Superconducting Devices - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126017151, 9780323151641

Superconducting Devices

1st Edition

Authors: Steven T. Ruggiero
eBook ISBN: 9780323151641
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th March 1990
Page Count: 410
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Superconducting Devices presents the theory, qualification, and fabrication of superconducting device elements and integrated circuitry. This book discusses the various uses of superconducting devices in many areas where their sensitivity, speed, or other characteristics stemming from the unique nature of superconductivity make them the device of choice.

Organized into 10 chapters, this book begins with an overview of superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs), which is the main achievement of superconductor electronics. This text then examines the status of dc and rf SQUIDs. Other chapters consider the progress in the fabrication technology for high-quality junctions and it integration technology, which are developed mainly for digital applications. This book discusses as well the increasing need for compact submillimeter sources for use in such applications as satellite communications and receivers for astronomical observation. The final chapter deals with the thin film tunneling experiments.

This book is a valuable resource for physicists, chemists, materials scientists, and electrical engineers.

Table of Contents



1. New Possibilities for Superconductor Devices

1. Introduction

2. High-Tc Superconductors

3. Operating at Nitrogen Temperatures

4. Components and Simple Devices

5. Analog Devices

6. Digital Integrated Circuits

7. Conclusion


2. SQUIDs: Principles, Noise and Applications

1. Introduction

2. The Resistively Shunted Junction

3. The dc SQUID

4. The rf SQUID

5. SQUID-Based Instruments

6. The Impact of High-Temperature Superconductivity

7. Concluding Remarks


3. Computing

1. Introduction

2. Advantages of Josephson Switching Devices

3. Josephson Switching Gates

4. Logic Gates

5. Memory Cells

6. Circuits

4. Josephson Arrays as High Frequency Sources

1. Introduction

2. Single-Junction Sources

3. Arrays

4. Phase-Locking

5. Phase-Locking in Arrays

6. Distributed Arrays

7. Prospects for the Future


5. Quasiparticle Mixers and Detectors

1. Introduction

2. Photon-Assisted Tunneling

3. Quasiparticle Mixing

4. Mixer Noise

5. Imbedding Admittance and Computer Modeling

6. LO Power and Saturation

7. Series Arrays of Junctions

8. Types of Junctions

9. Quasiparticle Mixer Measurements

10. Quasiparticle Direct Detector


6. Digital Signal Processing

1. Introduction

2. Analog-to-Digital Converters

3. Shift Registers

7. Wideband Analog Signal Processing

1. Functional Overview of Signal Processing

2. Mature Signal-Processing Device Technologies

3. Superconductive Devices

4. Fabrication Technology

5. System Integration

6. Comparisons and Conclusions


8. "MBE" Growth of Superconducting Materials

1. Introduction

2. "MBE" Apparatus for Superconductor Growth

3. Materials Systems

4. Conclusions

9. Three-Terminal Devices

1. Introduction

2. Hybrid Superconductor-Semiconductor Devices

3. Nonequilibrium Superconducting Devices

4. Magnetic and Other Devices

5. Conclusions


10. Artificial Tunnel Barriers

1. Introduction

2. Early Work

3. Semiconductor and Surface-Layer Barriers

4. Deposited-Oxide Barriers

5. Conclusions



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