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2 July 1994 1/f noise in radio frequency SQUIDs made of niobium thin films
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Proceedings Volume 2160, Superconductive Devices and Circuits; (1994)
Event: OE/LASE '94, 1994, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Applications of Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) usually require high sensitivity at relatively low frequencies, often down to 1 Hz or lower. Excess noise, typically with a spectral density scaling inversely as the frequency, can substantially reduce the sensitivity of SQUIDs at low frequencies. We have studied 1/f noise in niobium rf-SQUIDs in some detail. To reduce any noise contribution of the readout electronics, a cryogenic preamplifier was used. When one measures the signal voltage of the SQUID directly, a pronounced 1/f noise was observed in all samples, and was nearly independent of the bias frequency used. The crossover between 1/f and white noise moved towards higher frequencies as the bias frequency was increased, because of a lower white noise contribution. The 1/f noise scaled approximately as the inductance of the SQUID. When operated in a flux locked loop, however, no 1/f noise could be observed above 0.5 Hz. Operating a rf SQUID in a flux locked loop can thus substantially reduce 1/f noise in rf SQUIDs.
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Michael Mueck, John Clarke, and Christoph Heiden "1/f noise in radio frequency SQUIDs made of niobium thin films", Proc. SPIE 2160, Superconductive Devices and Circuits, (2 July 1994);

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