Physical Review Letters

Measurement of the intrinsic subgap dissipation in josephson junctions

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We show that the subgap dissipation in sufficiently high-quality Josephson junctions, as measured directly from the current at which the junctions switch from the voltage state into the zero-voltage state, is controlled by thermally excited quasiparticle tunneling. The dissipation is in excellent agreement with a recent theory of Chen, Fisher, and Leggett. © 1988 The American Physical Society.