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SQUID Readout Electronics and Magnetometric Systems for Practical Applications. Edition No. 1

  • Book
  • 244 Pages
  • July 2020
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • ID: 5186030

Hands-on guide for scientists and engineers on how to use SQUID technology  

This practical book covers SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device) readout electronics and magnetometric systems. It illustrates their many practical applications in measuring extremely subtle magnetic fields and shows how the technique is developing into an enabling technology for many applications, such as biomagnetic imaging and geophysical prospecting. Clear and comprehensive, the book builds a bridge for scientists and engineers to fill in potential know-how gaps for all who work on SQUID systems and their practical applications. It helps make key words like readout electronics, flux quantization, Josephson effects, and noise contributions completely understandable to all who design and use simple and robust SQUID systems.   

Beginning with an introduction to the subject, SQUID Readout Electronics and Magnetometric Systems for Practical Applications offers in-depth chapter coverage of: Josephson junctions; dc SQUID’s I-V characteristics and its bias modes; functions of the SQUID's readout electronics; direct readout scheme (DRS); SQUID magnetometry system and SQUID parameters; flux modulation scheme (FMS); and flux feedback concepts and parallel feedback circuit. Other sections examine: analyses of the "series feedback coil (circuit)" (SFC); weakly damped SQUID; two-stage and double relaxation oscillation readout schemes; and radio-frequency (rf) SQUID.  

-          Provides a unique view of how simplicity and robustness are crucial for practical SQUID systems in applications 
-          Focuses on the readout electronics of SQUID systems, particularly the advantages and disadvantages of the various systems  
-          Helps materials scientists, physicists, and engineers overcome various major know-how barriers in order to understand the important challenges and to design practical SQUID systems 
-          Largely documents the joint achievements accomplished in the cooperation between SIMIT and FZJ in the field of superconducting electronics 

SQUID Readout Electronics and Magnetometric Systems for Practical Applications is an excellent book for all materials scientists, electrical engineers, and physicists who can benefit from SQUID systems and their applications. It will also be of great benefit to analytical laboratories in industry, manufacturers of laboratory equipment, and systems engineers.


Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction 1

1.1 Motivation 1

1.2 Contents of the Chapters 3

References 8

2 Josephson Junctions 9

2.1 Josephson Equations 9

2.2 RCSJ Model 9

References 13

3 dcSQUID’sI-V Characteristics and Its Bias Modes 15

3.1 SQUID’s I-V Characteristics 15

3.2 An Ideal Current Source 19

3.3 A Practical Voltage Source 19

References 21

4 Functions of the SQUID’s Readout Electronics 23

4.1 Selection of the SQUID’s Bias Mode 23

4.2 Flux Locked Loop (FLL) 23

4.2.1 Principle of the FLL 24

4.2.2 Electronic Circuit of the FLL and the Selection of the Working Point 25

4.2.3 “Locked” and “Unlocked” Cases in the FLL 28

4.2.4 Slew Rate of the SQUID System 29

4.3 Suppressing the Noise Contribution from the Preamplifier 29

4.4 Two Models of a dc SQUID 29

References 31

5 Direct Readout Scheme (DRS) 33

5.1 Introduction 33

5.2 Readout Electronics Noise in DRS 33

5.2.1 Noise Characteristics of Two Types of Preamplifiers 34

5.2.2 Noise Contribution of a Preamplifier with Different Source Resistors 37

5.3 Chain Rule and Flux Noise Contribution of a Preamplifier 39

5.3.1 Test Circuit Using the Same Preamplifier in Both Bias Modes 40

5.3.2 Noise Measurements in Both Bias Modes 42

5.4 Summary of the DRS 43

References 43

6 SQUID Magnetometric Systemand SQUID Parameters 45

6.1 Field-to-Flux Transformer Circuit (Converter) 45

6.2 Three Dimensionless Characteristic Parameters, 𝛽c, Γ, and 𝛽L, in SQUID Operation 48

6.2.1 SQUID’s Nominal Stewart-McCumber Characteristic Parameter 𝛽c 49

6.2.2 SQUID’s NominalThermal Noise Parameter Γ 52

6.2.3 SQUID’s Screening Parameter 𝛽L 54

6.2.4 Discussion on theThree Characteristic Parameters 55

References 56

7 Flux Modulation Scheme (FMS) 61

7.1 Mixed Bias Modes 61

7.2 Conventional Explanation for the FMS 63

7.2.1 Schematic Diagram of the FMS 63

7.2.2 Time Domain and Flux Domain 65

7.2.3 Flux Modulation 66

7.2.4 Five Additional Notes 71

7.3 FMS Revisited 73

7.3.1 Bias Mode in FMS 74

7.3.2 Basic Consideration of Synchronous Measurements of Is and Vs 74

7.3.3 Experimental Synchronous Measurements of Δi and VRs 75

7.3.4 Transfer Characteristics of the Step-Up Transformer 78

7.3.5 V(Φ) Comparison Obtained by DRS and FMS 80

7.4 Conclusion 81

References 82

8 Flux Feedback Concepts and Parallel Feedback Circuit 85

8.1 Flux Feedback Concepts and History 85

8.2 SQUID’s Apparent Parameters 87

8.3 Parallel Feedback Circuit (PFC) 89

8.3.1 Working Principle of the PFC in Current Bias Mode 89

8.3.2 Working Principle of PFC in Voltage Bias Mode 94

8.3.3 Brief Summary of Qualitative Analyses of PFC 97

8.4 Quantitative Analyses and Experimental Verification of the PFC in Voltage Bias Mode 99

8.4.1 The Equivalent Circuit with the PFC in Voltage Bias Mode 99

8.4.2 Introduction of Two Dimensionless Parameters r and Δ 101

8.4.3 Numerical Calculations 103

8.4.4 Experimental Results 108

8.4.5 Noise Comparison and Interpretation 111

8.4.6 Two Practical Designs for PFC 114

8.5 Main Achievements of PFC Quantitative Analysis 116

8.6 Comparison with the Noise Behaviors of Two Preamplifiers 117

References 119

9 Analyses of the “Series Feedback Coil (Circuit)” (SFC) 121

9.1 SFC in Current Bias Mode 121

9.1.1 Working Principle of the SFC in Current Bias Mode 121

9.1.2 Noise Measurements of a Weakly Damped SQUID (Magnetometer) System with the SFC 123

9.2 The SFC in Voltage Bias Mode 125

9.3 Summary of the PFC and SFC 127

9.4 Combination of the PFC and SFC (PSFC) 129

9.4.1 PSFC Analysis Under Independence Conditions 129

9.4.2 PSFC Experiments and Results 132

9.4.3 Conclusion of the PSFC 136

References 137

10 Weakly Damped SQUID 139

10.1 Basic Consideration of Weakly Damped SQUID 139

10.2 SQUID System Noise Measurements with Different 𝛽c Values 140

10.3 Statistics of SQUID Properties 143

10.4 Single Chip Readout Electronics (SCRE) 147

10.4.1 Principle of SCRE and Its Performance 148

10.4.2 Equivalent Circuit of SCRE 149

10.4.3 Differences Between the Conventional Version of Readout Electronics with an Integrator and SCRE 152

10.4.4 Two Applications of SCRE 153

10.5 Suggestions for the DRS 154

References 155

11 Two-Stage and Double Relaxation Oscillation Readout Schemes 157

11.1 Two-Stage Scheme 158

11.2 ROS and D-ROS 164

11.3 Some Comments on D-ROS and Two-Stage Scheme 168

References 169

12 Radio-Frequency (rf) SQUID 171

12.1 Fundamentals of an rf SQUID 171

12.2 Conventional rf SQUID System 176

12.2.1 Block Diagram of rf SQUID Readout Electronics (the 30MHz Version) 176

12.2.2 rf SQUID System Noise in the 30 MHz Version 178

12.3 Introduction to Modern rf SQUID Systems 180

12.3.1 Magnetometric Thin-Film rf SQUID and a Conventional Tank Circuit with a Capacitor Tap 181

12.3.2 Improved rf SQUID Readout Electronics 184

12.3.3 Tank Circuit Operating Up to 1 GHz with Inductive Coupling 188

12.3.4 Modern rf SQUID System 190 Microstrip Resonator 190 Coplanar Resonator 192 Instability of rf Bias Current 194

12.3.5 Substrate Resonator 196

12.3.6 Regarding the rf SQUID’sThermal Noise Limit 200

12.4 Further Developments of the rf SQUID Magnetometer System 201

12.4.1 Achievement of a Very Large 𝜕Vrf/𝜕Φ in a Low-Impedance System 201

12.4.2 Multiturn Input Coil for a Thin-Film rf SQUID Magnetometer with a Planar Labyrinth Resonator 204

12.4.3 Modern rf SQUID Electronics 208

12.5 Multichannel High-Tc rf SQUID Gradiometer 211

12.6 Comparison of rf SQUID Readout with dc SQUID Readout 214

12.7 Summary and Outlook 215

References 218

Index 225


Xiaoming Xie Hui Dong Guofeng Zhang Yi Zhang Hans-Joachim Krause