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A Noise Investigation of Tunnel-Diode Microwave Amplifiers

Yariv, A. and Cook, J. S. (1961) A Noise Investigation of Tunnel-Diode Microwave Amplifiers. Proceedings of the IRE, 49 (4). pp. 739-743. ISSN 0096-8390. doi:10.1109/JRPROC.1961.287844.

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An analysis and derivation of the noise figure of a tunnel-diode microwave amplifier are presented. The agreement between the measured noise figure and the theoretical results is an indirect check on the existence of full shot noise in germanium tunnel diodes at microwave frequencies. The limiting noise temperature of the amplifier is eI0R/2k, and can be approached by using diodes with small (RC) products in which the extreme overcoupling (load mismatch) and high gain can be achieved simultaneously.

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Additional Information:© Copyright 1961 IRE. Reproduced with permission. Received by the IRE, October 3, 1960. The authors wish to express their indebtedness to P.E. Butzien for his able participation in the experimental work, and to E. Dickten for fabricating and mounting the diodes used in the experiment.
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