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Low-cost high-performance W-band LNA MMICs for millimeter-wave imaging
Author(s): Michael G. Case; Carl W. Pobanz; Sander Weinreb; Mehran Matloubian; Ming Hu; Michael Wetzel; Paul Janke; Catherine M. H. Ngo
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Paper Abstract

The main limitation to the sensitivity of a radiometer or imager is its equivalent noise temperatures, Te. Placing a low noise amplifier (LNA) at a radiometer's front end can dramatically reduce Te. LNA performance has steadily improved over recent years, and here we report on a W-band LNA with the lowest Te measured at room temperature. Furthermore, we present statistical RF data showing high yield and consistency for future high volume production that is needed for commercial radiometric imaging array applications such as security screening, aircraft landing, and other systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 July 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4032, Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology IV, (20 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391824
Show Author Affiliations
Michael G. Case, HRL Labs. LLC (United States)
Carl W. Pobanz, HRL Labs. LLC (United States)
Sander Weinreb, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mehran Matloubian, HRL Labs. LLC (United States)
Ming Hu, HRL Labs. LLC (United States)
Michael Wetzel, HRL Labs. LLC (United States)
Paul Janke, HRL Labs. LLC (United States)
Catherine M. H. Ngo, HRL Labs. LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4032:
Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology IV
Roger M. Smith; Roger Appleby, Editor(s)

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