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1. Kivioja, Jani. Mesoscopic Superconducting Tunnel Junction Devices: Experimental Studies of Performance Limitations.

Degree: 2005, Helsinki University of Technology

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 superconductivity and are also benefiting from some properties of small structures, e.g., of quantum mechanical tunneling and of transport of single electrons. The present research focused on investigating performance limitations of these devices and the aim was to improve their performance. A hysteretic Josephson junction switching can be used as a sensitive current threshold detector. For many purposes, a smaller critical current Ic of the detecting junction would yield a higher current sensitivity. It was found in this Thesis that the main limitation of the ammeter is that with increasing sensitivity the negative effects due to dissipation start to dominate. In this Thesis the Josephson junction was also demonstrated as a shot-noise detector, and it was concluded that this kind of a device could probably be made into an absolute on-chip detector of Fano-factors and noise in general. A charge pump is a device which can periodically transfer a discrete amount of charge Q through an electrical circuit. The measured double island CPP introduced a frequency dependent current with a value close to the expected one at low pumping frequencies. The drawback in the measurements was that the direction of the pumped current was set by the bias voltage. The results of the measurement on flux assisted pumping were indeed very promising and the studied device was able to produce sufficiently high pumped currents of around 0.1 nA with reasonable accuracy. Thermometer based on NIS (Normal metal - Insulator - Superconductor) tunnel junctions is a very promising temperature sensor for bolometric radiation sensor applications. This work showed that it can be used as a sensitive thermometer up to MHz frequencies range and that its response time is limited by the electron-phonon scattering rate.

TKK dissertations, ISSN 1795-4584; 8

Advisors/Committee Members: Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Engineering Physics and Mathematics, Low Temperature Laboratory.

Subjects/Keywords: Josephson junction; phase diffusion; Cooper pair pump; NIS tunnel junction

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APA (6th Edition):

Kivioja, J. (2005). Mesoscopic Superconducting Tunnel Junction Devices: Experimental Studies of Performance Limitations. (Thesis). Helsinki University of Technology. Retrieved from http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/2005/isbn9512277107/

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Kivioja, Jani. “Mesoscopic Superconducting Tunnel Junction Devices: Experimental Studies of Performance Limitations.” 2005. Thesis, Helsinki University of Technology. Accessed January 22, 2020. http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/2005/isbn9512277107/.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Kivioja, Jani. “Mesoscopic Superconducting Tunnel Junction Devices: Experimental Studies of Performance Limitations.” 2005. Web. 22 Jan 2020.

Vancouver:

Kivioja J. Mesoscopic Superconducting Tunnel Junction Devices: Experimental Studies of Performance Limitations. [Internet] [Thesis]. Helsinki University of Technology; 2005. [cited 2020 Jan 22]. Available from: http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/2005/isbn9512277107/.

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Council of Science Editors:

Kivioja J. Mesoscopic Superconducting Tunnel Junction Devices: Experimental Studies of Performance Limitations. [Thesis]. Helsinki University of Technology; 2005. Available from: http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/2005/isbn9512277107/

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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