2 July 1994 High Tc DC SQUID and flux transformer development
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Proceedings Volume 2160, Superconductive Devices and Circuits; (1994) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.180993
Event: OE/LASE '94, 1994, Los Angeles, CA, United States
A description is presented of the fabrication and properties of high Tc DC SQUIDs and flux transformers fabricated by dry processing of pulsed laser ablated YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) thin films. SQUIDs have been fabricated with either bicrystal substrate or step edge junctions. For all devices fabricated thus far, measurements indicate a similar character to the flux noise spectra with a significant 1/f noise component below 100-500 Hz. The transfer function and energy sensitivities as a function of SQUID inductances in the range 60-200 pH have been measured for bicrystal DC SQUIDs and compared with estimates. Various techniques have been employed to improve the magnetic field sensitivity of the uncoupled DC SQUID toward more practical levels including the use of large area washers, single layer magnetometers and 3-level flux transformers fabricated from trilayers of YBCO/SrTiO3YBCO. The properties of open input coils are presented as well as the performance of closed loop transformers coupled via flip chip geometry to the SQUID washer. A white magnetic noise level of approximately equals 130 fT rms/(root) Hz above 200 Hz has been reached with a flux transformer with a 15 turn input coil and pick-up loop area of 13 mm2.
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Alistair A. Fife, Alistair A. Fife, V. Angus, V. Angus, K. Betts, K. Betts, Max Burbank, Max Burbank, R. A. Cragg, R. A. Cragg, K. Ferguson, K. Ferguson, N. Fortier, N. Fortier, Philip R. Kubik, Philip R. Kubik, F. Habib, F. Habib, J. Nomura, J. Nomura, M. Smith, M. Smith, P. Spear, P. Spear, J. Vrba, J. Vrba, Dale Wager, Dale Wager, W. Westera, W. Westera, H. Zhou, H. Zhou, } "High Tc DC SQUID and flux transformer development", Proc. SPIE 2160, Superconductive Devices and Circuits, (2 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.180993; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.180993

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