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The AC Josephson effect and submillimeter wave mixing with a weak-link array of grain boundaries formed in YBCO film

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2 Author(s)
Matsui, T. ; Commun. Res. Lab., Minist. of Posts & Telecom, Tokyo, Japan ; Ohta, H.

The authors present a model for a series-parallel array of small metallic (nontunneling) Josephson junctions. The transmission and configuration of pair electrons between small superconducting regions are considered assuming the presence of a strong interaction between the electrostatic energy (2e)/sup 2//2C and the Josephson effect in a network of metallic weak links. The model predicts that the same behavior as that of a single junction is obtained with a superconducting weak-link device comprising multiple small superconducting regions joined by conductive bridges. In an experiment in the 100- and 320-GHz frequency ranges, the constriction of a YBCO film formed with a network of grain-boundary Josephson weak links showed that the AC Josephson effect is the same as for a single Josephson element. It is confirmed that the constriction works as a harmonic mixer at 318 GHz and that a network of high-T/sub c/ superconducting weak links can be used for a practical device operating at submillimeter-wave frequencies.<>

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Applied Superconductivity, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 1 )