Selected Publications

Fast tunable high Q-factor superconducting microwave resonators

S. Mahashabde, E. Otto, D. Montemurro, S. de Graaf, S. Kubatkin, and A. Danilov

We present fast tunable superconducting microwave resonators fabricated from planar NbN on a sapphire substrate. The λ/4 wavelength resonators are tuning fork shaped and tuned by passing a dc current which controls the kinetic inductance of the tuning fork prongs. The λ/4 section from the open end operates as an integrated impedance converter which creates a nearly perfect short for microwave currents at the dc terminal coupling points, thus preventing microwave energy leakage through the dc lines. We measure an internal quality factor Qint>10E5 over the entire tuning range. We demonstrate a tuning range of >3% and tuning response times as short as 20 ns for the maximum achievable detuning. Due to the quasi-fractal design, the resonators are resilient to magnetic fields of up to 0.5 T