Thermometry by Arrays of Tunnel Junctions

J. P. Pekola*, K. P. Hirvi, J. P. Kauppinen, M. A. Paalanen

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We show that arrays of tunnel junctions between normal metal electrodes exhibit features suitable for primary thermometry in an experimentally adjustable temperature range where thermal and charging effects compete. I-V and dIdV vs V have been calculated for two junctions including a universal analytic high temperature result. Experimentally the width of the conductance minimum in this regime scales with T and N, the number of junctions, and its value (per junction) agrees with the calculated one to within 3% for large N. The height of this feature is inversely proportional to T.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2903-2906
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 1994
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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