TWO-DIMENSIONAL MACROSCOPIC QUANTUM DYNAMICS IN YBCO JOSEPHSON JUNCTIONS
Journal article, 2009
We theoretically study classical thermal activation (TA) and macroscopic quantum tunneling (MQT) for a YBa2Cu3O7-δ(YBCO) Josephson junction coupled with an LC circuit. The TA and MQT escape rate are calculated by taking into account the two-dimensional nature of the classical and quantum phase dynamics. We find that the MQT escape rate is largely suppressed by the coupling to the LC circuit. On the other hand, this coupling leads to the slight reduction of the TA escape rate. These results are relevant for the interpretation of a recent experiment on the MQT and TA phenomena in YBCO bi-epitaxial Josephson junctions.
macroscopic quantum tunneling