Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 175, Issue 5–6, pp 868–876 | Cite as

Advanced Concepts in Josephson Junction Reflection Amplifiers

  • Pasi Lähteenmäki
  • Visa Vesterinen
  • Juha Hassel
  • G. S. Paraoanu
  • Heikki Seppä
  • Pertti Hakonen
Article

Abstract

Low-noise amplification at microwave frequencies has become increasingly important for the research related to superconducting qubits and nanoelectromechanical systems. The fundamental limit of added noise by a phase-preserving amplifier is the standard quantum limit, often expressed as noise temperature \(T_q=\hbar \omega /2k_B\). Towards the goal of the quantum limit, we have developed an amplifier based on intrinsic negative resistance of a selectively damped Josephson junction. Here we present measurement results on previously proposed wide-band microwave amplification and discuss the challenges for improvements on the existing designs. We have also studied flux-pumped metamaterial-based parametric amplifiers, whose operating frequency can be widely tuned by external DC-flux, and demonstrate operation at \(2\omega \) pumping, in contrast to the typical metamaterial amplifiers pumped via signal lines at \(\omega \).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pasi Lähteenmäki
    • 1
  • Visa Vesterinen
    • 2
  • Juha Hassel
    • 2
  • G. S. Paraoanu
    • 1
  • Heikki Seppä
    • 2
  • Pertti Hakonen
    • 1
  1. 1.O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory/LTL, Aalto UniversityEspooFinland
  2. 2.VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTTOtaniemiFinland

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