Superconductive Microwave Single-Flux-Quantum Digital Circuits and Corresponding Opto-Electronic Interfaces: On-Going Studies and First Experimental Results
UNIVERSITE DE SAVOIE LE BOURGET-DU-LAC (FRANCE)
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Superconductive microwave rapid single-flux-quantum RSFQ digital circuits offer the possibility to digitally process signals in the frequency range of tens of GHz. An example of application to bring the advantages of this technology deals with digital SQUIDs, used for sensitive magnetometry with a broadband dynamics connected to a slew-rate in the GHz range. First recently obtained results of digital SQUID operation, based on NbAl-Al2O3Nb shunted Josephson junctions, are presented in this article. In order to obtain the best performance of RSFQ circuits, and especially to push their speed at its limits, a precise diagnostic of such circuits is needed. We are developing a time-resolved diagnostic system based on sensitive photoconductive switches to sample the weak signals coming out of RSFQ circuits at cryogenic temperature. This system includes two different sorts of opto-RSFQ interfaces, based on superconducting and semiconducting materials, respectively. Some simulation results in the microwave range, along with measurements giving the potentialities of different photoswitches are presented.
- Electricity and Magnetism