SIS QUANTUM DETECTOR IN THE 1-10 MICRON REGION FABRICATED BY SEQUENTIAL DEPOSITION OF THIN FILMS OF HIGH TC BI-CA-SR-CU-O

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$250,000.00
Award Year:
1990
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
9696
Agency Tracking Number:
9696
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
140-20 Keyland Ct, Bohemia, NY, 11716
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Rama Rao
(516) 563-7067
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
IN THE PROPOSED PROGRAM, FOR THE FIRST TIME, FEASIBILITY OF DEVELOPING AND CHARACTERIZING A HIGHLY SENSITIVE AND HIGH SPEED QUANTUM DETECTOR IN THE 1-10 U WAVELENGTH REGION USING A SUPERCONDUCTING SIS TYPE WEAK LINK OF BI-CA-SR-CU-O, IS EXAMINED. THE DETECTION PRINCIPAL IS BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE ABSORBED INFRARED RADIATION REDUCES THE ENERGY GAP OF THE SUPERCONDUCTOR, MODIFYING THE CURRENT-VOLTAGE CHARACTERISTICS OF JOSEPHSON JUNCTION WHICH CAN SERVE AS A USEFUL DETECTOR OUTPUT. RECENTLY, IN A PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENT, WE HAVE OBSERVED FOR THE FIRST TIME, NOT ONLY A SLOW BOLOMETRIC RESPONSE BUT ALSO A FAST NON-THERMAL QUANTUM RESPONSE DUE TO COOPER PAIR BREAKING AND QUASI-PARTICLES GENERATION IN YBA-CU-O FILM SUBJECTED TO PULSED 532 NM LASER. IN THE PRESENT WORK, PRECISELY CONTROLLED SUPERCONDUCTING, INSULATING, AND SUPERCONDUCTING THIN FILMS OF BI-CA-SR-CU-O WILL BE DEPOSITED ON A SUITABLE SUBSTRATE BY PLASMA ASSISTED LASER DEPOSITION USING 265 NM UV LASER AT 10 HZ. SUBSEQUENT TO A DEPOSITION, SUPERCONDUCTING WEAK LINK SIS TYPE JOSEPHSON JUNCTION WILL BE FABRICATED BY PATTERNING THESE FILMS WITH 532 NM VISIBLE LASER A 1 KHZ. FOR DETECTION, INFRARED RADIATION FROM ND:YAG LASER AT 1.06 U WILL BE MODULATED AND GUIDED THROUGH AN OPTICALFIBER TO THE DETECTOR. IN THE PHASE I, NON-EQUILIBRIUM (QUANTUM) RESPONSE OF THE DETECTOR AT 1.06 U AND THE TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE OF THE RESPONSE WILL BE STUDIED. THE RESPONSIVITY OF THE DETECTOR IS ESTIMATED TO BE \ 10(4) V/W, WHICH IS SEVERAL ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE HIGHER THAN PRESENTLY AVAILABLE QUANTUM DETECTORS. IN PHASE II, WAVELENGTH DEPENDENCE OF THE RESPONSE IN THE 1-10 U REGION, HIGH FREQUENCY RESPONSE, AND THE TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE OF THE RESPONSIVE TIME WILL BE INVESTIGATED.

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