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A single-chip dual-band switched SIS mixer
Author(s): Boon Kok Tan; Ghassan Yassin; Stafford Withington
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Paper Abstract

We investigate a new concept, where a single superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) based mixer chip is switched between two RF frequency bands. A single broadband antenna is used to couple the RF/LO signal to two SIS mixers via a power splitter and two superconducting on/off switches, forming a switching circuit. The planar on/off switches comprise a superconducting microstrip bridging two transmission lines used to alternate the RF/LO signal between the two branches of the power splitter circuit by switching the impedance of the microstrip from the superconducting to normal state, and vice versa. An important application of this dual-band design is to enable combination of adjacent observing astronomical windows into a single receiver cartridge, freeing valuable space in the receiver cabin.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9153, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 91532O (23 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2058771
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Boon Kok Tan, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Wawasan Open Univ. (Malaysia)
Ghassan Yassin, Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
Stafford Withington, Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9153:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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