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Low Harmonic Distortion in a Josephson Arbitrary Waveform Synthesizer



Samuel P. Benz, Charles J. Burroughs, Paul D. Dresselhaus


The use of broadband integrated filters has enabled practical operating margins for ac waveforms synthesized from the perfectly quantized voltage pulses of Josephson junction arrays. This improvement enabled the digital synthesis of arbitrary waveforms with low harmonic distortion; the second and higher harmonics are all at least 94 dB below the fundamental (-94 dBc (carrier)]. This is a 47 dB lower distortion compared to that of the same sine wave synthesized by the semiconductor-based code generator which drives the array. We present operating margins for synthesized dc voltages and demonstrate synthesized waveforms with multiple tones at kilohertz and megahertz frequencies with harmonic distortion and intermodulation products below -80 dBc.
Applied Physics Letters


arbitrary waveform synthesizer, harmonic distortion, josephson junction, sine wave, superconductivity, voltage standard


Benz, S. , Burroughs, C. and Dresselhaus, P. (2000), Low Harmonic Distortion in a Josephson Arbitrary Waveform Synthesizer, Applied Physics Letters (Accessed July 16, 2024)


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Created August 14, 2000, Updated January 27, 2020