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Progress toward a 1 V Pulse-Driven AC Josephson Voltage Standard



Samuel P. Benz, Paul D. Dresselhaus, Alain Rufenacht, Norman F. Bergren, Joseph R. Kinard Jr., Regis Landim


We present a new record rms output voltage of 275 mV, which is a 25 % improvement over the maximum achieved with previous ac Josephson voltage standard (ACJVS) circuits. We demonstrate operating margins for these circuits and use them to measure the harmonic distortion of a commercial digitizer. Having exceeded the threshold of 125 mV rms for a single array of Josephson junctions, we propose and discuss the features of an eight-array circuit capable of achieving 1 V rms. We investigate the use of a resistive-divider to extend the ACJVS voltage accuracy to higher voltages. By use of a switched-input measurement technique, an integrating, sampling digital voltage meter, a resistive voltage divider, and ACJVS synthesized sine waves as reference voltages, we characterize the stability of a commercial calibration source for a few voltages up to 2.7 V.
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement


Digital-analog conversion, Josephson arrays, quantization, signal synthesis, standards, superconductor-normal-superconductor devices, voltage measurement
Created April 1, 2009, Updated February 19, 2017