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Frequency-Domain Analysis of Diffusion-Cooled Hot-Electron Bolometer Mixers

Authors:
A. Skalare, W. R. McGrath, B. Bumble, H. G. LeDuc
Abstract:
A new theoretical model is introduced to describe heterodyne mixer conversion efficiency and noise (from thermal fluctuation effects) in diffusion-cooled superconducting hot-electron bolometers. The model takes into account the non uniform internal electron temperature distribution generated by Wiedemann Franz heat conduction, and accepts for input an arbitrary (analytical or experimental) superconducting resistance-versus-temperature curve. A non-linear large signal solution is solved iteratively to calculate the temperature distribution, and a linear frequency-domain small-signal formulation is used to calculate conversion efficiency and noise. In the small-signal solution the device is discretized into segments, and matrix algebra is used to relate the heating modulation in the segments to temperature and resistance modulations. Matrix expressions are derived that allow single-sideband mixer conversion efficiency and coupled noise power to be directly calculated. The model accounts for self-heating and electrothermal feedback from the surrounding bias circuit.
Categories:
Miscellaneous
Year:
1999
Session:
11
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Page Number(s):
539-551