High sensitive bipolar- and high electron mobility transistor read-out electronics for quantum devices. Quantenelektronik N. Oukhanski and H.-G. Meyer Contents: Introduction Bipolar-transistor read-out. PHEMT read-out Motivation Features and construction Measurement setup and procedure Results Verification Discussion Summary 1 Introduction Quantenelektronik Already known read-out technique for quantum devices. Bipolar-transistor read-out. Easy to match Rsensor with Rnoise of amplifier, TN~80 K.1,2 FET read-out. Minimum TN~2 K @ ~10 kHz, owing RF energy losses.3 SQUID-amplifiers. Minimum TN~15 hf/kB. Complex in tuning and setup.4 Pseudomorphic High Electron Mobility Transistor read-out. TN25 K (25 hf/kB)@~20 GHz for ambient temperatures of 1020 K.5, 6, 7 1. N. Oukhanski, V. Schultze, R. P. J. IJsselsteijn, and H.-G. Meyer, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 74, 12, 5189 (2003). 2. N. N. Oukhanski, R. Stolz, V. Zakosarenko, and H.-G. Meyer, Physica C 368, 166 (2002). 3. P. Horowitz and W. Hill, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989, 2nd ed. v. 2, pp. 5366. 4. M. Muck, J. B. Kycia, and J. Clarke, Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 967 (2001). 5. J. Bautista, J. Laskar, P. Szydlik, TDA Progress Report 42-120, 1995. 6. J.E. Fernandez, TMO Progress Report 42-135, pp.1-9, November 15, (1998). 7. I. Angelov, N. Wadefalk, J. Stenarson, E. Kollberg, P. Starski, H. Zirath, IEEE MTT-S, (2000). 2 Bipolar-transistor read-out. Quantenelektronik Main features of designed directly- coupled bipolar-transistor electronics Input voltage white noise level is about 0.32 nV/Hz1/2. Flicker noise corner frequency as low as 0.1 Hz. Current white noise level 6.5 pA/Hz1/2. Wide working temperature range: 77-350 K. One-chip FLL unit solution is resistant to ambient condition, i.e. humidity, convection flows, and temperature radiation. Very low thermal drift: 30 nV/K (from 15 to 80 0C). high symmetrical differential circuits for all parts of the FLL-unit used. full design optimization using simulation with software tool SQUID of MicroSim-PSpice.
Gain-bandwidth product fGBP=400 MHz. Three point SQUID biasing possible to reduce voltage drift on the connecting wires to the SQUID. Power consumption: 80 mW at 1.5 V. Feedback coil Heater Prototype (left) and integrated version of the FLL unit (right). FLL Electronics 2-d stage 1-st stage Control Unit Integrator RINT CINT Buffer Buffer V+ V current source RFB1 AD829 G20 current source Out ROFF Offset RB Bias DC RF1 Flux DC RF2
FLL/ Reset H+ H- RFB2 current source Heater -U +U Functional diagram of the read-out electronics 3 Bipolar-transistor read-out. 1/2 SV [V/Hz ] 0.32 nV/Hz 100p 100m 1 10 1/2 100 1k Frequency [Hz] 10k -3 10 -12 10 -4 10 -13 10 -5
-2 1/2 1/2 10 [ T / Hz ] Voltage noise spectral density with respect to the input of the integrated electronics at 300 K. Field noise, SB Flux and field noise spectrum of SQUID magnetometer with sensitivity B/=0.85 nT/ 0 in three layer shielded can. Maximum system dynamic range in FLL mode 50 0. fcorner = 0.1 Hz 1n Flux noise, S , [ 0 / Hz ] The maximum bandwidth of 6-8 MHz was measured with several types of lowTc dc-SQUID magnetometers and gradiometers. Maximum slew rate is in the range 3-9 M0/s. Minimum measured white flux-noise level with SQUID magnetometer of 1.21.7 0/Hz1/2 (1-1.4 fT/Hz1/2). A maximum system dynamic range with the SQUID magnetometer is about 155 dB (50 0). Available with high frequency ac-bias technique with frequency up to 10 MHz.1 Quantenelektronik 4 PHEMT read-out Quantenelektronik Already known features. Based on the AlGaAs/InGaAs/GaAs heterostructure. Offers a high transfer coefficient in the microwave frequency range, owing to the high density and mobility of 2DEG along the layers heterojunctions (due to an effect of electron space confinement). The unique noise characteristics are derived from the 2DEGs high electron mobility, which is dependent on the electrons scattering process in heterojunctions. Already measured noise temperatures TN25K (25 hf/kB)@~20 GHz for ambient temperatures of 1020 K. Originally, expected that the HEMTs would be unsuitable for
sensitive measurements at frequencies below 100 MHz, because of the high corner frequency of the flicker noise. 5 Motivation Quantenelektronik Desirable area of application Areas, which need highly sensitive measurements, such as the characterization of qubit circuits,8-11 bolometric measurements,12,13 SQUIDs2 etc., compel us to search for more sensitive readout From RF generator methods and devices. U SUPP Out The principle scheme of resonant circuit Qubit readout with PHEMT amplifier. Circuit of interest is inductively coupled to the high-Q parallel resonant circuit, with the LCR directly involved through a short line T380 mK U PHEMT. G1 GROOM UG2 UG3 T=300 K 8. J.E. Mooij, T.P. Orlando, L. Levitov, Lin Tian, van der Wal, S. Lloyd, Science 285, 1036, (1999). 9. E. Ilichev, V. Zakosarenko, L. Fritzsch, R. Stolz, H. E. Hoenig, H.-G. Meyer, A.B. Zorin, V.V. Khanin, M. Gtz, A.B. Pavolotsky, and J. Niemeyer, Rev. Sci. Instr., 72, 1882, (2001). 10. E. Ilichev, Wagner Th., Fritzsch L., Kunert J., Schultze V., May T., Hoenig H. E., Meyer H.-G., Grajcar M., Born D., Krech W., Fistul M., Zagoskin A. Appl. Phys. Lett., 80, 4184, (2002). 11. E. IlIichev, N. Oukhanski, A. Izmalkov, Th. Wagner, M. Grajcar, H.-G. Meyer, A. Yu. Smirnov, Alec Maassen van den Brink, M. H. S. Amin, and A.M. Zagoskin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 9, 097906 (2003). 12. D.-V. Anghel and L. Kuzmin, Appl. Phys. Lett. 88, 293-295 (2003). 13. L. Kuzmin, Proc. Thermal Detector Workshop, Goddard SFC, Washington DC, (2003), to be published. 6 Features of construction Quantenelektronik Two amplifier version, based on the commercial PHEMT ATF-35143, have a common layout and were assembled on a printed board of 33x13 mm2 (see Fig. 2). Three-stage construction is used to provide the best conditions for minimizing the input noise temperature and back-action to the tank circuit (in the first stage), maximizing the gain factor (second stage), and impedance matching to the input and output lines (first and third stage).
Photo of amplifier To decrease the power consumption and improve low frequency noise performance: We reduced the transistors drain voltage to 0.1 V (2 % of Vds) and the drain current to 200 A (0.3 % of Idss). the first stage power dissipation was only 20 W. All resistances in the amplifiers signal channel were replaced by inductances. To protect the amplifier from external and self interferences we used symmetric design. The amplifier was thermally connected to the helium-3 pot of the commercially available refrigerator, Heliox 2 by Oxford Instruments with temperature below 400 mK. 7 Measurement setup and procedure Quantenelektronik Measurements with resistor at T0.38 K To provide a good thermal contact between the 50 Ohm trans. line, K5(f)= 0.042dB loss @ 2.5MHz 50 Ohm divider, K4(f)= -67.113 dB trans. coeff. @ 2.5MHz source resistor RIN and 3He pot, a copper finger S V_COM TN T 1 4k BTRS was used. Noise temperature3, 14 S V_COM S V_OUT T380 mK SV RIN 10 k USUPP PHEMT Amplifier, with gain K3(f) Network Analyser HP4396B K1 f K 2 f K 3 f SVCOM- input voltage noise spectrum
Measurements with resonant circuit Active resistance of resonant circuit at resonant Q frequency RS ( f 0 ) 50 Ohm trans. line, K1(f)= 0.042dB loss @ 2.5MHz UG1 UG2 UG3 Room temperature amplifier with gain K2(f) (a) T380 mK 2fC The simplified scheme of the amplifier and setup for the noise temperature measurements with resistor (a) and resonant circuit (b). (b) Out PHEMT amplifier LCR 14. N. Oukhanski, M. Grajcar, E. Ilichev, and H.-G. Meyer, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 74, 1145 (2003). 8 Results Quantenelektronik Measured upper limit of noise temperature in optimistic case (assuming that RS(f0) associated only to dissipation noise of the tank circuit and amplifier) is TN(f0)5525 mK (4018 hf/kB). 100M 1 /2 1 /2 b a 10p
TN 100p 0 ,9 9 6 1 ,0 0 0 1 ,0 0 4 N o rm a liz e d F re q u e n c y , f/f 0 100m 1p 1/2 1 1n 100f T N min 10m 1m Error interval [A/Hz ] 1 /2 10 1/2 (Q=1510, f0=28.6 MHz, L=66 nH, C=470 pF, RS(f0)18 k) 1M 10M Frequency, [Hz] 10f SI 1/2 SI With resonant circuit Low noise cryogenic design (380mK) Comparison of the voltage noise for the 1 st version of cryogenic amplifier with that for the standard room temperature design and rated parameters. minimum noise temperature3 is TN MIN7050 mK5035 hf/[email protected] MHz, RN21k 1n
100p 100k TN, TN MIN [K] estimated Corner frequency is about 65 MHz Corner frequency is about 300 kHz SV, [V /H z ] SI1/2=(4kBRSTN-SV)1/2/RS, SV , [V /H z] 1st amplifier version with resistor Measured minimum TN100 [email protected] MHz with 10 k input resistor. For used in this case method3,14 TN MIN(RS=RN)=SV1/2SI1/2/2kB, where RS-real part of input resistance, noise resistance RN=SV1/2/SI1/2, Standard room temperature design (T=300K) 10n 1f 1M 10M Frequency [Hz] Measured with resistor TN and calculated current noise SI1/2 of 1st amplifier version. TN MIN(RS=RN) estimated minimum noise temperature. Inset are the noise of tank circuit, coupled to the input of the 1st (a) and 2d (b) amplifier version. 9 Results Quantenelektronik Back-action noise:15 Tba=TN-Tad Gate Cgd Additive component Tad (measured without input source),15 Rg originate mainly from drain noise temperature (Td>>TTg),16 Tg Rgs back-action component Tba under the influence of drain fluctuations on the tank circuit by means of parasitic capacitor Cgs. For 1st amplifier version Tba~15 mK
S V_COM S V Tba T 1 4k BTRS S -measured with shorted input voltage noise. Drain Rd Cgs gmVgs Rds Td Rs Source Simplified small-signal circuit diagram of PHEMT. v Very high sensitivity applications, where a drain current and/or voltage fluctuation can increase the gate temperature, or can decrease the decoherence time of an input signal, impose strong requirements on Tba 2d amplifier version with resonant circuit T380 mK USUPP LCR UG1 (Q=2080, f0=26.77 MHz, L=177 nH, C=200 pF, RS(f0)=61.8 kOhm,) Variant of the 1st stage Assuming RS(f0) associated only to dissipation noise: with the lowest designed back-action. TN(f0)7330 mK at ambient temperature T=370 mK 15. A. Vinante, M. Bonaldi, M. Cerdonio, P. Falferi, R. Mezzena, Prodi, mK and S. Vitale, Classical and Quantum Gravity, 19, Is. 7, p. 1979 (2002). Back-action noise temperature: Tba=TNG. -TA.ad~10 16. M. W. Pospieszalski IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 37, no. 9, pp. 1340-1350 (1991). 10 Verification Quantenelektronik
To be convinced in our estimation we used amplifier noise model based on L C RS the definition of voltage and current noise, as SV=2kBTNRN and SI=2kBTN/RN.17 Assuming RS(f0) associated only to dissipation noise, noise temperature: TN(f0)=(SVCOM(f0)-4kBTRS)RN/(2kB(RS2+RN2))(SV SI)1/2/(2kB). Measurements procedure TN=T(SV_COM/(4kTRS)-1) TN=T(SV_COM/(4kTRS)-1) With resonant circuit SV=2kBTNRN, SI=2kBTN/RN With resonant circuit TN for 1st version 7050 [email protected] MHz with 10 kOhm resistor 5525 [email protected] MHz with Rs(f0)=18 kOhm 4825 [email protected] MHz with Rs(f0)=18 kOhm SV G SI RN 21 kOhm TN for 2d version - RN - 30 kOhm 7330 [email protected] MHz with Rs(f0)=62 kOhm 5330 [email protected] MHz with Rs(f0)=62 kOhm 140 kOhm Suppose the worst case, when RS(f0) associated with dissipation noise of R L C R d c SV G common resistance (Rd and Rc) and contribution of damping cold resistance SI from amplifier Rc. Hence SI=(SVCOM-SV)/RS-4kBT/Rd. Taking into account: 1.Maximum quality factor, measured between available tank circuits, with both system (Q2040, f027 MHz, C=100 pF and Q3340, f025 MHz, C=100 pF correspondingly). 2.Absence of voltage flicker noise in the working frequency range on the ceramic capacitors which we used in our resonant circuits. The pessimistic value for the noise temperature in this case TN(f0)=(SVSI)1/2/(2kB): TN(f0)=110 mK, and 170 mK for the 1st and 2d variant of electronics correspondingly. 17. T. Ryhanen and H. Seppa, J. Low Temp. Phys. 76, 287 (1989).
11 Discussion Quantenelektronik By taking into account tank circuit quality factor Q=2080 (2d variant of amplifier), this setup gives us an opportunity to perform quantum level measurements with periodical signals, even if the coupling coefficient of the thank circuit to the sensor is less than 1. It is necessary to note, that available in Measurements with Qubit, TN270 mK, real condition tank circuit impedance can be amplifier ambient temperature ~2 K far from optimum value, which can noticeably increase setup noise temperature. The second version of the amplifier placed at temperature 2 K was successfully employed for different quantum measurements. 11, 18, 1 9 By taking into account system bandwidth f=100 MHz and rating quality factor [email protected] MHz estimated available number of cannels 1000 with f100 kHz. 1.5n 1.4n T circuit Sv 1/2 1/2 , [V /H z ] 1.3n 1.2n 1.1n 1.0n 900.0p 800.0p 700.0p 600.0p Without high frequency power 500.0p 6.280M 6.282M 6.284M 6.286M 6.288M
6.290M 6.292M Frecuency, [Hz] 18. M. Grajcar, A. Izmalkov, E. Il'ichev, Th. Wagner, N. Oukhanski, U. Huebner, T. May, I. Zhilyaev, H.E. Hoenig, Ya.S. Greenberg, V.I. Shnyrkov, D. Born, W. Krech, H.-G. Meyer, Alec Maassen van den Brink, and M.H.S. Amin, Phys. Rev. B 69, 060501(R) (2004). 19. A. Izmalkov, M. Grajcar, E. Il'ichev, N. Oukhanski, Th. Wagner, H.-G. Meyer, W. Krech, M.H.S. Amin, Alec Maassen van den Brink, A.M. Zagoskin, Europhys. Lett., 65 (6), pp. 844849 (2004). 12 Summary Quantenelektronik Integrated version of direct coupled bipolar-transistor dc SQUID read-out electronics with minimum noise temperature TN=80 K is presented. Very low thermal drift (30 nV/K) of the electronics and the low corner frequency of flicker noise (0.1 Hz) is useful for realization of long-time experiments. Wide working temperature range of read-out electronics (77 350 K) provides system reliability at any climatic conditions. High slew rate (up to 9 M0/s) and sensitivity (0.32 nV/Hz1/2), large bandwidth (6 MHz) and system dynamic range at using of long cable between the sensor and electronics (about of 12 meters) well suited for high-precision measurements at unshielded conditions. 13 Summary and acknowledgment Quantenelektronik Two versions of a cryogenic PHEMT amplifier designed for quantum device readout and tested at an ambient temperature 380 mK. Noise temperature of the 1st amplifier version is below 11050 mK (8040 hf/kB)@28.6 MHz, estimated from the noise of a coupled input tank circuit with resistance RS(f0)18 kOhm at the resonant frequency. Its minimum input voltage spectral noise density is 200 pV/(Hz)1/2 and the corner frequency of the 1/f noise is close to 300 kHz. For the amplifier with the lowest designed back-action, the noise temperature below 17070 mK (15060 hf/kB)@26.8 MHz was measured when coupled to an input tank circuit with RS(f0)62 kOhm. The amplifiers power consumption is in the range of 100600 W. The second version of the amplifier with ambient temperature 2 K was successfully employed for different quantum measurements. The authors gratefully acknowledge the discussions and help on the different stages of work of H. E. Hoenig, E. Il'ichev, V. Zakosarenko, R. Stolz, M. Grajcar, Th. Wagner, A. Izmalkov, S. Uchaikin and R. Boucher. 14
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