8 March 2001 Short electrical pulse generation using light-induced switching in high-Tc superconductors
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Proceedings Volume 4318, Smart Optical Inorganic Structures and Devices; (2001) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417606
Event: Advanced Optical Materials and Devices, 2000, Vilnius, United States
This report demonstrates that optically triggered switches based on high Tc superconductor thin films can be used for the generation of sub-nanosecond rise time high-power pulses. Presented in this article are the experimental investigations of the light-induced switching dynamics in YBCO thin films biased by high-current nanosecond duration pulses. This research indicates that a high-power superconducting opto-electronic opening switch can operate in several regimes. The following transitions between the various states of the film are realized: superconducting to normal (S-N), super-conducting to mixed (S-M), low resistance mixed to high resistance mixed (MLR-MHR) and mixed to normal (M-N). When the superconductor is biased with a high current, the value of the light intensity needed for triggering the switch decreases by several times. The explanation of the main light-induced switching characteristics and their behavior is based on a model, which takes into account the simultaneous action of the light and the bias current on the superconducting film. The report also includes a discussion f the ultra-fast film damaging phenomenon which appears as a result of the dissipation of intense power during switching. Discussed is also how this process limits the highest amplitude of the generated pulse. The possible application of high-power superconducting opto-electronic switches for the creation of jitter free radar is also discussed.
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Saulius Balevicius, Saulius Balevicius, "Short electrical pulse generation using light-induced switching in high-Tc superconductors", Proc. SPIE 4318, Smart Optical Inorganic Structures and Devices, (8 March 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417606; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417606


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