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We have fabricated a single-stage superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) current amplifier for detecting pulse outputs of a superconducting microcalorimeter. The current amplifier is made of a double relaxation oscillation SQUID (DROS) that provides a high flux-to-voltage transfer of about 1mV/Φ0 and a large modulation depth of 80 μV. Due to the high flux-to-voltage transfer, the voltage output of the DROS is measured directly with a room-temperature dc preamplifier. The bandwidth of the current amplifier is measured to be 1.2 MHz. Typical noise of the DROS current amplifier is about 6 pA/√Hz.
Date of Publication: June 2003