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Externally phase-locked flux flow oscillator for submm integrated receivers: achievements and limitations

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12 Author(s)
Koshelets, V.P. ; Inst. of Radio Eng. & Electron., Russian Acad. of Sci., Moscow, Russia ; Shitov, S.V. ; Dmitriev, P.N. ; Ermakov, A.B.
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A Josephson flux flow oscillator (FFO) is the most developed superconducting local oscillator for integration with an SIS mixer in a single-chip submm-wave receiver. Recently, using a new FFO design, a free-running linewidth ≤10 MHz has been measured in the frequency range up to 712 GHz, limited only by the gap frequency of Nb. This enabled us to phase lock the FFO in the frequency range 500-712 GHz where continuous frequency tuning is possible; resulting in an absolute FFO phase noise as low as -80 dBc at 707 GHz. Comprehensive measurements of the FFO radiation linewidth have been performed using an integrated SIS harmonic mixer. The influence of FFO parameters on radiation linewidth, particularly the effect of the differential resistances associated both with the bias current and the applied magnetic field has been studied in order to further optimize the FFO design. A new approach with a self-shielded FFO has been developed and experimentally tested.

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Applied Superconductivity, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 2 )