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Keywords:

  • 74.50.+r;
  • 74.72.Bk;
  • 74.76.Bz;
  • 74.78.Fk;
  • 74.81.Fa;
  • 85.25.Pb

Abstract

The possibilities and physical mechanisms of detection of microwave X- and Ka-band radiation by high-temperature superconducting (HTS) YBa2Cu3O7-0.05 (YBCO) bicrystalline Josephson junctions (JJ) embedded in a surface wave resonator (SWR) are considered. Microwave detection was investigated experimentally by using a linear Josephson junction array (JJA) embedded in the SWR. Measurements were carried out starting from the critical temperature of HTS film (T = 92 K), down to the liquid nitrogen level (T = 77 K) and beyond (down to 20 K) using the Gifford-McMahon closed-cycle cryo-cooler. The sensitivity of such type of detectors was determined to be approximately 104 V/W. (© 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)