The Radio Frequency Single-Electron Transistor: Noise Properties and its Potential for Detecting Electrons on Helium
Licentiate thesis, 2006
In this thesis the noise in the single electron transistor (SET) has been investigated.
The charge sensitivity for the radio frequency single electron transistor
(RF-SET) was measured. The demonstrated result is better than the previously
best reported value both at 40 mK, and at 4.2 K. The demonstrated
charge sensitivity at 40 mK is 0.9μe/√Hz a 5 times worse than theoretical
limit. The charge sensitivity at 4.2K is 1.8μe/√Hz only 1.6 times worse then
the theoretical limit for this temperature.
The SET was operated in the radio frequency mode which allowed to
measure the low frequency noise of the SET in a wide frequency range from
few Hz up to tenths MHz. Noise spectra were measured over a wide range
of the gate voltage and bias voltage. In the data analysis we are able to
separate noise contributions from different noise sources in the SET.
From the low frequency noise measurements, we conclude that the noise
spectra at low frequencies (f ∼ 1 kHz) is determined by a single charge
fluctuator close to our SET. The noise spectra at the frequency range (f >
10 kHz) is dominated by resistance noise in the different junctions and we
can conclude that the excess noise comes from the resistance noise of one of
the tunnel barriers.
We have introduced a method of direct measurement of the shot noise
in the SET at f = 350 MHz. We have measured the shot noise properties
of the single electron transistor with high tunnel barrier transparencies; and
compared results with the orthodox theory for single electron tunneling.
In the final part of this thesis preliminary results on experiments with
electrons above a superfluid helium surface is reported.
single electron transistor