, Volume 163, Issue 3-4, pp 164-169
Date: 15 Jan 2011

Capacitively Enhanced Thermal Escape in Underdamped Josephson Junctions

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Abstract

We have studied experimentally the escape dynamics in underdamped capacitively shunted and unshunted Josephson junctions with submicroampere critical currents below 0.5 K temperatures. In the shunted junctions, thermal activation process was preserved up to the highest temperature where the escape in the unshunted junctions exhibits the phase diffusion. Our observations in the shunted junctions are in good agreement with the standard thermal activation escape, unlike the results in the unshunted junctions.