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A sensitive YBaCuO thin film bolometer with ultrawide wavelength response

The authors have constructed two types of high-temperature superconducting (HTSC) bolometers, whose performance is essentially wavelength independent from λ 0.6 to 450 μm: The first is a microbridge, of dimensions 20×20 μm, and the second is a meander, covering a region of  1 mm2. Both were fabricated by photolithography of a superconducting YBaCuO thin film on SrTiO3. The bolometers are current biased, and the AC voltage induced by the chopped radiation is measured using lock-in detection. Operating optimally in the vicinity of the transition temperature (90 K), the first bolometer shows responsivity S 1 mV/(W/cm2), while the second gives S 800 V/W. The response of the first bolometer for various chopping frequencies is basically S 1/√f, which makes it usable at frequencies up to >50 kHz, while the second bolometer has a chopping-frequency response that is basically S 1/f, with a cutoff frequency near 0.01 Hz

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