Quantum synchronization effects in intrinsic Josephson junctions

M. Machida, T. Kano, S. Yamada, M. Okumura, T. Imamura, T. Koyama

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We investigate quantum dynamics of the superconducting phase in intrinsic Josephson junctions of layered high-Tc superconductors motivated by a recent experimental observation for the switching rate enhancement in the low temperature quantum regime. We pay attention to only the capacitive coupling between neighboring junctions and perform large-scale simulations for the Schrödinger equation derived from the Hamiltonian considering the capacitive coupling alone. The simulation focuses on an issue whether the switching of a junction induces those of the other junctions or not. The results reveal that the superconducting phase dynamics show synchronous behavior with increasing the quantum character, e.g., decreasing the junction plane area and effectively the temperature. This is qualitatively consistent with the experimental result.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-694
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number7-10
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr 1


  • Intrinsic Josephson junctions
  • Quantum synchronization effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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