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Thu, September 8, 2016
The discovery of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) thirty years ago was heralded with great anticipation to enable a broad range of potential applications. However, applications of HTS electronics are dependent on high-quality Josephson junctions that have controllable transport parameters with high reproducibility in YBCO. A number of different technologies for junctions have been developed with a few (bicrystal, ion beam bombardment and step edge junctions) being effective. Based on these junctions, a number of device applications have been successfully deployed and in some cases commercialized. Starting with devices with no junctions such as filters for telecommunications, single junctions such as in bow-tie antennas and RF SQUIDs, two junctions for DC SQUIDs for magnetometers, gradiometers and a number of different detectors such for terahertz and most recently arrays of thousands of SQUIDs for SQIFs. This talk will overview the development of the HTS Josephson junctions in YBCO with a view to what is needed to achieve mass market application and adoption. Then I will review the most successful applications of HTs devices in filters, magnetometers and gradiometers for mineral exploration, metal in food detection, biomedical, defense and array antennas. The talk will finish with the need for standards and the ability to model devices to enable commercial foundry manufacture enabling the realization of the thirty-year dream.
Cathy Foley from CSIRO provides a review of the advances in high temperature superconducting (HTS) electronic devices in the 30 years from 1986 to 2016, with a survey of applications and an outlook to the future.
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