Single-crystalline Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x detectors for direct detection of microwave radiation
Journal article, 2015

We test radiation detectors made from single-crystalline Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x flakes put on oxidized Si substrates. The 100-nm-thick flakes are lithographically patterned into 4 x 12 mu m(2) large rectangles embedded in thin-film log-spiral antennas. The SiO2 layer weakens the thermal link between the flakes and the bath. Two modes of radiation detection have been observed. For a bolometric type of sensors a responsivity of similar to 300 V/W and a noise equivalent power of 30 nW/root Hz has been deduced at 70 K. Much more sensitive is the non-bolometric device showing characteristics similar to a Golay-type detector while being at least a thousand times faster. Making smaller (sub-mu m) structures is expected to significantly improve the performance of these devices and makes them very competitive among other microwave and terahertz detectors.


Mengyue Li

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

Dag Winkler

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2)

Avgust Yurgens

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

Applied Physics Letters

0003-6951 (ISSN) 1077-3118 (eISSN)

Vol. 106 15 152601

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Information and Communication Technology

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SO 2010-2017, EI 2018-)

Materials Science

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