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Terahertz frequency receiver instrumentation for Herschel's heterodyne instrument for far infrared (HIFI)

Pearson, J. C. and Miller, D. and Karpov, A. and Zmuidzinas, J. and Phillips, T. (2003) Terahertz frequency receiver instrumentation for Herschel's heterodyne instrument for far infrared (HIFI). In: IR Space Telescopes and Instruments. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4850. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 650-661. ISBN 9780819446299.

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The Heterodyne Instrument for Far Infrared (HIFI) on ESA's Herschel Space Observatory is comprised of five SIS receiver channels covering 480-1250 GHz and two HEB receiver channels covering 1410-1910 GHz. Two fixed tuned local oscillator sub-bands are derived from a common synthesizer to provide the front-end frequency coverage for each channel. The local oscillator unti will be passively cooled while the focal plane unit is cooled by superfluid helium and cold helium vapors. HIFI employs W-band GaAs amplifiers, InP HEMT low noise IF amplifiers, fixed tuned broadband planar diode multipliers, and novel material systems in the SIS mixtures. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is managing the development of the highest frequency (1119-1250 GHz) SIS mixers, the highest frequency (1650-1910 GHz) HEB mixers, local oscillators for the three highest frequency receivers as well as W-band power amplifiers, varactor diode devices for all high frequency multipliers and InP HEMT components for all the receiver channels intermediate frequency amplifiers. The NASA developed components represent a significant advancement in the available performance. The current state of the art for each of these devices is presented along with a programmatic view of the development effort.

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Additional Information:© 2003 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). This research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Subject Keywords:Heterodyne, Receiver, Submillimeter, Multiplier, Mixer, LNA, Local Oscillator, MMIC, THz
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Issue or Number:4850
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Official Citation:John C. Pearson, Imran Mehdi, Erich Schlecht, Frank Maiwald, Alain Maestrini, John J. Gill, Suzanne C. Martin, Dave Pukala, J. Ward, Jonathan Kawamura, William R. McGrath, William Hatch, Dennis G. Harding, Henry G. LeDuc, Jeffry A. Stern, Bruce Bumble, Lorene A. Samoska, Todd C. Gaier, Robert Ferber, David Miller, Alexandre Karpov, Jonas Zmuidzinas, Thomas G. Phillips, Neal R. Erickson, Jerry Swift, Yun Chung, Richard Lai, Huei Wang, "Terahertz-frequency receiver instrumentation for Herschel's heterodyne instrument for far infrared (HIFI)," Proc. SPIE 4850, IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (5 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461757
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:18 Jan 2019 03:28
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