Superconducting quantum interference device as a near-quantum-limited amplifier at 0.5 GHz

Mu¨ck, Michael; Kycia, J. B.; Clarke, John
February 2001
Applied Physics Letters;2/12/2001, Vol. 78 Issue 7, p967
Academic Journal
A dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) with a resonant microstrip input is operated as an amplifier at temperatures down to 20 mK. A second SQUID is used as a postamplifier. Below about 100 mK, the noise temperature is 52±20 mK at 538 MHz, estimated from measurements of signal-to-noise ratio, and 47±10 mK at 519 MHz, estimated from the noise generated by a resonant circuit coupled to the input. The quantum-limited noise temperatures are 26 and 25 mK, respectively. The measured noise temperature is limited by hot electrons generated by the bias current. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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