Effects of magnetic field on two-dimensional superconducting quantum interference filters

Oppenländer, J.; Caputo, P.; Häussler, Ch.; Träuble, T.; Tomes, J.; Friesch, A.; Schopohl, N.
August 2003
Applied Physics Letters;8/4/2003, Vol. 83 Issue 5, p969
Academic Journal
We present an experimental study of two-dimensional (2D) superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs) in the presence of a magnetic field B. Although the nonlinear dynamics of the 2D SQIF are much more complex than those of previously studied one-dimensional SQIFs, we found for the 2D SQIF a similar dependence of the voltage V on the magnetic field applied, which is characterized by a unique delta-like dip at B = 0. The voltage span of the dip depends on the distribution of areas of the individual loops, and on the bias current, and it scales proportionally to the number of rows simultaneously operating at the same working point. In addition, the voltage response of individual rows of the 2D SQIF is sensitive to the field gradient generated by a control line superimposed on the homogeneous field of a coil. This feature suggests the use of these devices as highly sensitive absolute detectors of spatial gradients of the magnetic field.


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