Project Neue Strategien für die Selbstsynchronisation sehr großer Josephson-Kontakt-Netzwerke

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Neue Strategien für die Selbstsynchronisation sehr großer Josephson-Kontakt-Netzwerke
01/01/2020 to 31/12/2022
Abstract / short description:
The aim of the project is to investigate new strategies for the mutual synchronization of very large Josephson junction networks with the objective to significantly advance sub-mm wavelength radiation sources based on phase-synchronized Josephson junctions (JJs). The sources will consist of large 1D or 2D JJ arrays and, in terms of output power, shall exceed the present state-of-the-art values of several 10 µW by at least an order of magnitude. The sources shall be tunable over a wide range of emission frequencies. We will study arrays based on mainly three different types of JJs. The first type are SNS Josephson junctions (with "S" = superconductor, "N" = normal metal) using NbSi as the barrier layer. With these arrays we will identify proper geometric configurations and synchronization schemes and develop suitable high-frequency designs, e.g. based on travelling wave antennas. We intend to learn how to design Josephson systems with a simple set of oscillation modes that effectively interact with the JJs, as well as suppress parasitic modes by increasing their losses due to the use of strip electrodynamic elements. The second type of JJs are externally shunted SIS ("I" = Insulator) tunnel junctions, which use AlOx or AlN as barrier layers. Arrays based on these JJs additionally allow integration of elements such as harmonic mixers and on-chip detection schemes. The third type of arrays uses YBa2Cu3O7 junctions created by focused helium ion beam patterning. For this line of research both fabrication and the mechanisms of synchronization are less established than for the other ones but the possible gain of using such arrays is that much higher emission frequencies, exceeding 1 THz, are feasible at least in principle. For all arrays we will successively improve and optimize the figures of merits (output power, maximum frequency, linewidth of radiation. Target frequencies will be in the range between 0.2 and 1 THz, maximum output powers in the range of several 100 µW and linewidths in the range of a few MHz or less.

Involved staff


Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Institute of Physics (PIT)
Department of Physics, Faculty of Science

Local organizational units

Institute of Physics (PIT)
Department of Physics
Faculty of Science


Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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