AdvisorDereniak, Eustace L.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractSince the recent discovery of a new class of high critical temperature superconductors (HTS), much interest has been shown in their potential use as optical detectors. The purpose of this research was to test thin film samples of the HTS Y1Ba2Cu3O7-delta as detectors and investigate any response to optical radiation. A laboratory test facility was designed and built for this purpose. The experimental results exhibit a variety of optical responses that are dependent upon the physical characteristics of each HTS thin film. Polycrystalline films exhibited a different detection mode than did epitaxial films. This research demonstrates that HTS thin films are viable optical detectors and have the potential to become competitive high-performance detectors as the new technology continues to emerge.
Degree ProgramGraduate College