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Development of 1 THz SIS mixer for SOFIA

Authors:
A. Karpov, D. Miller, J. A. Stern, B. Bumble, H. G. LeDuc, J. Zmuidzinas
Abstract:
We report the development of a low noise and broadband SIS mixer aimed for 1 THz channel of the Caltech Airborne Submillimeter Interstellar Medium Investigations Receiver (CASIMIR), designed for the Stratospheric Observatory for Far Infrared Astronomy, (SOFIA). In the SIS mixer are used the Nb/AlN/NbTiN junctions with the Josephson critical current density of about 40 KA/cm 2. The mixer is built using a double-slot quasi-optical design and covers a 250 GHz band centered at 1 THz. The minimum measured receiver noise is about 353 K (Y=1.50). The receiver noise may be reduced using a higher level of LO power. The developed mixer will allow building a receiver with the noise temperature approaching 250 K in 1 THz band and having a broader operation band compared to the previously reported.
Categories:
SIS Mixers
Year:
2007
Session:
2
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Page Number(s):
50-53