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Development of MMIC receivers for cosmic microwave background interferometry

Sieth, Matthew and Lau, Judy M. and Voll, Patricia and Church, Sarah and Kangaslahti, Pekka and Samoska, Lorene and Soria, Mary and Gaier, Todd and Van Winkle, Dan and Neilson, Jeffrey and Tantawi, Sami and Cleary, Kieran and Readhead, Anthony C. S. (2010) Development of MMIC receivers for cosmic microwave background interferometry. In: Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V. Proceedings of SPIE. No.7741. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 77412I. ISBN 978-0-81948-231-0.

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We report on the development of some of the key technologies that will be needed for a large-format Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) interferometer with many hundreds of wideband W-band (75-110 GHz) receivers. A scalable threebaseline prototype interferometer is being assembled as a technology demonstration for a future ground- or space-based instrument. Each of the prototype heterodyne receivers integrates two InPMonolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) low-noise amplifiers, a coupled-line bandpass filter, a subharmonic balanced diode mixer, and a 90° local oscillator phase switch into a single compact module that is suitable for mass production. Room temperature measurements indicate bandaveraged receiver noise temperatures of 500 K from 85-100 GHz. Cryogenic receiver noise temperatures are expected to be around 50 K.

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Additional Information:© 2010 SPIE. The authors would like to thank Matt Morgan for providing the mixer design that was used in the prototype receivers, Eric Bryerton for designing one of the LNAs, Keith Grainge, Andrew Harris, Michael Jones, Tim Pearson, and Angela Taylor for useful discussions about interferometry, Glen Nixon, Suzanne Staggs, and Ed Wollack for useful dialogue about split block polarizers, Dan Werthimer for discussions on correlators, Heather Owen for invaluable help in assembling receiver components, and Rodrigo Reeves for discussions on noise measurements. This work was supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Strategic University Research Partnership and the SLAC Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program. This work was supported by Department of Energy contract DE-AC03-76SF00515. P.V. thanks the Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program for their support.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-AC03-76SF00515
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Subject Keywords:Cosmic Microwave Background, polarization, interferometers, mm-wave, MMIC, low-noise amplifiers, large-format receiver arrays
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Issue or Number:7741
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Official Citation:Matthew Sieth ; Judy M. Lau ; Patricia Voll ; Sarah Church ; Pekka Kangaslahti ; Lorene Samoska ; Mary Soria ; Todd Gaier ; Dan Van Winkle ; Jeffrey Neilson ; Sami Tantawi ; Kieran Cleary ; Anthony C. S. Readhead; Development of MMIC receivers for cosmic microwave background interferometry. Proc. SPIE 7741, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 77412I (July 15, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.857830
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