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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Jeremy Stringer, PhD.


Electrically small antennas trade reception performance for physical size reduction. The SQUID maximizes the reception performance; still achieving a physically small size leading to satisfying the demanding antenna requirements of an airborne high frequency direction finding antenna system. High frequency electromagnetic reception for a direct current (DC) superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is simulated using the resistor-capacitor-shunted-junction (RCSJ) electronic circuit model, producing a set of two-dimensional ordinary differential equations to describe the electrical operating characteristics for the DC SQUID. A time-varying magnetic flux, consisting of frequencies from the HF band, is applied to characterize the voltage response of the DC SQUID. An instantaneous voltage develops across the DC SQUID, although a fast time-average must be computed to produce usable voltage samples. These voltage samples are shown to be representative samples of the applied time-varying signal containing a voltage bias. The waveform produced from these voltage samples is periodic, while preserving the phase of the incident signal. The HF reception characteristics of a single DC SQUID is shown, including an examination for expanding the loop area, simulating a DC SQUID array. Additionally, the DC SQUID is compared to the MGL-S8A BDOT sensor using by optical responsitivity.

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