Superconducting quantum wells for the detection of submillimeter wave electromagnetic radiation

Faiz Rahman, Trevor Thornton

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We propose the use of superconducting quantum well structures for use as detectors of submillimeter wave radiation. The energy levels formed due to quantum confinement by superconducting barriers provide a useful system for radiation sensing. The well width could be readily altered by varying the temperature or the strength of an applied magnetic field so that the levels can be shifted in energy. This provides a means of tuning the detector over a range of frequencies in the terahertz range, enabling both photometric and spectroscopic observations. Also, the structure of the device should permit use of cofabricated antennas allowing efficient radiation coupling into the active region of the device. The geometry also allows the possibility of implementing one- and two-dimensional arrays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)432-434
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 17 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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