modeled by use of the microscopic theory for tunneling between superconductors. We demonstrate that the...

  14. Recent achievements on annular Josephson structures and their application as radiation detectors

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    One of the stimulating area of superconductors investigations lies in the achieved and potential applications as radiation detectors. Results concerning annular Josephson junctions in this context are discussed. Fundamental aspects, mainly related to the fluxon dynamics in such structures, are discussed in detail. The results confirm the importance of the precious sharing of technological requests with fundamental physical implications. Peculiar results are reported dealing with new resonances occurring on these Josephson junctions of annular configuration

  15. Josephson tunnel junctions in niobium films

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    A method of fabricating stable Josephson tunnel junctions with reproducible characteristics is described. The junctions have a sandwich structure consisting of a vacuum evaporated niobium film, a niobium oxide layer produced by the glow discharge method and a lead film deposited by vacuum evaporation. Difficulties in producing thin-film Josephson junctions are discussed. Experimental results suggest that the lower critical field of the niobium film is the most essential parameter when evaluating the quality of these junctions. The dependence of the lower critical field on the film thickness and on the Ginzburg-Landau parameter of the film is studied analytically. Comparison with the properties of the evaporated films and with the previous calculations for bulk specimens shows that the presented model is applicable for most of the prepared samples. (author)

  16. δ-biased Josephson tunnel junctions

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    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 δ-biased samples having different electrical and geometrical parameters.

  17. Josephson tunnel junctions with ferromagnetic barrier layer

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    We have fabricated Nb/Al2O3/Ni0.6Cu0.4/Nb Josephson tunnel junctions. Depending on the thickness of the ferromagnetic Ni0.6Cu0.4 layer and on the ambient temperature, the junctions were in the 0 or π coupled ground state. The Al2O3 tunnel barrier allows to achieve rather low damping. The critical current density in the π state was up to 5 A/cm2 at T=2.1 K, resulting in a Josephson penetration depth λJ as low as 160 μm. Experimentally determined junction parameters are well described by theory taking into account spin-flip scattering in the Ni0.6Cu0.4 layer and different interface transparencies. Using a ferromagnetic layer with a step-like thickness we obtain a 0-π junction with equal lengths and critical currents of 0 and π parts. The Ic(H) pattern shows a clear minimum in the vicinity of zero field. The ground state of our 330 μm (1.3λJ) long junction corresponds to a spontaneous vortex of supercurrent pinned at the 0-π phase boundary, carrying ∝ 6.7% of the magnetic flux quantum Φ0. (orig.)

  18. Theory of Josephson tunneling into proximity-effect sandwiches

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    We develop the microscopic theory of the superconducting proximity effect to allow the calculation of the Josephson current in tunnel junctions where one or both electrodes are proximity-effect bilayers. The Josephson current can then be calculated with the same theory that is used to interpret quasiparticle tunneling characteristics in quantitative detail. One significant result is that the Josephson current is much more rapidly attenuated by thin normal layers adjacent to the tunnel barrier than is the gap in the quasiparticle current. (orig.)

  19. Josephson tunnel junctions with ferromagnetic interlayer

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    Superconductivity and ferromagnetism are well-known physical properties of solid states that have been widely studied and long thought about as antagonistic phenomena due to difference in spin ordering. It turns out that the combination of both superconductor and ferromagnet leads to a very rich and interesting physics. One particular example, the phase oscillations of the superconducting order parameter inside the ferromagnet, will play a major role for the devices discussed in this work. In this thesis, I present Josephson junctions with a thin Al2O3 tunnel barrier and a ferromagnetic interlayer, i.e. superconductor-insulator-ferromagnet-superconductor (SIFS) stacks. The fabrication of junctions was optimized regarding the insulation of electrodes and the homogeneity of the current transport. The junctions were either in the 0 or π coupled ground state, depending on the thickness of the ferromagnetic layer and on temperature. The influence of ferromagnetic layer thickness on the transport properties and the coupling (0, π) of SIFS tunnel junctions was studied. Furthermore, using a stepped ferromagnetic layer with well-chosen thicknesses, I obtained the so-called 0-π Josephson junction. At a certain temperature this 0-π junction can be made perfectly symmetric. In this case the ground state corresponds to a vortex of supercurrent creating a magnetic flux which is a fraction of the magnetic flux quantum Φ0. Such structures allow to study the physics of fractional vortices and to build various electronic circuits based on them. The SIFS junctions presented here have an exponentially vanishing damping at T → 0. The SIFS technology developed within the framework of this work may be used to construct classical and quantum devices such as oscillators, memory cells and qubits. (orig.)

  20. Josephson tunnel junctions with ferromagnetic interlayer

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    Weides, M.P.

    2006-07-01

    Superconductivity and ferromagnetism are well-known physical properties of solid states that have been widely studied and long thought about as antagonistic phenomena due to difference in spin ordering. It turns out that the combination of both superconductor and ferromagnet leads to a very rich and interesting physics. One particular example, the phase oscillations of the superconducting order parameter inside the ferromagnet, will play a major role for the devices discussed in this work. In this thesis, I present Josephson junctions with a thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} tunnel barrier and a ferromagnetic interlayer, i.e. superconductor-insulator-ferromagnet-superconductor (SIFS) stacks. The fabrication of junctions was optimized regarding the insulation of electrodes and the homogeneity of the current transport. The junctions were either in the 0 or {pi} coupled ground state, depending on the thickness of the ferromagnetic layer and on temperature. The influence of ferromagnetic layer thickness on the transport properties and the coupling (0, {pi}) of SIFS tunnel junctions was studied. Furthermore, using a stepped ferromagnetic layer with well-chosen thicknesses, I obtained the so-called 0-{pi} Josephson junction. At a certain temperature this 0-{pi} junction can be made perfectly symmetric. In this case the ground state corresponds to a vortex of supercurrent creating a magnetic flux which is a fraction of the magnetic flux quantum {phi}{sub 0}. Such structures allow to study the physics of fractional vortices and to build various electronic circuits based on them. The SIFS junctions presented here have an exponentially vanishing damping at T {yields} 0. The SIFS technology developed within the framework of this work may be used to construct classical and quantum devices such as oscillators, memory cells and qubits. (orig.)

  1. Existence, uniqueness and multiplicity of rotating fluxon waves in annular Josephson junctions

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    Katriel, Guy

    2007-01-01

    We prove that the equation modelling an annular Josephson junction has a rotating fluxon wave solution for all values of the parameters. We also obtain results on uniqueness of the rotating fluxon wave in some parameter regimes, and on multiplicity of rotating fluxon waves in other parameter regimes.

  2. Parametric excitation of plasma oscillations in a Josephson tunnel junction

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    Bak, Christen Kjeldahl; Kofoed, Bent; Pedersen, Niels Falsig;

    1975-01-01

    Experimental evidence for subharmonic parametric excitation of plasma oscillations in Josephson tunnel junctions is presented. The experiments described are performed by measuring the microwave power necessary to switch a Josephson−tunnel junction biased in the zero−voltage state to a finite......−voltage state. Journal of Applied Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

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

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    Jäck, Berthold, E-mail: b.jaeck@fkf.mpg.de; Eltschka, Matthias; Assig, Maximilian; Etzkorn, Markus; Ast, Christian R. [Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Hardock, Andreas [Institut für Theoretische Elektrotechnik, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, 21079 Hamburg (Germany); Kern, Klaus [Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, 70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Institut de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    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. A nanoscale gigahertz source realized with Josephson scanning tunneling microscopy

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

  5. Soliton excitations in Josephson tunnel junctions

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    A detailed numerical study of a sine-Gordon model of the Josephson tunnel junction is compared with experimental measurements on junctions with different L/lambda/sub J/ ratios. The soliton picture is found to apply well on both relatively (L/lambda/sub J/ = 6) and intermediate (L/lambda/sub J/ = 2) junctions. We find good agreement for the current-voltage characteristics, power output, and for the shape and height of the zero-field steps (ZFS). Two distinct modes of solition oscillations are observed: (i) a bunched or congealed mode giving rise to the fundamental frequency ∫1 on all ZFS's and (ii) a ''symmetric'' mode which on the Nth ZFS yields the frequency N∫1. Coexistence of two adjacent frequencies is found on the third ZFS of the longer junction (L/lambda/sub J/ = 6) in a narrow range of bias current as also found in the experiments. Small asymmetries in the experimental environment, a weak magnetic field, e.g., is introduced via the boundary conditions of our numerical model. This gives a junction response to variations in the applied bias current close to that observed experimentally

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

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    Monaco, Roberto; Aarøe, Morten; Mygind, Jesper;

    2009-01-01

    We have carried out a detailed experimental investigation of the static properties of planar Josephson tunnel junctions in presence of a uniform external magnetic field applied in an arbitrary orientation with respect to the barrier plane. We considered annular junctions, as well as rectangular...... junctions (having both overlap and cross-type geometries) with different barrier aspect ratios. It is shown how most of the experimental findings in an oblique field can be reproduced invoking the superposition principle to combine the classical behavior of electrically small junctions in an in-plane field...

  7. Planar Josephson tunnel junctions in a transverse magnetic field

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    Monacoa, R.; Aarøe, Morten; Mygind, Jesper;

    2007-01-01

    demagnetization effects imposed by the tunnel barrier and electrodes geometry are important. Measurements of the junction critical current versus magnetic field in planar Nb-based high-quality junctions with different geometry, size, and critical current density show that it is advantageous to use a transverse......Traditionally, since the discovery of the Josephson effect in 1962, the magnetic diffraction pattern of planar Josephson tunnel junctions has been recorded with the field applied in the plane of the junction. Here we discuss the static junction properties in a transverse magnetic field where...... magnetic field rather than an in-plane field. The conditions under which this occurs are discussed....

  8. Zurek-Kibble mechanism for the spontaneous vortex formation in Nb-Al/Al-ox/Nb Josephson tunnel junctions: New theory and experiment

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    Monaco, R.; Mygind, Jesper; Aarøe, Morten;

    2006-01-01

    New scaling behavior has been both predicted and observed in the spontaneous production of fluxons in quenched Nb-Al/Al-ox/Nb annular Josephson tunnel junctions (JTJs) as a function of the quench time, tau(Q). The probability f(1) to trap a single defect during the normal-metal-superconductor pha...

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

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    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 ∼ 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

  10. Proximity effects in all refractory Josephson tunnel junctions

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    The theoretical approach to proximity effect based on the thermodynamic Green's functions is considered to investigate the behaviour of all refractory Josephson tunnel junctions. The experimental dependence of the maximum dc Josephson current on temperature is analysed. Two junction configurations are studied: Nb-Al/AlOx/Nb structures with a rather thick Al film and high quality Nb/Nb junctions with either a semimetallic or a metallic back-layer (Nb/AlOx/Nb-Bi, Nb/AlOx/Nb-Al). A satisfying agreement between theoretical calculations and experimental data is found. (orig.)

  11. Properties of Josephson tunnel junction with trapped Abrikosov vortices

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    This paper investigates properties of the Nb/AlOx/Nb Josephson tunnel juncton (JTJ) with Abrikosov vortices (AV) trapped in electrodes. The trapping of AV was performed by a field-cooling process when the JTJ has been cooled through the critical temperature T either in applied perpendicular magnetic field (Bperpendicular) (mode 1) or by application of the perpendicular magnetic field Bperpendicular when the JTJ was at the temperature below Tc (mode 2). The effect of AV on dependences of Josephson critical supercurrent Ic in the parallel magnetic field B parallel has been studied

  12. Submicron NbN Josephson tunnel junctions for digital applications

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    Submicron NbN/MgO/NbN Josephson tunnel junctions have been investigated to make Josephson integrated circuits. The junctions have been fabricated successfully by the cross-line-patterning (CLIP) method with an electron-beam (EB) direct-writing technique. All refractory fabrication process for logic circuits using the CLIP method is presented. This process is applied to fabrication of a logic gate of 4JL containing 0.8 μm-square junctions as an example of digital applications. The logic gate has been fabricated by this process. The authors also discuss the characteristics of the gate

  13. Fabrication and tunneling properties of niobium/lead Josephson junctions

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

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

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    Celaschi, Sergio

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

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

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

    2005-03-01

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

  16. Multiple frequency generation by bunched solitons in Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Lomdahl, P. S.; Sørensen, O. H.; Christiansen, Peter Leth; Scott, A. C.; Eilbeck, J. C.

    1981-01-01

    A detailed numerical study of a long Josephson tunnel junction modeled by a perturbed sine-Gordon equation demonstrates the existence of a variety of bunched soliton configurations. Thus, on the third zero-field step of the V-I characteristic, two simultaneous adjacent frequencies are generated in...... a narrow bias current range. The analysis of the soliton modes provides an explanation of recent experimental observations....

  17. Two-particle structures in high quality Nb/AlOx/Nb Josephson tunnel junctions

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    We have investigated both theoretically and experimentally the two-particle structures, which appear at low temperature in high quality Nb/AlOx/Nb Josephson tunnel junctions in the subgap region of the current-voltage characteristics. We performed measurements on low Josephson critical current density junctions and the results are discussed in the framework of the multiparticle tunnel theory. (orig.)

  18. Josephson Effect in Pb/I/NbSe2 Scanning Tunneling Microscope Junctions

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    Naaman, O.; Dynes, R. C.; Bucher, E.

    2003-01-01

    We have developed a method for the reproducible fabrication of superconducting scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tips. We use these tips to form superconductor/insulator/superconductor tunnel junctions with the STM tip as one of the electrodes. We show that such junctions exhibit fluctuation dominated Josephson effects, and describe how the Josephson product IcRn can be inferred from the junctions' tunneling characteristics in this regime. This is first demonstrated for tunneling into Pb fi...

  19. Q factor and resonance amplitude of Josephson tunnel junctions

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    The surface impedance of the superconducting films comprising the electrodes of Josephson tunnel junctions has been derived from the BCS theory in the extreme London limit. Expressions have been obtained for (i) the dependence of the penetration depth lambda on frequency and temperature, and (ii) the quality factor Q of the junction cavity, attributable to surface absorption in the electrodes. The effect of thin electrodes (t 9 or approx. = lambda) is also included in the calculations. Comparison of the calculated frequency dependence of lambda with resonance measurements on Pb-alloy and all-Nb tunnel junctions yields quite good agreement, indicating that the assumptions made in the theory are reasonable. Measurements of the (current) amplitude of the resonance peaks of the junctions have been compared with the values obtained from inclusion of the calculated Q in the theory by Kulik. In common with observations on microwave cavities by other workers, we find that a small residual conductivity must be added to the real part of the BCS value. With its inclusion, good agreement is found between calculation and experiment, within the range determined by the simplifying assumptions of Kulik's theory. From the results, we believe the calculation of Q to be reasonably accurate for the materials investigated. It is shown that the resonance amplitude of Josephson junctions can be calculated directly from the material constants and a knowledge of the residual conductivity

  20. 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.

  1. Gaussian tunneling model of c-axis twist Josephson junctions

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    We calculate the critical current density JcJ((varphi)0) for Josephson tunneling between identical high-temperature superconductors twisted an angle (varphi)0 about the c axis. Regardless of the shape of the two-dimensional Fermi surface and for very general tunneling matrix elements, an order parameter (OP) with general d-wave symmetry leads to JcJ(π/4)=0. This general result is inconsistent with the data of Li et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 4160 (1999)] on Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi2212), which showed JcJ to be independent of (varphi)0. If the momentum parallel to the barrier is conserved in the tunneling process, JcJ should vary substantially with the twist angle (varphi)0 when the tight-binding Fermi surface appropriate for Bi2212 is taken into account, even if the OP is completely isotropic. We quantify the degree of momentum nonconservation necessary to render JcJ((varphi)0) constant within experimental error for a variety of pair states by interpolating between the coherent and incoherent limits using five specific models to describe the momentum dependence of the tunneling matrix element squared. From the data of Li et al., we conclude that the c-axis tunneling in Bi2212 must be very nearly incoherent, and that the OP must have a nonvanishing Fermi-surface average for Tc. We further show that the apparent conventional sum-rule violation observed by Basov et al. [Science 283, 49 (1999)] can be consistent with such strongly incoherent c-axis tunneling.

  2. Long Josephson tunnel junctions with doubly connected electrodes

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

    2012-03-01

    In order to mimic the phase changes in the primordial Big Bang, several cosmological solid-state experiments have been conceived, during the last decade, to investigate the spontaneous symmetry breaking in superconductors and superfluids cooled through their transition temperature. In one of such experiments, the number of magnetic flux quanta spontaneously trapped in a superconducting loop was measured by means of a long Josephson tunnel junction built on top of the loop itself. We have analyzed this system and found a number of interesting features not occurring in the conventional case with simply connected electrodes. In particular, the fluxoid quantization results in a frustration of the Josephson phase, which, in turn, reduces the junction critical current. Further, the possible stable states of the system are obtained by a self-consistent application of the principle of minimum energy. The theoretical findings are supported by measurements on a number of samples having different geometrical configuration. The experiments demonstrate that a very large signal-to-noise ratio can be achieved in the flux quanta detection.

  3. Supersymmetric phase transition in Josephson-tunnel-junction arrays

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    Foda, O.

    1988-08-31

    The fully frustrated XY model in two dimensions exhibits a vortex-unbinding as well as an Ising transition. If the Ising transition overlaps with the critical line that ends on the vortex transition: T/sub I/less than or equal toT/sub V/, then the model is equivalent, at the overlap temperature, to a free massless field theory of 1 boson and 1 Majorana fermion, which is a superconformal field theory, of central charge c=3/2. The model is experimentally realized in terms of an array of Josephson-tunnel junctions in a transverse magnetic field. The experiment reveals a phase transition consistent with T/sub I/=T/sub V/. Thus, at the critical temperature, the array provides a physical realization of a supersymmetric quantum field theory.

  4. A supersymmetric phase transition in Josephson-tunnel-junction arrays

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    The fully frustrated XY model in two dimensions exhibits a vortex-unbinding as well as an Ising transition. If the Ising transition overlaps with the critical line that ends on the vortex transition: TI≤TV, then the model is equivalent, at the overlap temperature, to a free massless field theory of 1 boson and 1 Majorana fermion, which is a superconformal field theory, of central charge c=3/2. The model is experimentally realized in terms of an array of Josephson-tunnel junctions in a transverse magnetic field. The experiment reveals a phase transition consistent with TI=TV. Thus, at the critical temperature, the array provides a physical realization of a supersymmetric quantum field theory. (orig.)

  5. Long Josephson tunnel junctions with doubly connected electrodes

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

    2012-01-01

    In order to mimic the phase changes in the primordial Big Bang, several cosmological solid-state experiments have been conceived, during the last decade, to investigate the spontaneous symmetry breaking in superconductors and superfluids cooled through their transition temperature. In one...... of such experiments, the number of magnetic flux quanta spontaneously trapped in a superconducting loop was measured by means of a long Josephson tunnel junction built on top of the loop itself. We have analyzed this system and found a number of interesting features not occurring in the conventional case with simply....... The theoretical findings are supported by measurements on a number of samples having different geometrical configuration. The experiments demonstrate that a very large signal-to-noise ratio can be achieved in the flux quanta detection....

  6. Simultaneous quasiparticle and Josephson tunneling in BSCCO-2212 break junctions.

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    Ozyuzer, L.

    1998-10-27

    Tunneling measurements are reported for superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) break junctions on underdoped, optimally-doped, and overdoped single crystals of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} (Bi-2212). The junction I-V characteristics exhibit well-defined quasiparticle current jumps at eV = 2A as well as hysteretic Josephson currents. The quasiparticle branch has been analyzed in the framework of d{sub x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}} (d-wave) superconductivity and indicates that there is preferential tunneling along the lobe directions of the d-wave gap. For overdoped Bi-2212 with T{sub c} = 62 K, the Josephson current is measured as a function of junction resistance, R{sub n}, which varied by two orders of magnitude (1 k{Omega} to 100 k{Omega}). I{sub c}R{sub n} product is proportional to the 0.47 power of I{sub c} and displays a maximum of 7.0 mV. When the hole doping is decreased from overdoped (T{sub c} = 62 K) to the underdoped regime (T{sub c} = 70 K), the average I{sub c}R{sub n} product increases as does the quasiparticle gap. The maximum I{sub c}R{sub n} is {approximately} 40% of the {Delta}/e at each doping level, with a value as high as 25 mV in underdoped Bi-2212.

  7. Chaos and related nonlinear noise phenomena in Josephson tunnel junctions

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    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 106 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 103 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 ω/sub p/ and a mode at the half harmonic ω/sub p//2. The hopping is induced by thermal noise associated with the shunt resistance. 71 references

  8. Inter-band phase fluctuations in macroscopic quantum tunneling of multi-gap superconducting Josephson junctions

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    Asai, Hidehiro, E-mail: hd-asai@aist.go.jp [Electronics and Photonics Research Institute (ESPRIT), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Ota, Yukihiro [CCSE, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8587 (Japan); Kawabata, Shiro [Electronics and Photonics Research Institute (ESPRIT), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Nori, Franco [CEMS, RIKEN, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Physics Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1040 (United States)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • We study MQT in Josephson junctions composed of multi-gap superconductors. • We derive a formula of the MQT escape rate for multiple phase differences. • We investigate the effect of inter-band phase fluctuation on MQT. • The MQT escape rate is significantly enhanced by the inter-band phase fluctuation. - Abstract: We theoretically investigate macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in a hetero Josephson junction formed by a conventional single-gap superconductor and a multi-gap superconductor. In such Josephson junctions, phase differences for each tunneling channel are defined, and the fluctuation of the relative phase differences appear which is referred to as Josephson–Leggett’s mode. We take into account the effect of the fluctuation in the tunneling process and calculate the MQT escape rate for various junction parameters. We show that the fluctuation of relative phase differences drastically enhances the escape rate.

  9. Two-dimensional macroscopic quantum tunneling in multi-gap superconductor Josephson junctions

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    Low-temperature characters of superconducting devices yield definite probes for different superconducting phenomena. We study the macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) in a Josephson junction, composed of a single-gap superconductor and a two-gap superconductor. Since this junction has two kinds to the superconducting phase differences, calculating the MQT escape rate requires the analysis of quantum tunneling in a multi-dimensional configuration space. Our approach is the semi-classical approximation along a 1D curve in a 2D potential- energy landscape, connecting two adjacent potential (local) minimums through a saddle point. We find that this system has two plausible tunneling paths; an in-phase path and an out-of-phase path. The former is characterized by the Josephson-plasma frequency, whereas the latter is by the frequency of the characteristic collective mode in a two-band superconductor, Josephson- Leggett mode. Depending on external bias current and inter-band Josephson-coupling energy, one of them mainly contributes to the MQT. Our numerical calculations show that the difference between the in-phase path and the out-of-phase path is manifest, with respect to the bias- current-dependence of the MQT escape rate. This result suggests that our MQT setting be an indicator of the Josephson-Leggett mode

  10. Doped Josephson tunneling junction for use in a sensitive IR detector

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    A superconductive tunneling device having a modified tunnel barrier capable of supporting Josephson tunneling current is provided. The tunnel barrier located between a pair of electrodes includes a molecular species which is capable of coupling incident radiation of a spectrum characteristic of the molecular species into the tunnel barrier. The coupled radiation modulates the known Josephson characteristics of the superconducting device. As a result of the present invention, a superconductive tunneling device can be tuned or made sensitive to a particular radiation associated with the dopant molecular species. The present invention is particularly useful in providing an improved infrared detector. The tunnel barrier region can be, for example, an oxide of an electrode or frozen gas. The molecular species can be intermixed with the barrier region such as the frozen gas or deposited as one or more layers of molecules on the barrier region. The deposited molecules of the molecular species are unbonded and capable of responding to a radiation characteristic of the molecules. Semi-conductor material can be utilized as the molecular species to provide an increased selective bandwidth response. Finally, appropriate detector equipment can be utilized to measure the modulation of any of the Josephson characteristics such as critical current, voltage steps, Lambe-Jaklevic peaks and plasma frequency. (auth)

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

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    Chudnovsky, Eugene M.

    2016-04-01

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

  12. One-third (period three) harmonic generation in microwave-driven Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Hansen, Jørn Bindslev; Clarke, J.; Mygind, Jesper; Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Svensmark, Henrik

    1986-01-01

    One-third harmonic signals have been generated in the zero voltage state of a Josephson tunnel junction driven with a microwave current in the frequency range 8–20 GHz. The signal was as much as 50 dB above the noise level of the detector with a linewidth of less than 100 Hz. The junction...

  13. X-band singly degenerate parametric amplification in a Josephson tunnel junction

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    Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sørensen, O. H.

    1978-01-01

    Preliminary measurements on a (quasi-) degenerate parametric amplifier using a single Josephson tunnel junction as the active element is reported. The pump frequency is at 18 GHz and the signal and idler frequencies are both at about 9 GHz. A power gain of 16 dB in a 4-MHz 3-dB bandwidth is...

  14. Remanent effects and granular Josephson tunnelling in 1:2:3 micro-bridge junctions

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    A study has been made of supercurrent in a 1:2:3 micro-bridge or slot-junction. It is shown that the maximum supercurrent through a slot-junction is strongly dependent on temperature, applied magnetic field, and magnetic history. In addition, inter-granular Josephson tunnelling has been observed using field-modulation techniques

  15. Control of Coulomb blockade in a mesoscopic Josephson junction using single electron tunneling

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    Hassel, J.; Seppä, Heikki; Delahaye, Julien; Hakonen, Pertti J.

    2004-01-01

    We study a circuit where a mesoscopic Josephson junction (JJ) is embedded in an environment consisting of a large bias resistor and a normal metal - superconductor tunnel junction (NIS). The effective Coulomb blockade of the JJ can be controlled by the tunneling current through the NIS junction leading to transistor-like characteristics. We show using phase correlation theory and numerical simulations that substantial current gain with low current noise ($i_{n}\\lesssim 1$ fA/$\\sqrt{\\text{Hz}}...

  16. Effects of junction geometry in crossover temperature to macroscopic quantum tunneling regime of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    We investigated the phase dynamics of Bi-2212 intrinsic Josephson junctions with two types of junction geometry. We found that a crossover temperature to the macroscopic quantum tunneling regime was quite different between the two types of junction geometry. The observed behavior is discussed in terms of an edge effect in long Josephson junctions dependent on the junction geometry. We investigated the phase dynamics of long intrinsic Josephson junctions, which were fabricated on a narrow bridge structure of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy (Bi-2212) single crystals by using a focused ion-beam etching. We measured the probability distribution of the switching events from the zero-voltage state for two types of junction geometry. One is a junction where the bridge width (L1) is larger than the Josephson penetration depth, λJ, and the distance between two slits (L2) is comparable to λJ, while the other is a junction where L1 is comparable to λJ and L2 is larger than λJ. We found that a crossover temperature from the thermally activated regime to the macroscopic quantum tunneling regime was quite different between the two types of junction geometry. We discuss the observed behavior in terms of an edge effect in long Josephson junctions dependent on the junction geometry.

  17. Mutual locking, chaos and devils staircase in two Josephson tunnel junctions with a common resistive shunt

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    The authors have studied the phase-locking in a pair of individually biased, resistively and capacitively shunted Josephson junctions, coupled by a common resistive or capacitive shunt, on an analog computer. Under certain conditions locking is found to occur at all rational frequency ratios. A critical line is found in parameter space along which the steps form a complete devils staircase having a fractal dimension of 0.87. Beyond the critical line bifurcations occur on all steps following the Feigenbaum sequence to chaos. The Feigenbaum constants are recovered to a fair accuracy. Preliminary experiments with two Josephson tunnel junctions shunted on the chip by a gold-indium film are discussed

  18. Direct detection of the parametrically generated half-harmonic voltage in a Josephson tunnel junction

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    Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sørensen, O. H.

    1976-01-01

    The first direct observation of the parametrically generated half-harmonic voltage in a Josephson tunnel junction is reported. A microwave signal at f=17.25 GHz is applied to the junction dc current biased at zero voltage such that the Josephson plasma resonance fp=f/2. Under these conditions a...... large-amplitude microwave signal is emitted at fp provided the input power exceeds a threshold value. The results are compared to existing theory. Applied Physics Letters is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  19. 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.

  20. Josephson tunnel junctions as fast nuclear particle position detectors

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    We present here some problems and solutions in using Josephson junctions as fast nuclear particle position detectors. The process of induced switching is modelled in terms of a reduction of the critical current due to a disturbed volume: the hot spot. The spurious thermal induced switching process is also taken into account. Calculations in order to choose the junction parameters are presented. The all refractory junction fabrication technology developed is capable of satisfying design prescriptions. (orig.)

  1. Niobium nitride-niobium Josephson tunnel junctions with sputtered amorphous silicon barriers

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    Niobium nitride-niobium Josephson tunnel junctions with sputtered amorphous silicon barriers (NbN-αSi-Nb) have been prepared using processing that is fully compatible with integrated circuit fabrication. These junctions are of suitable quality and uniformity for digital circuit and S-I-S detector applications. The junction quality depends critically upon the properties of the NbN surface, and seems to correlate well with the UV/visible reflectivity of this surface

  2. Josephson Effects in superconducting conventional/unconventional tunnel junctions and weak-links

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    The a.c. Josephson effect is perhaps the most striking manifestation of long-range phase coherence (broken gauge symmetry) in superconductors. Superconductivity in which gauge symmetry is broken in combination with one or more additional symmetries of the normal metallic state (unconventional superconductivity) may also occur. We discuss the Josephson effect for several models of an unconventional superconductor in contact with a conventional superconductor. An unconventional order parameter leads to qualitative changes in the current-phase relation which could be detected with a SQUID in which one arm of the interferometer is an unconventional superconductor. We also compare the current-phase relation for a tunnel junction with that of a weak-link connecting a conventional and unconventional superconductor. Selection rules for unconventional order parameters which enforce zero supercurrent in a tunnel junction are not relevant for weak-links connecting the same unconventional and conventional superconductor. We discuss the the a.c. Josephson effect for several popular models of unconventional superconductivity relevant to the CuO and heavy fermion superconductors. (orig.)

  3. Noise performance of superconductive magnetometers based on long Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Granata, Carmine; Vettoliere, Antonio; Monaco, Roberto

    2014-09-01

    The low-current fluctuations at cryogenic temperatures together with the low dynamical resistance in the resonant states of Josephson tunnel junctions allow for the realization of superconducting oscillators up to the THz range with ultra-low spectral linewidth. By virtue of the Josephson frequency-voltage relationship, we show that the same properties can be exploited for the practical realization of magnetic flux-to-voltage transducers based on the flux-flow in long Josephson tunnel junctions whose intrinsic low-frequency voltage fluctuations at 4.2\\;K amount to few pV/H{{z}^{1/2}}, that is, too small to be measured by any present semiconductor electronics. Nevertheless, by using a double transformer SQUID amplifier we demonstrate that the (amplitude) voltage spectral density, S_{V}^{1/2}, of an all-niobium sensor does not exceed the level of 10\\;pV/H{{z}^{1/2}} and is not affected by 1/f excess noise at least down to few hertz. Such ultra-low white noise, corresponding to a magnetic field noise S_{B}^{1/2}\\leqslant 10\\;fT/H{{z}^{1/2}}, together with a highly linear and broadband voltage responsivity over a wide magnetic flux range, makes the flux-flow magnetometers potentially competitive with SQUID-based devices.

  4. Noise performance of superconductive magnetometers based on long Josephson tunnel junctions

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    The low-current fluctuations at cryogenic temperatures together with the low dynamical resistance in the resonant states of Josephson tunnel junctions allow for the realization of superconducting oscillators up to the THz range with ultra-low spectral linewidth. By virtue of the Josephson frequency-voltage relationship, we show that the same properties can be exploited for the practical realization of magnetic flux-to-voltage transducers based on the flux–flow in long Josephson tunnel junctions whose intrinsic low-frequency voltage fluctuations at 4.2 K amount to few pV/Hz1/2, that is, too small to be measured by any present semiconductor electronics. Nevertheless, by using a double transformer SQUID amplifier we demonstrate that the (amplitude) voltage spectral density, SV1/2, of an all-niobium sensor does not exceed the level of 10 pV/Hz1/2 and is not affected by 1/f excess noise at least down to few hertz. Such ultra-low white noise, corresponding to a magnetic field noise SB1/2⩽10 fT/Hz1/2, together with a highly linear and broadband voltage responsivity over a wide magnetic flux range, makes the flux–flow magnetometers potentially competitive with SQUID-based devices. (paper)

  5. Zurek-Kibble Mechanism for the Spontaneous Vortex Formation in Nb-Al/Alox/Nb Josephson Tunnel Junctions: New Theory and Experiment

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    New scaling behavior has been both predicted and observed in the spontaneous production of fluxons in quenched Nb-Al/Alox/Nb annular Josephson tunnel junctions (JTJs) as a function of the quench time, τQ. The probability f1 to trap a single defect during the normal-metal-superconductor phase transition clearly follows an allometric dependence on τQ with a scaling exponent σ=0.5, as predicted from the Zurek-Kibble mechanism for realistic JTJs formed by strongly coupled superconductors. This definitive experiment replaces one reported by us earlier, in which an idealized model was used that predicted σ=0.25, commensurate with the then much poorer data. Our experiment remains the only condensed matter experiment to date to have measured a scaling exponent with any reliability

  6. Macroscopic quantum tunneling and retrapping processes in moderately damped YBaCuO Josephson junctions

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    The moderately damped regime in a Josephson junction (JJ) is quite common in devices characterized by low critical currents and therefore by low Josephson energies. Measurements of switching current distribution (SCD) are a direct way of discriminating the phase dynamics also in the nontrivial case of moderate damping, which is going to be more and more common with advances in nano-patterning superconductors and in materials science finalized to build hybrid systems. We report on measurements of SCDs, both in thermal and quantum regime, on moderately damped YBaCuO grain boundary biepitaxial JJs. A direct transition from phase diffusion regime to macroscopic quantum tunnelling occurs at about 130 mK. The crossover to the quantum regime is tuned by the magnetic field and phase dynamics is described by a fully consistent set of junction parameters derived through numerical simulations.

  7. 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.

  8. Macroscopic quantum tunnelling in a current biased Josephson junction

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    We discuss in this work an attempt to answer experimentally the question: do macroscopic variables obey quantum mechanics. More precisely, this experiment deals with the question of quantum-mechanical tunnelling of a macroscopic variable, a subject related to the famous Schrodinger's cat problem in the theory of measurement

  9. Flicker (1/f) noise in Josephson tunnel junctions

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    The power spectrum was measured of the voltage fluctuations in shunted Josephson junctions biased at a constant current I greater than the critical current I/sub c/. Over the frequency range 5 x 10-2 to 50 Hz, the power spectra vary approximately as 1/f, where f is the frequency. At any single frequency, the noise decreases as I is increased. Experimental evidence is presented to show that the voltage noise arises from equilibrium fluctuations in the temperature T of the junction, which in turn modulate I/sub c/ and hence the voltage V across the junction. The magnitude of the power spectra is consistently predicted to within a factor of 5 by an extension of the semiempirical formula of Clarke and Voss: S/sub V/(f) = (dI/sub c//dT)2(partialV/partialI/sub c/)2/sub I/k/sub B/T2 / 3C/sub V/f. In this formula, it is postulated that C/sub V/ is the heat capacity of an ''effective'' junction volume given by the product of the junction area and the sum of the coherence lengths of the two superconductors. The dependence of S/sub V/(f) on (partialV/partialI/sub C/)2/sub I/ and (dI/sub c//dT)2 is experimentally established

  10. Low-noise parametric amplification at 35 GHz in a single Josephson tunnel junction

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    Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sørensen, O. H.; Dueholm, B.; Levinsen, M. T.

    1979-01-01

    Parametric amplification at 35 GHz has been obtained using a single Josephson tunnel junction as the active element. The amplifier was operated in the singly quasidegenerate mode with a pump frequency at 70 GHz. The noise temperature was measured and found correlated with the gain. At the highest...... gain achieved, 11.6 dB, the noise temperature was 400 K. The noise temperature was reduced considerably by decreasing the gain. At 8 and 4 dB we found 165±25 K and 50±30 K, respectively. Applied Physics Letters is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  11. Vortex penetration and self-resonant effects in large Josephson tunnel junction

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    Discontinuity in the resonant voltage (traveling wave resonance) as a function of applied magnetic field has been observed in large Josephson tunnel junctions. It is believed that our results can be explained in terms of peculiar magnetic properties of large junctions of finite length L>>lambda/sub J/, i.e., the quantization of internal fields and magnetic hysteresis. The discontinuity corresponds to the change of number of vortices penetrating the junction barrier. The experimental voltage jumps are in fairly good agreement with these calculated from the theory

  12. Metastable states and macroscopic quantum tunneling in a cold atom josephson ring

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    Solenov, Dmitry [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mozyrsky, Dmitry [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    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.

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

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    Koyama, Tomio; Machida, Masahiko

    2008-04-01

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

  14. Tunneling transport properties in (La,Sr)2CuO4 grain boundary Josephson junctions

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    We investigate tunneling transport properties in thin film grain boundary Josephson junctions (GBJ's) of epitaxially grown (La,Sr)2CuO4 (LSCO) on bicrystal substrates. These optimally doped LSCO films were made by molecular beam epitaxy producing a very smooth film at the grain boundary. Measurements of the critical current Ic at low magnetic fields B (mT range) are used to characterize the quality of the junctions. Deviations from the ideal Ic(B) pattern enable us to indicate the homogeneity of the GBJ. Measurements of the differential conductance in high magnetic fields (T range) are used to investigate quasiparticle tunneling across the grain boundary. Results are compared to theoretical predictions

  15. Crystal engineering of oxide films in the fabrication of high-Tc Josephson tunnel junction

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    In relation to the authors' research for the fabrication of high-Tc Josephson tunnel junction composed of YBCO(S)/oxide insulator(I)/YBCO layers, two crystal engineering issues are presented and discussed on pulsed laser processing of oxide thin films. One is the epitaxial growth of highly crystalline and orientation-controlled YBCO films and the other is the molecular layer epitaxy of perovskite and rock salt oxides films. Quantitative results are presented on the crystal quality, surface atomic layers and morphology, and electronic properties of the films and junctions. Discussion will be made on such problems as the thermodynamics vs. kinetics in the film growth, identification and control of the topmost atomic layers of substrates and growing films, and electronic state of high-Tc films based on the scanning tunneling and photoelectron yield spectra

  16. Quantum breathers in small networks: dynamics, tunneling, correlations, and application to Josephson cells

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    We address the excitation of quantum breathers in small nonlinear networks of two and three degrees of freedom, in order to study their properties. The invariance under permutation of two sites of these networks substitutes the translation invariance that is present in nonlinear lattices, where (classical) discrete breathers are time periodic space localized solutions of the underlying classical equations of motion. We do a systematic analysis of the spectrum and eigenstates of such small systems, characterizing quantum breather states by their tunneling rate (energy splitting), site correlations, fluctuations of the number of quanta, and entanglement. We observe how these properties are reflected in the time evolution of initially localized excitations. Quantum breathers manifest as pairs of nearly degenerate eigenstates that show strong site correlation of quanta, and are characterized by a strong excitation of quanta on one site of the network which perform slow coherent tunneling motion from one site to another. They enhance the fluctuations of quanta, and are the least entangled states among the group of eigenstates in the same range of the energy spectrum. We use our analysis methods to consider the excitation of quantum breathers in a cell of two coupled Josephson junctions, and study their properties as compared with those in the previous cases. We describe how quantum breathers could be experimentally observed by employing the already developed techniques for quantum information processing with Josephson junctions. (orig.)

  17. Annular superconducting tunnel junction detectors: Experimental results under X-ray illumination

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    We present an experiment detecting X-rays by an annular Nb-based Superconducting Tunnel Junction (STJ). In one magnetic field configuration, we stably trapped a single magnetic fluxon in the STJ barrier during the transition to the superconducting state. This is an innovative configuration which avoids the use of an externally applied field during detector operation. This offers potential benefits for STJs used in imaging arrays. In this configuration, and also in the conventional one with an externally applied parallel magnetic field, we observed current pulses produced by single 6 keV X-rays. The pulses were identical for both configurations

  18. R.F. self-field depression of microwave induced currents steps in Josephson tunnel junction

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    This paper reports that experimentally observed amplitudes of microwave induced steps in Josephson tunnel junctions are significantly reduced respect to the predictions of a simple model developed for a junction that is small respect to the Josephson penetration depth and radiation wavelength. In this approximation the amplitude of the n-th step in the critical current units (the reduced units will be used throughout the paper) is: ln = Jn(γb); γb = nvrf/Vn; Vn = (h/4πe)ωrn, where Jn (γ) is the Bessel function of the order n, ωrf radiation frequency and Vrf that amplitude of the r.f. signal. We will refer to this as the Bessel model. In resonant junctions the spatial variations of the microwave voltage in the barrier cannot be neglected. Pech and Sain-Michel considered the resonant junction irradiated at the frequency at which the half wavelength of the incident radiation matches the junction length (L = λ /2). Recently Costabile at al have solved the perturbed Sine-Gordon equation in the single mode approximation obtaining for the step height at the finite value of the standing wave ratio (SWR) and the intermediate junction length we will referred to this approximation as the SWR model

  19. Effect of the subgap conductance on the metastable states in a Josephson tunnel junction

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    An investigation of the decay rate of metastable states in Josephson tunnel junctions in presence of thermal noise is presented. We have observed that, in the extremely underdamped regime, there is an exponential temperature dependence of the best fit value for the shunt conductance. Such a dependence shows a close relation with the temperature dependence of the subgap conductance, suggesting that the effective conductance for the escape from the metastable states obeys to a quasi-particle thermal activation mechanism. The introduction of this effective conductance into the lifetime expression for the zero-voltage states leads to significant changes in the width of the switching current distributions. A comparisons of the experimental data with the proposed model is reported. 7 refs., 2 figs

  20. Induced Superconductivity and Engineered Josephson Tunneling Devices in Epitaxial (111)-Oriented Gold/Vanadium Heterostructures.

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    Wei, Peng; Katmis, Ferhat; Chang, Cui-Zu; Moodera, Jagadeesh S

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    We report a unique experimental approach to create topological superconductors by inducing superconductivity into epitaxial metallic thin film with strong spin-orbit coupling. Utilizing molecular beam epitaxy technique under ultrahigh vacuum conditions, we are able to achieve (111) oriented single phase of gold (Au) thin film grown on a well-oriented vanadium (V) s-wave superconductor film with clean interface. We obtained atomically smooth Au thin films with thicknesses even down to below a nanometer showing near-ideal surface quality. The as-grown V/Au bilayer heterostructure exhibits superconducting transition at around 3.9 K. Clear Josephson tunneling and Andreev reflection are observed in S-I-S tunnel junctions fabricated from the epitaxial bilayers. The barrier thickness dependent tunneling and the associated subharmonic gap structures (SGS) confirmed the induced superconductivity in Au (111), paving the way for engineering thin film heterostructures based on p-wave superconductivity and nano devices exploiting Majorana Fermions for quantum computing. PMID:26943807

  1. Internal Josephson-like tunnelling in two-component Bose-Einstein condensates affected by sign of the atomic interaction and external trapping potential

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    Xiong Bo; Liu Xun-Xu

    2007-01-01

    This paper studies the Josephson-like tunnelling in two-component Bose-Einstein condensates coupled with microwave field, which is in respond to various attractive and repulsive atomic interaction under the various aspect ratio of trapping potential. It is very interesting to find that the dynamic of Josephson-like tunnelling can be controlled from fast damped oscillations to nondamped oscillation, and relative number of atoms changes from asymmetric occupation to symmetric occupation correspondingly.

  2. Josephson and Quasiparticle Tunneling Studies of LITHIUM-TITANIUM(2)-OXYGEN(4)

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    Ng, Kwok-Wai

    Josephson and quasiparticle tunneling measurements have been performed on superconducting LiTi(,2)O(,4). High quality, dense samples were made by arc melting LiTi(,2)O(,4) pellets produced by sintering con- stituent powders of Li(,2)CO(,3), Ti(,2)O(,3) and TiO(,2). The conductive spinel phase was recovered by annealing the ingot for about two months. The sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction and a.c. suscepti- bility, and it was shown to be in the correct crystal structure with only a slight amount of impurity and have a proper superconducting criti- cal temperature of 11.3 K. The measured density was about 99.3% of the single crystal value, hence the sample was dense and suitable for the tunneling experiment. Josephson point contact tunneling between LiTi(,2)O(,4) and Nb reveals, under K-band microwave radiation of frequency (nu) = 25.2 GHz, Shapiro steps of spacing approximately h(nu)/2e. Assuming the validity of the analysis of Pals and van Haeringen, we were led to the conclusion that the pairing in superconducting LiTi(,2)O(,4) was of the s-wave type, as in Nb. The "squeezable junction" method of Moreland and Hansma has been applied to study the superconducting energy gap of an arc melted bulk LiTi(,2)O(,4) sample and also of co-sputtered MoRe films. The MoRe film was estimated to have an energy gap of 1.05 mV, corre- sponding to a Re concentration of 17%. The energy gap of LiTi(,2)O(,4) is determined to be 1.95 (+OR-) 0.03 mV corresponding to 2(DELTA)/k(,B)T(,c) = 4.00 (+OR-) 0.06, making this material a conventional, electron-phonon strong coupled superconductor. The new results for LiTi(,2)O(,4) rule out the recent suggestion of Alexandrov and Ranninger that this material. might exhibit a bipolaronic form superconductivity, for such a form would be gapless, contrary to our results. *DOE Report IS-T-1245. This work was performed under contract No. W-7405-Eng-82 with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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

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

    2008-10-01

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

  4. Simulation of I-V curves of small Josephson tunnel junctions with finite capacitance

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    Results of digital and analog simulations of the I-V characteristics of small Josephson tunnel junctions are presented for a variety of cases, and are compared with the recent experimental results of Howard et al. [Appl. Phys. Lett. 35, 879 (1979)] on small-area, high-current-density junctions. The lumped-circuit-element model of Stewart and McCumber with an adjustable nonlinear quasiparticle conductance and various capacitance values is employed. The value of junction capacitance inferred from the digital simulation for a 10-9-cm2 junction is 9 x 10-15 F. This represents a normalized capacitance β/sub c/ = 0.3 for the junction considered, which had a critical current density roughly-equal105 A/cm2. The inferred capacitance is in agreement with the value extrapolated from previous experimental results. Both digital and analog simulations result in I-V curves which show a previously unreported crossing of the quasiparticle and total current curves. This crossing is due to an averaging in time of the voltage across the nonlinear quasiparticle-conductance channel. The crossing is not seen in the experimental results of Howard et al. Differences between the experimental and simulated I-V curves are discussed

  5. Ultra-low-noise magnetic sensing with long Josephson tunnel junctions

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    We study how the magnetic field dependence of the Eck step voltage in long Josephson tunnel junctions (LJTJs) can allow for ultra-low-noise magnetic sensing. The field to be measured is applied perpendicular to a continuous superconducting pickup loop. Wherever the loop has a narrow constriction, the density of the flux-restoring circulating currents will become relatively high and will locally create a magnetic field large enough to bring a biased LJTJ into the flux-flow state, i.e., at a finite voltage proportional to the field strength. This method allows the realization of a novel family of robust and general-purpose superconducting devices which, despite their simplicity, function as ultra-low-noise, wide-band and high-dynamics magnetometers. The performance of low-Tc sensor prototypes, including a highly linear voltage responsivity and an intrinsic voltage spectral density SV1/2 in the pV Hz−1/2 range, promises to be competitive with that of the best superconducting quantum interference devices. (paper)

  6. Study of a high critical temperature superconductor through Josephson effect and tunnel spectroscopy; Etude d'un supraconducteur a haute temperature critique par effet Josephson et spectroscopie tunnel

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    Grison, X

    2000-11-15

    This work, mainly experimental, is dedicated to the study of the Josephson effect and the tunnel spectroscopy of superconducting films. Thin films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} oriented towards [0,0,1], [1,0,3], [1,1,0] or [1,0,0] axis have been made. The results concerning the [0,0,1] orientation are consistent with an order parameter having a d(x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}) symmetry but with a small component of s symmetry due to the orthorombicity of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{delta}}. The results concerning the [1,1,0] orientation show the existence (near (1,1,0)-type surfaces) of an order parameter whose symmetry is d(x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}) {+-} i*s or more likely d(x{sup 2} - y{sup 2}) {+-} i*d(xy). The latter term implies the breaking of the time reversing symmetry. The i*d(xy) component is responsible for the Josephson coupling along the [1,1,0] axis, which means that the coupling is not or is little carried by the Andreev bound states contrarily to recent predictions. It is also shown that Josephson junctions can be fabricated by using ion irradiation. (A.C.)

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

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

    2012-10-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. Experimental estimation of the hot spot size in Nb-based Josephson tunnel junctions using Abrikosov vortices

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    We report on a new experimental approach to the size estimation of the hot spot induced by ionizing particles in a Josephson tunnel junction. Here, in contrast to the case of a superconducting strip, it is possible to investigate the hot spot dynamics in absence of effects due to the heating induced by the bias current. The reported experiment is based on the motion of Abrikosov vortices, trapped in the thin films constituting the junction electrodes, under 5.6 MeV α-particle irradiation. The fast time evolution of a hot spot, combined with the presence of Abrikosov vortices, produces a change of the static magnetic field in the junction area and thus a change of the critical current value, Ic. Measurements of Ic during the α-particle irradiation and in presence of trapped Abrikosov vortices allow to determine the rate of appearance of those Ic changes. The behavior of the average appearance rate as function of the Abrikosov vortices density provides a direct determination of the maximum hot spot area. The experiment is performed on a high quality Nb/Al endash AlOx/Nb junction of circular geometry and with open-quotes smallclose quotes dimensions with respect to the Josephson penetration depth. A value of 4.7±1.2μm2 is found for the maximum hot spot area. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  11. Coherent tunneling of Bose-Einstein condensates: Exact solutions for Josephson effects and macroscopic quantum self-trapping

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    We consider coherent atomic tunneling between two weakly coupled Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC) at T = 0 in (possibly asymmetric) 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. The evolution of the inter-well fractional population imbalance (related to the condensate phase difference) is obtained in terms of elliptic functions, generalizing well-known Josephson effects such as the 'ac' effect, the 'plasma oscillations', and the resonant Shapiro effect, to the nonsiusoidal regimes. We also present exact solutions for a novel 'macroscopic quantum self-trapping' effect arising from nonlinear atomic self-interaction in the GPE. The coherent BEC tunneling signatures are obtained in terms of the oscillations periods and the Fourier spectrum of the imbalance oscillations, as a function of the initial values of GPE parameters. Experimental procedures are suggested to make contact with theoretical predictions. (author). 44 refs, 8 figs

  12. Quantum and thermal phase escape in extended Josephson systems

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    In this work I examine phase escape in long annular Josephson tunnel junctions. The sine-Gordon equation governs the dynamics of the phase variable along the junction. This equation supports topological soliton solutions, which correspond to quanta of magnetic flux trapped in the junction barrier. For such Josephson vortices an effective potential is formed by an external magnetic field, while a bias current acts as a driving force. Both together form a metastable potential well, which the vortex is trapped in. When the driving force exceeds the pinning force of the potential, the vortex escapes and the junction switches to the voltage state. At a finite temperature the driving force fluctuates. If the junction's energy scale is small, the phase variable can undergo a macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) process at temperatures below the crossover temperature. Without a vortex trapped, the metastable state is not a potential minimum in space, but a potential minimum at zero phase difference. (orig.)

  13. Quantum and thermal phase escape in extended Josephson systems

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    Kemp, A.

    2006-07-12

    In this work I examine phase escape in long annular Josephson tunnel junctions. The sine-Gordon equation governs the dynamics of the phase variable along the junction. This equation supports topological soliton solutions, which correspond to quanta of magnetic flux trapped in the junction barrier. For such Josephson vortices an effective potential is formed by an external magnetic field, while a bias current acts as a driving force. Both together form a metastable potential well, which the vortex is trapped in. When the driving force exceeds the pinning force of the potential, the vortex escapes and the junction switches to the voltage state. At a finite temperature the driving force fluctuates. If the junction's energy scale is small, the phase variable can undergo a macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) process at temperatures below the crossover temperature. Without a vortex trapped, the metastable state is not a potential minimum in space, but a potential minimum at zero phase difference. (orig.)

  14. Effective description of tunneling in a time-dependent potential with applications to voltage switching in Josephson junctions

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    Andersen, Christian Kraglund; Mølmer, Klaus

    2013-01-01

    variable: the phase change across a Josephson junction. The Josephson junction phase variable behaves as the position coordinate of a particle moving in a tilted washboard potential, and our general solution to the motion in such a potential with a time-dependent tilt reproduces a number of features...... associated with voltage switching in Josephson junctions. Apart from applications as artificial atoms in quantum information studies, the Josephson junction may serve as an electric field sensitive detector, and our studies provide a detailed understanding of how the voltage switching dynamics couples to the...

  15. Analog simulation of the Josephson effects

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    Analog circuit techniques can be used to advantage to simulate the Josephson effects in a superconductor-insulator-superconductor tunnel junction. Details of an electronic Josephson simulator are presented, and the advantages of analog techniques over their digital counterparts for this application are discussed. The simulation of a Josephson microwave mixer is used as an example

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

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

    2007-07-01

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

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

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

    2007-07-20

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

  18. Temperature dependence of the cosphi conductance in Josephson tunnel junctions determined from plasma resonance experiments

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    Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sørensen, O. H.; Mygind, Jesper

    1978-01-01

    The microwave response at 9 GHz of Sn-O-Sn tunnel-junction current biased at zero dc voltage has been measured just below the critical temperature Tc of the Sn films. The temperature dependence of the cosφ conductance is determined from the resonant response at the junction plasma frequency fp as...... the temperature is decreased from Tc. We used three different schemes for observation of the plasma oscillations: (a) second-harmonic generation (excitation at ∼ 4.5 GHz, fp∼4.5 GHz); (b) mixing (excitations at ∼ 9 and ∼ 18 GHz, fp∼9 GHz); (c) parametric half-harmonic oscillation (excitation at ∼ 18...

  19. Josephson technology

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    The author presents an introduction to Josephson junctions. After an introduction to the physical principles of superconductivity and the Josephson effect some applications are described with special regards to the implementation in digital circuits. (HSI)

  20. Fractional ac Josephson effect in unconventional superconductors

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    For certain orientations of Josephson junctions between two px-wave or two d-wave superconductors, the subgap Andreev bound states produce a 4π-periodic relation between the Josephson current I and the phase difference ψ: I propor to sin(ψ/2) . Consequently, the ac Josephson current has the fractional frequency eV/h where V is the dc voltage. In the tunneling limit, the Josephson current is proportional to the first power (not square) of the electron tunneling amplitude. Thus, the Josephson current between unconventional superconductors is carried by single electrons, rather than by Cooper pairs. The fractional ac Josephson effect can be observed experimentally by measuring frequency spectrum of microwave radiation from the junction

  1. Phase locked 270-440 GHz local oscillator based on flux flow in long Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Koshelets, V. P.; Shitov, S. V.; Filippenko, L. V.; Vaks, V. L.; Mygind, Jesper; Baryshev, A.B.; Luinge, W.; Whyborn, N.

    2000-01-01

    The combination of narrow linewidth and wide band tunability makes the Josephson flux flow oscillator (FFO) a perfect on-chip local oscillator for integrated sub-mm wave receivers for, e.g., spectral radio astronomy. The feasibility of phase locking the FFO to an external reference oscillator is demonstrated experimentally. A FFO linewidth as low as 1 Hz (determined by the resolution bandwidth of the spectrum analyzer) has been measured in the frequency range 270–440 GHz relative to a referen...

  2. Comparative study of macroscopic quantum tunneling in Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junctions with different device structures

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

    2009-04-01

    We investigated macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) for two device structures. One is a small mesa, which is a few nanometers thick with only two or three IJJs, and the other is a stack of a few hundred IJJs in a narrow bridge structure. The experimental results regarding the switching-current distribution for the first switch from the zero-voltage state were in good agreement with the conventional theory for a single Josephson junction, indicating that the crossover temperature from thermal activation to the MQT regime for the former device structure was similar to that for the latter device structure. Together with the observation of multiphoton transitions between quantized energy levels in the MQT regime, these results strongly suggest that the observed MQT behavior is intrinsic to a single IJJ in high- Tc cuprates and is independent of the device structure. The switching-current distribution for the second switch from the first resistive state, which was carefully distinguished from the first switch, was also compared with respect to the two device structures. In spite of the differences between the heat transfer environments, the second switch exhibited a similar temperature-independent behavior for both devices up to a much higher temperature than the crossover temperature for the first switch. We argue that this cannot be explained in terms of self-heating caused by dissipative currents after the first switch. As possible candidates for this phenomenon, the MQT process for the second switch and the effective increase in the electronic temperature due to the quasiparticle injection are discussed.

  3. Subharmonic gap structure and subharmonic Josephson steps

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    Subharmonic microwave-induced Josephson step is often observed in superconducting junctions that exhibit subharmonic gap structure. The two theories, multiparticle tunneling and self-coupling due to an electromagnetic field set up by the ac Josephson current, which have been suggested to explain the subharmonic gap structure are investigated with respect to the possible existence of subharmonic Josephson steps. Also treated is a Ginzburg-Landau calculation of the current--phase relation for Josephson junctions. All three theories give subharmonic Josephson steps with the same microwave-power dependence. The temperature dependence of the subharmonic step structure and the subharmonic gap structure is discussed. It seems the self-coupling is the main cause for both effects in tunnel junctions and for the subharmonic gap structure in Dayem bridges, while the subharmonic step structure in the Dayem bridge seems to be a geometrical effect related to ''multiparticle'' transfer processes. (3 figures)

  4. Spin currents in TFT-Josephson junction

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    The spin of the Cooper pair in a triplet superconductor provides a new degree of freedom in Josephson junction physics. This can be accessed by using a magnetically-active tunneling barrier, leading to a rich variety of unconventional Josephson effects. Because of the triplet state of the pairing wavefunction, triplet superconductor junctions in general also display a Josephson spin current, which can flow even when the equilibrium charge current is vanishing. Using the quasiclassical Green's function theory, we have examined the more general situation of a magnetically-active barrier which does not conserve the spin of a tunneling Cooper-pair. We demonstrate that the Josephson spin currents on either side of the barrier need not be identical, with the magnitude, sign and orientation all allowed to differ. Not only do our calculations enhance the physical understanding of transport through triplet superconductor junctions, but they also open the possibility of novel spintronic Josephson devices.

  5. Annular pancreas

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001142.htm Annular pancreas To use the sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. An annular pancreas is a ring of pancreatic tissue that encircles ...

  6. Macroscopic quantum tunneling and qubit design parameters of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ surface intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Cui, D. J.; Yu, H. F.; Peng, Z. H.; Cao, W. H.; Zhu, X. B.; Tian, Ye; Chen, G. H.; Lin, D. H.; Gu, C. Z.; Zheng, D. N.; Jing, X. N.; Lu, Li; Zhao, S. P.

    2008-12-01

    Macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) has been demonstrated recently in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ surface intrinsic Josephson junction (SIJJ) with its critical current density Jc below 100 A cm-2 and its size below 1 µm. In this work, we present a study of the switching current distributions of SIJJs fabricated on the same crystal, with Jc>500 A cm-2 and size of 0.8 and 1.6 µm. MQT is clearly observed, and the crossover from MQT to thermal activation (TA) is seen. Our analysis shows that the data agree well with the theoretical predictions of MQT and TA for different-sized SIJJs when parameters that roughly scale with the SIJJ size are used. In the crossover regime, the data are found to be better fitted by considering quantum corrections to TA. We discuss the realistic design of phase- and flux-type qubits using the experimentally attainable SIJJ parameters, which shows that the SIJJs, with their controllable Jc and size (or junction capacitance), are feasible for qubit applications in the future.

  7. Tunneling characteristics of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ-Pb window-type Josephson junctions

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    Frangi, F.; Dwir, B.; Pavuna, D.

    1992-02-01

    We present the results of tunneling measurements done on window-type, native-barrier YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ-Pb junctions. We show features in the I-V curves which are related to the gap of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ, as well as to the Pb and YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ phonon spectra. The nature of barrier in these structures is found to be semi-conducting. We can also see the asymmetry in the tunneling curves.

  8. Phase locked 270-440 GHz local oscillator based on flux flow in long Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Koshelets, V.P.; Shitov, S.V.; Filippenko, L.V.; Vaks, V.L.; Mygind, Jesper; Baryshev, A.B.; Luinge, W.; Whyborn, N.

    2000-01-01

    -running tunnel junction. The results of residual FFO phase noise measurements are also presented. Finally, we propose a single-chip fully superconductive receiver with two superconductor–insulator–superconductor mixers and an integrated phase-locked loop. ©2000 American Institute of Physics....

  9. Josephson super-current in graphene-superconductor junction

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    Sarvestani, E.; Jafari, S. A.

    2011-01-01

    Within the tunneling Hamiltonian formulation for the eight-component spinors,the Josephson critical super-current 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, intra-valley and inter-valley tunneling. Within the present tunneling approach, we find that the contributions of two kinds of tunneling to the critical s...

  10. Solitons in Josephson junctions

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    Ustinov, A. V.

    1998-11-01

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

  11. Josephson supercurrent in a graphene-superconductor junction

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    Sarvestani, E.; Jafari, S. A.

    2012-01-01

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

  12. Josephson supercurrent in a graphene-superconductor junction

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    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.

  13. Josephson supercurrent in a graphene-superconductor junction

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    Sarvestani, Esmaeel [Institute for Advanced Simulation, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Jafari, Seyed Akbar [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran 11155-9161 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-07-01

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

  14. 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.

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

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

    2009-03-01

    A nanometer-thick small mesa consiting of only two or three Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) is studied through the switching current distribution measurements down to 0.4 K. Experimental results clearly show that the first switching events from the zero-voltage state for 1 K IJJs with several tens of junctions, in contrast to the recent result on a similar mesa-structured surface IJJ.

  16. Multisoliton excitations in long Josephson junctions

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    Dueholm, B.; Levring, O. A.; Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sørensen, O. H.; Cirillo, M.

    1981-01-01

    The microwave emission from long Josephson tunnel junctions dc-current biased on zero-field and Fiske steps has been measured. The frequency and power variation on all steps of the narrow-linewidth radiation near the fundamental cavity-mode frequency and the observed transitions between different...

  17. Granuloma annulare.

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    Gupta, Diptesh; Hess, Brian; Bachegowda, Lohith

    2010-01-01

    We present a case of a 77-year-old, diabetic male with a 20-year history of a migratory erythematous, asymptomatic, generalized, nonscaly, and nonitchy rash that started over the dorsum of his left hand. On examination, there were multiple annular erythematous plaques, distributed symmetrically and diffusely over his torso and arms, with central clearing and no scales. A punch biopsy of the skin helped us to arrive at the diagnosis of a generalized granuloma annulare (GA). GA is a benign, self-limiting skin condition of unknown etiology that is often asymptomatic. The cause of this condition is unknown, but it has been associated with diabetes mellitus, infections such as HIV, and malignancies such as lymphoma. These lesions typically start as a ring of flesh-colored papules that slowly progress with central clearing. Lack of symptoms, scaling, or associated vesicles helps to differentiate GA from other skin conditions such as tinea corporis, pityriasis rosea, psoriasis, or erythema annulare centrifugum. Treatment is often not needed as the majority of these lesions are self-resolving within 2 years. Treatment may be pursued for cosmetic reasons. Available options include high-dose steroid creams, PUVA, cryotherapy, or drugs such as niacinamide, infliximab, Dapsone, and topical calcineurin inhibitors. PMID:20209383

  18. Proposed Josephson voltage standard

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    Chang, C. C.; Holderman, L. B.; Toots, J.

    1980-01-01

    Relatively-simple microwave integrated circuit comprising two resonators linked by Josephson junction could be set up to generate standard Josephson volt in any industrial laboratory. Standard cells and electronic equipment could be readily compared and calibrated to this standard.

  19. Fractional Solitons in Excitonic Josephson Junctions.

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    Hsu, Ya-Fen; Su, Jung-Jung

    2015-01-01

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

  20. 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.

  1. Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic interlayer

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    We report on the fabrication of superconductor/insulator/ferromagnetic metal/superconductor (Nb/AlOx/Pd0.82Ni0.18/Nb) Josephson junctions (SIFS JJs) with high critical current densities, large normal resistance times area products, and high quality factors. For these junctions, a transition from 0- to π-coupling is observed for a thickness dF=6 nm of the ferromagnetic Pd0.82Ni0.18 interlayer. The magnetic field dependence of the critical current of the junctions demonstrates good spatial homogeneity of the tunneling barrier and ferromagnetic interlayer. Magnetic characterization shows that the Pd0.82Ni0.18 has an out-of-plane anisotropy and large saturation magnetization indicating negligible dead layers at the interfaces. A careful analysis of Fiske modes up to about 400 GHz provides valuable information on the junction quality factor and the relevant damping mechanisms. Whereas losses due to quasiparticle tunneling dominate at low frequencies, at high frequencies the damping is explained by the finite surface resistance of the junction electrodes. High quality factors of up to 30 around 200 GHz have been achieved. They allow to study the junction dynamics, in particular the switching probability from the zero-voltage into the voltage state with and without microwave irradiation. The experiments with microwave irradiation are well explained within semi-classical models and numerical simulations. In contrast, at mK temperature the switching dynamics without applied microwaves clearly shows secondary quantum effects. Here, we could observe for the first time macroscopic quantum tunneling in Josephson junctions with a ferromagnetic interlayer. This observation excludes fluctuations of the critical current as a consequence of an unstable magnetic domain structure of the ferromagnetic interlayer and affirms the suitability of SIFS Josephson junctions for quantum information processing.

  2. Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic interlayer

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    Wild, Georg Hermann

    2012-03-04

    We report on the fabrication of superconductor/insulator/ferromagnetic metal/superconductor (Nb/AlO{sub x}/Pd{sub 0.82}Ni{sub 0.18}/Nb) Josephson junctions (SIFS JJs) with high critical current densities, large normal resistance times area products, and high quality factors. For these junctions, a transition from 0- to {pi}-coupling is observed for a thickness d{sub F}=6 nm of the ferromagnetic Pd{sub 0.82}Ni{sub 0.18} interlayer. The magnetic field dependence of the critical current of the junctions demonstrates good spatial homogeneity of the tunneling barrier and ferromagnetic interlayer. Magnetic characterization shows that the Pd{sub 0.82}Ni{sub 0.18} has an out-of-plane anisotropy and large saturation magnetization indicating negligible dead layers at the interfaces. A careful analysis of Fiske modes up to about 400 GHz provides valuable information on the junction quality factor and the relevant damping mechanisms. Whereas losses due to quasiparticle tunneling dominate at low frequencies, at high frequencies the damping is explained by the finite surface resistance of the junction electrodes. High quality factors of up to 30 around 200 GHz have been achieved. They allow to study the junction dynamics, in particular the switching probability from the zero-voltage into the voltage state with and without microwave irradiation. The experiments with microwave irradiation are well explained within semi-classical models and numerical simulations. In contrast, at mK temperature the switching dynamics without applied microwaves clearly shows secondary quantum effects. Here, we could observe for the first time macroscopic quantum tunneling in Josephson junctions with a ferromagnetic interlayer. This observation excludes fluctuations of the critical current as a consequence of an unstable magnetic domain structure of the ferromagnetic interlayer and affirms the suitability of SIFS Josephson junctions for quantum information processing.

  3. Design and Implementation of a Josephson Junction Spectrometer

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    Girit, Caglar; Goffman, Marcelo; Pothier, Hugues; Urbina, Cristián; Esteve, Daniel

    2015-03-01

    A Josephson tunnel junction can be used as an on-chip absorption spectrometer at frequencies up to several hundred gigahertz. As a result of the AC Josephson effect, a voltage biased junction acts as a microwave source. When emitted photons are absorbed in the junction's electromagnetic environment, a dc Cooper pair current flows (inelastic Cooper pair tunneling). By measuring this dc current as a function of applied voltage--the junction's current-voltage characteristic--one obtains a spectrum of the electromagnetic environment. We describe the design of a Josephson junction spectrometer which seeks to optimize bandwidth, sensitivity, coupling and linewidth. We present measurements of the spectra of miniature on-chip LC circuits with resonant frequencies in the 25-100 GHz range. Our Josephson junction spectrometer will be used to study level transitions in mesoscopic systems. Supported by Grant ANR-10-IDEX-0001-02 PSL.

  4. Resonant modes in Josephson structures

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    It is well-know that a Josephson junction held at finite voltage V generates an alternating current at a frequency *o=(2e/h)V. When the junction is coupled to an external resonator self-induced dc current modes occur in the structure. The nonlinear interaction with the ac Josephson radiation gives rise to current singularities at voltages corresponding to the resonance frequencies of the resonator. These resonances appear in the dc current voltage characteristics as current singularities. They are due to a conversion of dc power to ac power that in turn is internally dissipated. In a tunneling junction the resonator is formed of the two superconducting electrodes separated by the oxide layer. In a two junctions interferometer the resonant structure is formed of the loop inductance and the junction capacitances. A good knowledge of the behaviour of these singularities is very important when switching properties are considered or ac power has to be extracted from the structure. In this paper we review the behaviour of resonant modes in Josephson junctions coupled to a resonant structure. A comparison between experimental data and the theoretical description at present available is reported

  5. Phonon-mediated Josephson oscillations in excitonic and polaritonic condensates

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

    2010-01-01

    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 re...

  6. Scattering theory of the Josephson effect in iron based superconductors

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    We study the Josephson effect in S±IS± junctions made by a two band superconductor with s± wave symmetry. We derive the Andreev coefficients for the scattering problem at the junction interface and the temperature dependence of the critical current. We predict various features of the Josephson current for certain values of the second band strengths and tunnel barrier amplitude among which a high temperature π state coupling, and a π to 0 transition as the temperature lowers.

  7. Resonator coupled Josephson junctions; parametric excitations and mutual locking

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    Jensen, H. Dalsgaard; Larsen, A.; Mygind, Jesper

    Self-pumped parametric excitations and mutual locking in systems of Josephson tunnel junctions coupled to multimode resonators are reported. For the very large values of the coupling parameter, obtained with small Nb-Al2O3-Nb junctions integrated in superconducting microstrip resonators, the DC I......-V characteristic shows an equidistant series of current steps generated by subharmonic pumping of the fundamental resonator mode. This is confirmed by measurement of frequency and linewidth of the emitted Josephson radiation...

  8. Sub-fT/Hz1/2 resolution and field-stable SQUID magnetometer based on low parasitic capacitance sub-micrometer cross-type Josephson tunnel junctions

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    We review the development of low parasitic capacitance sub-micrometer cross-type Josephson tunnel junctions for their use in highly sensitive and field-stable SQUID magnetometers. The potential of such junctions is shown on I-V characteristics as well as on Fraunhofer diffraction patterns. The evaluation of Fiske steps lead to a specific junction capacitance of about 62 fF/μm2 for a critical current density of about 1.7 kA/cm2. The avoidance of any idle-region - the undesired overlap between superconducting electrodes around the junction - due to a self-aligned junction definition process lead to highly sensitive SQUIDs; multiloop SQUID magnetometers exhibiting exceptionally low magnetic field noise levels as low as 0.3 fT/Hz1/2, as well as large usable voltage swings of more than 150 μVpp. Furthermore, junction dimensions in the sub-micrometer range allowed for very high tolerable background fields during cool-down of up to 6.5 mT. In operation mode, the SQUID magnetometers recovered completely from magnetization pulses of up to 76 mT. With respect to their easy and reliable usage as well as their high sensitivity, the presented SQUID sensors are adequate for many applications, like in geophysics, biomagnetism or low-field magnetic resonance imaging.

  9. Resistance of Josephson Junction Arrays at Low Temperatures

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    Ioffe, L. B.; Narozhny, B. N.

    1997-01-01

    We study motion of vortices in arrays of Josephson junctions at zero temperature where it is controlled by quantum tunneling from one plaquette to another. The tunneling process is characterized by a finite time and can be slow compared to the superconducting gap (so that $\\tau \\Delta >> 1$). The dissipation which accompanies this process arises from rare processes when a vortex excites a quasiparticle above the gap while tunneling through a single junction. We find that the dissipation is si...

  10. Influence of noise and near-resonant perturbations on bifurcations in Josephson junctions

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    Svensmark, Henrik; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1987-01-01

    The stabilization of a nonlinear system against period-doubling bifurcations by means of a periodic perturbation has been investigated. With the Josephson junction as a model system, both numerical simulations (including noise) and measurements on Josephson tunnel junctions have been performed. The...

  11. Macroscopic quantum superposition of current states in a Josephson-junction loop

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    Wilhelm, F.K.; Wal, C.H. van der; Haar, A.C.J. ter; Schouten, R.N.; Harmans, C.J.P.M.; Mooij, J.E.; Orlando, T.P.; Lloyd, S.

    2001-01-01

    Superconducting circuits with Josephson tunnel junctions are interesting systems for research on quantum-mechanical behavior of macroscopic degrees of freedom. A particular realization is a small superconducting loop containing three Josephson junctions. Close to magnetic frustration 1/2, the physic

  12. Josephson Junction electronics: materials issues and fabrication techniques

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    The discovery of superconducting tunneling and the Josephson effect in the early 1960s revolutionized the electronic applications of superconductivity, making possible large scale technical and economic uses of superconductors. Digital circuits with ultra-fast low-power Josephson Junctions make possible very high performance computers. Radio astronomy has benefited from development of electromagnetic radiation detectors using superconducting tunnel junctions. These new materials present fabrication problems due to material stresses, temperatures, electronic problems such as flux pinning, packaging, support matrixes, as well as other physical and metallurgical problems

  13. Spectral linewidths of Josephson oscillators

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    Salerno, M; Samuelsen, Mogens Rugholm; Yulin, AV

    2001-01-01

    We show that the linewidth of a Josephson flux-flow oscillator has the same functional dependence on temperature, static, and dynamic resistances as the ones of Josephson single-fluxon oscillators and small Josephson junctions. This suggests a universal formula for the linewidth of Josephson osci...

  14. Josephson gyroscope using superfluids

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    The Sagnac effect using matter (de Broglie) waves is considered for gyroscopic applications. Superfluid helium in a torus with a Josephson junction interrupting it would be an embodiment of this idea. An optical analog of the Josephson junction is discussed. An experimental search for the Sagnac effect in superfluid helium (isotope 4) is presented. 5 references

  15. Josephson junctions as detectors for non-Gaussian noise

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    Non-Gaussian fluctuations of the electrical current can be detected with a Josephson junction placed on-chip with the noise source. We present preliminary measurements with an NIS junction as a noise source, and a Josephson junction in the thermal escape regime as a noise detector. It is shown that the Josephson junction detects not only the average noise, which manifests itself as an increased effective temperature, but also the noise asymmetry. A theoretical description of the thermal escape of a Josephson junction in presence of noise with a non-zero third cumulant is presented, together with numerical simulations when the noise source is a tunnel junction with Poisson noise. Comparison between experiment and theory is discussed. (Abstract Copyright [2007], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  16. Radiation comb generation with extended Josephson junctions

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    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

  17. Intrinsic Josephson effects on superconducting films

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    Chana, O S

    2002-01-01

    Films of the high-T sub c superconductor Tl sub 2 Ba sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8 with the crystal c-axis misaligned from the substrate normal have been used to make intrinsic Josephson junctions. The copper-oxide layers in the cuprate superconductor are weakly coupled in the c-direction. This weak interplanar coupling is analogous to superconductor- insulator-superconductor stacks parallel to the c-direction in the film and this maps out to a series array of intrinsic Josephson junctions. A novel device geometry has been used to exploit this and series arrays of intrinsic Josephson junctions have been fabricated. The junctions are optimised in quality and have a high and critical-current- independent value for the product of the critical current and normal state resistance. The temperature dependence of the critical current fits the Ambegaokar-Baratoff theory for SIS tunnelling. X-band emission at around 12 GHz has been detected from the intrinsic Josephson bridge at 103 K. This confirms that the junctions are s...

  18. Annular Flow Distribution test

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    This report documents the Babcock and Wilcox (B ampersand W) Annular Flow Distribution testing for the Savannah River Laboratory (SRL). The objective of the Annular Flow Distribution Test Program is to characterize the flow distribution between annular coolant channels for the Mark-22 fuel assembly with the bottom fitting insert (BFI) in place. Flow rate measurements for each annular channel were obtained by establishing ''hydraulic similarity'' between an instrumented fuel assembly with the BFI removed and a ''reference'' fuel assembly with the BFI installed. Empirical correlations of annular flow rates were generated for a range of boundary conditions

  19. Quantum dissipative dynamics in nanostructure d-wave Josephson junctions

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    Kawabata, Shiro; Golubov, Alexander A.; Tanaka, Yukio; Kashiwaya, Satoshi

    2007-01-01

    The macroscopic quantum dynamics of nano-scale high-Tc superconductor Josephson junctions is investigated theoretically. We analytically obtained the macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) rate and showed that the presence of the zero energy bound states at the interface leads to a strong damping effec

  20. Josephson current through a molecular transistor in a dissipative environment

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    Novotny, T; Rossini, Gianpaolo; Flensberg, Karsten

    2005-01-01

    We study the Josephson coupling between two superconductors through a single correlated molecular level, including Coulomb interaction on the level and coupling to a bosonic environment. All calculations are done to the lowest, i.e., the fourth, order in the tunneling coupling and we find a suppr...

  1. Small-number arrays of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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

    2008-04-01

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

  2. Holographic Josephson junction from massive gravity

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

    2016-05-01

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

  3. Disordered graphene Josephson junctions

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

    2014-01-01

    A tight-binding approach based on the Chebyshev-Bogoliubov-de Gennes method is used to describe disordered single-layer graphene Josephson junctions. Scattering by vacancies, ripples or charged impurities is included. We compute the Josephson current and investigate the nature of multiple Andreev reflections, which induce bound states appearing as peaks in the density of states for energies below the superconducting gap. In the presence of single atom vacancies, we observe a strong suppressio...

  4. Nonlinearity in superconductivity and Josephson junctions

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    Within the framework of the Bardeen, Cooper and Schrieffers (BCS) theory, the influence of anisotropy on superconducting states are investigated. Crystal anisotropy exists in un-conventional low temperature superconductors as e.g. U1-xThxBe13 and in high temperature superconductors. Starting from a phenomenological pairing interaction of the electrons or holes, the BCS approach is used to derive a set of coupled nonlinear algebraic equations for the momentum dependent gap parameter. The emphasis is put on bifurcation phenomena between s-, d-wave and mixed s- and d-wave symmetry and the influence on measurable quantities as the electron specific heat, spin susceptibility and Josephson tunnelling. Pitch-fork and perturbed pitch-fork bifurcations have been found separating s- and d-wave superconducting states from mixed s- and d-wave states. The additional superconducting states give rise to jumps in the electron specific heat below the transition temperature. These jumps are rounded in the case of perturbed pitch-fork bifurcations. An experiment to measure the sign of the interlayer interaction using dc SQUIDS is suggested. The Ambegaokar-Baratoff formalism has been used for calculating the quasiparticle current and the two phase coherent tunnelling currents in a Josephson junction made of anisotropic superconductors. It is shown that anisotropy can lead to a reduction in the product of the normal resistance and the critical current. For low voltages across the junction the usual resistively shunted Josephson model can be used. Finally, bunching in long circular Josephson junctions and suppression of chaos in point junctions have been investigated. (au) 113 refs

  5. Current distributions of thermal switching in extremely underdamped Josephson junctions

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    The first measurements of the switching current distribution of an extremely underdamped Josephson junction are presented at various temperatures. Careful fitting of the data provides an experimental verification of the thermal activation theory in the very low damping limit. Moreover, the fitting allows us to obtain the ''effective'' resistance of a Josephson tunnel junction, thus providing an important indication as to the proper junction resistance to be used in the resistively shunted junction model. These values of junction resistance show the temperature dependence of a subgap resistance, i.e., exp(Δ/k/sub B/T), due to activation of quasiparticles over the superconductor energy gap Δ

  6. Experimental observation of subharmonic gap structures in long Josephson junctions

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    Nordahn, M.A.; Manscher, Martin; Mygind, Jesper;

    1999-01-01

    The subharmonic gap structure (SGS) in long-overlap Nb-AlOx-Nb Josephson tunnel junctions has been investigated. The experimental results show peaks in the differential conductance at both odd and even integer fractions of the gap voltage, VG Furthermore, the conductance peaks at V-G/2 has been...... observed to split into two peaks with different characteristics. At high magnetic fields, the I-V characteristics approach a single curve, while retaining the SGS conductance peaks. The gap structure and the SGS show the same temperature dependence. The SGS can be explained by a Josephson self...

  7. Nondemolition measurements of a single quantum spin using Josephson oscillations

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    Bulaevskii, L.; Hruska, M.; Shnirman, A.; Smith, D.; Makhlin, Yu.

    2005-01-01

    We consider a Josephson junction containing a single localized spin 1/2 between conventional singlet superconducting electrodes. We study the spin dynamics and measurements when a dc-magnetic field ${\\bf B}\\parallel z$ acts on the spin and the junction is embedded into a dissipative circuit. We show that when tunneling or a voltage are turned on at time $t=0$ the Josephson current starts to oscillate with an amplitude depending on the initial ($t=0$) value of the spin $z$-component, $S_z= \\pm...

  8. Characterization of superconducting devices spanning the charging to Josephson regimes

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    Charge states in mesoscopic Josephson devices are considered promising candidates for a solid-state implementation of quantum computing. We studied three superconducting single electron transistors (SSETs) fabricated with small Al/AlOx/Al tunnel junctions, which, with a different choice of the construction parameters, can realize both the quantum bit and the readout system for the qubit charge state. We varied the junction capacitance and barrier transparency, making the Josephson energy EJ of the device smaller, comparable and larger than the charging energy EC: the first case is suitable to build the qubit, while the latter can be suitable for the qubit readout. (author)

  9. Low frequency noise in resonant Josephson soliton oscillators

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    Hansen, Jørn Bindslev; Holst, T.; Wellstood, Frederick C.;

    1991-01-01

    to the Nyquist voltage noise in a resistance equal to the dynamic resistance RD of the current-voltage characteristic of the bias point. In contrast, measurements of the linewidth of the microwave radiation from the same JTL showed that the spectral density of the underlying noise voltage scaled as R D2/RS where......The noise in the resonant soliton mode of long and narrow Josephson tunnel junctions (Josephson transmission lines or JTLs) have been measured in the frequency range from 0.1 Hz to 25 kHz by means of a DC SQUID. The measured white noise was found, to within a factor of two, to be equal...

  10. Fabrication of high quality ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

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    Weides, M. [Institute for Solid State Research, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany) and CNI-Center of Nanoelectronic Systems for Information Technology, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany)]. E-mail: m.weides@fz-juelich.de; Tillmann, K. [Institute for Solid State Research, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Kohlstedt, H. [Institute for Solid State Research, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); CNI-Center of Nanoelectronic Systems for Information Technology, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Department of Material Science and Engineering and Department of Physics, University of Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2006-05-15

    We present ferromagnetic Nb/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Ni{sub 60}Cu{sub 40}/Nb Josephson junctions (SIFS) with an ultrathin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} 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 j {sub c} spreads less than 2% was obtained.

  11. Fabrication of high quality ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

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    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 j c spreads less than 2% was obtained

  12. Stochasticity in the Josephson map

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    The Josephson map describes nonlinear dynamics of systems characterized by standard map with the uniform external bias superposed. The intricate structures of the phase space portrait of the Josephson map are examined on the basis of the tangent map associated with the Josephson map. Numerical observation of the stochastic diffusion in the Josephson map is examined in comparison with the renormalized diffusion coefficient calculated by the method of characteristic function. The global stochasticity of the Josephson map occurs at the values of far smaller stochastic parameter than the case of the standard map. (author)

  13. Josephson magnetic rotary valve

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    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. Spin nutation effects in molecular nanomagnet$-$superconductor tunnel junctions

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    Abouie, J.; Abdollahipour, B.; A. A. Rostami

    2013-01-01

    We study the spin nutation effects of the molecular nanomagnet on the Josephson current through a superconductor$|$molecular nanomagnet$|$superconductor tunnel junction. We explicitly demonstrate that due to the spin nutation of the molecular nanomagnet two oscillatory terms emerge in the $ac$ Josephson current in addition to the conventional $ac$ Josephson current. Some resonances occur in the junction due to the interactions of the transported quasiparticles with the bias voltage and molecu...

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

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    Abdo, Baleegh; Kamal, Archana; Devoret, Michel

    2013-01-01

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

  16. Parametric excitation of plasma oscillations in Josephson Junctions

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    Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Samuelsen, Mogens Rugholm; Særmark, Knud

    1973-01-01

    A theory is presented for parametric excitation of plasma oscillations in a Josephson junction biased in the zero voltage mode. A threshold curve for the onset of the parametric excitation is deduced via the stability properties of a Mathieu differential equation obtained by a self-consistent lin......A theory is presented for parametric excitation of plasma oscillations in a Josephson junction biased in the zero voltage mode. A threshold curve for the onset of the parametric excitation is deduced via the stability properties of a Mathieu differential equation obtained by a self......-consistent linearization procedure. The important parameters turn out to be the plasma frequency and the circuit losses. The results of the calculation are compared with the experiments performed on a Josephson junction analog and good agreement is obtained. It is suggested that the effect should be observable in tunnel...

  17. DC and AC Josephson Effect in a Superconductor-Luttinger Liquid-Superconductor System

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    1995-01-01

    We calculate both the DC and the AC Josephson current through a one-dimensional system of interacting electrons, connected to two superconductors by tunnel junctions. We treat the (repulsive) Coulomb interaction in the framework of the one-channel, spin-$1/2$ Luttinger model. The Josephson current is obtained for two geometries of experimental relevance: a quantum wire and a ring. At zero temperature, the critical current is found to decay algebraically with increasing distance $d$ between th...

  18. Field theoretic description of the abelian and non-abelian Josephson effect

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    Esposito, F. Paul; Guay, L. -P.; MacKenzie, R. B.; Paranjape, M. B.; Wijewardhana, L. C. R

    2007-01-01

    We formulate the Josephson effect in a field theoretic language which affords a straightforward generalization to the non-abelian case. Our formalism interprets Josephson tunneling as the excitation of pseudo-Goldstone bosons. We demonstrate the formalism through the consideration of a single junction separating two regions with a purely non-abelian order parameter and a sandwich of three regions where the central region is in a distinct phase. Applications to various non-abelian symmetry bre...

  19. Stacked Josephson Junctions

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    Madsen, Søren Find; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Christiansen, Peter Leth

    2010-01-01

    Long Josephson junctions have for some time been considered as a source of THz radiation. Solitons moving coherently in the junctions is a possible source for this radiation. Analytical computations of the bunched state and bunching-inducing methods are reviewed. Experiments showing THz radiation...

  20. Annular pancreas (image)

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    Annular pancreas is an abnormal ring or collar of pancreatic tissue that encircles the duodenum (the part of the ... intestine that connects to stomach). This portion of pancreas can constrict the duodenum and block or impair ...

  1. Measurement of the intrinsic Josephson coupling energy between Cu-O bilayers in a High-Tc superconductor: Possibility of an unusual electron transmission rate

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    The c-axis dissipation in a magnetic field for oxygen-deficient YBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystals is shown to agree with that of a series stack of Josephson tunnel junctions. The intrinsic Josephson coupling energy, thus obtained, indicates the possibility of increased c-axis coherence below Tc

  2. HTSC-Josephson step contacts

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    In this work the properties of josephson step contacts are investigated. After a short introduction into Josephson step contacts the structure, properties and the Josphson contacts of YBa2Cu3O7-x high-Tc superconductors is presented. The fabrication of HTSC step contacts and the microstructure is discussed. The electric properties of these contacts are measured together with the Josephson emission and the magnetic field dependence. The temperature dependence of the stationary transport properties is given. (WL)

  3. Josephson φ_0-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.

    2015-01-01

    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. Due to the chiral and time reversal symmetry of the Cooper pair tunneling process the current is strictly zero when ϕ vanishes. Only if these underlying symmetries are broken the supercurrent for ϕ = 0 may be finite. This corresponds to a ground state of the junction being offset by a ph...

  4. Josephson $\\varphi_{0}$-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.

    2015-01-01

    The Josephson effect describes supercurrent flowing through a junction connecting two superconducting leads by a thin barrier [1]. This current is driven by a superconducting phase difference $\\phi$ between the leads. In the presence of chiral and time reversal symmetry of the Cooper pair tunneling process [2] the current is strictly zero when $\\phi$ vanishes. Only if these underlying symmetries are broken the supercurrent for $\\phi=0$ may be finite [3-5]. This corresponds to a ground state o...

  5. Low-Tc, ramp-type Josephson junctions for SQUIDS

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    Podt, M.; Rolink, B.G.A.; Flokstra, J.; Rogalla, H.

    2002-01-01

    The Josephson tunnel junction is the basic element of a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). Amongst other parameters, the junction capacitance determines the characteristics of a (digital) SQUID. In a conventional dc SQUID, reducing the junction capacitance decreases the flux noise of the sensor, whereas in digital SQUIDs, the operating frequency can be increased when reducing the junction capacitance. For digital SQUIDs, this means that not only the flux noise decreases, but...

  6. Running and testing of Josephson voltage standard series arrays

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    Gutmann, P.; Funck, T.; Grimm, L. [Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany)

    1994-12-31

    It was found that the yield of the Josephson tunnel junction series arrays produced is limited by the test systems at present commonly in use to test and work them as voltage standards. We present a new voltage biasing system. It allows a junction-by-junction inspection of the array under test between zero and 10 volts with an excellent current resolution of 10{sup -7} A and an excellent voltage resolution of 10{sup -6}V.

  7. Macroscopic quantum effects in intrinsic Josephson junction stacks

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    Koyama, T.; Machida, M.

    2008-09-01

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

  8. Closed form solutions for the self-resonances in a short Josephson junction

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    We present a closed form solution for the self-resonances in a short Josephson tunnel junction. This solution is alternative to the well-known textbook result (Barone and Paterno (1982) and Kulik (1965)) based on a series expansion. Results are derived for the up-to-date case of a 0-π junction. - Highlights: We calculate the self-resonant modes of a 0-π Josephson tunnel junction. → We introduce a new method of calculation not based on a series solution. → Closed form expressions are derived for the phase dynamics and the supercurrent.

  9. Disordered graphene Josephson junctions

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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    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

  11. Microwave response and photon emission of a voltage baised Josephson junction

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    Jebari, Salha; Grimm, Alexander; Hazra, Dibyendu; Hofheinz, Max

    The readout of superconducting qubits requires amplifiers combining noise close to the quantum limit, high gain, large bandwidth, and sufficient dynamic range. Josephson parametric amplifiers using Josephson junctions in the 0-voltage state, driven by a large microwave signals, begin to perform sufficiently well in all 4 of these aspects to be of practical use, but remain difficult to optimize and use. Recent experiments with superconducting circuits consisting of a DC voltage-biased Josephson junction in series with a resonator, showed that a tunneling Cooper pair can emit one or several photons with a total energy of 2e times the applied voltage. We present microwave reflection measurements on this device indicating that amplification is possible with a simple DC voltage-biased Josephson junction. We compare these measurements with the noise power emitted by the junction and show that, for low Josephson energy, transmission and noise emission can be explained within the framework of P(E) theory of inelastic Cooper pair tunneling. Combined with a theoretical model, our results indicate that voltage-biased Josephson junctions might be useful for amplification near the quantum limit, offering simpler design and a different trade-off between gain, bandwidth and dynamic range.

  12. Josephson junction simulation of neurons

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    Crotty, Patrick; Schult, Daniel; Segall, Ken

    2010-01-01

    With the goal of understanding the intricate behavior and dynamics of collections of neurons, we present superconducting circuits containing Josephson junctions that model biologically realistic neurons. These "Josephson junction neurons" reproduce many characteristic behaviors of biological neurons such as action potentials, refractory periods, and firing thresholds. They can be coupled together in ways that mimic electrical and chemical synapses. Using existing fabrication technologies, lar...

  13. Influence of thermal fluctuations on Cherenkov radiation from fluxons in dissipative Josephson systems

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    Antonov, A. A.; Pankratov, A. L.; Yulin, A. V.; Mygind, Jesper

    2000-01-01

    The nonlinear dynamics of fluxons in Josephson systems with dispersion and thermal fluctuations is analyzed using the "quasiparticle" approach to investigate the influence of noise on the Cherenkov radiation effect. Analytical expressions for the stationary amplitude of the emitted radiation and its spectral distribution have been obtained in an annular geometry. It is demonstrated that noise reduces the amplitude of the radiated wave and broadens its spectrum. The effect of the radiated wave...

  14. Visualization of the current density in Josephson junctions with 0- and π-facets

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    With Low-Temperature-Electron-Microscopy (LTSEM) it is possible to analyse the transport properties of solids at low temperatures. In particular it is possible to image the supercurrent density js in Josephson junctions. This was demonstrated by comparing TTREM-images with calculated values for js. In this thesis ramp-type Nd2-xCexCuO4-y/Nb-Josephson-junctions (NCCO/Nb) and Josephson junctions with a ferromagnetic interlayer Nb/Al-Al2O3/NiCu/Nb, so-called SIFS (superconductor-insulator-ferromagnet-superconductor) Josephson junctions were studied.It was demonstrated that LTSEM provides direct imaging of the sign change of the order parameter in superconductors with dx2-y2-symmetry. This was a controversial issue over the last decade. A step like variation in the thickness of the F-layer allows the fabrication of linear and annular Josephson junctions with different numbers of 0 and π facets. With the LTSEM 0-, π-, 0-π-, 0-π-0-, 0/2-π-0/2-, 20 x (0-π)- as well as square-shaped-, circular- and annular-Josephson-junctions were studied. It was demonstrated, that these junctions are of good quality and have critical current densities up to 42 A/cm2 at T=4.2 K, which is a record value for SIFS junctions with a NiCu F-layer so far. By comparing the measurements with simulations a first indication of a semifluxon at the 0-π-boundary was found. (orig.)

  15. Generalized granuloma annulare

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    Full Text Available A 35-years-old female patient had generalized pruritic papular lesions, distributed like dermatitis herpetiformis for last 4 years. Histopathologic changes were typical of granuloma annulare with negative results of direct immunofluorescence. The patient did not have association of diabetes mellitus or any other systemic disease. She failed to respond to dapsone therapy and 13-cis-retinoic acid.

  16. Oscillating annular liquid membranes

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    The response of annular liquid membranes (e.g. used as protection systems in laser fusion reactors) to sinusoidal mass flow rate fluctuations at the nozzle exit is analyzed as a function of the amplitude and frequency of the axial velocity fluctuations at the nozzle exit and thermodynamic compression of the gas enclosed by the membrane. The pressure of the gases enclosed by the annular membrane and the axial distance at which the annular membrane merges on the symmetry axis are periodic functions of time which have the same period as that of the mass flow rate fluctuations at the nozzle exit. They are also nearly sinusoidal functions of time for small amplitudes of the mass flow rate fluctuations at the nozzle exit, and exhibit delay and lag times with respect to the sinusoidal axial velocity fluctuations at the nozzle exit. The delay and the lag times are functions of the amplitude and frequency of the mass flow rate fluctuations at the nozzle exit and the polytropic exponent. The amplitudes of both the pressure of the gases enclosed by the annular liquid membrane and the convergence length increase and decrease, resp., as the amplitude and frequency of the mass flow rate fluctuations at the nozzle exit, resp., are increased. They also increase as the polytropic exponent is increased. (orig.)

  17. Annular Planar Monopole Antennas

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    Chen, Z. N.; Ammann, Max; Chia, W.Y. W.; See, T.S. P.

    2002-01-01

    A type of annular planar monopole antenna is presented. The impedance and radiation characteristics of the monopole with different holes and feed gaps are experimentally examined. The measured results demonstrate that the proposed antenna is capable of providing significantly broad impedance bandwidth with acceptable radiation performance.

  18. Modified Josephson Relation

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    Kolacek, Jan; Lipavsky, Pavel

    2003-01-01

    For type II superconductors, Josephson has shown that vortices moving with velocity v_L create an effective electric field E'=-v_L x B. By definition the effective electric field is gradient of the electrochemical potential, what is the quantity corresponding to voltage observed with the use of Ohmic contacts. It relates to the true electric field E via the local chemical potential mu as E'=E - grad(mu)/e. We argue that at low temperatures the true electric field in the bulk can be approximat...

  19. Josephson arrays for dc and ac metrology

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    Large series arrays of underdamped SIS tunnel junctions are the basic element of the primary dc voltage standards used at present. The development of versatile quantum voltmeters for dc and ac metrology requires the preparation of large and perfect series arrays of overdamped Josephson junctions. Overdamped junctions can be realized by externally shunted SIS junctions or by internally shunted SNS or SINIS junctions. Arrays of up to 8000 SINIS junctions or 30000 SNS junctions were successfully operated at the 1 V dc level. In addition to being used in large arrays for voltage metrology and oscillators, the described junction types may become very useful for the preparation of highly integrated single-flux-quantum digital devices. (author)

  20. Holographic Josephson Junction from Massive Gravity

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

    2015-01-01

    We study the holographic superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) Josephon junction in the massive gravity. In the homogeneous case of the chemical potential, we find that the graviton mass will make the normal metal-superconductor phase transition harder to take place. In the holographic model of Josephson junction, it is found that the maximal tunneling current will decrease according to the graviton mass. Besides, the coherence length of the junction decreases as well with respect to the graviton mass. If one interprets the graviton mass as the effect of momentum dissipation in the boundary field theory, it indicates that the stronger the momentum dissipation is, the smaller the coherence length is.

  1. Josephson effect of a superconducting ferromagnet

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    A point contact tunneling technique has been used to investigate the existence of superconductivity in a long-range, magnetically ordered phase in the reentrant pseudoternary system (Er/sub 1-x/Ho/sub x/)Rh4B4 in the vicinity of the lower critical temperature T/sub c2/. In this experiment, Josephson-like current--voltage characteristics could be observed in a Nb--Nb oxide-- (Er/sub 0.58/HO/sub 0.42/) Rh4B4 junction even in a temperature region below T/sub c2/(approx.1.8--1.96 K), that is, in the magnetically ordered phase

  2. Dissipation and traversal time in Josephson junctions

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    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 τ of the barrier with regard to dissipation can be established, according to which Δτ/τ > 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Quantum noise in Josephson-junction parametric amplifiers

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    Crossover between thermal and quantum noise in the externally-pumped Josephson-junction parametric amplifiers is theoretically followed. Two different approaches are used for the analysis: Josephson junction is replaced with its RSJ model with the equilibrium source of fluctuations; microscopic theory of the tunnel junctions is used, which takes into account not only thermal and quantum but also shot noise. Because of inconvenience of the noise temperature T /SUB N/ for the amplifier sensitivity characterization in the quantum limit, the authors express their results in terms of the figure theta /SUB N/ which is essentially the amplifier output noise energy, reduced to its input (in the classical limit, theta /SUB N/ =k /SUB B/ T /SUB N/). For the nondegenerate amplifier, the minimum value of theta /SUB N/ equals hω/2 and is due to quantum noise (zeropoint oscillations) in the idle-frequency resonator of the amplifier. For the degenerate amplifier, sensitive to only one quadrature component of the input signal, theta /SUB N/ can be made much less than the above ''quantum limit'' even at operation temperatures much higher than hω/k /SUB B/, if the Josephson junction characteristic frequency ω /SUB c/ is high enough, hω /SUB c/ k /SUB B/ T. An analysis of the experimental situation shows that the values theta /SUB N/ < can be achieved using two-dimensional arrays of a large number (N approx. = 100) single-tunnel-junction interferometers with low inductances, inductively coupled to a microwave cavity

  5. Aspects of stochastic resonance in Josephson junction, bimodal maps and coupled map lattice

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    G Ambika; Kamala Menon; K P Harikrishnan

    2005-04-01

    We present the results of extensive numerical studies on stochastic resonance and its characteristic features in three model systems, namely, a model for Josephson tunnel junctions, the bistable cubic map and a coupled map lattice formed by coupling the cubic maps. Some interesting features regarding the mechanism including multisignal amplification and spatial stochastic resonance are shown.

  6. Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic alloy interlayer

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    and IcRn by the s-layer thickness up to the value of nonmagnetic SIS junctions is notable. Additionally information on the emergence of superconductivity with the s-layer thickness was acquired. The introduction of this thesis (Chapter 1) is intended to motivate the experimental efforts and put them into the research context. An account on the evolving field of quantum information processing shall highlight the relevance of performance enhancements of superconducting devices. The chapter also introduces the theories of electron tunneling and effects at Josephson barriers, which are essential to analyse the experimental data. Moreover a description of magnetism along with mechanisms and experiments related to π Josephson junctions are presented. In the following (Chapter 2) an overview about machines and processes for the fabrication and characterisation of thin film devices is given. The preparation of samples was performed at facilities of the Technical Faculty of the University of Kiel. Also information about the experimental setup are given. A focus is put on the deposition of layers with thickness gradients across the wafer and combinatorial sputtering to achieve independent variations of two layer parameters. Finally (Chapter 3) experimental data for different types of Josephson junctions are shown. Related theories, relevant publications and a discussion are introduced along with the data.

  7. Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic alloy interlayer

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    Himmel, Nico

    2015-07-23

    a variation of j{sub c} and I{sub c}R{sub n} by the s-layer thickness up to the value of nonmagnetic SIS junctions is notable. Additionally information on the emergence of superconductivity with the s-layer thickness was acquired. The introduction of this thesis (Chapter 1) is intended to motivate the experimental efforts and put them into the research context. An account on the evolving field of quantum information processing shall highlight the relevance of performance enhancements of superconducting devices. The chapter also introduces the theories of electron tunneling and effects at Josephson barriers, which are essential to analyse the experimental data. Moreover a description of magnetism along with mechanisms and experiments related to π Josephson junctions are presented. In the following (Chapter 2) an overview about machines and processes for the fabrication and characterisation of thin film devices is given. The preparation of samples was performed at facilities of the Technical Faculty of the University of Kiel. Also information about the experimental setup are given. A focus is put on the deposition of layers with thickness gradients across the wafer and combinatorial sputtering to achieve independent variations of two layer parameters. Finally (Chapter 3) experimental data for different types of Josephson junctions are shown. Related theories, relevant publications and a discussion are introduced along with the data.

  8. Effect of quantum resonance-percolation trajectories on the parameters of a Josephson vortex

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    It is shown that, in the energy range of the tunneling resonances of a long superconductor-insulator-superconductor tunnel junction with a weak structural disorder (low impurity densities) in the insulator layer, the parameters of a Josephson vortex (flucson) are determined by the presence of quantum resonance-percolation trajectories that are randomly formed in the disordered insulator layer and connect the super-conducting banks of the junction

  9. Spontaneous Currents in Josephson Devices

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    Radovic, Z.; Dobrosavljevic--Grujic, L.; Vujicic, B.

    1999-01-01

    The unconventional Josephson coupling in a ferromagnetic weak link between d-wave superconductors is studied theoretically. For strong ferromagnetic barrier influence, the unconventional coupling, with ground state phase difference across the link $0

  10. Josephson spectroscopy on submillimeter waves

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    The Josephson high-temperature superconducting submillimeter spectrometer is developed, made and experimentally investigated. The integral receiving structure of the spectrometer comprises the YBCO Josephson junction on the bicrystal boundary, the two-gap (or logo-periodic) antenna and the low-inductive resistive shunt. The selective detector response and the response on the intermediate frequency 1.4 GHz are measured at the action of signals in the frequency range 350-1250 GHz. Th new spectroscopy method based on the mode of the mixer with self-pumping is proposed. The technique for the separation of the studied signal spectrum from the measured HF response is presented. This spectroscopy method with using the Josephson mixer with self-pumping at the high intermediate frequency allows one to improve the sensitivity, the spectral resolution and the dynamic range of the Josephson spectrometer

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Tunneling into ErRh4B4

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    The film tunneling junctions of the forms ErRh4B4-Lusub(x)Osub(y)-Sb and ErRh4B4-Lusub(x)Oy-In have been fabricated using a combination of sputtering and evaporating techniques. Single-particle tunneling measurements have been carried out on the junctions with Sb counterelectrodes. For junctions with In counterelectrodes pair tunneling or the Josephson effect has been studied as well. Manifestations of the onset of magnetic order have been observed in the temperature dependence of the zero-voltage Josephson current, in the Fraunhofer pattern of the magnetic field dependence of the Josephson current, and in the single-particle tunneling conductance. (orig.)

  14. Diffractive analysis of annular resonators.

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    Morin, M; Bélanger, P A

    1992-04-20

    The modal properties of annular resonators are investigated by using an approximate version of the Kirchhoff-Fresnel integral. It is shown that the radial diffraction of a thin annular beam with a large inside radius is similar to that of a cylindrical field distribution. This permits the formal demonstration of the equivalence that exists between large Fresnel number annular resonators and infinite strip resonators. The model explains the properties of annular resonators that have been observed either experimentally or numerically by others, such as the lack of azimuthal discrimination. PMID:20720842

  15. Josephson effect in fermionic superfluids across the BEC-BCS crossover.

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    Valtolina, Giacomo; Burchianti, Alessia; Amico, Andrea; Neri, Elettra; Xhani, Klejdja; Seman, Jorge Amin; Trombettoni, Andrea; Smerzi, Augusto; Zaccanti, Matteo; Inguscio, Massimo; Roati, Giacomo

    2015-12-18

    The Josephson effect is a macroscopic quantum phenomenon that reveals the broken symmetry associated with any superfluid state. Here we report on the observation of the Josephson effect between two fermionic superfluids coupled through a thin tunneling barrier. We show that the relative population and phase are canonically conjugate dynamical variables throughout the crossover from the molecular Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) to the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) superfluid regime. For larger initial excitations from equilibrium, the dynamics of the superfluids become dissipative, which we ascribe to the propagation of vortices through the superfluid bulk. Our results highlight the robust nature of resonant superfluids. PMID:26680193

  16. Field theoretic description of the abelian and non-abelian Josephson effect

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    Esposito, F Paul; MacKenzie, R B; Paranjape, M B; Wijewardhana, L C R

    2007-01-01

    We formulate the Josephson effect in a field theoretic language which affords a straightforward generalization to the non-abelian case. Our formalism interprets Josephson tunneling as the excitation of pseudo-Goldstone bosons. We demonstrate the formalism through the consideration of a single junction separating two regions with a purely non-abelian order parameter and a sandwich of three regions where the central region is in a distinct phase. Applications to various non-abelian symmetry breaking systems in particle and condensed matter physics are given.

  17. Switching between dynamic states in intermediate-length Josephson junctions

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    S. Pagano; Sørensen, Mads Peter; Parmentier, R. D.; Christiansen, Peter Leth; Skovgaard, Ove; Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Samuelsen, Mogens Rugholm

    1986-01-01

    The appearance of zero-field steps (ZFS’s) in the current-voltage characteristics of intermediate-length overlap-geometry Josephson tunnel junctions described by a perturbed sine-Gordon equation (PSGE) is associated with the growth of parametrically excited instabilities of the McCumber background curve (MCB). A linear stability analysis of a McCumber solution of the PSGE in the asymptotic linear region of the MCB and in the absence of magnetic field yields a Hill’s equation which predicts ho...

  18. Perturbed period-doubling bifurcation. II. Experiments on Josephson junctions

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    Eriksen, Gert Friis; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev

    1990-01-01

    We present experimental results on the effect of periodic perturbations on a driven, dynamic system that is close to a period-doubling bifurcation. In the preceding article a scaling law for the change of stability of such a system was derived for the case where the perturbation frequency ω......B as a function of the frequency and the amplitude of the perturbation signal ΔμB(ωS,AS) for a model system, the microwave-driven Josephson tunnel junction, and find reasonable agreement between the experimental results and the theory....

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

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    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

  20. 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.

  1. Current-phase relation measurements of SFS π-Josephson junctions

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    Frolov, S. M.; van Harlingen, D. J.; Oboznov, V. A.; Ryazanov, V. V.

    2004-03-01

    We present measurements of the current-phase relation (CPR) of Superconductor-Ferromagnet-Superconductor (SFS) Josephson junctions as a function of temperature. The CPR is determined by incorporating the junction in an rf SQUID geometry coupled to a dc SQUID, allowing measurement of the junction phase difference. Junctions fabricated with a thin ( ˜25 nm) barrier of Cu_0.48Ni_0.52 sandwiched between Nb electrodes exhibit a re-entrant critical current with temperature, vanishing at T=T_π ˜2-4 K. We find a phase shift of π for TJosephson junction. No evidence for the predicted second-order Josephson tunneling near T_π is found in the CPR.

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

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    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 λ 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.

  3. Suppression of the Josephson effect by quantum fluctuations in the fractional quantum Hall state

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    We use the Chern-Simons gauge theory for the fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) to calculate the Josephson current for two weakly coupled two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) subsystems separated by a thin tunnel barrier, for the primary fractional quantum Hall states v=1/(2k+1) (k=0,1,2,...), at zero temperature. We find that the Josephson current amplitude is mainly suppressed by the long-range quantum fluctuations of the Chern-Simons gauge field, by a factor ∝exp{[-(2k+1)/4π](L/l0)} where L is the system size, and l0 is of the order of the magnetic length. Thus it is unlikely that the Josephson effect can be observed for weakly coupled 2DEG subsystems, despite the strong analogy between the FQHE in the Chern-Simons formulation and two-dimensional superconductivity

  4. Observation of the AC JOSEPHSON effect inside copper oxide based superconductors

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    The experimental demonstration of the Josephson effect is a direct manifestation of the quantum phase of the superconductive order parameter and of the coupling of this phase to the electromagnetic field. The ac Josephson effect links the time evolution of the phase difference between two superconductors to the voltage between them. When this voltage is kept fixed externally, the phase difference increases linearly with time, giving rise to an oscillating supercurrent between the superconductors if they are coupled by a weak link such as a tunnel barrier. This effect depends only on the bose like character of the particles carrying the supercurrent. It was thus important to test if the Josephson effect could be observed with copper oxide based superconductors. This was achieved by our experiment performed at Saclay and by other experiments conducted independently. We will focus in this paper on our latest results and their discussion

  5. Proximity Effect in BSCCO Intrinsic Josephson Junctions Contacted with a Normal Metal Layer

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    Suzuki, Minoru; Koizumi, Masayuki; Ohmaki, Masayuki; Kakeya, Itsuhiro; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    Superconductivity proximity effect is numerically evaluated based on McMillan's tunneling proximity model for a sandwich of a normal metal layer on top of the surface superconducting layer of intrinsic Josephson junctions in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (BSCCO) crystal. Due to the very thin thickness of 0.3 nm of the superconducting layer in IJJs, the surface layer is subject to influence of the proximity effect when the top layer is contacted with a normal metal layer. The effect manifests itself as a significant change in the characteristics of the IJJ surface Josephson junction. It is found that when the superconducting layer thickness is smaller than 0.6 nm, the pair potential reduces significantly, leading to an almost complete suppression of the critical Josephson current density for the surface junction. This result can partly explain the experimental results on the IJJ characteristics of a mesa type structure.

  6. Axisymmetric annular curtain stability

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    A temporal stability analysis was carried out to investigate the stability of an axially moving viscous annular liquid jet subject to axisymmetric disturbances in surrounding co-flowing viscous gas media. We investigated in this study the effects of inertia, surface tension, the gas-to-liquid density ratio, the inner-to-outer radius ratio and the gas-to-liquid viscosity ratio on the stability of the jet. With an increase in inertia, the growth rate of the unstable disturbances is found to increase. The dominant (or most unstable) wavenumber decreases with increasing Reynolds number for larger values of the gas-to-liquid viscosity ratio. However, an opposite tendency for the most unstable wavenumber is predicted for small viscosity ratio in the same inertia range. The surrounding gas density, in the presence of viscosity, always reduces the growth rate, hence stabilizing the flow. There exists a critical value of the density ratio above which the flow becomes stable for very small viscosity ratio, whereas for large viscosity ratio, no stable flow appears in the same range of the density ratio. The curvature has a significant destabilizing effect on the thin annular jet, whereas for a relatively thick jet, the maximum growth rate decreases as the inner radius increases, irrespective of the surrounding gas viscosity. The degree of instability increases with Weber number for a relatively large viscosity ratio. In contrast, for small viscosity ratio, the growth rate exhibits a dramatic dependence on the surface tension. There is a small Weber number range, which depends on the viscosity ratio, where the flow is stable. The viscosity ratio always stabilizes the flow. However, the dominant wavenumber increases with increasing viscosity ratio. The range of unstable wavenumbers is affected only by the curvature effect. (paper)

  7. 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).

  8. Measurements of quantum noise in resistively shunted Josephson junctions

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    Measurements have been made of the low-frequency spectral density of the voltage noise in current-biased resistively shunted Josephson tunnel junctions under conditions in which the noise mixed down from frequencies near the Josephson frequency (ν/sub J/) to the measurement frequency (k/sub B/T. In this limit, quantum corrections to the mixed-down noise are important. The spectral densities measured on junctions with current-voltage characteristics close to the Stewart-McCumber model were in excellent agreement with the predicted values, with no fitted parameters. The mixed-down noise for a wide range of bias voltages was used to infer the spectral density of the current noise in the shunt resistor at frequency ν. With no fitted parameters, this spectral density at frequencies up to 500 GHz was in excellent agreement with the prediction (2hν/R)coth(hν/2k/sub B/T). The presence of the zero-point term, 2hν/R, at frequencies hν>k/sub B/T was clearly demonstrated. The current-voltage characteristics of a junction with β/sub L/equivalent2πL/sub s/I0/Phi0approx.1 and β/sub C/equivalent2πI0R2C/Phi00 is the critical current, C is the junction capacitance, and L/sub s/ is the shunt inductance, showed structure at voltages where the Josephson frequency was near a subharmonic of the L/sub s/C resonant frequency. The additional nonlinearity of the I-V characteristic caused mixing down of noise near higher harmonics of the Josephson frequency, thereby greatly enhancing the voltage noise. The measured noise was in good agreement with that predicted by computer simulations

  9. Supercurrent in Graphene Josephson Transistors

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

    2008-03-01

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

  10. High frequency detectors based on superconducting tunnel junctions

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    This review discusses high frequency detectors, in particular two examples: the quasiparticle mixer and the inductively shunted Josephson parametric amplifier. The quasiparticle mixer is now routinely operated at several radio astronomy observatories. At high frequency, in the quantum limit, photon assisted tunneling sets in and the mixer gives conversion gain. Its noise temperature is close to the ultimate quantum limit. The use of the mixer is steadily pushed upwards in frequency into the mm (and sub-mm) band. The authors discuss several high frequency obstacles: Josephson noise, Josephson interference, pair breaking, a finite number of photon assisted tunneling steps within the gap region, matching, and non-equilibrium superconductivity. A scale type experiment and modeling indicate that good conversion and low noise are possible at least up to the superconducting gap frequency. Arrays of tunnel junctions enable a higher signal saturation level of the mixer, easier-impedance match, tuning and fabrication, and a better electrical shock resistance

  11. Josephson junction of non-Abelian superconductors and non-Abelian Josephson vortices

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    Nitta, Muneto

    2015-01-01

    A Josephson junction is made of two superconductors sandwiching an insulator, and a Josephson vortex is a magnetic vortex absorbed into the Josephson junction, whose dynamics can be described by the sine-Gordon equation. In a field theory framework, a flexible Josephson junction was proposed, in which the Josephson junction is represented by a domain wall separating two condensations and a Josephson vortex is a sine-Gordon soliton in the domain wall effective theory. In this paper, we propose a Josephson junction of non-Abelian color superconductors, that is described by a non-Abelian domain wall, and show that a non-Abelian vortex (color magnetic flux tube) absorbed into it is a non-Abelian Josephson vortex represented as a non-Abelian sine-Gordon soliton in the domain wall effective theory.

  12. Josephson Coupling, Phase Correlations, and Josephson Plasma Resonance in Vortex Liquid Phase

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    Koshelev, A. E.; Bulaevskii, L. N.; Maley, M. P.

    2000-01-01

    Josephson plasma resonance has been introduced recently as a powerful tool to probe interlayer Josephson coupling in different regions of the vortex phase diagram in layered superconductors. In the liquid phase, the high temperature expansion with respect to the Josephson coupling connects the Josephson plasma frequency with the phase correlation function. This function, in turn, is directly related to the pair distribution function of the liquid. We develop a recipe to extract the phase and ...

  13. Annular Hybrid Rocket Motor Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Engineers at SpaceDev have conducted a preliminary design and analysis of a proprietary annular design concept for a hybrid motor. A U.S. Patent application has...

  14. Influence of thermal fluctuations on Cherenkov radiation from fluxons in dissipative Josephson systems

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    Antonov, A. A.; Pankratov, A. L.; Yulin, A. V.;

    2000-01-01

    The nonlinear dynamics of fluxons in Josephson systems with dispersion and thermal fluctuations is analyzed using the "quasiparticle" approach to investigate the influence of noise on the Cherenkov radiation effect. Analytical expressions for the stationary amplitude of the emitted radiation...... and its spectral distribution have been obtained in an annular geometry. It is demonstrated that noise reduces the amplitude of the radiated wave and broadens its spectrum. The effect of the radiated wave on the fluxon dynamics leads to a considerably smaller linewidth than observed in the usual flux flow...

  15. Manufacture of annular cermet articles

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    Forsberg, Charles W.; Sikka, Vinod K.

    2004-11-02

    A method to produce annular-shaped, metal-clad cermet components directly produces the form and avoids multiple fabrication steps such as rolling and welding. The method includes the steps of: providing an annular hollow form with inner and outer side walls; filling the form with a particulate mixture of ceramic and metal; closing, evacuating, and hermetically sealing the form; heating the form to an appropriate temperature; and applying force to consolidate the particulate mixture into solid cermet.

  16. Vertical Josephson Interferometer for Tunable Flux Qubit

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    We present a niobium-based Josephson device as prototype for quantum computation with flux qubits. The most interesting feature of this device is the use of a Josephson vertical interferometer to tune the flux qubit allowing the control of the off-diagonal Hamiltonian terms of the system. In the vertical interferometer, the Josephson current is precisely modulated from a maximum to zero with fine control by a small transversal magnetic field parallel to the rf superconducting loop plane

  17. Behaviour of the energy gap in a model of Josephson coupled Bose-Einstein condensates

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    In this work we investigate the energy gap between the ground state and the first excited state in a model of two single-mode Bose-Einstein condensates coupled via Josephson tunnelling. The energy gap is never zero when the tunnelling interaction is non-zero. The gap exhibits no local minimum below a threshold coupling which separates a delocalized phase from a self-trapping phase that occurs in the absence of the external potential. Above this threshold point one minimum occurs close to the Josephson regime, and a set of minima and maxima appear in the Fock regime. Expressions for the position of these minima and maxima are obtained. The connection between these minima and maxima and the dynamics for the expectation value of the relative number of particles is analysed in detail. We find that the dynamics of the system changes as the coupling crosses these points

  18. Thermal fluctuations in resonant motion of fluxons on a Josephson transmission line: Theory and experiment

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    Jørgensen, E.; Koshelets, V. P.; Monaco, Roberto;

    1982-01-01

    The radiation emission from long and narrow Josephson tunnel junctions dc-current biased on zero-field steps has been ascribed to resonant motion of fluxons on the transmission line. Within this dynamic model a theoretical expression for the radiation linewidth is derived from a full statistical ...... treatment of thermal fluctuations in the fluxon velocity. The result appears to be very general and is corroborated by experimental determination of linewidth and frequency of radiation emitted from overlap Nb-I-Pb junctions.......The radiation emission from long and narrow Josephson tunnel junctions dc-current biased on zero-field steps has been ascribed to resonant motion of fluxons on the transmission line. Within this dynamic model a theoretical expression for the radiation linewidth is derived from a full statistical...

  19. Interlayer Quasiparticle Transport in the Vortex State of Josephson Coupled Superconductors

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    Vekhter, I.; Bulaevskii, L. N.; Koshelev, A. E.; Maley, M. P.

    1999-01-01

    We calculate the dependence of the interlayer quasiparticle conductivity, $\\sigma_q$, in a Josephson coupled d-wave superconductor on the magnetic field B||c and the temperature T. We consider a clean superconductor with resonant impurity scattering and a dominant coherent interlayer tunneling. When pancake vortices in adjacent layers are weakly correlated at low T the conductivity increases sharply with B before reaching an extended region of slow linear growth, while at high T it initially ...

  20. Thermal Escape from a Metastable State in Periodically Driven Josephson Junctions

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    Sun, Guozhu; Jian CHEN; Xu, Weiwei; Ji, Zhengming; Kang, Lin; Wu, Peiheng; Mao, Guangfeng; Dong, Ning; Yu, Yang; Xing, Dingyu

    2006-01-01

    Resonant activation and noise-enhanced stability were observed in an underdamped real physical system, i.e., Josephson tunnel junctions. With a weak sinusoidal driving force applied, the thermal activated escape from a potential well underwent resonance-like behavior as a function of the driving frequency. The resonance also crucially depended on the initial condition of the system. Numerical simulations showed good agreement with the experimental results.

  1. 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.

  2. Diffusion stop-layers for superconducting integrated circuits and qubits with Nb-based Josephson junctions

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    Tolpygo, Sergey K.; Amparo, Denis; Hunt, Richard T.; Vivalda, John A.; Yohannes, Daniel T.

    2010-01-01

    New technology for superconductor integrated circuits has been developed and is presented. It employs diffusion stoplayers (DSLs) to protect Josephson junctions (JJs) from interlayer migration of impurities, improve JJ critical current (Ic) targeting and reproducibility, eliminate aging, and eliminate pattern-dependent effects in Ic and tunneling characteristics of Nb/Al/AlOx/Nb junctions in integrated circuits. The latter effects were recently found in Nb-based JJs integrated into multilayer...

  3. Applications of Josephson effect

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    Week coupling superconducting systems are described, such as the tunnel system, the bridge-type system, the whisker connection of two superconductors, and the Clark SLUG (Superconducting Low-Inductance Undulatory Galvanometer). The equivalent diagram is presented. If the power supply resistance is greater than the barrier resistance, the hysteresis occurs of the volt-ampere characteristics as a function of the inherent capacitance and inductance of the system. In the opposite case, hysteresis decays and the negative differential resistance region may be effective. The d.c. and high-='requency SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) systems are described. The whisker and bridge types are mainly used in the high-frequency region. These systems may be used as sources of electromagnetic radiation of up to 10 THz. The generated out.out is in the order of 10-10 W. (J.B.)

  4. How coherent are Josephson junctions?

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    Paik, Hanhee; Bishop, Lev S; Kirchmair, G; Catelani, G; Sears, A P; Johnson, B R; Reagor, M J; Frunzio, L; Glazman, L; Schoelkopf, R J

    2011-01-01

    Attaining sufficient coherence is a requirement for realizing a large-scale quantum computer. We present a new implementation of a superconducting transmon qubit that is strongly coupled to a three-dimensional superconducting cavity. We observe a reproducible increase in the coherence times of qubit (both $T_1$ and $T_2$ > 10 microseconds) and cavity ($T_{cav}$ ~ 50 microseconds) by more than an order of magnitude compared to the current state-of-art superconducting qubits. This enables the study of the stability and quality of Josephson junctions at precisions exceeding one part per million. Surprisingly, we see no evidence for $1/f$ critical current noise. At elevated temperatures, we observe the dissipation due to a small density (< 1 - 10 ppm) of thermally-excited quasiparticles. The results suggest that the overall quality of Josephson junctions will allow error rates of a few $10^{-4}$, approaching the error correction threshold.

  5. Josephson Persistent-Current Qubit

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    Mooij, J. E.; Orlando, T. P.; Levitov, L.; Tian , Lin; van der Wal, Caspar H.; Lloyd, Seth

    1999-01-01

    A qubit was designed that can be fabricated with conventional electron beam lithography and is suited for integration into a large quantum computer. The qubit consists of a micrometer-sized loop with three or four Josephson junctions; the two qubit states have persistent currents of opposite direction. Quantum superpositions of these states are obtained by pulsed microwave modulation of the enclosed magnetic flux by currents in control lines. A superconducting flux transporter allows for cont...

  6. Spin nutation effects in molecular nanomagnet-superconductor tunnel junctions.

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    Abouie, J; Abdollahipour, B; Rostami, A A

    2013-11-20

    We study the spin nutation effects of a molecular nanomagnet on the Josephson current through a superconductor|molecular nanomagnet|superconductor tunnel junction. We explicitly demonstrate that, due to the spin nutation of the molecular nanomagnet, two oscillatory terms emerge in the ac Josephson current in addition to the conventional ac Josephson current. Some resonances occur in the junction due to the interactions of the transported quasiparticles with the bias voltage and molecular nanomagnet spin dynamics. Their appearance indicates that the energy exchanged during these interactions is in the range of the superconducting energy gap. We also show that the spin nutation is able to convert the ac Josephson current to a dc current, which is interesting for applications. PMID:24129308

  7. Spin nutation effects in molecular nanomagnet–superconductor tunnel junctions

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    We study the spin nutation effects of a molecular nanomagnet on the Josephson current through a superconductor|molecular nanomagnet|superconductor tunnel junction. We explicitly demonstrate that, due to the spin nutation of the molecular nanomagnet, two oscillatory terms emerge in the ac Josephson current in addition to the conventional ac Josephson current. Some resonances occur in the junction due to the interactions of the transported quasiparticles with the bias voltage and molecular nanomagnet spin dynamics. Their appearance indicates that the energy exchanged during these interactions is in the range of the superconducting energy gap. We also show that the spin nutation is able to convert the ac Josephson current to a dc current, which is interesting for applications. (paper)

  8. Adiabatic Steam-Water Annular Flow in an Annular Geometry

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    Andersen, P. S.; Würtz, J.

    1981-01-01

    Experimental results for fully developed steam-water annular flow in annular geometries are presented. Rod and tube film flow rates and axial pressure gradients were measured for mass fluxes between 500 and 2000 kg/m2s, steam qualities between 20 and 60 per cent and pressures ranging from 3 to 9...... MPa. It was found that the measured tube film flow rate per unit tube perimeter is always many times greater than the corresponding rod film flow rate. Possible explanations for this asymmetry are discussed....

  9. dc and ac Josephson effect in a superconductor endash Luttinger-liquid endash superconductor system

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    We calculate both the dc and the ac Josephson current through a 1-D system of interacting electrons, connected to two superconductors by tunnel junctions. We treat the (repulsive) Coulomb interaction in the framework of the one-channel, spin-1/2 Luttinger model. The Josephson current is obtained for two geometries of experimental relevance: a quantum wire and a ring. At T=0, the critical current is found to decay algebraically with increasing distance d between the junctions. The decay is characterized by an exponent which depends on the strength of the interaction. At finite temperatures T, lower than the superconducting transition temperature Tc, there is a crossover from algebraic to exponential decay of the critical current as a function of d, at a distance of the order of ℎvF/kBT. Moreover, the dependence of critical current on temperature shows nonmonotonic behavior. If the Luttinger liquid is confined to a ring of circumference L, coupled capacitively to a gate voltage and threaded by a magnetic flux, the Josephson current shows remarkable parity effects under the variation of these parameters. For some values of the gate voltage and applied flux, the ring acts as a π junction. These features are robust against thermal fluctuations up to temperatures on the order of ℎvF/kBL. For the wire geometry, we have also studied the ac-Josephson effect. The amplitude and the phase of the time-dependent Josephson current are affected by electron-electron interactions. Specifically, the amplitude shows pronounced oscillations as a function of the bias voltage due to the difference between the velocities of spin and charge excitations in the Luttinger liquid. Therefore, the ac-Josephson effect can be used as a tool for the observation of spin-charge separation. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

  10. Shot noise in YBCO bicrystal Josephson junctions

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    Constantinian, K.Y.; Ovsyannikov, G.A.; Borisenko, I.V.; Mygind, Jesper; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    2003-01-01

    We measured spectral noise density in YBCO symmetric bicrystal Josephson junctions on sapphire substrates at bias voltages up to 100 mV and T 4.2 K. Normal state resistance of the Josephson junctions, R-N = 20-90 Omega and ICRN up to 2.2 mV have been observed in the experimental samples. Noise me...

  11. Visualization of the current density in Josephson junctions with 0- and {pi}-facets; Visualisierung der Stromverteilung in Josephsonkontakten mit 0- und {pi}-Facetten

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    Guerlich, Christian

    2010-05-11

    With Low-Temperature-Electron-Microscopy (LTSEM) it is possible to analyse the transport properties of solids at low temperatures. In particular it is possible to image the supercurrent density j{sub s} in Josephson junctions. This was demonstrated by comparing TTREM-images with calculated values for j{sub s}. In this thesis ramp-type Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4-y}/Nb-Josephson-junctions (NCCO/Nb) and Josephson junctions with a ferromagnetic interlayer Nb/Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/NiCu/Nb, so-called SIFS (superconductor-insulator-ferromagnet-superconductor) Josephson junctions were studied.It was demonstrated that LTSEM provides direct imaging of the sign change of the order parameter in superconductors with d{sub x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}}-symmetry. This was a controversial issue over the last decade. A step like variation in the thickness of the F-layer allows the fabrication of linear and annular Josephson junctions with different numbers of 0 and {pi} facets. With the LTSEM 0-, {pi}-, 0-{pi}-, 0-{pi}-0-, 0/2-{pi}-0/2-, 20 x (0-{pi})- as well as square-shaped-, circular- and annular-Josephson-junctions were studied. It was demonstrated, that these junctions are of good quality and have critical current densities up to 42 A/cm{sup 2} at T=4.2 K, which is a record value for SIFS junctions with a NiCu F-layer so far. By comparing the measurements with simulations a first indication of a semifluxon at the 0-{pi}-boundary was found. (orig.)

  12. Phase flow rate measurements of annular flows

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    2010-01-01

    In the international oil and gas industry multiphase annular flow in pipelines and wells is extremely important, but not well understood. This thesis reports the development of an efficient and cheap method for measuring the phase flow rates in two phase annular and annular mist flow, in which the liquid phase is electrically conducting, using ultrasonic and conductance techniques. The method measures changes in the conductance of the liquid film formed during annular flow and uses these to c...

  13. 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.

  14. Peculiarities of parameter effect of Josephson medium on vortex production and critical current

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    One studied theoretically the response of the intergranular Josephson junction to the Abrikosov vortex transfer in a superconducting polycrystal. The vortex line near the junction induces tunnel currents, generates one Josephson vortex and merges with it at the moment when it approaches the contact surface. Initiation of the Josephson vortex is shown to have to overcome the potential barrier that depends on the distance of the Abrikosov vortex to the junction, as well as, on the efficient thickness of the junction the value of which depends on the peculiar size of the granule, on the granular anisotropy and on the intensity of the intergranular bond. One determined the magnetic field dependence of the critical current of the intergranular Josephson junction at various granular and intergranular characteristics and in cases of triangular and square configurations of the Abrikosov vortex lattice. According to the results, it is very important to ensure high degree of granule size texturing, anisotropy and intensity of bond between granules to generate high critical currents in pure polycrystalline materials

  15. High reliability Pb-alloy Josephson junctions for integrated circuits

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    The process developed and recently used at IBM for fabricating experimental Pb-alloy Josephson tunnel-junction devices, and the factors which influence the stability of such devices during repeated cycling between 300 K and 4.2 K are reviewed. A new, fine-grained Pb.84In.12Au.04 alloy base electrode material has been developed that has excellent thermal cycling stability. In an experiment carried out to evaluate the cyclability of devices prepared with this material, excellent results were obtained: the cyclability of large-area junctions was improved by approx. equal to 100x compared to that of similar junctions prepared with the recently used, larger-grained Pb.84In.12Au.04 base electrodes. In the best cases, populations of 2600 large junctions and 2350 interferometers were found to withstand 400 and 700 thermal cycles to 4.2 K, respectively, before the first failures were observed. These results indicate that with the use of fine-grained electrodes, Pb-alloy Josephson devices have good potential for meeting the cycling requirements of computer systems. (orig.)

  16. Phase dynamics of low critical current density YBCO Josephson junctions

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    Highlights: • We study the phase dynamics of YBaCuO Josephson junctions using various tools. • We derive information on the dissipation in a wide range of transport parameters. • Dissipation in such devices can be described by a frequency dependent damping model. • The use of different substrates allows us to tune the shell circuit. - Abstract: High critical temperature superconductors (HTS) based devices can have impact in the study of the phase dynamics of Josephson junctions (JJs) thanks to the wide range of junction parameters they offer and to their unconventional properties. Measurements of current–voltage characteristics and of switching current distributions constitute a direct way to classify different regimes of the phase dynamics and of the transport, also in nontrivial case of the moderately damped regime (MDR). MDR is going to be more and more common in JJs with advances in nanopatterning superconductors and synthesizing novel hybrid systems. Distinctive signatures of macroscopic quantum tunneling and of thermal activation in presence of different tunable levels of dissipation have been detected in YBCO grain boundary JJs. Experimental data are supported by Monte Carlo simulations of the phase dynamics, in a wide range of temperatures and dissipation levels. This allows us to quantify dissipation in the MDR and partially reconstruct a phase diagram as guideline for a wide range of moderately damped systems

  17. Atomic Tunnelling Dynamics of Two Squeezed Bose-Einstein Condensates

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    LI Jin-Hui; KUANG Le-Man

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, tunnelling dynamics of squeezed Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC's) in the presence of the nonlinear self-interaction of each species, the interspecies nonlinear interaction, and the Josephson-like tunnelling interaction is investigated by using the second quantization approach. The influence of BEC squeezing on macroscopic quantum self-trapping (MQST) and quantum coherent atomic tunnelling is analyzed in detail. It is shown that the MQST and coherent atomic tunnelling between two squeezed BEC's can be manipulated through changing squeezing amplitude and squeezing phase of BEC squeezed states.

  18. Subcutaneous granuloma annulare: radiologic appearance

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    Objective. Granuloma annulare is an uncommon benign inflammatory dermatosis characterized by the formation of dermal papules with a tendency to form rings. There are several clinically distinct forms. The subcutaneous form is the most frequently encountered by radiologists, with the lesion presenting as a superficial mass. There are only a few scattered reports of the imaging appearance of this entity in the literature. We report the radiologic appearance of five cases of subcutaneous granuloma annulare. Design and patients. The radiologic images of five patients (three male, two female) with subcutaneous granuloma annulare were retrospectively studied. Mean patient age was 6.4 years (range, 2-13 years). The lesions occurred in the lower leg (two), foot, forearm, and hand. MR images were available for all lesions, gadolinium-enhanced imaging in three cases, radiographs in four, and bone scintigraphy in one. Results. Radiographs showed unmineralized nodular masses localized to the subcutaneous adipose tissue. The size range, in greatest dimension on imaging studies, was 1-4 cm. MR images show a mass with relatively decreased signal intensity on all pulse sequences, with variable but generally relatively well defined margins. There was extensive diffuse enhancement following gadolinium administration. Conclusion. The radiologic appearance of subcutaneous granuloma annulare is characteristic, typically demonstrating a nodular soft-tissue mass involving the subcutaneous adipose tissue. MR images show a mass with relatively decreased signal intensity on all pulse sequences and variable but generally well defined margins. There is extensive diffuse enhancement following gadolinium administration. Radiographs show a soft-tissue mass or soft-tissue swelling without evidence of bone involvement or mineralization. This radiologic appearance in a young individual is highly suggestive of subcutaneous granuloma annulare. (orig.)

  19. Josephson 32-bit shift register

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    This paper reports on a 32-bit shift register designed by edge-triggered gates tested with ±25% bias margin and ±81% input margin for the full array. Simulations have shown ±55% bias margin at 3.3 GHz and working up to a maximum frequency of 30 GHz with a junction current density of 2000A/cm2 although the shift register has only been tested up to 500 MHz, limited by instrumentation. This edge-triggered gate consisting of a pair of conventional Josephson logic gates in series has the advantages of wide margins, short reset time, and insensitivity to global parameter-variations

  20. Intrinsic Josephson effects in Bi-2212

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    Full text: The interesting physics that is seen in the behaviour of a Josephson junction (a weak connection between two superconductors) can be exploited in a wide range of devices. For example the inverse AC Josephson effect underpins today's voltage standard, SQUID technology is based on quantum interference between two Josephson junctions and the AC Josephson effect has the potential to be used to produce microwave sources. Recently it has been shown that a variety of layered superconductors form intrinsic Josephson junctions as a direct consequence of the highly anisotropic nature of their crystal structure. One such layered superconductor is Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 in which the CuO2 planes act as the superconducting electrode and the non-superconducting Bi2O3 and SrO layers act as the barrier. We report here on a study of intrinsic Josephson effects in single crystals of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8. The I-V characteristic shows behaviour consistent with the DC Josephson effect. Indeed, close examination reveals a branching pattern in which the difference between adjacent branches corresponds to a switching of one atomic scale junction to the resistive state. We also discuss the microwave response and the possibility of using single crystals of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 as sub-millimetre sources

  1. Mesoscopic superconducting tunnel junction devices : experimental studies of performance limitations

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    Kivioja, Jani

    2005-01-01

    In this work four different mesoscopic superconducting devices have been experimentally studied: an ammeter based on a hysteretic Josephson junction switching from the superconducting state to the normal state, a conventional Cooper pair pump (CPP) based on two superconducting islands separated by tunnel junctions, a novel flux assisted Cooper pair pump and a thermometer based on a tunnel junction between a superconductor and a normal metal. These devices make use of phenomena related to supe...

  2. Annular-Efficient Triangulations of 3-manifolds

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    Jaco, William

    2011-01-01

    A triangulation of a compact 3-manifold is annular-efficient if it is 0-efficient and the only normal, incompressible annuli are thin edge-linking. If a compact 3-manifold has an annular-efficient triangulation, then it is irreducible, boundary-irreducible, and an-annular. Conversely, it is shown that for a compact, irreducible, boundary-irreducible, and an-annular 3-manifold, any triangulation can be modified to an annular-efficient triangulation. It follows that for a manifold satisfying this hypothesis, there are only a finite number of boundary slopes for incompressible and boundary-incompressible surfaces of a bounded Euler characteristic.

  3. Andreev levels in a Josephson superconductor graphene superconductor nanostructure

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    Manjarrés, Diego A., E-mail: damanjarrnsg@unal.edu.co; Gomez P, S., E-mail: sgomezp@unal.edu.co; Herrera, William J., E-mail: jherreraw@unal.edu.co

    2014-12-15

    We obtain the bound states in superconductor-graphene-superconductor nanostructure, which are responsible for the Josephson effect. The coupling between graphene and each superconducting region is modeled as two different hopping parameters in the respective SG and GS interfaces. With the purpose of determining the local density of states and the spectrum, the Green function of the junction is calculated resolving the Dyson equation. We obtain that the number of levels depends on the width and doping of graphene region and this occurs for the two types of edge (armchair or zigzag). We investigate the behavior of the bound states as a function of the transparency. In the limit of a transparent junction, the results obtained by the Green's function method reproduce those present in the literature. In the tunnel limit the spectrum is different for armchair and zigzag edges.

  4. Andreev levels in a Josephson superconductor graphene superconductor nanostructure

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    We obtain the bound states in superconductor-graphene-superconductor nanostructure, which are responsible for the Josephson effect. The coupling between graphene and each superconducting region is modeled as two different hopping parameters in the respective SG and GS interfaces. With the purpose of determining the local density of states and the spectrum, the Green function of the junction is calculated resolving the Dyson equation. We obtain that the number of levels depends on the width and doping of graphene region and this occurs for the two types of edge (armchair or zigzag). We investigate the behavior of the bound states as a function of the transparency. In the limit of a transparent junction, the results obtained by the Green's function method reproduce those present in the literature. In the tunnel limit the spectrum is different for armchair and zigzag edges

  5. Linewidth and phase locking of Josephson flux flow oscillators

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    Mygind, Jesper; Koshelets, V. P.; Shitov, S. V.;

    2000-01-01

    We report on measurements of the linewidth of the emitted radiation from Josephson Flux Row Oscillators (FFOs). Frequency and phase locking to an external 10 MHz reference oscillator an demonstrated experimentally in the frequency range 270-440 GHz. A linewidth as low as 1 Hz (as determined...... by the resolution bandwidth of the spectrum analyzer) has been measured. This linewidth is far below the fundamental level given by shot and thermal noise of the free-running tunnel junction. The damping mechanisms are discussed and related to the self-excitation Of quasiparticles. Narrow linewidth, wide......-band tunability and low noise are important for radio astronomy and air- and space-borne spectroscopy for atmospheric research and environmental monitoring. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved....

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

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    Koch, Jens; Le Hur, Karyn

    2008-03-01

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

  7. Quantum tunnelling in condensed media

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    Kagan, Yu

    1992-01-01

    The essays in this book deal with of the problem of quantum tunnelling and related behavior of a microscopic or macroscopic system, which interacts strongly with an ""environment"" - this being some form of condensed matter. The ""system"" in question need not be physically distinct from its environment, but could, for example, be one particular degree of freedom on which attention is focussed, as in the case of the Josephson junction studied in several of the papers. This general problem has been studied in many hundreds, if not thousands, of articles in the literature, in contexts as diverse

  8. 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.

  9. Anomalous Interlayer Transport of Quantum Hall Bilayers in the Strongly Josephson-Coupled Regime

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    Zhang, Ding; Dietsche, Werner; von Klitzing, Klaus

    2016-05-01

    We investigate Josephson coupling in a closely spaced quantum Hall bilayer. Reduction of the interlayer barrier from the widely used values of 10-12 nm to the present one of 8 nm leads to qualitatively different interlayer transport properties. The breakdown of interlayer coherence can be spatially confined in regions that are smaller than the device size. Such a spatial inhomogeneity depends crucially on the Josephson-coupling strength and can be removed by adding an in-plane magnetic field of about 0.5 T. At higher in-plane fields, the interlayer tunneling I -V curve develops unexpected overshoot features. These results challenge current theoretical understanding and suggest that our bilayer system has entered a previously unexplored regime.

  10. Design of a scanning Josephson junction microscope for submicron-resolution magnetic imaging

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    We describe a magnetic field scanning instrument designed to extend the spatial resolution of scanning superconducting quantum interference device microscopy into the submicron regime. This instrument, the scanning Josephson junction microscope, scans a single Josephson junction across the surface of a sample, detecting the local magnetic field by the modulation of the junction critical current. By using a submicron junction and a scanning tunneling microscope feedback system to maintain close proximity to the surface, magnetic field sensitivity of 10 μG with a spatial resolution of 0.3 μm should be attainable, opening up new opportunities for imaging vortex configurations and core structure in superconductors and magnetic domains in magnetic materials. copyright 1999 American Institute of Physics

  11. A search for the coherently radiating fluxon state in stacks of long intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Lee, H J; Bae, M H; Wang, H; Yamashita, T

    2002-01-01

    We studied the motion of fluxons in a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) of Bi sub 2 Sr sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8 sub + subdelta single crystals in a long junction limit. Driven by the tunnelling bias, current Josephson fluxons excite plasma oscillations and move in resonance with the plasma propagation modes. We examined two types of samples in this study; mesa structure (UD1) and a stack of junctions sandwiched between normal-metallic electrodes (DSC1). In a high magnetic field, the hysteresis in the I-V characteristics of both-types of samples vanished. The resulting single I-V curve exhibited a cusp structure at characteristic bias voltages which were believed to be boundaries of different moving fluxon configurations. We studied the sample-geometry dependence of the cusp characteristics by comparing the results from the two types of samples.

  12. Nonideal Quantum Measurement Effects on the Switching Currents Distribution of Josephson Junctions

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    Pierro, Vincenzo

    2016-01-01

    The quantum character of Josephson junctions is ordinarily revealed through the analysis of the switching currents, i.e. the current at which a finite voltage appears: A sharp rise of the voltage signals the passage (tunnel) from a trapped state (the zero voltage solution) to a running state (the finite voltage solution). In this context, we investigate the probability distribution of the Josephson junctions switching current taking into account the effect of the bias sweeping rate and introducing a simple nonideal quantum measurements scheme. The measurements are modelled as repeated voltage samplings at discrete time intervals, that is with repeated projections of the time dependent quantum solutions on the static or the running states, to retrieve the probability distribution of the switching currents. The distribution appears to be immune of the quantum Zeno effect, and it is close to, but distinguishable from, the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin approximation. For energy barriers comparable to the quantum fund...

  13. On Josephson effects in insulating spin systems

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    Schilling, Andreas; Grundmann, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    We discuss an experiment in which two magnetic insulators that both show a field-induced magnetic ordering transition are weakly coupled to one another and are placed into an external magnetic field. If the respective magnetic states can be interpreted as phase-coherent Bose–Einstein condensates of magnetic bosonic quasiparticles, one expects the occurrence of Josephson effects. For two identical systems, the resulting d.c. Josephson effect formally represents a constant quasiparticle Josephs...

  14. The Fluxion in a Curved Josephson Junction

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    Dobrowolski, Tomasz

    2014-01-01

    The curved Josephson junction is described. In the framework of the Maxwell equations the equation that describes the influence of the curvature on the fluxion motion was obtained. The method of geometrical reduction of the sine-Gordon model from three to lower dimensional manifold was applied to the long Josephson junction. It was argued that the geometrical reduction describes the junctions with slowly varying curvatures.

  15. Josephson tunnel junctions in a magnetic field gradient

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

    2011-01-01

    -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...

  16. Experiments with tunable Josephson metamaterials

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    We report on experiments investigating a tunable metamaterial consisting of rf-SQUIDs. A metamaterial is a medium constructed of artifical elements, so-called meta-atoms, that interact in a specific way with an incoming electromagnetic wave. The size of the individual meta-atom is much smaller than the wavelength. Our metamaterial consists of an array of rf-SQUIDs which is placed into a coplanar waveguide. The rf-SQUIDs couple to the magnetic field component of the propagating microwave. In a frequency range around the resonance frequency, the magnetic permeability μr of the metamaterial deviates strongly from the typical value of μr = 1. By using an additional constant magnetic field bias, the inductance of the Josephson junction and thereby the resonance frequency of our meta-atom is changed. We show that the magnetic permeability of such a SQUID metamaterial is tunable in situ and compare the experimental results with numerical simulations.

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

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    Baba, Shoji, E-mail: baba@meso.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Sailer, Juergen [Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Deacon, Russell S. [Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), RIKEN, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); RIKEN Advanced Science Laboratory, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Oiwa, Akira [The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Shibata, Kenji [Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan); Department of Electronics and Intelligent Systems, Tohoku Institute of Technology, Sendai 982-8577 (Japan); Hirakawa, Kazuhiko [Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan); JST CREST, 4-1-8 Hon-cho, Kawaguchi-shi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Tarucha, Seigo [Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), RIKEN, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); INQIE, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505 (Japan); QPEC, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku 113-8656 (Japan)

    2015-11-30

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

  18. Superconducting Transport in single and parallel double InAs Quantum Dot Josephson Junctions with Nb-based Superconducting Electrodes

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

    2015-01-01

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

  19. PHOTON-ASSISTED TUNNELING IN DOUBLE-BARRIER SUPERCONDUCTING TUNNEL-JUNCTIONS

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    DIERICHS, MMTM; DIELEMAN, P; WEZELMAN, JJ; HONINGH, CE; KLAPWIJK, TM

    1994-01-01

    Double-barrier Nb/Al2O3/Al/Al2O3/Nb tunnel junctions are used as mixing elements in a 345 GHz waveguide mixer. Noise temperatures (double side band) down to 720 K at 3.0 K are obtained without the need to apply a magnetic field to suppress the Josephson current. It is shown that the composite barrie

  20. CFD Simulation of Annular Centrifugal Extractors

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    Vedantam, S.; Wardle, K. E.; Tamhane, T. V.; Ranade, V. V.; Joshi, J. B.

    2012-01-01

    Annular centrifugal extractors (ACE), also called annular centrifugal contactors offer several advantages over the other conventional process equipment such as low hold-up, high process throughput, low residence time, low solvent inventory and high turn down ratio. The equipment provides a very high value of mass transfer coefficient and interfacial area in the annular zone because of the high level of power consumption per unit volume and separation inside the rotor due to the high g of cent...

  1. Granuloma annulare in herpes zoster scars.

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    Ohata, C; Shirabe, H; Takagi, K; Kawatsu, T

    2000-03-01

    A 54-year-old Japanese female developed granuloma annulare twice in herpes zoster scars. Soon after the second event, she developed ulcerative colitis, which was well controlled by sulfonamides and corticosteroid suppository. She had no history of diabetes mellitus. There was no recurrence of granuloma annulare by June of 1999. Granuloma annulare might have contributed to the complications of ulcerative colitis, although this had not been noticed before. PMID:10774142

  2. Topology-induced critical current enhancement in Josephson networks

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    We investigate the properties of Josephson junction networks with inhomogeneous architecture. The networks are shaped as 'square comb' planar lattices on which Josephson junctions link superconducting islands arranged in the plane to generate the pertinent topology. Compared to the behavior of reference linear arrays, the temperature dependencies of the Josephson currents of the branches of the network exhibit relevant differences. The observed phenomena evidence new and surprising behavior of superconducting Josephson arrays

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

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

    2013-10-01

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

  4. Systematic comparison of the use of annular and Zernike circle polynomials for annular wavefronts

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    Mahajan, V.N.; Aftab, M.

    2010-01-01

    The theory of wavefront analysis of a noncircular wavefront is given and applied for a systematic comparison of the use of annular and Zernike circle polynomials for the analysis of an annular wavefront. It is shown that, unlike the annular coefficients, the circle coefficients generally change as t

  5. Quench-induced trapping of magnetic flux in annular Josephson junctions

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    Aarøe, Morten; Monaco, R.; Rivers, R.;

    2008-01-01

    with a critical exponent of 0.5 (within experimental error). The main experimental challenges are to generate many identical quenches with accurate cooling rate, to automate data analysis and acquisition, and to suppress external magnetic fields and noise by passive magnetic shielding and compensation....

  6. Effect of charging energy on critical current of dc-SQUID comprising two sub-micron aluminum Josephson junctions

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    Highlights: ► We measure the capacitance of Al Josephson junctions by using the dc-SQUID methods. ► Both the Josephson coupling energy and charging energy in the SQUID are evaluated. ► The interference pattern is found to be deviated from the classical theory. ► The deviation is enhanced by decreasing the Josephson coupling energy. ► Our model including the quantum phase fluctuation can explain the deviation. -- Abstract: Tiny Al/AlOx/Al tunnel junctions are widely used in single-electron, single-Cooper-pair, and quantum-bit devices. A crucial parameter for such devices is the charging energy of a single electron or a single Cooper-pair in the junctions, and hence, determination of the junction capacitance is quite important. In this paper, we report our experiments to determine the capacitance of sub-micron Al tunnel junctions. We employ a SQUID resonance technique. Differently from the work reported by Deppe et al. [4], the loop inductance is obtained by not only numerical calculation but also experimental results of quantum interference, which eliminates uncertainty about the field penetration depth of Al thin films. The specific capacitance is obtained as 54 fF/μm2. We have also found that the critical current of the dc-SQUID is smaller than the value given by the classical theory for large Josephson junctions. Calculation including the charging energy effect provides better fitting to the experiments, where the critical current is assumed to be proportional to the square root of the ratio of the Josephson coupling energy to the charging energy

  7. Josephson junctions with centered step and local variation of critical current density

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    Weides, M.

    2009-01-01

    Superconductor-insulator-ferromagnet-superconductor (SIFS) Josephson tunnel junctions based on Nb\\Al2O3\\Ni\\Cu\\Nb stacks with a thickness step in the metallic NiCu interlayer were fabricated. The step height of a few 0.1 nm was defined by optical lithography and controlled etching of both Nb and NiCu layers. Experimentally determined junction parameters by current-voltage characteristics and Fraunhofer pattern indicate a uniform NiCu thickness and similar interface transparencies for etched an...

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  9. An IR focal plane array employing superconducting Josephson junction thermal detectors

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    Osterman, D. P.; Yao, C.-T.; Dang, H.; Cohen, C.; Radparvar, M.

    1990-07-01

    Thin-film superconductors invite the single-process/single-substrate fabrication of IR detector arrays and their associated processing circuitry. In place of the bolometric thermal-detection principle typical of previous superconductor-employing schemes, the temperature-dependence of the current-voltage relation in a current-biased Josephson tunnel junction is used in the present device; this yields very low intrinsic detector noise, as well as clearly-defined 'on' and 'off' states. Superconducting processing circuitry encompassing addressing and decoding circuits, analog amplifiers, and ADC has been tested for an 8 x 8 prototype array.

  10. Simulation studies of radiation linewidth in circular Josephson-junction fluxon oscillators

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    If, F.; Christiansen, Peter Leth; Parmentier, R. D.;

    1985-01-01

    Detailed simulation studies of the dynamics of fluxons in long circular Josephson tunnel junctions under the influence of external microwave radiation and internal thermal noise are presented. The simulation algorithm uses a pseudospectral method well adapted to vector processors (CRAY-1-S), which...... gives a speed-up factor in computing time of typically 22 in comparison to conventional high-speed computers, and also provides results with a relative accuracy of less than 10-8 thereby making possible the study of the very narrow radiation linewidth of such oscillators. Comparison of calculated...

  11. Bistability and hysteresis of annular impinging jets

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    Tisovsky, Tomas

    2016-06-01

    In present study, the bistability and hysteresis of annular impinging jets is investigated. Annular impinging jets are simulated using open source CFD code - OpenFOAM. Both flow field patterns of interest are obtained and hysteresis is found by means of dynamic mesh simulation. Effect of nozzle exit velocity on resulting hysteresis loop is also illustrated.

  12. Non-sinusoidal current-phase relations in SFS pi-Josephson junctions

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    van Harlingen, Dale J.

    2010-03-01

    We report the direct observation of a sin(2φ) component in the current-phase relation (CPR) of Superconductor-Ferromagnet-Superconductor (SFS) Josephson junctions. The deviation from a sinusoidal CPR is most evident near the crossover between the 0-junction to π-junction states reached by tuning the thickness of the ferromagnet barrier and the temperature. We measure the CPR in Nb-CuNi-Nb junctions using a phase-sensitive Josephson interferometer technique in which the junctions are incorporated into a superconducting loop coupled to a dc SQUID. We correlate the CPR data with measurements of subharmonic Shapiro steps and anomalous critical current diffraction patterns that have previously been cited as evidence for higher-order Josephson tunneling components. We will discuss possible origins and implications for the non-sinusoidal component. In collaboration with M.J.A. Stoutimore (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and A.Yu. Rusanov, V.A. Oboznov, V.V. Bolginov, A.N. Rossolenko, and V.V. Ryazanov (Institute of Solid State Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka, Russia).

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  14. Linewidth of c-axis plasma resonance in Josephson-coupled superconductors

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    We derive equations which describe the interaction of the phase collective mode with vortex oscillations in multilayer superconductors with Josephson interlayer coupling. Using these dynamic equations for the phase difference between neighboring layers and pancake coordinates we calculate the linewidth of the c-axis plasma resonance in the vortex glass phase when a magnetic field is applied along the c axis. Three mechanisms contribute to the linewidth: interlayer tunneling of quasiparticles, inhomogeneous Josephson interaction in the presence of randomly positioned vortices (inhomogeneous broadening), and dissipation of the plasma mode into vortex oscillations. The phase collective mode is mixed with vortex oscillations in the linear approximation via the Josephson interaction when pancakes are positioned randomly along the c axis due to pinning and thermal fluctuations. Analyzing experimental data for the plasma resonance linewidth in a Bi-2:2:1:2 superconductor we conclude that in magnetic fields below 7 T the linewidth is determined mainly by inhomogeneous broadening. This leads to a nearly temperature-independent linewidth which is inversly proportional to the magnetic field. At higher fields or lower pinning the dissipation of the plasmon into vortex oscillations may become the dominant mechanism of line broadening. In this case the linewidth weakly depends on the magnetic field. copyright 1996 The American Physical Society

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

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

    2008-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  17. Numerical Investigation of Josephson Junction Structures

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    Multilayered long Josephson Junction Structures form an interesting physical system where both nonlinearity and interaction between subsystems play an important role. Such systems allow to study physical effects that do not occur in single Josephson junction.The Sakai-Bodin-Pedersen model--a system of perturbed sine-Gordon equations--is used to study the dynamic states of stacks of inductively coupled long Josephson Junctions (LJJs). The corresponding static problem is numerically investigated as well. In order to study the stability of possible static solutions a Sturm-Liouville problem is generated and solved.The transitions from static to dynamic state and the scenario of these transitions are analyzed depending on the model parameters. Different physical characteristics--current-voltage characteristics, individual instant voltages and internal magnetic fields, are calculated and interpreted.

  18. A ballistic quantum ring Josephson interferometer

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    We report the realization of a ballistic Josephson interferometer. The interferometer is made from a quantum ring etched in a nanofabricated two-dimensional electron gas confined in an InAs-based heterostructure laterally contacted to superconducting niobium leads. The Josephson current flowing through the structure shows oscillations with h/e flux periodicity when threading the loop with a perpendicular magnetic field. This periodicity, in sharp contrast with the h/2e one observed in conventional dc superconducting quantum interference devices, confirms the ballistic nature of the device in agreement with theoretical predictions. This system paves the way for the implementation of interferometric Josephson π-junctions, and for the investigation of Majorana fermions. (paper)

  19. Finite-temperature phase-locking transition in three-dimensional arrays of Josephson coupled Bose–Einstein condensates

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    We consider theoretically a phase-locking transition in Bose–Einstein condensate in an optical lattice in the regime where system can realized as a three-dimensional Josephson junction array. The coherence between adjacent Bose condensates (trapped in the valleys of the periodic potential) caused by the Josephson tunneling can lead to a phase transition with a global phase coherence at certain critical temperature. Using a model Hamiltonian of Josephson weakly coupled Bose condensates we calculate the critical temperature for the three-dimensional system placed in a simple cubic lattice and discuss the result in the context of system parameters and possible experiments. -- Highlights: ► We consider a phase-locking transition in Bose–Einstein condensate in an optical lattice. ► System can realized as a three-dimensional Josephson junction array. ► System is placed in a simple cubic lattice. ► The critical temperature of the phase-locking transition is calculated.

  20. Flux Cloning in Josephson Transmission Lines

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    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

  1. Vertical Josephson interferometers for quantum computation

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    We characterize a niobium-based vertical Josephson interferometer which we propose to include in a superconducting loop for applications to quantum computation using flux qubits. The most interesting feature of this device is that the Josephson current is precisely modulated by a small transversal magnetic field parallel to superconducting loop plane from a maximum to zero, with fine control and precision. This device can be used to independently control the off-diagonal Hamiltonian terms of flux qubits and/or to control the flux transfer function of a superconducting transformer for inter-qubits coupling

  2. Supercurrent decay in extremely underdamped Josephson junctions

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    We present an experimental study of the effective dissipation relevant in the thermally activated supercurrent decay of extremely underdamped Josephson junctions. Data referring to the supercurrent decay of Nb/AlOx/Nb Josephson junctions are compared with the Kramers theory. Our measurements allow us to obtain the open-quotes effectiveclose quotes resistance to be used in the resistively shunted junction model that results to be the subgap resistance due to the presence of thermally activated quasiparticles. The extremely low dissipation level obtained at low temperatures renders our result quite interesting in view of experiments in the quantum limit. copyright 1998 The American Physical Society

  3. Microwave photonics with Josephson junction arrays

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    Zueco, David; Solano, Enrique; García-Ripoll, Juan José

    2011-01-01

    We introduce an architecture for a photonic crystal in the microwave regime based on superconducting transmission lines interrupted by Josephson junctions. A study of the scattering properties of a single junction in the line shows that the junction behaves as a perfect mirror when the photon frequency matches the Josephson plasma frequency. We generalize our calculations to periodic arrangements of junctions, demonstrating that they can be used for tunable band engineering, forming what we call a quantum circuit crystal. As a relevant application, we discuss the creation of stationary entanglement between two superconducting qubits interacting through a disordered media.

  4. Supercurrent in long ballistic graphene Josephson junctions

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    Borzenets, I. V.; Amet, F.; Ke, C. T.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T; Yamamoto, M.; Tarucha, S.; Finkelstein, G

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the critical current $I_C$ in Josephson junctions made of encapsulated graphene/boron-nitride heterostructures. $I_C$ is found to scale with temperature $T$ as $\\propto exp(-k_bT/\\delta E)$, which is consistent with the conventional model for ballistic Josephson junctions that are long compared to the thermal length. The extracted energy $\\delta E$ is independent of the carrier density and consistent with the level spacing of the ballistic cavity, as determined from Fabry-Perot...

  5. Field theoretical model of multi-layered Josephson junction and dynamics of Josephson vortices

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    Fujimori, Toshiaki; Nitta, Muneto

    2016-01-01

    Multi-layered 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. 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 the effective theory that 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. On the other hand, when two neighboring superconductors tend to have the $\\pi$ phase differenc...

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

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    Wiedenmann, J.; Bocquillon, E.; Deacon, R. S.; Hartinger, S.; HERMANN, O; Klapwijk, T. M.; L. Maier(Physik Department E12, Technische Universität München, Germany); 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 however deeply influences the properties of the supercurrent. Detailed studies of Josephson junctions can reveal microscopic properties of the superconducting pairing (spin-triplet correlations, $d$-wave symmetry) or of the electronic transport (quantum dot, ballistic channels). In recent years, considerable efforts have focused on the coupling of super...

  7. Etizolam-induced superficial erythema annulare centrifugum.

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    Kuroda, K; Yabunami, H; Hisanaga, Y

    2002-01-01

    Erythema annulare centrifugum (EAC) is characterized by slowly enlarging annular erythematous lesions. Although the origin is not clear in most cases, EAC has been associated with infections, medications, and in rare cases, underlying malignancy. We describe a patient who developed annular erythematous lesions after etizolam administration. The eruptions were typical of the superficial form of EAC, both clinically and histopathologically. The lesions disappeared shortly after discontinuation of the medication. Patch testing with etizolam gave positive results. To our knowledge this is the first reported case of etizolam-induced superficial EAC. PMID:11952667

  8. Josephson plasma resonance in superconducting multilayers

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    Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1999-01-01

    We derive an analytical solution for the josephson plasma resonance of superconducting multilayers. This analytical solution is derived mainly for low T-c systems with magnetic coupling between the superconducting layers, but many features of our results are more general, and thus an application to...... the recently derived plasma resonance phenomena for high T-c superconductors of the BSCCO type is discussed....

  9. Fluxon density waves in long Josephson junctions

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    Olsen, O. H.; Ustinov, A. V.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1993-01-01

    Numerical simulations of the multiple fluxon dynamics stimulated by an external oscillating force applied at a boundary of a long Josephson junction are presented. The calculated IV characteristics agree well with a recent experimental observation of rf-induced satellite flux-flow steps. The volt...... density waves....

  10. Dynamics of three coupled long Josephson junctions

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    Hattel, Søren A.; Grunnet-Jepsen, Anders; Samuelsen, Mogens Rugholm

    1996-01-01

    The dynamics of a system of three long Josephson transmission lines coupled at a common end point is investigated. We report several periodic fluxon states and trace out the corresponding zero field steps. The boundary conditions at the common point lead to a very different stability of steps for...

  11. Josephson plasma resonance in superconducting multilayers

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    Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    We derive an analytical solution for the josephson plasma resonance of superconducting multilayers. This analytical solution is derived mainly for low T-c systems with magnetic coupling between the superconducting layers, but many features of our results are more general, and thus an application to...

  12. Kink motion in a curved Josephson junction

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    Sørensen, Mads Peter

    The sine-Gordon equation is one of the three classical nonlinear partial differential equations possessing soliton solutions in the case of one spatial dimension. Extending the sine-Gordon equation to two spatial dimensions is relevant for applications to the dynamics of large area Josephson...

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Defect formation in long Josephson junctions

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    Gordeeva, Anna; Pankratov, Andrey

    2010-01-01

    We study numerically a mechanism of vortex formation in a long Josephson junction within the framework of the one-dimensional sine-Gordon model. This mechanism is switched on below the critical temperature. It is shown that the number of fluxons versus velocity of cooling roughly scales according...

  16. 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.

  17. Submicron-scale high- Tc superconducting Bi-2212 stack fabrication for single-Cooper-pair tunneling

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    Kim, S.-J.; Latyshev, Yu. I.; Yamashita, T.; Sato, N.; Kishida, S.

    2000-07-01

    We report the characteristics of Bi-2212 intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) showing single-Cooper-pair tunneling effect with a decrease of their in-plane area, S, smaller than a micron scale. The junctions show the typical slope of critical current and current peak-like structure up to 37 K.

  18. Divergent Field Annular Ion Engine Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed work investigates an approach that would allow an annular ion engine geometry to achieve ion beam currents approaching the Child-Langmuir limit. In...

  19. Some issues of superconducting tunnel junction for radiation detector

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    In the case of applying superconducting tunnel junctions to devices, it is roughly divided into those utilizing Josephson effect which is the tunnel effect of Cooper pair and those utilizing the tunnel effect of quasi-particles. Owing to the high speed switching of Josephson effect, the development of computer elements, analog signal processing, A/D converters and others is advanced. Owing to the high sensitivity to magnetic fields, there is SQUID application, and owing to the high accuracy, it is applied to voltage standard and potentiometers. As the devices utilizing the tunnel effect of quasi-particles, owing to its high sensitivity, the development of radiation detectors, and owing to its high speed and nonequilibrium superconductivity, the development of superconducting three-terminal elements are advanced. Owing to its high frequency, it is applied to receivers and amplifiers. As the general performance demanded for superconducting tunnel junctions, large gap voltage, large Vm value, mechanical strength, the stability to thermal cycles, the controllability and reproducibility of critical current, the flexibility of manufacturing processes and so on are enumerated. The tunnel junctions for radiation detectors are described. (K.I.)

  20. Preparation and characterization of a homemade Josephson junction prepared from a thin film sintered in a domestic microwave oven

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    Freitas, Gustavo Quereza; Moreto, Jeferson Aparecido [Instituto Federal de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia Goiano (IFGO), Rio Verde, GO (Brazil); Zadorosny, Rafael; Silveira, Joao Borsil; Carvalho, Claudio Luiz [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Ilha Solteira, SP (Brazil); Cena, Cicero Rafael, E-mail: gustavoquereza@yahoo.com.br [Instituto Federal de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia de Sao Paulo (IFSP), Birigui, SP (Brazil)

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    A homemade Josephson junction was successfully obtained using a superconductor thin film of the BSCCO system. The film was deposited on a lanthanum aluminate, produced from a commercial powder with a nominal composition Bi{sub 1.8}Pb{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x}, was thermally treated by a domestic microwave oven. The XRD analysis of the film indicated the coexistence of Bi-2212 and Bi-2223 phases and SEM images revealed that a typical superconductor plate-like morphology was formed. From the electrical characterization, performed using DC four probes technique, it was observed an onset superconducting transition temperature measured around 81K. At the current-voltage characteristics curve, a step of electric current at zero-voltage could be observed, an indicative that the tunneling Josephson occurred. (author)

  1. Current–voltage characteristics of triple-barrier Josephson junctions

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    De Luca, R., E-mail: rdeluca@unisa.it; Giordano, A.

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • I–V characteristics of triple-barrier Josephson junctions (TBJJs) are studied. • The I–V characteristics are identical to those of an ordinary single-barrier Josephson junction. • In the presence of r. f. radiation integer and fractional Shapiro steps appear. - Abstract: Current–voltage characteristics of triple-barrier Josephson junctions are analytically and numerically studied. In the presence of a constant current bias and for homogeneous Josephson coupling of all layers, these systems behave exactly as ordinary Josephson junctions, despite their non-canonical current-phase relation. Deviation from this behaviour is found for inhomogeneous Josephson coupling between different layers in the device. Appearance of integer and fractional Shapiro steps are predicted in the presence of r. f. frequency radiation. In particular, the amplitudes of these steps are calculated in the homogeneous case as clear footprints of the non-canonical current-phase relation in these systems.

  2. Identification of Coulomb blockade and macroscopic quantum tunneling by noise

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    Grabert, Hermann; Ingold, Gert-Ludwig

    2002-01-01

    The effects of Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling (MQT) and Coulomb Blockade (CB) in Josephson junctions are of considerable significance both for the manifestations of quantum mechanics on the macroscopic scale and potential technological applications. These two complementary effects are shown to be clearly distinguishable from the associated noise spectra. The current noise is determined exactly and a rather sharp crossover between flux noise in the MQT and charge noise in the CB regions is foun...

  3. Phase diffusion and charging effects in Josephson junctions

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    Grabert, Hermann; Ingold, Gert-Ludwig; Paul, Benjamin

    1998-01-01

    The supercurrent of a Josephson junction is reduced by phase diffusion. For ultrasmall capacitance junctions the current may be further decreased by Coulomb blockade effects. We calculate the Cooper pair current by means of time-dependent perturbation theory to all orders in the Josephson coupling energy and obtain the current-voltage characteristic in closed form in a range of parameters of experimental interest. The results comprehend phase diffusion of the coherent Josephson current in the...

  4. Magnetic Field Driven Quantum Phase Transitions in Josephson Arrays

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    Paramanandam, J.; Bell, M. T.; Ioffe, L. B.; Gershenson, M. E.

    2011-01-01

    We have studied the magnetic-field-driven quantum phase transitions in Josephson junction arrays with a large coordination number. The characteristic energies were extracted in both the superconducting and insulating phases by integrating the current-voltage characteristics over a voltage range 2eV\\leqk_B T. For the arrays with a relatively strong Josephson coupling, we observed duality between the energies in the superconducting and insulating phases. The arrays with a weaker Josephson coupl...

  5. Josephson coupling, phase correlations, and Josephson plasma resonance in vortex liquid phase

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    Josephson plasma resonance (JPR) has been introduced recently as a powerful tool to probe interlayer Josephson coupling in different regions of the vortex phase diagram in layered superconductors. In the liquid phase, the high-temperature expansion with respect to the Josephson coupling connects the Josephson plasma frequency with the phase correlation function. This function, in turn, is directly related to the pair distribution function of the liquid. We develop a recipe to extract the phase and density correlation functions from the dependencies of the plasma resonance frequency ωp(B) and the c-axis conductivity σc(B) on the ab component of the magnetic field at fixed c component. Using Langevin dynamic simulations of two-dimensional vortex arrays we calculate density and phase correlation functions at different temperatures. Calculated phase correlations describe very well the experimental angular dependence of the plasma resonance field. We also demonstrate that in the case of weak damping in the liquid phase, broadening of the JPR line is caused mainly by random Josephson coupling arising from the density fluctuations of pancake vortices. In this case the JPR line has a universal shape, which is determined only by parameters of the superconductors and temperature

  6. Cylindrical Josephson junctions in magnetic fields

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    The radial Josephson current I/sub J/ between co-axial cylinders was measured as a function of axial and azimuthal magnetic fields. The junctions were of two types: 0.25 mm diameter Nb-oxide-Sn single junctions and 0.25 mm film diameter Nb-oxide-Sn film double junctions. The Sn film of the single junctions was 160 nm or 200 nm. The Sn films of the double junctions were both either 155 nm or 230 nm. For a pair of cylinders I/sub J/ is zero except when both members are in the same fluxoid quantum state. When I/sub J/not equal to O, the relative phase is independent of aximuthal angle theta. In all measurements the cylinders were in fluxoid state zero. There was a critical value of axial field B/sub s/ which destroyed the Josephson coupling for each junction. This critical field is smallest for the outer tin junction of the double junction. It depends upon geometry and film thickness but is independent of the value of I/sub J/. The calculated value of the Gibbs function per unit volume of the tin films is, however, nearly the same for all junctions at their respective critical fields. Th Josephson current for the 160 nm Sn film single cylindrical junction was measured as a function of axial field B/sub z/ and azimuthal field B/sub theta/. When the axial field was zero the Josephson current as a function of azimuthal field showed the Fraunhofer like pattern of a flat junction in a magnetic field. As the axial field was increased, the central lobe of the Fraunhofer pattern decreased and disappeared at the critical field leaving the side lobes broadened. It is well known that a Josephson junction may switch to the voltage state at any current less than the maximum Josephson current. For some cylindrical junctions the switching currents are not continuously distributed but discrete with certain values occurring repeatedly. This observation is not understood

  7. Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ Single Crystalline Whisker

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    Kubo, Yuimaru; Takahide, Yamaguchi; Ueda, Shinya; Takano, Yoshihiko; Ootuka, Youiti

    2010-06-01

    Macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) has been observed in an intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) stack of a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (BSCCO) single crystalline whisker with high precision using a home made setup. The cross-over temperature between thermal activation and MQT was about 260 mK, and the Josephson plasma frequency was estimated to be 86 GHz. Both the thermal escape theory and the MQT theory are consistent with the experiments. These facts strongly suggest that single crystalline BSCCO whiskers are high enough quality to be used as intrinsic Josephson quantum devices such as intrinsic Josephson phase qubits. This is the first demonstration of MQT in BSCCO single crystalline whiskers.

  8. Implementing Shor's algorithm on Josephson charge qubits

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

  9. Work fluctuations in bosonic Josephson junctions

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

    2016-05-01

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

  10. Design of fast Josephson arithmetic circuits

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    This paper reports on a Josephson 2-bit full adder and a 4-bit parallel multiplier designed using an advanced design with speed optimization of function direct coupled logic (ADCL). wide margins EXOR, Majority 2/3 and Delay gates implemented with picosecond junctions (RNC = 2ps) are presented and their performances are analyzed. The adder consists of 10 gates with 90 Josephson junctions and dissipates 30μW. The propagation time along the critical path is 10ps/bit near threshold bias. It rises only at 20ps/bit in the adder at 80% of the maximum bias. The multiplier consists of 60 gates and dissipates 180μW. The propagation times along the critical path near threshold bias and at 80% of maximum bias are respectively 60 ps/bit and 100 ps/bit

  11. Josephson junctions based on pnictide superconductors

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    Josephson junctions are a powerful tool for understanding more about the physical behaviour of pnictide superconductors. We built different kinds of Josephson junctions based on pnictide thin films. Planar junctions, edge type junctions, and junctions on bicrystalline substrates were prepared. We present manufacturing techniques and also the electronical properties of the different junctions and compare them. The measurement of I-V-characteristics show a strong excess current. We have to mind this when calculating the IcRN product. The effective IcRN values are 6.5 μV for the grain boundary junction, 7.9 μV for the planar structure, and 7.5 μV for the edge junction.

  12. Josephson π state induced by valley polarization

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

    2014-02-01

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

  13. Josephson junction microcalorimeter with a superconductor loop

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    Yoshihara, F; Shinada, K

    2003-01-01

    We propose a new microcalorimeter in which the critical current of a Josephson junction can be varied by an electron temperature in the normal metal barrier of the superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) or superconductor-normal metal-insulator-superconductor (SNIS) junctions. In this detector, a Josephson junction with a radiation absorber is included in a superconductor loop and the change of its critical current is converted into a change of magnetic flux in the loop. We estimated the energy resolution of this detector by calculating a noise equivalent power (NEP) of the detector. The estimated energy resolution and dynamic range are 4.2 eV/5.8 eV and 3.1 keV/6.2 keV, respectively with an Ag absorber of 500 x 500 x 2 mu m sup 3 at 100 mK.

  14. Spin accumulation in triplet Josephson junction

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    We employ a Hamiltonian method to study the equal-spin pairing triplet Josephson junction with different orbital symmetries of pair potentials. Both the spin/charge supercurrent and possible spin accumulation at the interface of the junction are analyzed by means of the Keldysh Green's function. It is found that a spontaneous angle-resolved spin accumulation can form at the junction's interface when the orbital symmetries of Cooper pairs in two triplet superconductors are different, the physical origin is the combined effect of the different orbital symmetries and different spin states of Cooper pairs due to the misalignment of two d vectors in triplet leads. An abrupt current reversal effect induced by misalignment of d vectors is observed and can survive in a strong interface barrier scattering because the zero-energy state appears at the interface of the junction. These properties of the p-wave Josephson junction may be helpful for identifying the order parameter symmetry.

  15. The Josephson effect in atomic contacts

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    The Josephson effect appears when a weak-link establishes phase coherence between two superconductors. A unifying theory of this effect emerged in the 90's within the framework of mesoscopic physics. Based on two cornerstone concepts, conduction channels and Andreev reflection, it predicts the current-phase relation for the most basic weak-link: a single conduction channel of arbitrary transmission. This thesis illustrates this mesoscopic point of view with experiments on superconducting atomic size contacts. In particular, we have focused on the supercurrent peak around zero voltage, put into evidence the ac Josephson currents in a contact under constant bias voltage (Shapiro resonances and photon assisted multiple Andreev reflections), and performed direct measurements of the current-phase relation. (author)

  16. Phase-locked Josephson soliton oscillators

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    Holst, T.; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev; Grønbech-Jensen, N.;

    1991-01-01

    Detailed experimental characterization of the phase-locking at both DC and at microwave frequencies is presented for two closely spaced Josephson soliton (fluxon) oscillators. In the phase-locked state, the radiated microwave power exhibited an effective gain. With one common bias source, a...... frequency tunability of the phase-locked oscillators up to 7% at 10 GHz was observed. The interacting soliton oscillators were modeled by two inductively coupled nonlinear transmission lines...

  17. Optimal multiqubit operations for Josephson charge qubits

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    We introduce a method for finding the required control parameters for a quantum computer that yields the desired quantum algorithm without invoking elementary gates. We concentrate on the Josephson charge-qubit model, but the scenario is readily extended to other physical realizations. Our strategy is to numerically find any desired double- or triple-qubit gate. The motivation is the need to significantly accelerate quantum algorithms in order to fight decoherence

  18. Optimal multiqubit operations for Josephson charge qubits

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

    2003-01-01

    We introduce a method for finding the required control parameters for a quantum computer that yields the desired quantum algorithm without invoking elementary gates. We concentrate on the Josephson charge-qubit model, but the scenario is readily extended to other physical realizations. Our strategy is to numerically find any desired double- or triple-qubit gate. The motivation is the need to significantly accelerate quantum algorithms in order to fight decoherence.

  19. Hysteresis development in superconducting Josephson junctions

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    The resistively and capacitive shunted junction model is used to investigate hysteresis development in superconducting Josephson junctions. Two empirical formulas that relate the hysteresis width and the quasi-particle diffusion length in terms of the junctions electrical parameters, temperature and frequency are obtained. The obtained formulas provide a simple tool to investigate the full potentials of the hysteresis phenomena. (author). 9 refs, 3 figs

  20. Quiet SDS Josephson Junctions for Quantum Computing

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    Ioffe, L. B.; Geshkenbein, V. B.; Feigelman, M. V.; Fauchere, A. L.; Blatter, G.

    1998-01-01

    Unconventional superconductors exhibit an order parameter symmetry lower than the symmetry of the underlying crystal lattice. Recent phase sensitive experiments on YBCO single crystals have established the d-wave nature of the cuprate materials, thus identifying unambiguously the first unconventional superconductor. The sign change in the order parameter can be exploited to construct a new type of s-wave - d-wave - s-wave Josephson junction exhibiting a degenerate ground state and a double-pe...

  1. Josephson charge qubits:a brief review

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    Pashkin, Yuri; Astafiev, O.; Yamamoto, T.; Nakamura, Y.; Tsai, J. S.

    2009-01-01

    The field of solid-state quantum computation is expanding rapidly initiated by our original charge qubit demonstrations. Various types of solid-state qubits are being studied, and their coherent properties are improving. The goal of this review is to summarize achievements on Josephson charge qubits. We cover the results obtained in our joint group of NEC Nano Electronics Research Laboratories and RIKEN Advanced Science Institute, also referring to the works done by other groups. Starting fro...

  2. CFD Simulation of Annular Centrifugal Extractors

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Annular centrifugal extractors (ACE, also called annular centrifugal contactors offer several advantages over the other conventional process equipment such as low hold-up, high process throughput, low residence time, low solvent inventory and high turn down ratio. The equipment provides a very high value of mass transfer coefficient and interfacial area in the annular zone because of the high level of power consumption per unit volume and separation inside the rotor due to the high g of centrifugal field. For the development of rational and reliable design procedures, it is important to understand the flow patterns in the mixer and settler zones. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD has played a major role in the constant evolution and improvements of this device. During the past thirty years, a large number of investigators have undertaken CFD simulations. All these publications have been carefully and critically analyzed and a coherent picture of the present status has been presented in this review paper. Initially, review of the single phase studies in the annular region has been presented, followed by the separator region. In continuation, the two-phase CFD simulations involving liquid-liquid and gas-liquid flow in the annular as well as separator regions have been reviewed. Suggestions have been made for the future work for bridging the existing knowledge gaps. In particular, emphasis has been given to the application of CFD simulations for the design of this equipment.

  3. Josephson junction in a thin film

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    The phase difference φ(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 φ'(y)/2π. We study the integral equation for φ(y) and show that the phase is sensitive to the ratio l/Λ, where l=λJ2/λL, Λ=2λL2/d, λL, and λJ are the London and Josephson penetration depths, and d is the film thickness. For l2=λJ2λL/d/y2; i.e., it diverges as T→Tc. For l>>Λ, both the core and the tail have nearly the same characteristic length lΛ

  4. 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.

  5. Depression of the interlayer Josephson coupling in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x single crystals by spin-polarized current injection along the c-axis

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    We studied the effect of spin-injection on tunneling conduction properties of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) formed in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x single crystals. Properties of an identical stack (10 x 5 x 0.030 μm3) of IJJs were compared for the bias current injection through Au and Co electrodes. Clear quasiparticle branches in tunneling current-voltage (I-V) curves from the IJJs in the stack were observed for an unpolarized bias current through the Au electrode. Spin-injection through the Co electrode caused pair breaking in the CuO2 double layers, which led to reduction of the Josephson critical current and the superconducting gap revealed in the tunneling I-V curves

  6. Annular bilayer magnetoelectric composites: theoretical analysis.

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    Guo, Mingsen; Dong, Shuxiang

    2010-01-01

    The laminated bilayer magnetoelectric (ME) composites consist of magnetostrictive and piezoelectric layers are known to have giant ME coefficient due to the high coupling efficiency in bending mode. In our previous report, the bar-shaped bilayer composite has been investigated by using a magnetoelectric-coupling equivalent circuit. Here, we propose an annular bilayer ME composite, which consists of magnetostrictive and piezoelectric rings. This composite has a much lower resonance frequency of bending mode compared with its radial mode. In addition, the annular bilayer ME composite is expected to respond to vortex magnetic field as well as unidirectional magnetic field. In this paper, we investigate the annular bilayer ME composite by using impedance-matrix method and predict the ME coefficients as a function of geometric parameters of the composites. PMID:20178914

  7. Specific features of a model with Josephson frustrated arrays

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    Using the model for layered superstructures with the Josephson bond and additional boundary conditions (frustration), the authors consider the dependence of the critical temperature Tc(p) on the number P of evaporated layers. The characteristics defined through precise solutions of the Josephson functions functional distinctions on the fluxon lattice Tc(p) are presented

  8. An automated 55 GHz cryogenic Josephson sampling oscilloscope

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    Bodin, P.; Jacobsen, M. L.; Kyhle, Anders; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev; Davidson, A.; Brady, M.; Olsen, L.; Qualmann, Werner

    1993-01-01

    A computer-automated superconductive 55 GHz sampling oscilloscope based on 4 kA/cm2, Nb/Nb2O5/Pb edge Josephson junctions is presented. The Josephson sampler chip was flip-chip bonded to a carrier chip with a coplanar transmission line by use of a novel flip-chip bonding machine. A 5.6 ps step...

  9. Numerical simulations of flux flow in stacked Josephson junctions

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    Madsen, Søren Peder; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    2005-01-01

    We numerically investigate Josephson vortex flux flow states in stacked Josephson junctions, motivated by recent experiments trying to observe the vortices in a square vortex lattice when a magnetic field is applied to layered high-Tc superconductors of the Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox type. By extensive...

  10. Shapiro and parametric resonances in coupled Josephson junctions

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

    2012-01-01

    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.

  11. Shapiro and parametric resonances in coupled Josephson junctions

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    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.

  12. 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…

  13. Stitching algorithm for annular subaperture interferometry

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    Xi Hou; Fan Wu; Li Yang; Shibin Wu; Qiang Chen

    2006-01-01

    @@ Annular subaperture interferometry (ASI) has been developed for low cost and flexible test of rotationally symmetric aspheric surfaces, in which accurately combining the subaperture measurement data corrupted by misalignments and noise into a complete surface figure is the key problem. By introducing the Zernike annular polynomials which are orthogonal over annulus, a method that eliminates the coupling problem in the earlier algorithm based on Zernike circle polynomials is proposed. Vector-matrix notation is used to simplify the description and calculations. The performance of this reduction method is evaluated by numerical simulation. The results prove this method with high precision and good anti-noise capability.

  14. 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.

  15. Tunneling of trapped-atom Bose condensates

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    2002-02-01

    We obtain the dynamics in number and phase difference, for Bose condensates that tunnel between two wells of a double-well atomic trap, using the (nonlinear) Gross–Pitaevskii equation. The dynamical equations are of the canonical form for the two conjugate variables, and the Hamiltonian corresponds to that of a momentum-shortened pendulum, supporting a richer set of tunneling oscillation modes than for a superconductor Josephson junction, that has a fixed-length pendulum as a mechanical model. Novel modes include ‘inverted pendulum’ oscillations with an average angle of ; and oscillations about a self-maintained population imbalance that we term ‘macroscopic quantum self-trapping’. Other systems with this phase-number nonlinear dynamics include two-component (interconverting) condensates in a single harmonic trap, and He3B superfluids in two containers connected by micropores.

  16. Influence of surface losses and the self-pumping effect on current-voltage characteristics of a long Josephson junction

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    Pankratov, A.L.; Sobolev, A.S.; Koshelets, V.P.;

    2007-01-01

    We have numerically investigated the dynamics of a long linear Josephson tunnel junction with overlap geometry. Biased by a direct current (dc) and an applied dc magnetic field, the junction has important applications as tunable high frequency oscillator [flux-flow oscillator (FFO)] in the...... millimeter and submillimeter range. The study is performed in the frame of a modified sine-Gordon model, which includes surface losses, self-pumping effect, and in an empirical way the superconducting gap. The electromagnetic coupling to the environment is modeled by a simple resistor-capacitor load (RC load...

  17. Optimal Thrust Vectoring for an Annular Aerospike Nozzle Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Recent success of an annular aerospike flight test by NASA Dryden has prompted keen interest in providing thrust vector capability to the annular aerospike nozzle...

  18. A New Annular Shear Piezoelectric Accelerometer

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    Liu, Bin; Kriegbaum, B.

    2000-01-01

    This paper describes the construction and performance of a recently introduced Annular Shear piezoelectric accelerometer, Type 4511. The design has insulated and double-shielded case. The accelerometer housing is made of stainless steel, AISI 316L. Piezoceramic PZ23 is used. The seismic mass...

  19. Azimuthally forced flames in an annular combustor

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    Worth, Nicholas; Dawson, James; Mastorakos, Epaminondas

    2015-11-01

    Thermoacoustic instabilities are more likely to occur in lean burn combustion systems, making their adoption both difficult and costly. At present, our knowledge of such phenomena is insufficient to produce an inherently stable combustor by design, and therefore an improved understanding of these instabilities has become the focus of a significant research effort. Recent experimental and numerical studies have demonstrated that the symmetry of annular chambers permit a range of self-excited azimuthal modes to be generated in annular geometry, which can make the study of isolated modes difficult. While acoustic forcing is common in single flame experiments, no equivalent for forced azimuthal modes in an annular chamber have been demonstrated. The present investigation focuses on the novel application of acoustic forcing to a laboratory scale annular combustor, in order to generate azimuthal standing wave modes at a prescribed frequency and amplitude. The results focus on the ability of the method to isolate the mode of oscillation using experimental pressure and high speed OH* measurements. The successful excitation of azimuthal modes demonstrated represents an important step towards improving our fundamental understanding of this phenomena in practically relevant geometry.

  20. Semisimple tunnels

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    2010-01-01

    A knot in the 3-sphere in (1,1)-position (that is, in 1-bridge position with respect to a Heegaard torus) can be described by an element of the braid group of two points in the torus. Our main results tell how to translate between a braid group element and the sequence of slope invariants of the upper tunnel (or lower tunnel) associated to the corresponding (1,1)-position. This enables us to calculate the slope invariants of the four tunnels of the (-2,3,7)-pretzel knot, and to verify previous calculations of the slope invariants for all tunnels of 2-bridge knots and (1,1)-tunnels of torus knots. We also characterize a class of (1,1)-positions that we call toroidal, in terms of the slope invariants of the associated upper tunnel. Finally, we develop a general algorithm to calculate the slope invariants of the associated tunnels, given a braid description. We have implemented the algorithm and other results as software, and we give some sample computations.

  1. Josephson junction between two high Tc superconductors with arbitrary transparency of interface

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    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a dc Josephson junction between two singlet superconductors (d-wave and s-wave with arbitrary reflection coefficient has been investigated theoretically. For the case of high Tc superconductors, the c-axes are parallel to an interface with finite transparency and their ab-planes have a mis-orientation. The physics of potential barrier will be demonstrated by a transparency coefficient via which the tunneling will occur. We have solved the nonlocal Eilenberger equations and obtained the corresponding and suitable Green functions analytically. Then, using the obtained Green functions, the current-phase diagrams have been calculated. The effect of the potential barrier and mis-orientation on the currents is studied analytically and numerically. It is observed that, the current phase relations are totally different from the case of ideal transparent Josephson junctions between d-wave superconductors and two s-wave superconductors. This apparatus can be used to demonstrate d-wave order parameter in high Tc superconductors.

  2. Nanoscale phase engineering of thermal transport with a Josephson heat modulator

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    Fornieri, Antonio; Blanc, Christophe; Bosisio, Riccardo; D'Ambrosio, Sophie; Giazotto, Francesco

    2016-03-01

    Macroscopic quantum phase coherence has one of its pivotal expressions in the Josephson effect, which manifests itself both in charge and energy transport. The ability to master the amount of heat transferred through two tunnel-coupled superconductors by tuning their phase difference is the core of coherent caloritronics, and is expected to be a key tool in a number of nanoscience fields, including solid-state cooling, thermal isolation, radiation detection, quantum information and thermal logic. Here, we show the realization of the first balanced Josephson heat modulator designed to offer full control at the nanoscale over the phase-coherent component of thermal currents. Our device provides magnetic-flux-dependent temperature modulations up to 40 mK in amplitude with a maximum of the flux-to-temperature transfer coefficient reaching 200 mK per flux quantum at a bath temperature of 25 mK. Foremost, it demonstrates the exact correspondence in the phase engineering of charge and heat currents, breaking ground for advanced caloritronic nanodevices such as thermal splitters, heat pumps and time-dependent electronic engines.

  3. Gate Tuning of Different Phase-Particle Escape Regimes in Graphene-Based Josephson Junctions

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    Lee, Gil-Ho; Jeong, Dongchan; Choi, Jae-Hyun; Doh, Yong-Joo; Lee, Hu-Jong

    2012-02-01

    Graphene-based Josephson junctions (GJJs) provide a unique system to investigate superconducting proximity effect with in-situ tunable Josephson coupling strength. While the phase-coherent behaviors of a GJJ under a magnetic field and microwave irradiation have been observed previouslyootnotetextH. B. Heersche et al., Nature 446, 56 (2007); D. Jeong et al. Phys. Rev. B 83, 094503 (2011)., we investigated the stochastic switching behavior of the supercurrent in this system. Here, we present the observation of the three different escaping regimes for a phase particle from a washboard potential of the GJJ; macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT), thermal activation (TA), and phase diffusion (PD).ootnotetextG.-H. Lee et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 146605 (2011). The crossover temperature (T^*MQT) between the classical to quantum regime can be controlled by the gate voltage, implying that discrete energy levels of a phase particle are also gate-tunable. Moreover, direct observation of energy level quantization (ELQ) by microwave spectroscopy shows the consistent gate dependence of T^*MQT. A new class of hybrid quantum devices such as a gate-tunable phase qubit is potentially realized by utilizing the MQT and ELQ behavior of the GJJs.

  4. Proximity effects in all refractory niobium tunnel junctions with a metal back-layer

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    Josephson devices based on niobium technology are widely used for many applications, so a very high quality is a mandatory characteristic of Nb/Nb Josephson tunnel junctions. The occurrence of proximity effect is the most relevant aspect in determining their quality. Up to now Nb-Al/AlOx/Nb and Nb-Al/AlOx/Al-Nb structures have been studied from both the experimental and theoretical point of view. On the contrary less information is available on Nb/Nb Josephson junctions with a metal back-layer (M-Nb/AlOx/Nb). This is not a minor point in respect to some specific applications. The present paper reports a novel procedure to fabricate high quality Nb/Nb junctions with a back-layer together with preliminary measurements on Al-Nb/AlOx/Nb junctions. (orig.)

  5. Josephson plasma resonance in superconducting multilayers

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    Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sakai, S

    1998-01-01

    the recently derived plasma resonance phenomena for high-T-c superconductors of the Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox type is discussed. Our approach allows us to give full details of the different plasma resonance excitations, and we also predict the existence of new nonlinear effects, so far only identified in single......We derive an analytical solution for the Josephson plasma resonance of superconducting multilayers. This analytical solution is derived mainly for low-T-c systems with magnetic coupling between the superconducting layers. but many features of our results are more general, and thus an application to...

  6. Phase locking between Josephson soliton oscillators

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    Holst, T.; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev; Grønbech-Jensen, N.;

    1990-01-01

    perturbed sine-Gordon equations were derived from an equivalent circuit consisting of inductively coupled, nonlinear, lossy transmission lines. These equations were solved numerically to find the locking regions. Good qualitative agreement was found between the experimental results and the calculations......We report observations of phase-locking phenomena between two Josephson soliton (fluxon) oscillators biased in self-resonant modes. The locking strength was measured as a function of bias conditions. A frequency tunability of the phase-locked oscillators up to 7% at 10 GHz was observed. Two coupled...

  7. Phase transitions in dissipative Josephson chains

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    The authors of this paper study the zero temperature phase transitions of a chain of Josephson junctions, taking into account the quantum fluctuations due to the charging energy and the effects of an Ohmic dissipation. The authors map the problem onto a generalized coulomb gas model, which then is transformed into a sine-Gordon field theory. Apart from the expected dipole unbinding transition, which describes a transition between globally superconducting and resistive behavior, the authors find a quadrupole unbinding transition at a critical strength of the dissipation. This transition separates two superconducting states characterized by different local properties

  8. Thermodynamics of two-dimensional Josephson junctions

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    We derive the effective free energy of a two-dimensional Josephson junction in the presence of an external current and predict that the junction has a phase transition at a temperature TJ below the bulk transition temperature Tc. In the range TJ c is reduced by thermal fluctuations; for a junction of size L, Ic ∝ Lb(T) where b(T) J c vanishes at L → ∞) while 0 J. Our results may account for the absence of an observable supercurrent at temperatures below Tc in YBa2Cu3Ox-and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8-based junctions. (orig.)

  9. Josephson plasma resonance in superconducting multilayers

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    Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sakai, S

    1998-01-01

    We derive an analytical solution for the Josephson plasma resonance of superconducting multilayers. This analytical solution is derived mainly for low-T-c systems with magnetic coupling between the superconducting layers. but many features of our results are more general, and thus an application to...... the recently derived plasma resonance phenomena for high-T-c superconductors of the Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox type is discussed. Our approach allows us to give full details of the different plasma resonance excitations, and we also predict the existence of new nonlinear effects, so far only identified in single...

  10. Bursting behaviour in coupled Josephson junctions.

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

    2015-12-01

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

  11. Josephson effect in supercondutor/ferromagnetic semiconductor/superconductor junctions

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    Using a general expression for dc Josephson current, we study the Josephson effect in ballistic superconductor (SC)/ferromagnetic semiconductor (FS)/SC junctions, in which the mismatches of the effective mass and Fermi velocity between the FS and SC, spin polarization P in the FS, as well as strengths of potential scattering Z at the interfaces are included. It is shown that in the coherent regime, the oscillatory dependences of the maximum Josephson current on the FS layer thickness L and Josephson current on the macroscopic phase difference φ for the heavy and light holes, resulting from the spin splitting energy gained or lost by a quasiparticle Andreev-reflected at the FS/SC interface, are much different due to the different mismatches in the effective mass and Fermi velocity between the FS and the SC, which is related to the crossovers between positive (0) and negative (π) couplings or equivalently 0 and π junctions. Also, we find that, for the same reason, Z and P are required not to surpass different critical values for the Josephson currents of the heavy and light holes. Furthermore, it is found that, for the dependence of the Josephson current on φ, regardless of how L,Z, and P change, the Josephson junctions do not transit between 0 and π junctions for the light hole

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

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    Ozyuzer, L. [Department of Physics, Izmir Institute of Technology, TR-35430 Izmir (Turkey)], E-mail: ozyuzer@iyte.edu.tr; Ozdemir, M. [Department of Physics, Izmir Institute of Technology, TR-35430 Izmir (Turkey); Kurter, C.; Hinks, D.G.; Gray, K.E. [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States)

    2007-09-01

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

  13. Josephson STM at mK temperatures: Coupling to the electronic environment

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    Dreyer, Michael; Dana, Rami; Liao, Wan-Ting; Lobb, Cris; Wellstood, Fred; Anderson, Bob

    Ultra-small Josephson junctions can couple to modes in the electronic environment. This leads to sub-gap peaks in the I(V) curve in addition to the phase diffuse supercurrent. The I(V) curve can - in principle - be explained by P(E) theory which describes the probability of tunneling at energy E. A recent study showed that antenna modes of the STM tips could be responsible for the observed sideband structures. In our case the explanation appears to be less simple. We employ a dual tip STM at a temperature of 30 mK. The I(V) spectra of the two tips show distinct patterns with only one shared mode. While the supercurrent branch for the ''inner'' tip is visible, it is obscured by a resonance for the ``outer'' tip. Possible causes and applications to other systems will be discussed. Support from NSF (DMR- 0605763) and Laboratory for Physical Sciences.

  14. A cryogenic scanning laser microscope for investigation of dynamical states in long Josephson junctions

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    Holm, Jesper; Mygind, Jesper

    1995-01-01

    measurements on different oscillator samples, performed with a novel Cryogenic Scanning Laser Microscope (CSLM) having a spatial resolution of less than ±2.5 μm over a 500 μm×50 μm wide scanning area in the temperature range 2 K-300 K. Even though the dynamical states are extremely sensitive to external noise...... tunnel current is one of the most important internal junction parameters which together with the boundary conditions determine the dynamics, it is of vital importance to experimentally determine the current density throughout the entire junction with high spatial resolution. Here we report on...... this microscope enables us to make stable in-situ measurements on operating Josephson junctions. Recent results are presented and discussed....

  15. Quantum dynamics of a model for two Josephson-coupled Bose-Einstein condensates

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    In this work, we investigate the quantum dynamics of a model for two single-mode Bose-Einstein condensates which are coupled via Josephson tunnelling. Using direct numerical diagonalization of the Hamiltonian, we compute the time evolution of the expectation value for the relative particle number across a wide range of couplings. Our analysis shows that the system exhibits rich and complex behaviours varying between harmonic and non-harmonic oscillations, particularly around the threshold coupling between the delocalized and self-trapping phases. We show that these behaviours are dependent on both the initial state of the system and regime of the coupling. In addition, a study of the dynamics for the variance of the relative particle number expectation and the entanglement for different initial states is presented in detail

  16. Planar intrinsic Josephson junctions with in-plane aligned YBCO films

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    Zhang, L; Kobayashi, T; Goto, T; Mukaida, M

    2002-01-01

    Planar type devices were fabricated by patterning in-plane aligned YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta (YBCO) films. The current-voltage characteristics along the c-axis at various temperatures and oxygen contents were measured. The current voltage curves showing supercurrent and hysteresis were obtained for the samples annealed at an oxygen pressure of 1.3 x 10 sup 4 Pa, while the supercurrent and hysteresis became smaller and even disappeared as the oxygen pressure decreased. The relationships between the critical currents and temperatures are similar to those of d-wave superconducting tunnel junctions. These results indicate the formation of stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions, which are useful for developing high-frequency electron devices.

  17. 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.

  18. Josephson Plasma Resonance as a Structural Probe of Vortex Liquid

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    Recent developments of the Josephson plasma resonance and transport c -axis measurements in layered high Tc superconductors allow one to probe Josephson coupling in a wide range of the vortex phase diagram. We derive a relation between the field dependent Josephson coupling energy and the density correlation function of the vortex liquid. This relation provides a unique opportunity to extract the density correlation function of pancake vortices from the dependence of the plasma resonance on the ab component of the magnetic field at a fixed c -axis component. copyright 1998 The American Physical Society

  19. Management of Periocular Granuloma Annulare Using Topical Dapsone

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    Patel, Mayha; Shitabata, Paul; Horowitz, David

    2015-01-01

    Granuloma annulare is a disease characterized by granulomatous inflammation of the dermis. Localized granuloma annulare may resolve spontaneously, while generalized granuloma annulare may persist for decades. The authors present the case of a 41-year-old Hispanic man with a two-week history of periocular granuloma annulare. Due to previously reported success in the use of systemic dapsone for the treatment of granuloma annulare, and the periocular proximity of the patient’s lesion, topical dapsone was used for treatment. Various additional therapies for the management of granuloma annulare have been reported, such as topical and systemic steroids, isotretinoin, pentoxifylline, cyclosporine, Interferon gamma, potassium iodide, nicotinamide, niacinamide, salicylic acid, fumaric acid ester, etanercept, infliximab, and hydroxychloroquine. Additional clinical trials are necessary to further evaluate the effectiveness of topical dapsone in the management of granuloma annulare. PMID:26203321

  20. Temperature dependence of submillimeter wave response in the point-contact Josephson junction

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    The authors have measured the magnitude of the first Shapiro step in both bridge-type (Ta-Ta and Ta-Sn) and tunneltype (Ta-SnOx-Sn) point-contact Josephson junctions in the SMMW (Submillimeter Wave) region. By varying the temperature continuously with the frequency of the SMMW fixed (ω=2π/lambda, lambda=699, 570 and 469 μm), we determined I1 /SUP MAX/ /I /SUB c/ minutely as a function of the normalized frequency ω/ω /SUB g/ (T), where I1 /SUP MAX/ is the maximum (half) height of the first Shapiro step as a function of the ac field power, I /SUB c/ is the critical current, and ω /SUB g/ (T)=4Δ /SUB Ta/ (T)/h or 2(Δ /SUB Ta/ (T)+Δ /SUB Sn/ (T))/h. By fitting the shape of the Riedel peak at ω/ω /SUB g/ (T)=1 with the theory of the tunnel junction, we have determined the damping factor delta. They obtained delta=0.02 for the Ta-SnOx-Sn tunnel - type junction, and delta=0.05 for both the Ta-Sn and Ta-Ta bridge - type junctions, respectively. At ω/ω /SUB g/ (T)>1.5, we have found that I1 /SUP MAX/ /I /SUB c/ tends to saturate in both the tunnel-type and the bridge-type junctions as ω/ω /SUB g/ (T) increases. For the tunnel-type junction, this agrees with the very slow decrease predicted by the theory of the tunnel junction. But for the bridge-type junction, this slow decrease is in marked contrast to the very rapid decrease found from the previous experiments, where the Shapiro step was measured for a number of frequencies at a fixed temperature

  1. Josephson current in parallel SFS junctions

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

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

  2. Fabrication of Niobium Nanobridge Josephson Junctions

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

    2014-05-01

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

  3. Inhomogeneous parallel arrays of Josephson junctions

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    Highlights: → New long wave model of an inhomogeneous parallel array of Josephson junctions. → Adapted spectral problem giving resonances in the current-voltage characteristic. → At resonances solution is described by two ordinary differential equations. → Good agreement with the characteristic curve of a real five junction array. - Abstract: We model new inhomogeneous parallel arrays of small Josephson junctions by taking into account the time and space variations of the field in the cavity and the capacity miss-match at the junctions. The model consists in a wave equation with Dirac delta function sine nonlinearities. We introduce an adapted spectral problem whose spectrum gives the resonances in the current-voltage characteristic curve of any array. It is shown that at the resonances the solution is described by two simple ordinary differential equations. The resonances obtained by this approach are in good agreement with the characteristic curve of a real five junction array. This flexible approach is a first step towards building a device tailored for given purposes.

  4. Current noise in disordered Josephson junctions

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    Dallaire-Demers, Pierre-Luc; Wilhelm-Mauch, Frank [Universitaet des Saarlandes, Saarbruecken (Germany); Ansari, Mohammad [Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo (Canada)

    2013-07-01

    Josephson junctions are one of the fundamental building blocks of mesoscopic superconducting circuits. Despite being dissipationless, spurious low-energy Andreev bound states inside those junctions could provide an intrinsic microscopic mechanism for fluctuations of the current, therefore limiting the coherent operation time of superconducting quantum circuits. Models of bound states arising from pinholes in different models of disorder were investigated and their current noise signatures were characterized with respect to temperature, phase difference and sample-to-sample fluctuations of the conductance. In this theoretical work, it is shown that the low-frequency noise signature of Josephson junctions is a property specific to each individual sample independent of the fabrication process. Furthermore, the comparison of sample-specific noise spectra and characteristic current-voltage relations reveals under which conditions the presence of those disorder-induced bound states may elude detection in a 4-probe measurement but still reveal themselves as dephasing of coherent observables in circuits dominated by inductive energy.

  5. Optimization and characterization of protected Josephson circuits

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

    2009-03-01

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

  6. Bifurcation readout of a Josephson phase qubit

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    The standard method to read out a Josephson phase qubit is using a dc-SQUID to measure the state-dependent magnetic flux of the qubit by switching to the non-superconducting state. This process generates heat directly on the qubit chip and quasi-particles in the circuitry. Both effects require a relatively long cool-down time after each switching event. This, together with the time needed to ramp up the bias current of the SQUID limits the repetition rate of the experiment. In our ongoing experiments we replace the standard readout scheme by a SQUID shunted by a capacitor. This nonlinear resonator is operated close to its bifurcation point between two oscillating states which depend on the qubit flux. The measurement is done by detecting either the resonance amplitude or phase shift of the reflected probe signal. We verified that our SQUID resonator works as linear resonator for low excitation powers and observed the periodic dependence of the resonance frequency on the externally applied magnetic flux. For higher excitation powers the device shows a hysteretic behavior between the two oscillating states. Current experiments are focused on a pulsed rf-readout to measure coherent evolution of the qubit states. We hope to achieve longer coherence times, perform faster measurements, and test non-destructive measurement schemes with Josephson phase qubits.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  8. Tunneling in superconducting structures

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2010-12-01

    Here we review our results on the breakpoint features in the coupled system of IJJ obtained in the framework of the capacitively coupled Josephson junction model with diffusion current. A correspondence between the features in the current voltage characteristics (CVC) and the character of the charge oscillations in superconducting layers is demonstrated. Investigation of the correlations of superconducting currents in neighboring Josephson junctions and the charge correlations in neighboring superconducting layers reproduces the features in the CVC and gives a powerful method for the analysis of the CVC of coupled Josephson junctions. A new method for determination of the dissipation parameter is suggested.

  9. Critical currents and Josephson penetration depth in planar thin-film high-Tc Josephson junctions

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    The temperature dependence of the critical current in planar high-Tc Josephson junctions fabricated in YBa2Cu3O7 thin films by focused electron irradiation has been studied. It is shown that in the range of critical current densities spanning more than five orders of magnitude and temperature range 0.1≤T/Tc≤1, the critical current density jc varies as (1-T/Tc)2. The T dependence of the critical current, however, is affected by the transition from the narrow junction to the wide junction limit as jc increases. An expression for the Josephson penetration depth in thin-film coplanar structures is derived, and magnetic field penetration depth in junction banks is extracted from the Ic(T) dependences. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics

  10. 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.

  11. The Josephson effect in atomic contacts; Effect Josephson dans les contacts atomiques

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    Chauvin, M

    2005-11-15

    The Josephson effect appears when a weak-link establishes phase coherence between two superconductors. A unifying theory of this effect emerged in the 90's within the framework of mesoscopic physics. Based on two cornerstone concepts, conduction channels and Andreev reflection, it predicts the current-phase relation for the most basic weak-link: a single conduction channel of arbitrary transmission. This thesis illustrates this mesoscopic point of view with experiments on superconducting atomic size contacts. In particular, we have focused on the supercurrent peak around zero voltage, put into evidence the ac Josephson currents in a contact under constant bias voltage (Shapiro resonances and photon assisted multiple Andreev reflections), and performed direct measurements of the current-phase relation. (author)

  12. Non newtonian annular alloy solidification in mould

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    Moraga, Nelson O.; Garrido, Carlos P. [Universidad de La Serena, Departamento de Ingenieria Mecanica, La Serena (Chile); Castillo, Ernesto F. [Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Departamento de Ingenieria Mecanica, Santiago (Chile)

    2012-08-15

    The annular solidification of an aluminium-silicon alloy in a graphite mould with a geometry consisting of horizontal concentric cylinders is studied numerically. The analysis incorporates the behavior of non-Newtonian, pseudoplastic (n=0.2), Newtonian (n=1), and dilatant (n=1.5) fluids. The fluid mechanics and heat transfer coupled with a transient model of convection diffusion are solved using the finite volume method and the SIMPLE algorithm. Solidification is described in terms of a liquid fraction of a phase change that varies linearly with temperature. The final results make it possible to infer that the fluid dynamics and heat transfer of solidification in an annular geometry are affected by the non-Newtonian nature of the fluid, speeding up the process when the fluid is pseudoplastic. (orig.)

  13. Performance of annular high frequency thermoacoustic engines

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    Rodriguez, Ivan A.

    This thesis presents studies of the behavior of miniature annular thermoacoustic prime movers and the imaging of the complex sound fields using PIV inside the small acoustic wave guides when driven by a temperature gradient. Thermoacoustic engines operating in the standing wave mode are limited in their acoustic efficiency by a high degree of irreversibility that is inherent in how they work. Better performance can be achieved by using traveling waves in the thermoacoustic devices. This has led to the development of an annular high frequency thermoacoustic prime mover consisting of a regenerator, which is a random stack in-between a hot and cold heat exchanger, inside an annular waveguide. Miniature devices were developed and studied with operating frequencies in the range of 2-4 kHz. This corresponds to an average ring circumference of 11 cm for the 3 kHz device, the resonator bore being 6 mm. A similar device of 11 mm bore, length of 18 cm was also investigated; its resonant frequency was 2 kHz. Sound intensities as high as 166.8 dB were generated with limited heat input. Sound power was extracted from the annular structure by an impedance-matching side arm. The nature of the acoustic wave generated by heat was investigated using a high speed PIV instrument. Although the acoustic device appears symmetric, its performance is characterized by a broken symmetry and by perturbations that exist in its structure. Effects of these are observed in the PIV imaging; images show axial and radial components. Moreover, PIV studies show effects of streaming and instabilities which affect the devices' acoustic efficiency. The acoustic efficiency is high, being of 40% of Carnot. This type of device shows much promise as a high efficiency energy converter; it can be reduced in size for microcircuit applications.

  14. Annular Alopecia Areata: Report of Two Cases

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    Bansal, Manish; Manchanda, Kajal; Pandey, SS

    2013-01-01

    Alopecia areata (AA) is an auto-immune disorder characterized by the appearance of non-scarring bald patches affecting the hair bearing areas of the body. Scalp is the most common site of involvement. AA can affect any age group. The usual pattern of the hair loss is oval or round. We hereby, report two cases of annular and circinate pattern of AA due to its unusual morphology.

  15. Annular pancreas associated with duodenal carcinoma

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    Enrico; Bronnimann; Silke; Potthast; Tatjana; Vlajnic; Daniel; Oertli; Oleg; Heizmann

    2010-01-01

    Annular pancreas (AP) is a rare congenital anomaly. Coexisting malignancy has been reported only in a few cases. We report what is, to the best of our knowledge, the first case in the English literature of duodenal adenocarcinoma in a patient with AP. In a 55-year old woman with duodenal outlet stenosis magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography showed an aberrant pancreatic duct encircling the duodenum. Duodenojejunostomy was performed. Eight weeks later she presented with painless jaundice. Duodenopancre...

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

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    Troncoso, Roberto E., E-mail: r.troncoso.c@gmail.com [Centro para el Desarrollo de la Nanociencia y la Nanotecnología, CEDENNA, Avda. Ecuador 3493, Santiago 9170124 (Chile); Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 487-3, Santiago (Chile); Núñez, Álvaro S., E-mail: alnunez@dfi.uchile.cl [Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 487-3, Santiago (Chile)

    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.

  17. Synchronisation of Josephson vortices in multi-junction systems

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    Filatrella, G.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Wiesenfeld, K.

    2006-01-01

    A largely adopted model for the description of high-temperature superconductors such as BSCCO results in several long Josephson junctions one on the top of the other ("stacked"). The dynamics of the basic nonlinear excitation of the isolated long Josephson junction, the Josephson vortex, is......, that is mainly to retrieve the above described synchronous motion. We discuss the physics behind synchronization of nonlinear elements and we review applications to Josephson arrays. We discuss in the framework of a general model for synchronization, the Kuramoto model, a mechanism that can possibly...... modified by the coupling among the junctions, so the motion of the flux quanta in the various layers is affected by the flux dynamics in all other layers. Two basic states are possible: a synchronous motion, where all junctions are reflected at the edge at the same instant, and an out-of-phase motion...

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

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    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. Gate-tunable Supercurrent in Graphene-based Josephson Junction

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    Jeong, D.; Lee, G. H.; Lee, H. J. [Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Doh, Y. J. [Korea University Sejong, Campus, Jochiwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-08-15

    Mono-atomic-layer graphene is an interesting system for studying the relativistic carrier transport arising from a linear energy-momentum dispersion relation. An easy control of the carrier density in graphene by applying an external gate field makes the system even more useful. In this study, we measured the Josephson current in a device consisting of mono-layer graphene sheet sandwiched between two closely spaced (-300 nm) aluminum superconducting electrodes. Gate dependence of the supercurrent in graphene Josephson junction follows the gate dependence of the normal-state conductance. The gate-tunable and relatively large supercurrent in a graphene Josephson junction would facilitate our understanding on the weak-link behavior in a superconducting-normal metal-superconducting (SNS) type Josephson junction.

  20. Gate-tunable Supercurrent in Graphene-based Josephson Junction

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    Mono-atomic-layer graphene is an interesting system for studying the relativistic carrier transport arising from a linear energy-momentum dispersion relation. An easy control of the carrier density in graphene by applying an external gate field makes the system even more useful. In this study, we measured the Josephson current in a device consisting of mono-layer graphene sheet sandwiched between two closely spaced (-300 nm) aluminum superconducting electrodes. Gate dependence of the supercurrent in graphene Josephson junction follows the gate dependence of the normal-state conductance. The gate-tunable and relatively large supercurrent in a graphene Josephson junction would facilitate our understanding on the weak-link behavior in a superconducting-normal metal-superconducting (SNS) type Josephson junction.

  1. Power spectrum of an injection-locked Josephson oscillator

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    Experiments have shown that a Josephson oscillator, exposed to a weak narrow-band input signal, exhibits behavior characteristic of an injection-locked oscillator. When in lock, Adler's theory of injection locking describes the experimental observations reasonably well. The range of applicability of the theory is extended to the out-of-lock regime where a spectrum of output frequencies is observed. Obtaining the theoretical output power spectrum requires solving a differential equation having the same form as the equation describing the resistively shunted junction model of Stewart and of McCumber. Experimental measurements of the output spectrum of a nearly locked Josephson oscillator are shown to be in reasonable agreement with the theory. Additional results discussed briefly include the observation of a frequency dependence of the locked Josephson oscillator output and experiments in which a Josephson oscillator-mixer was injection locked by a weak signal at the rf

  2. Josephson junction spectrum analyzer for millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths

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    Larkin, S.Y.; Anischenko, S.E.; Khabayev, P.V. [State Research Center, Kiev (Ukraine)

    1994-12-31

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

  3. Direct observation of a sin(2φ) component in the current-phase relation of superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor (SFS) Josephson junctions

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    Stoutimore, M. J. A.; Rusanov, A. Yu.; Bahr, D. J.; Oboznov, V. A.; Bolginov, V. V.; Rossolenko, A. N.; Ryazanov, V. V.; van Harlingen, D. J.

    2008-03-01

    We present direct measurements of the current-phase relation (CPR) of SFS Josephson junctions in an rf-SQUID geometry. The junctions are fabricated from Nb-Cu47Ni53-Nb trilayers with a junction area of 2x2 μm^2 and a CuNi thickness of 7 nm. By measuring the magnetic flux through the rf-SQUID as a function of applied current, we observe transitions between an ordinary 0-Josephson junction state and a π-junction state characterized by a phase difference of π in the ground state occurring at temperatures between 1.5 K and 3.5 K. Near this temperature crossover, we observe period-doubling of the CPR indicating the existence of a term proportional to sin(2φ). Work is underway to determine if this signifies an intrinsic second-order tunneling mechanism or is the result of junction inhomogeneities.

  4. Vibration analysis of annular-like plates

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    Cheng, L.; Li, Y. Y.; Yam, L. H.

    2003-05-01

    The existence of eccentricity of the central hole for an annular plate results in a significant change in the natural frequencies and mode shapes of the structure. In this paper, the vibration analysis of annular-like plates is presented based on numerical and experimental approaches. Using the finite element analysis code Nastran, the effects of the eccentricity, hole size and boundary condition on vibration modes are investigated systematically through both global and local analyses. The results show that analyses for perfect symmetric conditions can still roughly predict the mode shapes of "recessive" modes of the plate with a slightly eccentric hole. They will, however, lead to erroneous results for "dominant" modes. In addition, the residual displacement mode shape is verified as an effective parameter for identifying damage occurring in plate-like structures. Experimental modal analysis on a clamped-free annular-like plate is performed, and the results obtained reveal good agreement with those obtained by numerical analysis. This study provides guidance on modal analysis, vibration measurement and damage detection of plate-like structures.

  5. Ultrasensitive Proximity Josephson Sensor with Kinetic Inductance Read-Out

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    Giazotto, Francesco; Heikkilä, Tero T.; Pepe, Giovanni Piero; Helistö, Panu; Luukanen, Arttu; Pekola, Jukka P.

    2008-01-01

    We propose a mesoscopic kinetic-inductance radiation detector based on a long superconductor-normal metal-superconductor Josephson junction. The operation of this proximity Josephson sensor relies on large kinetic inductance variations under irradiation due to the exponential temperature dependence of the critical current. Coupled with a dc superconducting quantum interference device readout, the PJS is able to provide a signal to noise (S/N) ratio up to ∼103 in the terahertz regime if operat...

  6. Low Noise Current Amplifier Based on Mesoscopic Josephson Junction

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    Delahaye, Julien; Hassel, J.; Lindell, Rene; Sillanpää, Mika; Paalanen, Mikko; Seppä, Heikki; Hakonen, Pertti J.

    2003-01-01

    We utilize the band structure of a mesoscopic Josephson junction to construct low noise amplifiers. By taking advantage of the quantum dynamics of a Josephson junction, i.e. the interplay of interlevel transitions and the Coulomb blockade of Cooper pairs, we create transistor-like devices, Bloch oscillating transistors, with considerable current gain and high input impedance. In these transistors, correlated supercurrent of Cooper pairs is controlled by a small base current made of single ele...

  7. Revealing Topological Superconductivity in Extended Quantum Spin Hall Josephson Junctions

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

    2014-01-01

    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 fingerpri...

  8. Interference effects in isolated Josephson junction arrays with geometric symmetries

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    Ivanov, D. A.; Ioffe, L. B.; Geshkenbein, V. B.; Blatter, G.

    2001-01-01

    As the size of a Josephson junction is reduced, charging effects become important and the superconducting phase across the link turns into a periodic quantum variable. Isolated Josephson junction arrays are described in terms of such periodic quantum variables and thus exhibit pronounced quantum interference effects arising from paths with different winding numbers (Aharonov-Casher effects). These interference effects have strong implications for the excitation spectrum of the array which are...

  9. Testing the Kochen-Specker theorem with Josephson qubits

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    Wei, L. F.; Maruyama, K.; Wang, X. -B.; You, J. Q.; Nori, Franco

    2008-01-01

    We propose an experimental approach to {\\it macro}scopically test the Kochen-Specker theorem (KST) with superconducting qubits. This theorem, which has been experimentally tested with single photons or neutrons, concerns the conflict between the contextuality of quantum mechnaics (QM) and the noncontextuality of hidden-variable theories (HVTs). We first show that two Josephson charge qubits can be controllably coupled by using a two-level data bus produced by a Josephson phase qubit. Next, by...

  10. Probing phase transitions of vortex matter by Josephson plasma resonance

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    The Josephson plasma resonance is the most powerful means to study the vortex state in high-Tc superconductors. In this paper we report the detailed and quantitative study of the interlayer quantum phase coherence in the vortex liquid, Bragg glass and vortex glass phases of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ by the Josephson plasma resonance. We also provide a quantitative discussion on the nature of the phase transitions among these vortex phases. (author)

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

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

    2015-01-01

    We investigate the Josephson effect in a bilayer graphene flake contacted by two monolayer sheet deposited by superconducting electrodes. It is found that when the electrodes are attached to the different layers of the bilayer, the Josephson current is in a $\\pi$ state when the bilayer region is undoped and in the absence of vertical bias. Applying doping or bias to the junction reveals $\\pi-0$ transitions which can be controlled by varying the temperature and the junction length. The supercu...

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

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

    2007-01-01

    The Josephson Effect and Superconducting Proximity Effect were observed in Superconductor -Graphene-Superconductor (SGS) Josephson junctions with coherence lengths comparable to the distance between the superconducting leads. By comparing the measured temperature and doping dependence of the supercurrent and the proximity induced sub-gap features (multiple Andreev reflections) to theoretical predictions we find that, contrary to expectations, the ballistic transport model fails to describe th...

  13. Tight-binding study of bilayer graphene Josephson junctions

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

    2012-01-01

    Using highly efficient simulations of the tight-binding Bogoliubov-de Gennes model we solved self-consistently for the pair correlation and the Josephson current in a Superconducting-Bilayer graphene-Superconducting Josephson junction. Different doping levels for the non-superconducting link are considered in the short and long junction regime. Self-consistent results for the pair correlation and superconducting current resemble those reported previously for single layer graphene except in th...

  14. Current-phase relation of graphene Josephson junctions

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

    2010-01-01

    The current-phase relation (CPR) of a Josephson junction reveals valuable information about the microscopic processes and symmetries that influence the supercurrent. In this Letter, we present direct measurements of the CPR for Josephson junctions with a graphene barrier, obtained by a phase-sensitive SQUID interferometry technique. We find that the CPR is skewed with respect to the commonly observed sinusoidal behavior. The amount of skewness varies linearly with critical current (Ic) regard...

  15. Time domain analysis of dynamical switching in a Josephson junction

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    Sjostrand, Joachim; Walter, Jochen; Haviland, David; Hansson, Hans; Karlhede, Anders

    2004-01-01

    We have studied the switching behaviour of a small capacitance Josephson junction both in experiment, and by numerical simulation of a model circuit. The switching is a comples process involving the transition between two dynamical states of the non-linear circuit, arising from a frequency dependent damping of the Josephson junction. We show how a specific type of bias pulse-and-hold, can result in a fast detection of switching, even when the measurement bandwidth of the junction voltage is s...

  16. 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

  17. Josephson junction array protected from local noises.

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

    2009-03-01

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

  18. The Atomic Tunneling Current in Two-Species Bose-Einstein Condensates

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    YU Zhao-Xian; JIAO Zhi-Yong

    2001-01-01

    It is shown that the atomic tunneling current and the Shapiro-like steps strongly depend on the initial number of atoms in each condensate and the initial phase difference between the two condensates which are initially in even (odd) coherent states. The nonlinearity of interatomic interactions in the two condensates may lead to the atomic tunneling current and Shapiro-like step between the two condensates. It is found that the interatomic nonlinear interactions can induce the atomic tunneling current and Shapiro-like step between two condensates even though there does not exist the interspecies Josephson-like tunneling coupling. The static atomic tunneling current flows in positive or negative direction, which depends on the phase difference of the two-species condensates.

  19. Effect of Annular Slit Geometry on Characteristics of Spiral Jet

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    Shigeru Matsuo; Kwon-Hee Lee; Shinsuke Oda; Toshiaki Setoguchi; Heuy-Dong Kim

    2003-01-01

    A spiral flow using an annular slit connected to a conical cylinder does not need special device to generate a tangential velocity component of the flow and differs from swirling flows. Pressurized fluid is supplied to an annular chamber and injected into the convergent nozzle through the annular slit. The annular jet develops into the spiral flow. In the present study, a spiral jet discharged out of nozzle exit was obtained by using a convergent nozzle and an annular slit set in nozzle inlet, and the effect of annular slit geometry on characteristics of the spiral jet was investigated by using a Laser Doppler Velocimeter (LDV) experimentally. Furthermore, velocity distributions of the spiral jet were compared with those of a normal jet.

  20. High Tc Josephson Junctions, SQUIDs and magnetometers

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    There has recently been considerable progress in the state-of-the-art of high-Tc magnetometers based on dc SQUIDs (Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices). This progress is due partly to the development of more manufacturable Josephson junctions, making SQUIDs easier to fabricate, and partly to the development of multiturn flux transformers that convert the high sensitivity of SQUIDs to magnetic flux to a correspondingly high sensitivity to magnetic field. Needless to say, today's high-Tc SQUIDs are still considerably less sensitive than their low-Tc counterparts, particularly at low frequencies (f) where their level of 1/f noise remains high. Nonetheless, the performance of the high-Tc devices has now reached the point where they are adequate for a number of the less demanding applications; furthermore, as we shall see, at least modest improvements in performance are expected in the near future. In this article, the author outlines these various developments. This is far from a comprehensive review of the field, however, and, apart from Sec. 2, he describes largely his own work. He begins in Sec. 2 with an overview of the various types of Josephson junctions that have been investigated, and in Sec. 3, he describes some of the SQUIDs that have been tested, and assess their performance. Section 4 discuss the development of the multilayer structures essential for an interconnect technology, and, in particular, for crossovers and vias. Section 5 shows how this technology enables one to fabricate multiturn flux transformers which, in turn, can be coupled to SQUIDs to make magnetometers. The performance and possible future improvements in these magnetometers are assessed, and some applications mentioned

  1. Ratio standard for dc voltage and resistance using a Josephson junction array

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    The main features of the Josephson potentiometer are summarized is this paper. A new voltage source for biasing the Josephson potentiometer is also described, and measurements of the noise of different kinds of detectors are presented and discussed. (orig.)

  2. Ultrasonogrphic diagnosis of snapping annular ligament in the elbow

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    Chai, Jee Won; Kim Su Jin; Lim, Hyun Kyong; Bae, Kee Jeong [SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    Elbow snapping by annular ligament is rare and may be difficult to diagnose, when this Epub ahead of print condition is not familiar. We report a case of elbow snapping by annular ligament diagnosed by ultrasonography, which was confirmed by arthroscopic observation. The ultrasonographic findings were thickening of the annular ligament and snapping in and out of the radiocapitellar joint during elbow flexion and extension on dynamic ultrasonography.

  3. Macroscopic weak superconductivity of an NXN Josephson junction array below the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition

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    A two-dimensional NXN array of coupled Josephson junctions, each of size tau0 and Josephson length lambdasub(JO)>>tau0, is shown to exhibit macroscopic weak superconductivity. The Josephson phase coherence here extends across the array, vanishing discontinuously at the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition temperature. The transverse size Ntau0 must be smaller than a few times the effective Josephson screening length lambdasub(J)sup(eff) proportional to lambdasub(JO), for a sharp transition to be seen. (author)

  4. Model of a transverse Josephson effect driven by inhomogeneous magnetization in superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junctions

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    Yokoyama, Takehito

    2011-01-01

    We investigate transverse charge and spin dc Josephson current in superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junction where the ferromagnet has inhomogeneous magnetic structure. The transverse Josephson effect arises from non-trivial structure of the magnetization. The magnetic structure manifested in the transverse charge Josephson effect is essentially different from that discussed in the context of anomalous Hall effect, reflecting the disspationless nature of Josephson current. Possible ca...

  5. Reduced Order Projective and Hybrid Projective Combination-Combination Synchronization of Four Chaotic Josephson Junctions

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    K. S. Ojo; Njah, A. N.; O. I. Olusola; Omeike, M. O.

    2014-01-01

    This paper investigates the reduced order projective and hybrid projective combination-combination synchronization of four chaotic Josephson junctions consisting of two third order Josephson junctions as the drives and two second order chaotic Josephson junctions as the response systems via active backstepping technique. The investigation confirms the achievement of reduced order projective and hybrid projective combination-combination synchronization among four chaotic Josephson junctions vi...

  6. Granuloma annulare localized to the shaft of the penis

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    Trap, R; Wiebe, B

    1993-01-01

    A case of granuloma annulare localized to the shaft of the penis is reported. The differential diagnoses are discussed. Penile granuloma annulare is a rare disorder and it is concluded that biopsies of penile lesions are recommended to verify the correct diagnosis.......A case of granuloma annulare localized to the shaft of the penis is reported. The differential diagnoses are discussed. Penile granuloma annulare is a rare disorder and it is concluded that biopsies of penile lesions are recommended to verify the correct diagnosis....

  7. Thread-annular flow in vertical pipes

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    Frei, Ch.; Lüscher, P.; Wintermantel, E.

    2000-05-01

    Thread injection is a promising method for different minimally invasive medical applications. This paper documents an experimental study dealing with an axially moving thread in annular pipe flow. Mass flow and axial force on the thread are measured for a 0.46 mm diameter thread in pipes with diameters between 0.55 and 1.35 mm. The experiments with thread velocities of up to 1.5 ms[minus sign]1 confirm the findings of theoretical studies that for clinical requirements the radius ratio between thread and pipe is crucial for the adjustments of mass ow and force on the thread.

  8. Deep variant of Erythema Annulare Centrifugum

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    Ahu Yorulmaz; Ferda Artuz; Devrim Tuba Unal

    2014-01-01

    A 29-year-old woman came to our outpatient clinic with a several-month history of itchy red lesions over her trunk. There was no family history and past history of any other diseases or medication. Dermatological examination revealed annular and oval-shaped plaques up to several cm’s in size, one of which was polycyclic in configuration, on back of the patient (Fig. 1). It was also noticed that lesions had erythematous indurated bordes with paler central areas (Fig. 1).

  9. Deep variant of Erythema Annulare Centrifugum

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    Ahu Yorulmaz

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available A 29-year-old woman came to our outpatient clinic with a several-month history of itchy red lesions over her trunk. There was no family history and past history of any other diseases or medication. Dermatological examination revealed annular and oval-shaped plaques up to several cm’s in size, one of which was polycyclic in configuration, on back of the patient (Fig. 1. It was also noticed that lesions had erythematous indurated bordes with paler central areas (Fig. 1.

  10. Visualization of the annular synthetic jet

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    Broučková, Zuzana; Trávníček, Zdeněk; Šafařík, Pavel

    Praha: Ústav termomechaniky AV ČR, v. v. i, 2012 - (Šimurda, D.; Kozel, K.), s. 13-16 ISBN 978-80-87012-40-6. [Topical Problems of Fluid Mechanics 2012. Praha (CZ), 15.02.2012-17.02.2012] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA200760801; GA ČR(CZ) GCP101/11/J019 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : synthetic jet * annular jet * visualization Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  11. Wave turbulence in annular wave tank

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    Onorato, Miguel; Stramignoni, Ettore

    2014-05-01

    We perform experiments in an annular wind wave tank at the Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita' di Torino. The external diameter of the tank is 5 meters while the internal one is 1 meter. The tank is equipped by two air fans which can lead to a wind of maximum 5 m/s. The present set up is capable of studying the generation of waves and the development of wind wave spectra for large duration. We have performed different tests including different wind speeds. For large wind speed we observe the formation of spectra consistent with Kolmogorv-Zakharov predictions.

  12. Interfacial friction in cocurrent upward annular flow

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    Hossfeld, L. M.; Bharathan, D.; Wallis, G. B.; Richter, H. J.

    1982-03-01

    Cocurrent upward annular flow is investigated, with an emphasis on correlating and predicting pressure drop. Attention is given to the characteristics of the liquid flow in the film, and the interaction of the core with the film. Alternate approaches are discussed for correlating suitably defined interfacial friction factors. Both approaches are dependent on knowledge of the entrainment in order to make predictions. Dimensional analysis is used to define characteristic parameters of the flow and an effort is made to determine, to the extent possible, the influences of these parameters on the interfacial friction factor.

  13. Air-water countercurrent annular flow

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    Bharathan, D.

    1979-09-01

    Countercurrent annular flow of air and water in circular tubes of diameters ranging from 6.4 to 152 mm is investigated. Experimental measurements include liquid fraction, pressure gradients and countercurrent gas and liquid fluxes. Influences of tube end geometries on the countercurrent fluxes are isolated. Analogies between countercurrent flow, open channel flow, and compressible flow are established. Interfacial momentum transfer between the phases are characterized by empirical friction factors. The dependence of interfacial friction factors on tube diameter is shown to yield a basis for extending the present results to larger tubes.

  14. Annular diffraction of very unstable light nuclei

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    Because they are brittle, unstable light nuclei can produce an annular diffraction pattern observed on their decay products with large cross sections. With such a simple model, the 9Li angular distribution observed in the 11Li fragmentation have been reproduced together with the reaction cross-section and the fragmentation yield provided recoil effects from neutron emission are included. It results that for this projectile and for light targets, diffraction is the main source of transverse momentum for 9Li whereas for neutrons it originates from its emission energy in the 11Li center of mass

  15. Air-water countercurrent annular flow

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    Countercurrent annular flow of air and water in circular tubes of diameters ranging from 6.4 to 152 mm is investigated. Experimental measurements include liquid fraction, pressure gradients and countercurrent gas and liquid fluxes. Influences of tube end geometries on the countercurrent fluxes are isolated. Analogies between countercurrent flow, open channel flow, and compressible flow are established. Interfacial momentum transfer between the phases are characterized by empirical friction factors. The dependence of interfacial friction factors on tube diameter is shown to yield a basis for extending the present results to larger tubes

  16. Subgap Structures in High-Tc Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Müller, Paul

    1998-03-01

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

  17. Detonation diffraction from an annular channel

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    Meredith, James; Ng, Hoi Dick; Lee, John H. S.

    2010-12-01

    In this study, gaseous detonation diffraction from an annular channel was investigated with a streak camera and the critical pressure for transmission of the detonation wave was obtained. The annular channel was used to approximate an infinite slot resulting in cylindrically expanding detonation waves. Two mixtures, stoichiometric acetylene-oxygen and stoichiometric acetylene-oxygen with 70% Ar dilution, were tested in a 4.3 and 14.3 mm channel width ( W). The undiluted and diluted mixtures were found to have values of the critical channel width over the cell size around 3 and 12 respectively. Comparing these results to values of the critical diameter ( d c ), in which a spherical detonation occurs, a value of critical d c / W c near 2 is observed for the highly diluted mixture. This value corresponds to the geometrical factor of the curvature term between a spherical and cylindrical diverging wave. Hence, the result is in support of Lee's proposed mechanism [Lee in Dynamics of Exothermicity, pp. 321, Gordon and Breach, Amsterdam, 1996] for failure due to diffraction based on curvature in stable mixtures such as those highly argon diluted with very regular detonation cellular patterns.

  18. Classical Tunneling

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    Cohn, A G; Rabinowitz, Mario

    2003-01-01

    A classical representation of an extended body over barriers of height greater than the energy of the incident body is shown to have many features in common with quantum tunneling as the center-of-mass literally goes through the barrier. It is even classically possible to penetrate any finite barrier with a body of arbitrarily low energy if the body is sufficiently long. A distribution of body lengths around the de Broglie wavelength leads to reasonable agreement with the quantum transmission coefficient.

  19. Classical Tunneling

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    Cohn, Arthur; Rabinowitz, Mario

    2003-01-01

    A classical representation of an extended body over barriers of height greater than the energy of the incident body is shown to have many features in common with quantum tunneling as the center-of-mass literally goes through the barrier. It is even classically possible to penetrate any finite barrier with a body of arbitrarily low energy if the body is sufficiently long. A distribution of body lengths around the de Broglie wavelength leads to reasonable agreement with the quantum transmission...

  20. Soliton tunneling

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    Kälbermann, G.

    1997-01-01

    We present a numerical simulation of the scattering of a topological soliton off finite size attractive impurities, repulsive impurities and a combination of both. The attractive and attractive-repulsive cases show similar features to those found for $\\delta$ function type of impurities. For the repulsive case, corresponding to a finite width barrier, the soliton behaves completely classically. No tunneling occurs for sub-barrier kinetic energies despite the extended nature of the soliton.

  1. Annular beam shaping and optical trepanning

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    Zeng, Danyong

    Percussion drilling and trepanning are two laser drilling methods. Percussion drilling is accomplished by focusing the laser beam to approximately the required diameter of the hole, exposing the material to one or a series of laser pulses at the same spot to melt and vaporize the material. Drilling by trepanning involves cutting a hole by rotating a laser beam with an optical element or an x-y galvo-scanner. Optical trepanning is a new laser drilling method using an annular beam. The annular beams allow numerous irradiance profiles to supply laser energy to the workpiece and thus provide more flexibility in affecting the hole quality than a traditional circular laser beam. Heating depth is important for drilling application. Since there are no good ways to measure the temperature inside substrate during the drilling process, an analytical model for optical trepanning has been developed by considering an axisymmetric, transient heat conduction equation, and the evolutions of the melting temperature isotherm, which is referred to as the melt boundary in this study, are calculated to investigate the influences of the laser pulse shapes and intensity profiles on the hole geometry. This mathematical model provides a means of understanding the thermal effect of laser irradiation with different annular beam shapes. To take account of conduction in the solid, vaporization and convection due to the melt flow caused by an assist gas, an analytical two-dimensional model is developed for optical trepanning. The influences of pulse duration, laser pulse length, pulse repetition rate, intensity profiles and beam radius are investigated to examine their effects on the recast layer thickness, hole depth and taper. The ray tracing technique of geometrical optics is employed to design the necessary optics to transform a Gaussian laser beam into an annular beam of different intensity profiles. Such profiles include half Gaussian with maximum intensities at the inner and outer

  2. Probing superconducting phase fluctuations from the current noise spectrum of pseudogaped metal-superconductor tunnel junctions

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    Dai, Xi; Xiang, Tao; Ng, Tai-Kai; Su, Zhao-Bin

    2000-01-01

    We study the current noise spectra of a tunnel junction of a metal with strong pairing phase fluctuation and a superconductor. It is shown that there is a characteristic peak in the noise spectrum at the intrinsic Josephson frequency $\\omega_J=2eV$ when $\\omega_J$ is smaller than the pairing gap but larger than the pairing scattering rate. In the presence of an AC voltage, the tunnelling current noise shows a series of characteristic peaks with increasing DC voltage. Experimental observation ...

  3. Quantum heat engine based on photon-assisted Cooper pair tunneling

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    Hofer, Patrick P.; Souquet, J.-R.; Clerk, A. Â. A.

    2016-01-01

    We propose and analyze a simple mesoscopic quantum heat engine that exhibits both high power and high efficiency. The system consists of a biased Josephson junction coupled to two microwave cavities, with each cavity coupled to a thermal bath. Resonant Cooper pair tunneling occurs with the exchange of photons between cavities, and a temperature difference between the baths can naturally lead to a current against the voltage, and hence work. As a consequence of the unique properties of Cooper-pair tunneling, the heat current is completely separated from the charge current. This combined with the strong energy selectivity of the process leads to an extremely high efficiency.

  4. 75 FR 23582 - Annular Casing Pressure Management for Offshore Wells

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    ... Recommended Practice (RP) 90. As explained in API RP 90, Section 3, Annular Casing Pressure Management Program... Institute's Recommended Practice for managing annular casing pressure. New regulations are needed because... Continental Shelf lessees to follow best industry practices for wells with sustained casing pressure....

  5. Obtention of an empirical equation for annular channels

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    Using a trial circuit, the experimental heat transfer coefficient is determined, in forced convection at one phase only within an annular channel in which water flows ascendantly and for this reason an empirical equation is determined. This work tries to contribute to the understanding of the forced convection phenomena in non tubular geometries like the annular channels. (Author)

  6. Limited Diffraction Maps for Pulsed Wave Annular Arrays

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    Fox, Paul D.

    2002-01-01

    A procedure is provided for decomposing the linear field of flat pulsed wave annular arrays into an equivalent set of known limited diffraction Bessel beams. Each Bessel beam propagates with known characteristics, enabling good insight into the propagation of annular fields to be obtained...

  7. Resonant Phase Escape from the First Resistive State of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy Intrinsic Josephson Junctions under Strong Microwave Irradiation

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    Takahashi, Yusaku; Kakehi, Daiki; Takekoshi, Shuho; Ishikawa, Kazuki; Ayukawa, Shin-ya; Kitano, Haruhisa

    2016-07-01

    We report a study of the phase escape in Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy intrinsic Josephson junctions under the strong microwave irradiation, focusing on the switch from the first resistive state (2nd SW). The resonant double-peak structure is clearly observed in the switching current distributions below 10 K and is successfully explained by a quantum-mechanical model on the quantum phase escape under the strong microwave field. These results provide the first evidence for the formation of the energy level quantization for the 2nd SW, supporting that the macroscopic quantum tunneling for the 2nd SW survives up to ˜10 K.

  8. Weak coupling Josephson junction as a current probe: effect of dissipation on escape dynamics

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    We have studied the temperature dependence of escape phenomena in various underdamped Josephson junctions (JJs). The junctions had different Josephson coupling energies EJ which were relatively small, but larger than the charging energy EC. Upon increasing the temperature T, we first observe the usual cross-over between macroscopic quantum tunnelling and thermally activated (TA) behaviour at temperatures kBT ∼ ℎωp, where ωp is the plasma frequency of the junction. Increasing T further, the width of the switching current distribution has, counterintuitively, a non-monotonic temperature dependence. This can be explained by the novel cross-over from TA behaviour to underdamped phase diffusion. We show that this cross-over is expected to occur at temperatures such that kBT ∼ EJ(1 - 4/πQ)3/2, where Q is the quality factor of the junction at the plasma frequency, in agreement with experiment. Our findings can be compared with detailed model calculations which take into account dissipation and level quantization in a metastable well. Particular attention is paid to the sample with the smallest EJ, which shows extensive phase diffusion even at the lowest temperatures. This sample consists of a dc-SQUID and a single JJ close to each other, such that the SQUID acts as a tunable inductive protection for the single junction from fluctuations of a dissipative environment. By varying the flux through the dc-SQUID, we present, for the first time, experimental evidence of the escape of a JJ from the phase diffusion regime to the free running state in a tunable environment. We also show that in the zero voltage state the losses mainly occur at frequencies near the plasma resonance

  9. Effect of annular secondary conductor in a linear electromagnetic stirrer

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    R Madhavan; V Ramanarayanan

    2008-10-01

    This paper presents the variation of average axial force density in the annular secondary conductor of a linear electromagnetic stirrer. Different geometries of secondaries are considered for numerical and experimental validation namely, 1. hollow annular ring, 2. annular ring with a solid cylinder and 3. solid cylinder. Experimental and numerical simulations are performed for a 2-pole in house built 15 kW linear electromagnetic stirrer (EMS). It is observed for a supply current of 200 A at 30 Hz the force densities in the hollow annular ring is 67% higher than the equivalent solid cylinder. The same values are 33% for annular ring with a solid cylinder. Force density variation with supply frequency and current are also reported. Numerical simulations using finite element model are validated with experimental results.

  10. Improved design of superconductor/normal conductor/superconductor Josephson junction series arrays for an ac Josephson voltage standard

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    Superconductor/normal conductor/superconductor (SNS) Josephson junction series arrays are the subject of research for the realization of a Josephson arbitrary waveform synthesizer (JAWS) based on pulse-driven Josephson junctions. Lumped arrays of SNS Josephson junctions are investigated for this application at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). The series arrays consisting of Nb/HfTi/Nb SNS junctions are embedded in the center line of a coplanar waveguide transmission line. To increase the ac output voltage, the Josephson junction series array is designed as a meander-like structure. A broadband response of the arrays is required for the complex pulse operation of the JAWS. The arrays are investigated by dc measurements and for test purposes under continuous microwave irradiation at different frequencies. Flat Shapiro steps were measured for meander-like series arrays with 21 parallel lines containing up to 10 752 junctions. A sine wave with a frequency of 2.5 kHz and a peak voltage of 214 mVPeak was synthesized under pulse mode operation

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

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

    2012-02-01

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

  12. Coupling between Phonons and Intrinsic Josephson Oscillations in Cuprate Superconductors

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    The recently reported subgap structures in the current-voltage characteristic of intrinsic Josephson junctions in the high-Tc superconductors Tl2Ba 2Ca2Cu3O10+δ and Bi2Sr 2CaCu2O8+δ are explained by the coupling between c -axis phonons and Josephson oscillations. A model is developed where c -axis lattice vibrations between adjacent superconducting multilayers are excited by the Josephson oscillations in a resistive junction. The voltages of the lowest structures correspond well to the frequencies of longitudinal c -axis phonons with large oscillator strength in the two materials, providing a new measurement technique for this quantity. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  13. Holographic Josephson Junctions and Berry holonomy from D-branes

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    Domokos, Sophia K; Sonnenschein, Jacob

    2012-01-01

    We construct a holographic model for Josephson junctions with a defect system of a Dp brane intersecting a D(p+2) brane. In addition to providing a geometrical picture for the holographic dual, this leads us very naturally to suggest the possibility of non-Abelian Josephson junctions characterized in terms of the topological properties of the branes. The difference between the locations of the endpoints of the Dp brane on either side of the defect translates into the phase difference of the condensate in the Josephson junction. We also add a magnetic flux on the D(p+2) brane and allow it evolve adiabatically along a closed curve in the space of the magnetic flux, while generating a non-trivial Berry holonomy.

  14. Josephson current in ballistic superconductor-graphene systems

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    Hagymási, Imre; Kormányos, Andor; Cserti, József

    2010-10-01

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

  15. Collective Dynamics of Intrinsic Josephson Junctions in HTSC

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2006-06-01

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

  16. Directional Amplification with a Josephson Circuit

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

    2013-07-01

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

  17. An ultra-small capacitance Josephson junction

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    We consider a voltage biased ultra-small capacitance Josephson junction, with the coupling to the external source containing both resistive and inductive elements. In addition we include a phenomenological coupling to an external heat bath. Our goal is to extend and generalize previous studies of current biased ultra-small junctions. Charging effects, due to the presence of discrete charge carriers in the junction, play a crucial role. In particular we find an infinite resistance branch in the I-V characteristic for a d.c. bias, and resistive steps in the I-V curve when the external bias contains an additional a.c. component. These effects are reminiscent of the 'Coulomb blockade' and the inverse Shapiro steps, respectively, predicted earlier in the context of current biased circuits. As a response to an a.c. voltage bias we also predict spikes of the voltage across the junction and a noisy background, when this voltage is plotted as a function of either the external d.c. biasing voltage or the external frequency. Our analysis shows that various circuitry components may qualitatively affect the response of the junction to an external bias. (authors)

  18. Dual-Band Annular-Ring Microstrip Patch Antenna for Satellite Applications

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    Tvs Divakar

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A dual-band circularly polarized antenna fed by four apertures that covers the bands of GPS, Galileo, is introduced. The ARSAs designed using FR4 substrates in the L and S bands have 3-dB axial-ratio bandwidths (ARBWs of as large as 37% and 52%, respectively, whereas the one using an RT5880 substrate in the L band, 61%. In these 3-dB axial-ratio bands, impedance matching with VSWR<=1.8 is also achieved. Three wideband planar baluns are used to achieve good axial ratio and VSWR. The results of the annular-ring microstrip antenna show good performance of a dual-band operation, which meets the requirement of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS applications.

  19. Flux flow in high-Tc Josephson junctions

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    Filatrella, G.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1993-01-01

    The possibility of achieving fluxon nucleation in nonhysteretic high-T(c) Josephson junctions due to the presence of inhomogeneities is investigated numerically. For a large range of parameters the I- V characteristics in presence of such discontinuities show a strong similarity with those obtained...... experimentally. The spatial inhomogeneities considered are on the scale of the Josephson penetration depth (mum). It is demonstrated that the topic is of interest for the construction of amplifiers. Thus when fluxons are generated the resulting flux flow regime proves to be much more sensitive than the uniform...

  20. Suspended InAs nanowire Josephson junctions assembled via dielectrophoresis

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

    2015-09-01

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

  1. Bloch inductance in small-capacitance Josephson junctions

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    Zorin, A. B.

    2005-01-01

    We show that the electrical impedance of a small-capacitance Josephson junction includes besides the capacitive term $-i/\\omega C_B$ also an inductive term $i\\omega L_B$. Similar to the known Bloch capacitance $C_B(q)$, the Bloch inductance $L_B(q)$ also depends periodically on the quasicharge $q$, and its maximum value achieved at $q=e (\\textrm{mod} 2e)$ always exceeds the value of the Josephson inductance of this junction $L_J(\\phi)$ at fixed $\\phi=0$. The effect of the Bloch inductance on ...

  2. Bloch Inductance in Small-Capacitance Josephson Junctions

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    We show that the electrical impedance of a small-capacitance Josephson junction also includes, in addition to the capacitive term -i/ωCB, an inductive term iωLB. 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(φ) at fixed φ=0. The effect of the Bloch inductance on the dynamics of a single junction and a one-dimensional array is described

  3. Implementation of the Grover search algorithm with Josephson charge qubits

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    A scheme of implementing the Grover search algorithm based on Josephson charge qubits has been proposed, which would be a key step to scale more complex quantum algorithms and very important for constructing a real quantum computer via Josephson charge qubits. The present scheme is simple but fairly efficient, and easily manipulated because any two-charge-qubit can be selectively and effectively coupled by a common inductance. More manipulations can be carried out before decoherence sets in. Our scheme can be realized within the current technology

  4. Chaotic phenomena in Josephson circuits coupled quantum cellular neural networks

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    Wang Sen; Cai Li; Li Qin; Wu Gang

    2007-01-01

    In this paper the nonlinear dynamical behaviour of a quantum cellular neural network (QCNN) by coupling Josephson circuits was investigated and it was shown that the QCNN using only two of them can cause the onset of chaotic oscillation. The theoretical analysis and simulation for the two Josephson-circuits-coupled QCNN have been done by using the amplitude and phase as state variables. The complex chaotic behaviours can be observed and then proved by calculating Lyapunov exponents. The study provides valuable information about QCNNs for future application in high-parallel signal processing and novel chaotic generators.

  5. 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.

  6. Phase-locked flux-flow Josephson oscillator

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    Ustinov, A. V.; Mygind, Jesper; Oboznov, V. A.

    1992-01-01

    We report on the observation of large rf induced steps due to phase-locking of unidirectional flux-flow motion in long quasi-one-dimensional Josephson junctions. The external microwave irradiation in the frequency range 62–77 GHz was applied from the edge of the junction at which the fluxons enter....... The dependence of the amplitude of the phase-locked step on external magnetic field and microwave power has been measured. The observed zero-crossing steps have potential application in Josephson voltage standards. A simple model for the flux-flow as determined by the microwave driven boundary gate at...

  7. An automated 55 GHz cryogenic Josephson sampling oscilloscope

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    A computer-automated superconductive 55 GHz sampling oscilloscope based on 4 kA/cm2, Nb/Nb2O5/Pb edge Josephson junctions is presented. The Josephson sampler chip was flip-chip bonded to a carrier chip with a coplanar transmission line by use of a novel flip-chip bonding machine. A 5.6 ps step pulse was successfully coupled in to the transmission line and 18.5 GHz multiple reflections plus a parasitic oscillation at 43 GHz were observed

  8. Triplet supercurrent in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions by spin injection

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

    2012-09-01

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

  9. Controlling the dynamic range of a Josephson parametric amplifier

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    One of the central challenges in the development of parametric amplifiers is the control of the dynamic range relative to its gain and bandwidth, which typically limits quantum limited amplification to signals which contain only a few photons per inverse bandwidth. Here, we discuss the control of the dynamic range of Josephson parametric amplifiers by using Josephson junction arrays. We discuss gain, bandwidth, noise, and dynamic range properties of both a transmission line and a lumped element based parametric amplifier. Based on these investigations we derive useful design criteria, which may find broad application in the development of practical parametric amplifiers. (orig.)

  10. Carpal Tunnel Surgery

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    Full Text Available ... carried out for the condition of carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a neuropathy where the median nerve gets ... of the hand. The surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome consists of a release of the transverse carpal ...

  11. Facility modernization Annular Core Research Reactor

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    The Annular Core Research Reactor (ACRR) has undergone numerous modifications since its conception in response to program needs. The original reactor fuel, which was special U-ZrH TRIGA fuel designed primarily for pulsing, has been replaced with a higher pulsing capacity BeO fuel. Other advanced operating modes which use this increased capability, in addition to the pulse and steady state, have been incorporated to tailor power histories and fluences to the experiments. Various experimental facilities have been developed that range from a radiography facility to a 50 cm diameter External Fuel Ring Cavity (FREC) using 180 of the original ZrH fuel elements. Currently a digital reactor console is being produced with GA, which will give enhanced monitoring capabilities of the reactor parameters while leaving the safety-related shutdown functions with analog technology. (author)

  12. Hydrodynamics of annular-dispersed flow

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    The interfacial drag, droplet entrainment, and droplet size distributions are important for detailed mechanistic modeling of annular dispersed two-phase flow. In view of this, recently developed correlations for these parameters are presented and discussed in this paper. The drag correlations for multiple fluid particle systems have been developed from a similarity hypothesis based on the mixture viscosity model. The results show that the drag coefficient depends on the particle Reynolds number and droplet concentration. The onset on droplet entrainment significantly alters the mechanisms of mass, momentum, and energy transfer between the film and gas core flow as well as the transfer between the two-phase mixture and the wall. By assuming the roll wave entrainment mechanism, the correlations for the amount of entrained droplet as well as for the droplet size distribution have been obtained from a simple model in collaboration with a large number of data

  13. Superconducting Al-trilayer tunnel junctions for use as X-ray detectors

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    Gaidis, M. C.; Friedrich, S.; Prober, D. E.; Moseley, S. H.; Szymkowiak, A. E.

    1993-01-01

    Photolithographic techniques have been developed to fabricate high-quality Al-Al oxide-Al superconducting tunnel junctions for use in X-ray detectors. These devices are designed to incorporate about 1-micron-thick superconducting X-ray absorbers for the detection of less than 10-keV single photons. In an effort to increase energy resolution, superconductor bandgap engineering with lateral and vertical trapping has been used to shorten quasi-particle tunneling times and diffusion lengths and to prevent quasi-particle diffusion away from the tunnel junction. Methods that have been developed for overcoming materials imcompatibility and device degradation upon thermal cycling are reported. The authors also report on the use of a nonrectangular tunnel junction geometry which reduces the magnetic field needed to suppress the Josephson current for stable biasing. Work in progress to measure the energy resolution of these X-ray detectors at 0.35 K is also discussed.

  14. D Modelling of Tunnel Excavation Using Pressurized Tunnel Boring Machine in Overconsolidated Soils

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    Demagh, Rafik; Emeriault, Fabrice

    2013-06-01

    The construction of shallow tunnels in urban areas requires a prior assessment of their effects on the existing structures. In the case of shield tunnel boring machines (TBM), the various construction stages carried out constitute a highly three-dimensional problem of soil/structure interaction and are not easy to represent in a complete numerical simulation. Consequently, the tunnelling- induced soil movements are quite difficult to evaluate. A 3D simulation procedure, using a finite differences code, namely FLAC3D, taking into account, in an explicit manner, the main sources of movements in the soil mass is proposed in this paper. It is illustrated by the particular case of Toulouse Subway Line B for which experimental data are available and where the soil is saturated and highly overconsolidated. A comparison made between the numerical simulation results and the insitu measurements shows that the 3D procedure of simulation proposed is relevant, in particular regarding the adopted representation of the different operations performed by the tunnel boring machine (excavation, confining pressure, shield advancement, installation of the tunnel lining, grouting of the annular void, etc). Furthermore, a parametric study enabled a better understanding of the singular behaviour origin observed on the ground surface and within the solid soil mass, till now not mentioned in the literature.

  15. Recurrent Annular Peripheral Choroidal Detachment after Trabeculectomy

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    Shaohui Liu

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available We report a challenging case of recurrent flat anterior chamber without hypotony after trabeculectomy in a 54-year-old Black male with a remote history of steroid-treated polymyositis, cataract surgery, and uncontrolled open angle glaucoma. The patient presented with a flat chamber on postoperative day 11, but had a normal fundus exam and intraocular pressure (IOP. Flat chamber persisted despite treatment with cycloplegics, steroids, and a Healon injection into the anterior chamber. A transverse B-scan of the peripheral fundus revealed a shallow annular peripheral choroidal detachment. The suprachoroidal fluid was drained. The patient presented 3 days later with a recurrent flat chamber and an annular peripheral choroidal effusion. The fluid was removed and reinforcement of the scleral flap was performed with the resolution of the flat anterior chamber. A large corneal epithelial defect developed after the second drainage. The oral prednisone was tapered quickly and the topical steroid was decreased. One week later, his vision decreased to count fingers with severe corneal stromal edema and Descemet's membrane folds that improved to 20/50 within 24 h of resumption of the oral steroid and frequent topical steroid. The patient's visual acuity improved to 20/20 following a slow withdrawal of the oral and topical steroid. Eight months after surgery, the IOP was 15 mm Hg without glaucoma medication. The detection of a shallow anterior choroidal detachment by transverse B-scan is critical to making the correct diagnosis. Severe cornea edema can occur if the steroid is withdrawn too quickly. Thus, steroids should be tapered cautiously in steroid-dependent patients.

  16. Annular MHD Physics for Turbojet Energy Bypass

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    Schneider, Steven J.

    2011-01-01

    The use of annular Hall type MHD generator/accelerator ducts for turbojet energy bypass is evaluated assuming weakly ionized flows obtained from pulsed nanosecond discharges. The equations for a 1-D, axisymmetric MHD generator/accelerator are derived and numerically integrated to determine the generator/accelerator performance characteristics. The concept offers a shockless means of interacting with high speed inlet flows and potentially offers variable inlet geometry performance without the complexity of moving parts simply by varying the generator loading parameter. The cycle analysis conducted iteratively with a spike inlet and turbojet flying at M = 7 at 30 km altitude is estimated to have a positive thrust per unit mass flow of 185 N-s/kg. The turbojet allowable combustor temperature is set at an aggressive 2200 deg K. The annular MHD Hall generator/accelerator is L = 3 m in length with a B(sub r) = 5 Tesla magnetic field and a conductivity of sigma = 5 mho/m for the generator and sigma= 1.0 mho/m for the accelerator. The calculated isentropic efficiency for the generator is eta(sub sg) = 84 percent at an enthalpy extraction ratio, eta(sub Ng) = 0.63. The calculated isentropic efficiency for the accelerator is eta(sub sa) = 81 percent at an enthalpy addition ratio, eta(sub Na) = 0.62. An assessment of the ionization fraction necessary to achieve a conductivity of sigma = 1.0 mho/m is n(sub e)/n = 1.90 X 10(exp -6), and for sigma = 5.0 mho/m is n(sub e)/n = 9.52 X 10(exp -6).

  17. Tunneling technologies for the collider ring tunnels

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    The Texas site chosen for the Superconducting Super Collider has been studied, and it has been determined that proven, conventional technology and accepted engineering practice are suitable for constructing the collider tunnels. The Texas National Research Laboratory Commission report recommended that two types of tunneling machines be used for construction of the tunnels: a conventional hard rock tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Austin chalk and a double shielded, rotary TBM for the Taylor marl. Since the tunneling machines usually set the pace for the project, efficient planning, operation, and coordination of the tunneling system components will be critical to the schedule and cost of the project. During design, tunneling rate prediction should be refined by focusing on the development of an effective tunneling system and evaluating its capacity to meet or exceed the required schedules. 8 refs., 13 figs

  18. Stability of cantilevered coaxial shells with internal and annular flow

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    This paper is a theoretical study of the stability of cantilevered coaxial cylindrical shells conveying incompressible fluid in the annular space in- between and within the inner shell. The viscous effects of the mean flow are taken into account, but the perturbations of the equilibrium state on the basis of which stability is assessed is carried out by means of potential flow theory, thus neglecting unsteady viscous effects which are known to become important for narrow annular flows. Shell displacements are described by Flugge's equations of motion. Solution of the coupled fluid-structure equations is carried out by means of the Fourier Transform Method. The main finding of this research is that stability is lost by flutter for internal flow, according to both the inviscid and viscous variants of the theory; for annular flow, however, whereas inviscid theory predicts loss of stability by flutter, viscous theory (with dissipative effects included) predicts that the shell loses stability by divergence and then, at appreciably higher flow, by flutter. Reduction of the annular gap generally destabilizes the system; while increased steady viscous effects slightly stabilize the system for internal flow, they strongly destabilize it for annular flow. Increasing the length of the shell destabilizes the system for both internal and annular flows. The presence of internal flow in addition to annular flow tends to stabilize the system vis-a-vis the case of annular flow, but only at low flow velocities, having the opposite effect at higher flows; the same effects arise when the main flow is internal and an annular flow added to the system

  19. Quantum tunneling between Chern states in a Topological Insulator

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    Liu, Minhao; Wang, Wudi; Richardella, Anthony R.; Kandala, Abhinav; Li, Jian; Yazdani, Ali; Samarth, Nitin; Ong, N. P.

    The tunneling of a macroscopic object through a barrier is a quintessentially quantum phenomenon important in field theory, low-temperature physics and quantum computing. Progress has been achieved in experiments on Josephson junctions, molecular magnets, and domain wall dynamics. However, a key feature - rapid expansion of the true vacuum triggered by a tunneling event is virtually unexplored. Here we report the detection of large jumps in the Hall resistance Ryx in a magnetized topological insulator which result from tunneling out of a metastable topological state. In the TI, the conducting electrons are confined to surface Dirac states. When magnetized, the TI enters the quantum anomalous Hall insulator state in which Ryx is strictly quantized. If the magnetic field is reversed, the sample is trapped in a metastable state. We find that, below 145 mK, Ryx exhibits abrupt jumps as large as one quantum unit on time-scales under 1 ms. If the temperature is raised, the escape rate is suppressed consistent with tunneling in the presence of dissipation. The jumps involve expansion of the thermodynamically stable state bubble over macroscopic lengths, but dissipation limits the final size. The results uncover novel effects of dissipation on macroscopic tunneling. We acknowledge support from DARPA SPAWAR (N66001-11-1-4110) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations (GBMF4539).

  20. Detonation Initiation by Annular Jets and Shock Waves

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    Shepherd, Joseph E.

    2005-01-01

    The objective of this research is to experimentally determine the feasibility of initiating detonation in fuel-air mixtures using only the energy in hot, compressed air. The existing 6-inch shock tube at Caltech was used to create hot, high-pressure air behind a reflected shock wave. The hot air created an imploding annular shock wave when it jetted through an annular orifice into a 76-mm-diameter, 1-m-long tube attached to the end of the shock tube. A special test section with an annular ...

  1. Josephson junctions in thin and narrow rectangular superconducting strips

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    Clem, John R.

    2010-01-01

    I consider a Josephson junction crossing the middle of a thin rectangular superconducting strip of length L and width W subjected to a perpendicular magnetic induction B. I calculate the spatial dependence of the gauge-invariant phase difference across the junction and the resulting B dependence of the critical current Ic(B).

  2. Externally pumped millimeter-wave Josephson-junction parametric amplifier

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    Levinsen, M.T; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sørensen, Ole;

    1980-01-01

    A unified theory of the singly and doubly degenerate Josephson-junction parametric amplifier is presented. Experiments with single junctions on both amplifier modes at frequencies 10, 35, and 70 GHz are discussed. Low-noise temperature (∼100 K, single sideband (SSB)) and reasonable gain (∼8 dB) w...

  3. Breathers in Josephson junction ladders: Resonances and electromagnetic wave spectroscopy

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    Miroshnichenko, A. E.; Flach, S.; Fistul, M.;

    2001-01-01

    We present a theoretical study of the resonant interaction between dynamical localized states (discrete breathers) and linear electromagnetic excitations (EE's) in Josephson junction ladders. By making use of direct numerical simulations we find that such an interaction manifests itself by resonant...

  4. The lateral S-(S/F)-S Josephson junctions

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    Up to now the proximity effect at the superconductor-ferromagnet (S-F) interface was mainly demonstrated by the transport properties across the S-F interface. We present the results on lateral transport along the S-F interface and its utilization as a Josephson junction. We have prepared Nb based Josephson junctions which consist of Nb micro bridges with a Pd0.95Fe0.05 or Fe strip deposited perpendicular to the bridge. The width of the ferromagnetic strip was varied between 50 and 800 nm. The critical current (IC) of the Nb-Pd0.95Fe0.05 and Nb-Fe bi-layer, respectively, is found to be significantly reduced by the proximity effect with the ferromagnet. We have studied the temperature and magnetic field (B) dependencies of the critical current. In magnetic field an interference pattern IC(B) is observed. In perpendicular magnetic field the junction exhibits IC(B) dependence similar to a Fraunhofer pattern which proves the dc Josephson effect. We also investigate the dependence of IC(B) oscillations on the orientation of the magnetic field. The control of the Josephson junction parameters is provided by third electrode connected to the F strip.

  5. Cylindrical dielectric resonator for Josephson plasma resonance measurement

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    The design of a cylindrical dielectric cavity operated in various TMnmp modes, suitable for Josephson plasma resonance measurements of small superconducting high-Tc single crystals, is described. Its resonant frequencies are calculated analytically using the perturbation theory and compared with experimental results. An outline of the measurement procedure is provided. Experimental results measured at several frequencies are presented

  6. Control of chaotic patterns in a Josephson junction model

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    Olsen, Ole Hvilsted; Samuelsen, Mogens Rugholm

    The effect of an applied rf signal on the dynamics of a large-area Josephson junction is examined. The problem of controlling spatiotemporal chaotic patterns induced by the external magnetic field is addressed. Chaos control is conducted by a weak spatially distributed force. (C) 2000 Elsevier...

  7. Fiske steps in Josephson junctions with alternating critical current density

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    We have developed a simple model, in the framework of the Kulik theory of Fiske steps in Josephson junctions, for the electromagnetic resonances observed in the current voltage characteristics of certain high temperature superconductor grain boundary junctions. Some preliminary results are illustrated

  8. Glass Formation in a Periodic Long-Range Josephson Array

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    Chandra, P.; Feigelman, M. V.; Ioffe, L. B.

    1995-01-01

    We present an analytic study of a dynamical instability in a periodic long-range Josephson array frustrated by a weak transverse field. This glass transition is characterized by a diverging relaxation time and a jump in the Edwards-Anderson order parameter; it is {\\sl not} accompanied by a coinciding static transition.

  9. Josephson junctions in thin and narrow rectangular superconducting strips

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    I consider a Josephson junction crossing the middle of a thin rectangular superconducting strip of length L and width W subjected to a perpendicular magnetic induction B. I calculate the spatial dependence of the gauge-invariant phase difference across the junction and the resulting B dependence of the critical current Ic(B).

  10. Self-field effects in Josephson junction arrays

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    Petraglia, Antonio; Filatrella, G.; Rotoli, G.

    1996-01-01

    The purpose of this work is to compare the dynamics of arrays of Josephson junctions in the presence of a magnetic field in two different frameworks: the so-called XY frustrated model with no self-inductance and an approach that takes into account the self-field generated by the screening current...

  11. Curvature Effects in 1-D and 2-D Josephson Junctions

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    Dobrowolski, Tomasz

    2016-01-01

    The gauge invariant phase difference between superconducting electrodes is a dominating dynamical degree of freedom in the Josephson junction. This rapport concerns the influence of the curvature of the junction on the dynamic of this field variable. The effects of curvature are discussed in the long and large area junctions. In particular the dynamics of the fluxion and the kink front are studied.

  12. Macroscopic Quantum Superposition in a Three-Josephson-Junction Loop

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    Wal, Caspar H. van der; Haar, A.C.J. ter; Wilhelm, F.K.; Schouten, R.N.; Harmans, C.J.P.M.; Orlando, T.P.; Lloyd, Seth; Mooij, J.E.

    2001-01-01

    We present microwave-spectroscopy experiments on two quantum levels of a superconducting loop with three Josephson junctions. The level separation between the ground state and first excited state shows an anti-crossing where two classical persistent-current states with opposite polarity are degenera

  13. Conditions for synchronization in Josephson-junction arrays

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    Chernikov, A.A.; Schmidt, G. [Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ (United States)

    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.

  14. Josephson junction using a crossed contact of superconducting Bi(Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin film with 110 K-phase

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    Bi1.75Pb0.17Sr2Ca2.1Cu3.2Oy thin films with zero resistivity at 115 K, were prepared by dc magnetron sputtering and subsequent high-temperature annealing. This paper reports that Josephson bridges were fabricated b crossed contact of two cleaved planes of the thin films. Self-induced current steps and multi photon-assisted tunneling currents due to quasi-particles tunneling across the oxide gap barriers was due to oxidation of the Cu component and the extrication of Ca near the crossed contact of the thin film by soaking the thin film in liquid nitrogen. It seems possible to fabricate smaller bridge with a single junction by the use of thinner as-grown films with smoother surfaces

  15. Assessment of Inner Channel Blockage on the Annular Fuel Rod

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    Shin, C. H.; In, W. K.; Oh, D. S.; Chun, T. H. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    A dual-cooled annular fuel for a pressurized water reactor (PWR) has been introduced for a significant amount of reactor power uprate. The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) has been performing a research to develop a dual-cooled annular fuel for the power uprate of 20% in an optimized PWR in Korea, OPR1000. An inner channel blockage is principal one of technical issues of the annular fuel rod. The inner channel in an annular fuel is isolated from the neighbor channels unlike the outer channels. The inner channel will be faced with a DNB accident by the partial blockage. In this paper, the largest fractional channel blockage was assessed by subchannel analysis code MATRA-AF and an end plug design to complement inlet blockage of inner channel was estimated by CFD code, CFD-ACE

  16. Annular linear induction pump with an externally supported duct

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    An annular linear induction pump of increased efficiency is described, capable of being readily disassembled for repair or replacement of parts, and having one pass flow of the liquid metal through the pump. (U.K.)

  17. Principle of radial transport in low temperature annular plasmas

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    Zhang, Yunchao, E-mail: yunchao.zhang@anu.edu.au; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Rod [Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Laboratory, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Bldg 60, Mills Road, Australian Capital Territory 2601 (Australia)

    2015-07-15

    Radial transport in low temperature annular plasmas is investigated theoretically in this paper. The electrons are assumed to be in quasi-equilibrium due to their high temperature and light inertial mass. The ions are not in equilibrium and their transport is analyzed in three different situations: a low electric field (LEF) model, an intermediate electric field (IEF) model, and a high electric field (HEF) model. The universal IEF model smoothly connects the LEF and HEF models at their respective electric field strength limits and gives more accurate results of the ion mobility coefficient and effective ion temperature over the entire electric field strength range. Annular modelling is applied to an argon plasma and numerical results of the density peak position, the annular boundary loss coefficient and the electron temperature are given as functions of the annular geometry ratio and Paschen number.

  18. Annular elastolytic giant cell granuloma in association with Hashimoto's thyroiditis

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    Rishi Hassan; P Arunprasath; Padmavathy, L.; K Srivenkateswaran

    2016-01-01

    Annular elastolytic giant cell granuloma (AEGCG) is a rare granulomatous skin disease characterized clinically by annular plaques with elevated borders and atrophic centers found mainly on sun-exposed skin and histologically by diffuse granulomatous infiltrates composed of multinucleated giant cells, histiocytes and lymphocytes in the dermis along with phagocytosis of elastic fibers by multinucleated giant cells. We report a case of AEGCG in a 50-year-old woman and is highlighted for the clas...

  19. Annular bright and dark field imaging of soft materials

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    Here polyethylene, as an example of an important soft material, was studied by STEM annular bright and dark field. The contrast as function of the probe size/shape and the detector collection angle are discussed. The results are compared to conventional bright field transmission electron microscopy, electron energy filtered imaging and energy dispersive spectroscopy mapping. Annular bright and dark field gave a higher contrast than conventional transmission and analytical mapping techniques

  20. Interfacial friction in low flowrate vertical annular flow

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    During boil-off and reflood transients in nuclear reactors, the core liquid inventory and inlet flowrate are largely determined by the interfacial friction in the reactor core. For these transients, annular flow occurs at relatively modest liquid flowrates and at the low heat fluxes typical of decay heat conditions. The resulting low vapor Reynolds numbers, are out of the data range used to develop the generally accepted interfacial friction relations for annular flow. In addition, most existing annular flow data comes from air/liquid adiabatic experiments with fully developed flows. By contrast, in a reactor core, the flow is continuously developing along the heated length as the vapor flowrate increases and the flow regimes evolve from bubbly to annular flow. Indeed, the entire annular flow regime may exist only over tens of L/D's. Despite these limitations, many of the advanced reactor safety analysis codes employ the Wallis model for interfacial friction in annular flow. Our analyses of the conditions existing at the end-of-reflood in the PERICLES tests have indicated that the Wallis model seriously underestimates the interfacial shear for low vapor velocity cocurrent upflow. To extend the annular flow data base to diabatic low flowrate conditions, the DADINE tests were re-analyzed. In these tests, both pressure drop and local cross-section averaged void fractions were measured. Thus, both the wall and interfacial shear can be deduced. Based on the results of this analysis, a new correlation is proposed for interfacial friction in annular flow. (authors). 5 figs., 12 refs

  1. New mitral annular force transducer optimized to distinguish annular segments and multi-plane forces.

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    Skov, Søren Nielsen; Røpcke, Diana Mathilde; Ilkjær, Christine; Rasmussen, Jonas; Tjørnild, Marcell Juan; Jimenez, Jorge H; Yoganathan, Ajit P; Nygaard, Hans; Nielsen, Sten Lyager; Jensen, Morten Olgaard

    2016-03-21

    Limited knowledge exists about the forces acting on mitral valve annuloplasty repair devices. The aim of this study was to develop a new mitral annular force transducer to measure the forces acting on clinically used mitral valve annuloplasty devices. The design of an X-shaped transducer in the present study was optimized for simultaneous in- and out-of-plane force measurements. Each arm was mounted with strain gauges on four circumferential elements to measure out-of-plane forces, and the central parts of the X-arms were mounted with two strain gauges to measure in-plane forces. A dedicated calibration setup was developed to calibrate isolated forces with tension and compression for in- and out-of-plane measurements. With this setup, it was possible with linear equations to isolate and distinguish measured forces between the two planes and minimize transducer arm crosstalk. An in-vitro test was performed to verify the crosstalk elimination method and the assumptions behind it. The force transducer was implanted and evaluated in an 80kg porcine in-vivo model. Following crosstalk elimination, in-plane systolic force accumulation was found to be in average 4.0±0.1N and the out-of-plane annular segments experienced an average force of 1.4±0.4N. Directions of the systolic out-of-plane forces indicated movements towards a saddle shaped annulus, and the transducer was able to measure independent directional forces in individual annular segments. Further measurements with the new transducer coupled with clinical annuloplasty rings will provide a detailed insight into the biomechanical dynamics of these devices. PMID:26903412

  2. Fabrication and Resintering of Annular UO2 Pellet

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    Nuclear fuel is one of the most important components in a PWR affecting its safety and economy. The traditional PWR fuel pellet has a shape of cylindrical tablets of about 800 μm in diameter with a chamfer and dishes. A significant reduction in its failure rate has resulted from the improvements in fuel and cladding quality. Enhanced fuel assembly design allowed appreciable power density increases. However, it is difficult to achieve a significant increase of a power density under the current fuel pin design. Recently, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has proposed an annular UO2 fuel with an internal cooling of each fuel rod. Annular fuel pellets with a voided central region have been used in VVER reactors without an internal cooling. Annular fuels with both internal and external cooling have been proposed for high temperature gas cooled reactors. However, commercial PWR reactors have not used such annular internally and externally cooled fuel rods, yet. There must be a lot of considerations in the various fields to introduce an annular internally and externally cooled fuel to commercial PWR reactors. The dimension tolerance and the thermal stability of a pellet are very important from the viewpoint of fabrication technology, because they have an influence on the size of the gap between the pellet and the inner/outer claddings. In this study, annular UO2 pellets with various densities were fabricated and then a resintering test was conducted. The changes of dimension and density of the sintered pellets were characterized

  3. Sonographic evaluation of digital annular pulley tears

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    Objective. To evaluate the sonographic (US) appearance of digital annular pulley (DAP) tears in high-level rock climbers. Design and patients. We performed a retrospective analysis of the US examinations of 16 high-level rock climbers with clinical signs of DAP lesions. MRI and surgical evaluation were performed in five and three patients respectively. The normal US and MRI appearances of DAP were evaluated in 40 and three normal fingers respectively. Results. Nine of 16 patients presented a DAP tear. In eight subjects (seven with complete tears involving the fourth finger and one the fifth finger), US diagnosis was based on the indirect sign of volar bowstringing of the flexor tendons. Injured pulleys were not appreciated by US. Tears concerned the A2 and A3 in six patients and the A3 and A4 in two patients. A2 pulley thickening and hypoechogenicity compatible with a partial tear was demonstrated in one patient. MRI and surgical data correlated well with the US findings. Four patients had tenosynovitis of the flexor tendons but no evidence of pulley disruption. US examinations of three patients were normal. In the healthy subjects US demonstrated DAP in 16 of 40 digits. Conclusion. US can diagnose DAP tears and correlates with the MRI and surgical data. Because of its low cost and non-invasiveness we suggest US as the first imaging modality in the evaluation of injuries of the digital pulley. (orig.)

  4. Annular burnout data from rod bundle experiments

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    Burnout data for annular flow in a rod bundle are presented for both transient and steady-state conditions. Tests were performed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Thermal Hydraulic Test Facility (THTF), a pressurized-water loop containing an electrically heated 64-rod bundle. The bundle configuration is typical of later generation pressurized-water reactors with 17 x 17 fuel arrays. Both axial and radial power profiles are flat. All experiments were carried out in upflow with subcooled inlet conditions, insuring accurate flow measurement. Conditions within the bundle were typical of those which could be encountered during a nuclear reactor loss-of-coolant accident. Level average fluid conditions within the test section were calculated using steady-state mass and energy conservation considerations for the steady-state tests and a transient, homogeneous, equilibrium computer code for the transient tests. Unlike tube dryout, burnout within a rod bundle does not necessarily occur at one distinct axial level. The location of individual rod dryout was determined by scanning rods axially and locating the position where rod superheat increased from approx. =0 to 30 K or greater. Thermocouple instrumentation within the bundle allows the location of dryout to be determined to within approximately +.5 cm for many of the tests

  5. The numerical calculation of heat transfer performance for annular flow of liquid nitrogen in a vertical annular channel

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    Sun, Shufeng; Wu, Yuyuan; Zhao, Rongyi

    2001-04-01

    According to a separated phase flow model for vertical annular two-phase flow in an annular channel, the liquid film thickness, distributions of velocities and temperatures in the liquid layer are predicted in the range of heat fluxes: 6000-12000 W/m 2, mass flux: 500-1100 kg/m2 s. The pressure drop along the flow channel and heat transfer coefficient are also calculated. The liquid film thickness is in the order of micrometers and heat transfer coefficient is 2800-7800 W/m2 K of liquid nitrogen boiling in narrow annular channels. The measured heat transfer coefficient is 29% higher than the calculated values. With the mass flux increasing and the gap of the annular channel decreasing, pressure drop and heat transfer coefficient increase.

  6. Josephson and proximity effects on the surface of a topological insulator

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    Yokoyama, Takehito

    2012-01-01

    We investigate Josephson and proximity effects on the surface of a topological insulator on which superconductors and a ferromagnet are deposited. The superconducting regions are described by the conventional BCS Hamiltonian, rather than the superconducting Dirac Hamiltonian. Junction interfaces are assumed to be dirty. We obtain analytical expressions of the Josephson current and the proximity-induced anomalous Green's function on the topological insulator. The dependence of the Josephson ef...

  7. Quantum Glass Transition in a Periodic Long-Range Josephson Array

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    Kagan, D. M.; Ioffe, L. B.; Feigel'Man, M.V.

    1999-01-01

    We show that the ground state of the periodic long range Josephson array frustrated by magnetic field is a glass for a sufficiently large Josephson energies despite the absence of a quenched disorder. Like superconductors, this glass state has non-zero phase stiffness and Meissner response; for smaller Josephson energies the glass "melts" and the ground state loses the phase stiffness and becomes insulating. We find the critical scaling behavior near this quantum phase transition: the excitat...

  8. Spin and Charge Josephson effects between non-uniform superconductors with coexisting helimagnetic order

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    Eremin, Ilya; Nogueira, Flavio S.; Tarento, Rene-Jean

    2005-01-01

    We consider the spin and charge Josephson current between two non-uniform Fulde-Ferrel-Larkin-Ovchinnikov superconductors with helimagnetic order. We demonstrate that the presence of the helimagnetic phase generates a spin Josephson effect and leads to additional contributions to both single-particle and Josephson charge current. It is shown that for such systems the AC effect differs more radically from the DC effect than in the case of a BCS superconductor with helimagnetic order considered...

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

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

    2011-11-01

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

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

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    Kakeya, Itsuhiro; Wang, Huabing

    2016-07-01

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

  11. Photon-activated electron hopping in a single-electron trap enhanced by Josephson radiation

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    Lotkhov, S. V.; Jalali-Jafari, B.; Zorin, A. B.

    2016-04-01

    Using a Josephson junction interferometer (DC SQUID) as a microwave source for irradiating a single-electron trap, both devices fabricated on the same chip, we study the process of photon-assisted tunneling as an effective mechanism of single photon detection. High sensitivity down to a very small oscillation amplitude v J ˜ 10 nV ≪ E act ≲ h f J and down to low photon absorption rates Γph ˜ (1-50) Hz, as well as a clear threshold type of operation with an activation energy Eact ˜ 400 μeV, is demonstrated for the trap with respect to the microwave photons of frequency fJ ˜ (100-200) GHz. Tunable generation is demonstrated with respect to the power and frequency of the microwave signal produced by the SQUID source biased within the subgap voltage range. A much weaker effect is observed at the higher junction voltages along the quasiparticle branch of the I-V curve; this response mostly appears due to the recombination phonons.

  12. Studies of static and dynamic properties of multilayered (stacked) Josephson junctions

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    The authors have studied the static I-V characteristics and vortex dynamics in stacked Nb/AlOxNb Josephson junctions. In Josephson junction stacks consisting of two junctions having identical maximum Josephson supercurrent Ic, Ic vs. H characteristics of deviating from the Fraunhofer pattern have been observed, implying that a structural phase transformation to a triangular vortex lattice occurs with increasing H. Interjunction coupling leads to splitting of the Swihart mode; which manifests itself as Fisk steps with different voltage spacings. When subjected to microwave radiation, the I-V curves of the stacked Josephson junctions exhibit new features which are absent in single junctions

  13. Josephson current in superconductor-ferromagnet structures with a nonhomogeneous magnetization

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    Bergeret, F. S.; Volkov, A. F.; Efetov, K. B.

    2001-01-01

    We calculate the dc Josephson current $I_J$ for two types of superconductor-ferromagnet (S/F) Josephson junctions. The junction of the first type is a S/F/S junction. On the basis of the Eilenberger equation, the Josephson current is calculated for an arbitrary impurity concentration. If $% h\\tau\\ll1$ the expression for the Josephson critical current $I_c$ is reduced to that which can be obtained from the Usadel equation ($h$ is the exchange energy, $\\tau$ is the momentum relaxation time). In...

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

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    We study intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with multigap superconductors. The theory predicts this system has two longitudinal collective excitations. Their remarkable properties are illustrated via linear analyses. We reveal that the electric or magnetic imbalance induces their mixing effects. We construct a theory of dynamical behavior in intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with multigap superconducting layers. The theory predicts the existence of two kinds of phase modes, one of which is the Josephson-plasma mode and other of which is the Leggett's mode. We discuss a cooperative phenomena induced by inter-band Josephson coupling in addition to capacitive and inductive couplings between the superconducting layers.

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

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    Ota, Y., E-mail: yota@alice.math.kindai.ac.jp [CCSE, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 6-9-3 Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0015 (Japan)] [CREST (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Machida, M. [CCSE, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 6-9-3 Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0015 (Japan)] [CREST (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan)] [JST-TRIP, 5 Sanbancho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan); Koyama, T. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)] [CREST (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan)

    2011-11-15

    We study intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with multigap superconductors. The theory predicts this system has two longitudinal collective excitations. Their remarkable properties are illustrated via linear analyses. We reveal that the electric or magnetic imbalance induces their mixing effects. We construct a theory of dynamical behavior in intrinsic Josephson junction stacks with multigap superconducting layers. The theory predicts the existence of two kinds of phase modes, one of which is the Josephson-plasma mode and other of which is the Leggett's mode. We discuss a cooperative phenomena induced by inter-band Josephson coupling in addition to capacitive and inductive couplings between the superconducting layers.

  16. Quantum and classical resonant escapes of a strongly driven Josephson junction

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    Yu, H. F.; Zhu, X. B.; Peng, Z. H.; Cao, W. H.; Cui, D. J.; Tian, Ye; Chen, G. H.; Zheng, D. N.; Jing, X. N.; Lu, Li; Zhao, S. P.; Han, Siyuan

    2010-04-01

    The properties of phase escape in a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) at 25 mK, which is well below quantum-to-classical crossover temperature Tcr , in the presence of strong resonant ac driving have been investigated. The SQUID contains two Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb tunnel junctions with Josephson inductance much larger than the loop inductance so it can be viewed as a single junction having adjustable critical current. We find that with increasing microwave power W and at certain frequencies ν and ν/2 , the single primary peak in the switching current distribution, which is the result of macroscopic quantum tunneling of the phase across the junction, first shifts toward lower bias current I and then a resonant peak develops. These results are explained by quantum resonant phase escape involving single and two photons with microwave-suppressed potential barrier. As W further increases, the primary peak gradually disappears and the resonant peak grows into a single one while shifting further to lower I . At certain W , a second resonant peak appears, which can locate at very low I depending on the value of ν . Analysis based on the classical equation of motion shows that such resonant peak can arise from the resonant escape of the phase particle with extremely large oscillation amplitude resulting from bifurcation of the nonlinear system. Our experimental result and theoretical analysis demonstrate that at T≪Tcr , escape of the phase particle could be dominated by classical process, such as dynamical bifurcation of nonlinear systems under strong ac driving.

  17. X-ray diffraction from bone employing annular and semi-annular beams

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    There is a compelling need for accurate, low cost diagnostics to identify osteo-tissues that are associated with a high risk of fracture within an individual. To satisfy this requirement the quantification of bone characteristics such as ‘bone quality’ need to exceed that provided currently by densitometry. Bone mineral chemistry and microstructure can be determined from coherent x-ray scatter signatures of bone specimens. Therefore, if these signatures can be measured, in vivo, to an appropriate accuracy it should be possible by extending terms within a fracture risk model to improve fracture risk prediction.In this preliminary study we present an examination of a new x-ray diffraction technique that employs hollow annular and semi-annular beams to measure aspects of ‘bone quality’. We present diffractograms obtained with our approach from ex vivo bone specimens at Mo Kα and W Kα energies. Primary data is parameterized to provide estimates of bone characteristics and to indicate the precision with which these can be determined. (paper)

  18. Sea Carousel—A benthic, annular flume

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    Amos, Carl L.; Grant, J.; Daborn, G. R.; Black, K.

    1992-06-01

    A benthic annular flume (Sea Carousel) has been developed and tested to measure in situ the erodibility of cohesive sediments. The flume is equipped with three optical backscatter sensors, a lid rotation switch, and an electromagnetic (EM) flow meter capable of detecting azimuthal and vertical components of flow. Data are logged at rates up to 10·66 Hz. Erodibility is inferred from the rate of change in suspended sediment concentration detected in the annulus. The energy-density/wave number spectrum of azimuthal flow showed peaks in the energy spectrum at paddle rotation wave numbers (k) of 14 and 7 m -1 (macroturbulent time scales) but were not significant. Friction velocity ( U*), measured (1) at 1 Hz using a flush-mounted hot-film sensor, and (2) derived from measured velocity profiles in the inner part of the logarithmic layer gave comparable results for Ū* 0·32 m s -1. Radial velocity gradients were proportional to ( Ū y - 0·32 m s -1). Maximum radial differences in U* were 10% for Ū y = 0·5 ms -1. Suspended sediment mass concentration ( S) in the annulus resulted in a significant decrease (10·5%) in Ū* derived by method (1) over the range 0calibration with changes in S. Subaerial deployments of Sea Carousel caused severe substrate disturbance, water losses, and aeration of the annulus. Submarine deployments produced stable results, though dispersion of turbid flume water took place. Results clearly demonstrated the existence of 'Type I' and 'Type II' erosion documented from laboratory studies.

  19. EDITORIAL: PLASMA 2006: The 5th International Conference on the Intrinsic Josephson Effect and Plasma Oscillations in High-TC Superconductors

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    Warburton, Paul; Yurgens, August

    2007-02-01

    The 5th International Conference on the Intrinsic Josephson Effect and Plasma Oscillations in High-TC Superconductors (known as `PLASMA' for short) took place in London from July 17th to 19th 2006. The meeting was organised jointly by the Superconductivity Group of the Institute of Physics and the European Science Foundation network `Arrays of Quantum Dots and Josephson Junctions' (AQDJJ). It was sponsored by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, AQDJJ, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Physics and the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS). The meeting was chaired by Paul Warburton of University College London who wishes to put on record his thanks to the conference sponsors for their generosity, without which the conference could not have taken place. Since the previous PLASMA conference in Tsukuba in 2004 the most significant advance in intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) research has arguably been the observation of macroscopic quantum tunnelling in IJJs. At the time of the conference this had been observed by both the RIEC/NIMS/AIST collaboration in Japan and by Paul M\\"uller's group in Erlangen. We therefore felt that the conference presented an ideal and timely opportunity for the IJJ community to learn from the more established community of researchers on macroscopic quantum phenomena in low-TC superconductors---and indeed vice versa. As a result a number of leading researchers from the field of low-TC Josephson qubit devices gave several illuminating presentations. Other sessions included those on Josephson vortex dynamics in layered systems and terahertz oscillations in IJJs, in addition to a lively poster session on the first evening. The conference was rounded off by an excellent summary of the highlights of the meeting given by Professor Hu-Jong Lee. The conference organisers would like to thank all those who made the meeting possible and contributed to its smooth running. In addition to the international organising

  20. Vortex dynamics in Josephson junctions arrays

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    In this work we study the dynamics of vortices in two-dimensional overdamped Josephson Junctions Arrays (JJA) driven by dc current in a wide range of conditions varying magnetic field and temperature using experiments, numerical simulations and analytic studies.We develop the Fixed Phase method, a variation of numeric relaxation techniques in which we fix and control the phase of some islands, adjacent to the vortex center, while allowing all other phases in the system to relax.In this way we are able to pull and push the vortex uphill, as we are forcing the center of rotation of the vortex currents to be in a defined location, allowing us to calculate the potential energy of a vortex located in any arbitrary position.We use this method to study the potential energy of a vortex in a variety of situations in homogeneous and non-homogeneous JJA, such as arrays with defects, channel arrays and ratchets.We study the finite size effects in JJA by means of analytic and numerical tools.We implement the rings model, in which we replace the two-dimensional square array by a series of square, concentric, uncoupled rings. This is equivalent to disregarding the radial junctions that couple consecutive rings.In spite of its extreme simplicity, this model holds the main ingredients of the magnetic dependence of the energy.We combine this model with other terms that take into account the dependence in the position of the vortex to obtain a general expression for the potential energy of a vortex in a finite JJA with applied magnetic field.We also present an expression for the first critical field, corresponding to the value of the magnetic field in which the entrance of the first vortex becomes energetically favorable.We build and study JJA modulated to form periodic and asymmetrical potentials for the vortices, named ratchet potentials.The experimental results clearly show the existence of a rectification in the motion of vortices in these potentials.Under certain conditions we