Experimental measurements on critical current noise in underdamped niobium based Josephson devices by a technique based on the switching current measurements is reported. By sweeping the junction with a current ramp we measure the critical current switching as a function of the time using the standard time of flight technique. In such a way it is possible to obtain the critical current fluctuations δIc=Ic(t)-<Ic(t)> and the relative standard deviations which corresponds to the root square of the current fluctuation power. Pointing at the white noise fluctuations (above few Hz) and taking into account the physical frequency of the device, it is possible to evaluate the power spectral density of the critical current. The analysis has involved high quality underdamped Josephson junctions having an area ranging from (4x4) μm2 to (40x40) μm2 in the temperature range from 4.2 K to few tenth of mK. These measurement provide very useful information about the intrinsic noise of Josephson devices involving SQUIDs and qubits.
Granata, C., Russo, R., Vettoliere, A., Longobardi, L., Silvestrini, P., Russo, M., & Ruggiero, B. (2012). Investigation of current noise in underdamped Josephson devices by switching current measurements. In Physics Procedia (Vol. 36, pp. 371–376). Elsevier B.V. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phpro.2012.06.247