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Investigation of Dayem Bridge NanoSQUIDs Made by Xe Focused Ion Beam

Godfrey, T; Gallop, JC; Cox, DC; Romans, EJ; Chen, J; Hao, L; (2018) Investigation of Dayem Bridge NanoSQUIDs Made by Xe Focused Ion Beam. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity , 28 (7) 10.1109/TASC.2018.2854624. Green open access

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Abstract

Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) based on nanobridge junctions have shown increasing promise for single particle detection. This paper describes the development of the fabrication of improved and reproducible nanobridge junctions fabricated by focused ion beam (FIB) milling from niobium thin films. Although the very low noise properties of nanobridge SQUIDs are well known, the nature of the milling process is little understood at the level of local superconducting properties. In this paper, we report the results for nanobridge Josephson devices and SQUIDs, which we believe are the first to be made by Xenon (Xe) FIB milling. Temperature-dependent current-voltage behavior, microwave-induced Shapiro steps, and SQUID response to magnetic fields have been measured. We make preliminary comparisons with nominally identical devices milled from Nb thin films using either Xe or Ga ions.

Type: Article
Title: Investigation of Dayem Bridge NanoSQUIDs Made by Xe Focused Ion Beam
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/TASC.2018.2854624
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/TASC.2018.2854624
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. For more information, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Electrical & Electronic, Physics, Applied, Engineering, Physics, Focused ion beam (FIB), microwave, nanoscale, nanoSQUID, superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUIDs), Xe FIB, QUANTUM INTERFERENCE DEVICE
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057544
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