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Large RF-controlled voltage steps in DC SQUIDs applicable to voltage standards and sources

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4 Author(s)
Lee, G.S. ; Hewlett-Packard Lab., Palo Alto, CA, USA ; Ho, H.L. ; Ruby, R.C. ; Barfknecht, A.T.

The current height of RF-induced voltage steps in nonhysteretic single Josephson junctions is usually a small fraction of the critical current. It is demonstrated that when a resistively shunted DC superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is subjected to an RF magnetic flux, a voltage step with a large current height is obtained. In contrast to weak selection rules for single Josephson junctions, strong selection of the step harmonic number occurs in a shunted DC SQUID for appropriate choice of RF amplitude and DC flux offset, with odd harmonic numbers selected by half-integer flux quantum offsets and even harmonic numbers by integer flux quantum offsets. This pronounced effect has immediate implications for voltage standards and fast, high-precision digital-to-analog converters.<>

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