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Nanopatterning and Hot Spot Modeling of YBCO Ultrathin Film Constrictions for THz Mixers

Abstract : High-T-C hot electron bolometers (HEB) are promising THz mixers due to their expected wide bandwidth, large mixing gain, and low intrinsic noise. To achieve this goal, 0.6-mu m-size constrictions were patterned on YBaCuO-based, 10-40-nm-thick films grown on (100) MgO substrates, which as previously reported, exhibited good DC superconducting properties. In this paper, we have simulated the DC and mixer characteristics of YBaCuO HEBs with a hot spot model usually dedicated to low-T-C devices. For a 100 nm x 100 nm x 10 nm constriction, the expected double sideband noise temperature T-N is 2000 K for 5 mu W local oscillator (LO) power (G = -13.5 dB conversion gain). For a larger (but more realistic according to YBaCuO aging effects) 600 nm x 1000 nm x 35 nm constriction, T-N = 1300 K at 200 mu W LO power (G = -12 dB). This approach is expected to allow optimizing the operation of the HEB constriction coupled to a THz planar antenna.
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Romain Ladret, Annick Dégardin, Alain Kreisler. Nanopatterning and Hot Spot Modeling of YBCO Ultrathin Film Constrictions for THz Mixers. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2013, 23 (3), pp.Article Number: 2300305. ⟨10.1109/TASC.2012.2234819⟩. ⟨hal-00778838⟩

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