Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur: Volume 46, Number 6 (June 2020), p. 716-719    ( to contents , go back )

Sensitivity of a superconducting photon detector with a normal domain

A.I. Bezuglyj1,2, V.A. Shklovskij2, and R.V. Vovk2

National Science Center, Kharkov 1Institute of Physics and Technology 1 Akademicheskaya Str., Kharkiv 61108, Ukraine

2V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, 4 Svobody Square, Kharkiv 61022, Ukraine

Received December 18, 2019, published online April 24, 2020


The article analyzes the thresholdless electromagnetic radiation detector, which is a current-carrying superconducting film with a normal domain. A normal domain is formed as a result of heat-ing a portion of the film with an external heat source and Joule heat in the domain. The detection mechanism is that heating the film with electromagnetic radiation leads to an increase in the length of the normal domain and thereby to an increase in the voltage across the film. The sensitivity of the considered detector is calculated and the conditions under which this sensitivity reaches its maximum value are determined.

Key words: superconducting film, normal domain, detection, x-ray quanta.

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