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Sensitivity improvement of granular thin film high tc superconductor fir detection by a post annealing procedure
Author(s): Gi. Schneider
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Paper Abstract

The use of high Tc superconducting thin films as detectors for UV to microwave radiation is currently under investigation. Bolometric effects, nonequilibrium electron heating and Josephson video detection have been reported [1]. In the far infrared (FIR), the photon energies are smaller than the BCS energy gap and so Josephson detection in granular films seems the most promising. Granular films represent distributed antennas with the detection occuring at all intergrain weak links. They are therefore especially suitable for multimode detection. The sensitivity of detectors reported varies considerably and a reliable production technique leading to reproducible results has not been reported. We have established that Tl and Bi based thin films can be heat treated under vacuum to increase their sensitivities by several orders of magnitude. Sensitivities exceeding 1V/W are obtained. Presented below are results relating different heat treatments to the photoresponse.

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Date Published: 14 December 1992
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 1929, 17th International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 19290F (14 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.2298132
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Gi. Schneider, Trinity College (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1929:
17th International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves
Richard J. Temkin, Editor(s)

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