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Dependence of noise temperature of quasi-optical superconducting hot-electron bolometer mixers on bath temperature and optical-axis displacement
Author(s): Wen Zhang; Ning Li; Ling Jiang; Yuan Ren; Qi-Jun Yao; Zhen-Hui Lin; Sheng-Cai Shi; B. M. Voronov; G. N. Gol'tsman
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Paper Abstract

It is known that the increase of bath temperature results in the decrease of critical current of superconducting hot-electron bolometer (HEB) mixers owing to the depression of superconductivity, thus leading to the degradation of the mixer's sensitivity. Here we report our study on the effect of bath temperature on the heterodyne mixing performance of quasi-optical superconducting NbN HEB mixers incorporated with a two-arm log-spiral antenna. The correlation between the bath temperature, critical current, LO power requirement and noise temperature is investigated at 0.5 THz. Furthermore, the heterodyne mixing performance of quasi-optical superconducting NbN HEB mixers is examined while there is an optical-axis displacement between the center of the extended hemispherical silicon lens and the superconducting NbN HEB device, which is placed on the back of the lens. Detailed experimental results and analysis are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6840, Terahertz Photonics, 684007 (8 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.755238
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Wen Zhang, Purple Mountain Observatory, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Ning Li, Purple Mountain Observatory, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Ling Jiang, Purple Mountain Observatory, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Yuan Ren, Purple Mountain Observatory, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Qi-Jun Yao, Purple Mountain Observatory, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Zhen-Hui Lin, Purple Mountain Observatory, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
Sheng-Cai Shi, Purple Mountain Observatory, National Astronomical Observatories (China)
B. M. Voronov, Moscow State Pedagogical Univ. (Russia)
G. N. Gol'tsman, Moscow State Pedagogical Univ. (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6840:
Terahertz Photonics
Cunlin Zhang; Xi-Cheng Zhang, Editor(s)

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