High-Tc DC SQUIDs for magnetoencephalography

M. I. Faley, U. Poppe, R. E. Dunin-Borkowski, M. Schiek, F. Boers, H. Chocholacs, J. Dammers, E. Eich, N. J. Shah, A. B. Ermakov, V. Y. Slobodchikov, Y. V. Maslennikov, V. P. Koshelets

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Abstract

We have investigated the microstructural and electron transport properties of 45° step-edge Josephson junctions grown on MgO substrates and used them for the preparation of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometers intended for magnetoencephalography (MEG) measurement systems. The high-Tc SQUID magnetometers also incorporate 16 mm multilayer superconducting flux transformers on the MgO substrates and demonstrate a magnetic field resolution of ∼ 4 fTHz at 77 K. Results are illustrated for the detection of auditory evoked magnetic responses of the human cortex and compared between high-Tc SQUIDs and a commercial low-Tc MEG system. Our results demonstrate that MEG systems can be upgraded using high-Tc SQUIDs to make them independent of helium and more user-friendly, saving operating costs and leading to the widespread utilization of MEG systems in clinical practice and at universities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6357223
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Josephson junctions
  • magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • magnetometers
  • superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs)

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