A field-deployed 810 GHz receiver incorporating a superconducting mixer developed for Herschel space telescope and a SiGe low noise amplifier

A. Hedden, H. Li, E. Tong, S. Paine, R. Blundell, J. Kawamura, C. Groppi, C. Kulesa, C. Walker, G. De Lange, H. Mani, S. Weinreb

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Abstract

We have constructed an 810 GHz receiver system incorporating a HIFI Band-3 superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) mixer developed for Herschel space observatory and a wide-band SiGe low noise amplifier (LNA) designed at Caltech. The instrument is currently installed at the RLT telescope (elevation 5500 m) in northern Chile. Hot/cold (280K/72K) load measurements performed at the telescope yield noise temperatures of 225 K (Y-factor = 1.7) including receiver optics. First-light observations indicate that the receiver is highly sensitive and functions stably. We present details of the receiver system, its performance at the telescope, and first-light observations with a Herschel mixer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIMS 2009 - 2009 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest
Pages949-952
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2009 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2009Jun 12 2009

Publication series

NameIEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest
ISSN (Print)0149-645X

Other

Other2009 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, IMS 2009
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period6/7/096/12/09

Keywords

  • IF amplifiers
  • Radio astronomy
  • Submillimeter wave measurements
  • Submillimeter wave receivers
  • Submillimeter wave spectroscopy
  • Superconductor insulator superconductor mixers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Hedden, A., Li, H., Tong, E., Paine, S., Blundell, R., Kawamura, J., Groppi, C., Kulesa, C., Walker, C., De Lange, G., Mani, H., & Weinreb, S. (2009). A field-deployed 810 GHz receiver incorporating a superconducting mixer developed for Herschel space telescope and a SiGe low noise amplifier. In IMS 2009 - 2009 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest (pp. 949-952). [5165855] (IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest). https://doi.org/10.1109/MWSYM.2009.5165855