Series arrays of superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) with incommensurate loop areas, so-called superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs), are investigated in the kilohertz and the gigahertz frequency range. In SQIFs made of high-T-c bicrystal junctions the flux-to-voltage response partial derivative V/partial derivative Phi is dominated by the variation in the critical current in the individual junctions (Fraunhofer-type) rather than by the SQUIDs interference. For a SQIF with 20 SQUID loops we find partial derivative V/partial derivative Phi=40 mV/Phi(0) and a dynamic range of more than 60 dB in the kilohertz range. In the 1-2 GHz range the estimated power gain is 20 dB and the magnetic flux noise level is as low as 10(-4)Phi(0).
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- critical currents
- magnetic flux
- high-temperature superconductors
- flux-line lattice
- superconducting filters
- superconducting arrays
- superconducting microwave devices