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Research Highlight | Center for Nanoscale Materials

On-chip sensing of hotspots in superconducting terahertz emitters

In a study published in Nano Letters, researchers developed a novel sensing technique that opens doors for superconducting devices for quantum information science.

Scientific Achievement

A novel technique is developed to characterize, on-chip and in-situ, the non-uniform temperature distributions on high-Tc superconductor BSCCO for achieving coherent THz photon emission.

Significance and Impact

This intrinsic Josephson junction sensor array provides a new element in next-generation terahertz circuits and opens a new route towards high-quality nonlinear superconducting devices for quantum information science.

Research Details

  • A micro-nanosized intrinsic Josephson-junction sensor array was fabricated on BSCCO.
  • Temperature distribution was determined by measuring the critical current of each junction stack.
  • Cleanroom and low-temperature facilities at the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) were used for this work. 

Work was performed in part at CNM.


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