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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics
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Turn-on Delay Of Josephson Interferometer Logic Devices

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It has generally been assumed that the switching dynamics of Josephson logic devices can be well approximated by treating the Josephson device as a capacitatively-shunted switch which opens instantaneously when a control current crosses threshold. In this approximation, the switching delay is proportional to RC, where R = load resistance and C = device capacitance. However, we show here that the above approximation is quite incorrect in the technologically important case of logic interferometers in which resonances are suppressed by internal damping. We treat in detail the case of damped two-junction interferometers with step-function control current. Analysis of the equations of motion shows that in addition to the RC delay there is an initial turn-on delay during which the output voltage is very small, and which is most pronounced for heavy internal damping. It consists of the time required for the difference in phase between the two junctions to increase to a critical value, followed by approximately the first half-cycle of growth of the average of the junction phases. The turn-on delay is a strong function of overdrive, (i.e., the factor by which the control current amplitude exceeds threshold), being smallest at large overdrives, and scales as (C/i0)1/2, where ID = junction critical current. Hence it can be reduced by miniaturization and/or increased junction current density. For parameter values typical of 5μm Josephson circuit technology, the turn-on delay is on the order of 10pS at large overdrives (~2). © 1979 IEEE

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01 Jan 1979

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics

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