far infrared response
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films may be epitaxially grown, on suitably prepared substrates, with a non-zero tilt angle between the film's c-axis and its surface normal. These films are fast, room-temperature, thermoelectric detectors with a response extending from UV to FIR wavelengths. We have found that tilted c-axis films, when cooled below Tc, also exhibit a fast and sensitive Josphson photoresponse to 250 µm and 496 µm radiation, in contrast to the nil response of c-axis normal films. It is believed that the non-zero component of the radiation electric field along the c-axis of tilted films modulates relatively weak Josephson critical currents in this direction, generating a photoresponse from current biased samples.
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