On-and-off chip cooling of a Coulomb blockade thermometer down to 2.8 mK

M. Palma, C. P. Scheller, D. Maradan, A. V. Feshchenko, M. Meschke, D. M. Zumbühl

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Cooling nanoelectronic devices below 10 mK is a great challenge since thermal conductivities become very small, thus creating a pronounced sensitivity to heat leaks. Here, we overcome these difficulties by using adiabatic demagnetization of both the electronic leads and the large metallic islands of a Coulomb blockade thermometer. This reduces the external heat leak through the leads and also provides on-chip refrigeration, together cooling the thermometer down to 2.8 ± 0.1 mK. We present a thermal model which gives a good qualitative account and suggests that the main limitation is heating due to pulse tube vibrations. With better decoupling, temperatures below 1 mK should be within reach, thus opening the door for μK nanoelectronics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number253105
Pages (from-to)1-5
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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