Thursday, June 27, 2013

1306.6085 (Anthony R. Kerr et al.)

Development of the ALMA-North America Sideband-Separating SIS Mixers    [PDF]

Anthony R. Kerr, Shing-Kuo Pan, Stéphane M. X. Claude, Philip Dindo, Arthur W. Lichtenberger, Eugene F. Lauria
As the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) nears completion, 73 dual-polarization receivers have been delivered for each of Bands 3 (84-116 GHz) and 6 (211-275 GHz). The receivers use sideband-separating superconducting Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb tunnel-junction (SIS) mixers, developed for ALMA to suppress atmospheric noise in the image band. The mixers were designed taking into account dynamic range, input return loss, and signal-to-image conversion (which can be significant in SIS mixers). Typical SSB receiver noise temperatures in Bands 3 and 6 are 30 K and 60 K, resp., and the image rejection is typically 15 dB.
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