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Demonstration of the TIRGO compact 800- to 900-GHz heterodyne receiver on UKIRT
Author(s): Brian N. Ellison; Leslie T. Little; Steven R. Davies; Glenn J. White; Mark C. Price; David N. Matheson; Brian D. Jackson; Vincenzo Natale
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Paper Abstract

A compact sub-millimetre wavelength Nb superconducting tunnel junction receiver (TIRGO) has been installed on the UKIRT facility, Hawaii. The receiver, used in combination with an acousto-optic spectrometer, exhibited excellent noise performance, achieving a best noise equivalent temperature of 280K (DSB) at 808GHz. Despite unfavourable observing conditions, spectral observations of a variety of astronomical sources were made that effectively verified the sensitivity and usefulness of the instrument for astronomical research. The design, construction and performance of the receiver system are described and some of the astronomical data acquired during the observation period briefly presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5498, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy II, (8 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.553234
Show Author Affiliations
Brian N. Ellison, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Leslie T. Little, Univ. of Kent/Canterbury (United Kingdom)
Steven R. Davies, Univ. of Bath (United Kingdom)
Glenn J. White, Univ. of Kent/Canterbury (United Kingdom)
Mark C. Price, Univ. of Kent/Canterbury (United Kingdom)
David N. Matheson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Brian D. Jackson, Space Research Organization of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
Vincenzo Natale, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5498:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy II
Jonas Zmuidzinas; Wayne S. Holland; Stafford Withington, Editor(s)

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