Characteristics of YBa2Cu3Oy step-edge Josephson junctions on MgO substrate

L. C. Ku*, H. M. Cho, J. H. Lu, S. Y. Wang, W. B. Jian, H. C. Yang, H. E. Horng

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We fabricated and characterized YBa2Cu3Oy step-edge Josephson junctions and DC SQUID's on MgO (001) substrates. Sharp steps on MgO (001) were obtained by the techniques of photolithography and Ar-ion milling with step heights varying from 300 to 350 nm. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristic of the junction is consistent with the resistively shunted junction (RSJ) model. We obtained Jc=1.0×105 A/cm2 and IcRn=110 μV at 77 K. In addition to the conventional Shapiro steps resulting from the AC Josephson effect, half-integral steps were observed. The width of these half-integral steps was sensitive to the RF power and the magnetic field. DC SQUID's have been operated below 78 K and the observed voltage modulation agrees with the expected value.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-324
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Aug 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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