A Josephson radiation comb generator

P. Solinas, S. Gasparinetti, D. Golubev, F. Giazotto

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We propose the implementation of a Josephson Radiation Comb Generator (JRCG) based on a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) driven by an external magnetic field. When the magnetic flux crosses a diffraction node of the critical current interference pattern, the superconducting phase undergoes a jump of π and a voltage pulse is generated at the extremes of the SQUID. Under periodic drive this allows one to generate a sequence of sharp, evenly spaced voltage pulses. In the frequency domain, this corresponds to a comb-like structure similar to the one exploited in optics and metrology. With this device it is possible to generate up to several hundreds of harmonics of the driving frequency. For example, a chain of 50 identical high-critical-temperature SQUIDs driven at 1 GHz can deliver up to a 0.5 nW at 200 GHz. The availability of a fully solid-state radiation comb generator such as the JRCG, easily integrable on chip, may pave the way to a number of technological applications, from metrology to sub-millimeter wave generation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12260
Pages (from-to)1-7
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Superconducting properties and materials; Quantum metrology

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    Solinas, P., Gasparinetti, S., Golubev, D., & Giazotto, F. (2015). A Josephson radiation comb generator. Scientific Reports, 5, 1-7. [12260]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep12260