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Noise performance of a cryogenically cooled 94-GHz InP MMIC amplifier and radiometer
Author(s): Todd C. Gaier; Michael D. Seiffert; P. Meinhold; Philip M. Lubin; Michael Sholley; Richard Lai; Huei Wang; Barry R. Allen; Bruce Osgood; Tom R. Block; Po-Hsin P. Liu; Charles M. Jackson; Charles R. Lawrence
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Paper Abstract

We have developed an ultra-low noise 94 GHz MMIC amplifier using InGaAs/InAlAs/InP transistor technology. The MMIC designs incorporate a single transistor stage with input and output matching networks as well as gate and drain bias networks. Two MMICs have been incorporated into a single housing providing 10 dB of gain. At room temperature, the integrated amplifier has a measured noise of 365 K at 94 GHz. Cryogenic measurements have been performed using a direct detection total power radiometer with all amplification provided by MMIC amplifiers. The noise figure for the entire radiometer has been measured to be 78 K. The noise figure for the cryogenic InP MMIC 2-stage amplifier unit has been measured to be 51 K with a low power consumption of 0.84 mW per stage. The stability of the radiometer with a 4 GHz bandwidth, is characterized by a power spectrum with a '1/f knee' frequency of 45 Hz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 1996
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2842, Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves and Applications III, (18 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.262791
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Todd C. Gaier, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Michael D. Seiffert, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
P. Meinhold, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Philip M. Lubin, Univ. of California/Santa Barbara (United States)
Michael Sholley, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Richard Lai, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Huei Wang, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Barry R. Allen, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Bruce Osgood, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Tom R. Block, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Po-Hsin P. Liu, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Charles M. Jackson, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Charles R. Lawrence, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2842:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves and Applications III
Mohammed N. Afsar, Editor(s)

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