Towards large scale HTS Josephson detector arrays for THz imaging

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  • J. Du
  • A. D. Hellicar
  • K. E. Leslie
  • N. Nikolic
  • J. C. Macfarlane
  • C. P. Foley

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  • CSIrO
  • CSIRO Ict Centre
  • Imperial College London


We present the design and implementation of a high-temperature superconducting (HTS) Josephson junction detector array for terahertz (THz) imaging. The array device is made of ten YBa2Cu3O x-7 (YBCO) step-edge junctions coupled to gold thin-film ring-slot antennas on a MgO substrate. The design and characterization of the detector array in response to a 0.6 THz signal are presented. The development of multi-channel biasing and read-out electronics and the system integration with a commercial cryocooler are also described.


Original languageEnglish
Article number115012
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013