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1/f noise in radio frequency SQUIDs made of niobium thin films
Author(s): Michael Mueck; John Clarke; Christoph Heiden
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Paper Abstract

Applications of Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) usually require high sensitivity at relatively low frequencies, often down to 1 Hz or lower. Excess noise, typically with a spectral density scaling inversely as the frequency, can substantially reduce the sensitivity of SQUIDs at low frequencies. We have studied 1/f noise in niobium rf-SQUIDs in some detail. To reduce any noise contribution of the readout electronics, a cryogenic preamplifier was used. When one measures the signal voltage of the SQUID directly, a pronounced 1/f noise was observed in all samples, and was nearly independent of the bias frequency used. The crossover between 1/f and white noise moved towards higher frequencies as the bias frequency was increased, because of a lower white noise contribution. The 1/f noise scaled approximately as the inductance of the SQUID. When operated in a flux locked loop, however, no 1/f noise could be observed above 0.5 Hz. Operating a rf SQUID in a flux locked loop can thus substantially reduce 1/f noise in rf SQUIDs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2160, Superconductive Devices and Circuits, (2 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.181001
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Mueck, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany)
John Clarke, Univ. of California/Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)
Christoph Heiden, Univ. Giessen (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2160:
Superconductive Devices and Circuits
Robert A. Buhrman; John T. Clarke; Ken Daly; Roger H. Koch; Jerome A. Luine; Randy W. Simon, Editor(s)

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