Detection of weak microwave fields with an underdamped Josephson junction
in: Physical Review Applied (2017)
We have constructed a microwave detector based on the voltage switching of an underdamped Josephson junction, positioned at a current antinode of a lambda/4 coplanar waveguide resonator. By measuring the switching current and the transmission through a waveguide capacitively coupled to the resonator at different drive frequencies and temperatures we are able to fully characterize the system and assess its detection efficiency and sensitivity. We test the detector by applying a classical microwave field and we demonstrate a sensitivity of 0.5 in qualitative agreement with theoretical calculations.