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Publication Citation: Method for Ensuring Accurate AC Waveforms with Programmable Josephson Voltage Standards

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Author(s): Charles J. Burroughs; Alain Rufenacht; Samuel P. Benz; Paul D. Dresselhaus;
Title: Method for Ensuring Accurate AC Waveforms with Programmable Josephson Voltage Standards
Published: July 01, 2012
Abstract: The amplitudes of stepwise-approximated sine waves produced by programmable Josephson voltage standards (PJVSs) are not intrinsically accurate because the transitions between the quantized voltages depend on numerous conditions. We have developed a method that ensures that the total rms output voltage of arbitrary ac waveforms synthesized by the PJVS are accurate and referenced to the quantized Josephson voltages. This is accomplished by digitizing the entire output waveform, utilizing the quantum voltages to correct digitizer gain, noise, and nonlinearity, and then applying our understanding of the interplay between measurement bandwidth, risetime, and harmonic content to precisely tune the bias parameters. Our goal is to develop an AC standard source for voltage metrology that can directly synthesize voltages with the accuracy expected of a quantum-based standard without the use of a thermal voltage converter.
Conference: Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements
Proceedings: Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements Conference Digest
Volume: 28
Pages: pp. 168 - 169
Location: National Harbor, MD
Dates: July 1-6, 2012
Keywords: Digital-analog conversion, Josephson arrays, signal synthesis, standards, voltage measurement.
Research Areas: Quantum Electrical Measurements, Quantum Devices, Measurements
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CPEM.2012.6250726  (Note: May link to a non-U.S. Government webpage)
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