Thursday, June 20, 2013

1305.2910 (S. Butz et al.)

Protecting SQUID metamaterials against stray magnetic field    [PDF]

S. Butz, P. Jung, L. V. Filippenko, V. P. Koshelets, A. V. Ustinov
Using superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) as basic, low-loss elements of thin-film metamaterials has one main advantage: Their resonance frequency is easily tunable by applying a weak magnetic field. The downside, however, is a strong sensitivity to stray and inhomogeneous magnetic fields. In this work, we demonstrate that even small magnetic fields from electronic components destroy the collective, resonant behaviour of the SQUID metamaterial. We also show how the effect of these fields can be minimized. As a first step, magnetic shielding decreases any initially present fields including the earth's magnetic field. However, further measures like improvements in the sample geometry have to be taken to avoid the trapping of Abrikosov vortices.
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