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System design for the Millimeter Array
Author(s): A. Richard Thompson
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Paper Abstract

The Millimeter Array (MMA) will consist of 40 or more antennas operating as a correlator array in the frequency range 30 to 950 GHz. This paper is concerned with the transmission and processing of the signals received at the antennas from the outputs of the low-noise receiver front ends to the inputs of the correlator. It includes the IF and LO systems and the optical fiber transmission system that interconnects the antennas and the Electronics Building. There the signals are filtered for bandwidth selection, digitized, delayed as necessary to compensate for the varying path lengths to the antennas, and cross-correlated. A number of decisions must be made before detailed design can be started. These include the maximum bandwidth of the signals to be processed, the use of analog or digital transmission from the antennas, and the bandwidths required for spectral line observations. Detailed considerations include control of signal levels at certain points, implementation of a calibration scheme to provide a measure of the system gain, control of fringe frequencies, and separation of sidebands for the frequency bands using SIS- mixer input stages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 July 1998
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3357, Advanced Technology MMW, Radio, and Terahertz Telescopes, (31 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317379
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A. Richard Thompson, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3357:
Advanced Technology MMW, Radio, and Terahertz Telescopes
Thomas G. Phillips, Editor(s)

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