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Quantum noise in a terahertz hot electron bolometer mixer

Zhang, W. and Khosropanah, P. and Gao, J. R. and Kollberg, E. L. and Yngvesson, K. S. and Bansal, T. and Barends, R. and Klapwijk, T. M. (2010) Quantum noise in a terahertz hot electron bolometer mixer. Applied Physics Letters, 96 (11). Art. No. 111113. ISSN 0003-6951. doi:10.1063/1.3364936.

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We have measured the noise temperature of a single, sensitive superconducting NbN hot electron bolometer (HEB) mixer in a frequency range from 1.6 to 5.3 THz, using a setup with all the key components in vacuum. By analyzing the measured receiver noise temperature using a quantum noise (QN) model for HEB mixers, we confirm the effect of QN. The QN is found to be responsible for about half of the receiver noise at the highest frequency in our measurements. The β-factor (the quantum efficiency of the HEB) obtained experimentally agrees reasonably well with the calculated value.

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