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Electromagnetic Modeling Of Distributed-Source-Excitation Of Coplanar Waveguides: Applications To Traveling-Wave Photomixers

Authors:
Davide Pasqualini, Andrea Neto, Rolf A. Wyss
Abstract:
In this work an electromagnetic model and subsequent design is presented for a travelingwave, coplanar waveguide (CPW) based source that will operate in the THz frequency regime. The RF driving current is a result of photoexcitation of a thin GaAs membrane using two frequency-offset lasers. The GaAs film is grown by molecular-beam-exitaxy (MBE) and displays sub-ps carrier lifetimes which enable the material conductivity to be modulated at a very high rate. The RF current flows between electrodes deposited on the GaAs membrane which are biased with a DC voltage source. The electrodes form a CPW and are terminated with a double slot antenna that couples the power to a quasioptical system. The membrane is suspended above a metallic reflector to launch all radiation in one direction. The theoretical investigation and consequent design is performed in two steps. The first step consists of a direct evaluation of the magnetic current distribution on an infinitely extended coplanar waveguide excited by an impressed electric current distributed over a finite area. The result of the analysis is the difference between the incident angle of the laser beams and the length of the excited area that maximizes the RF power coupled to the CPW. The optimal values for both parameters are found as functions of the CPW and membrane dimensions as well as the dielectric constants of the layers. In the second step, a design is presented of a double slot antenna that matches the CPW characteristic impedance and gives good overall performance. The design is presently being implemented and measurements will soon be available.
Categories:
Poster Session
Year:
2001
Session:
5
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Page Number(s):
224-232