Microwave Mixing Characteristics of Thin-Film YBCO Josephson Mixers at 77 K

Takashi NOZUE  Yoshizumi YASUOKA  Jian CHEN  Hajime SUZUKI  Tsutomu YAMASHITA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E75-C    No.8    pp.929-934
Publication Date: 1992/08/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Cryogenic Microwave Devices)
Category: Active Devices
superconductor,  Josephson junction,  YBCO film,  microwave mixer,  

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Thin-film YBCO Josephson junctions were successfully fabricated by a pulsed excimer laser ablation, and the mixing experiments in the microwave region (820 GHz) were carried out at the temperature of 77 K. The IF output maximum was obtained at the bias voltage midway between the zero and the first Shapiro steps for the fundamental mixing. For the 2nd harmocic mixing, the IF output maximum was obtained at a zero bias voltage, and the conversion efficiency was -14 dB at the microwave frequency of 18 GHz. These results strongly suggest that the fabricated thin-film Josephson junctions work well at the temperature of 77 K as detectors and mixers in the microwave regions (820 GHz).