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A low-noise fixed-tuned 300-360-GHz sub-harmonic mixer using planar Schottky diodes

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3 Author(s)
Thomas, B. ; Lab. d''Etude du Rayonnement et de la Matiere en Astrophysique, Obs. de Paris, France ; Maestrini, A. ; Beaudin, G.

This letter presents the design and fabrication of a low-noise fixed-tuned 300-360-GHz sub-harmonic mixer, featuring an anti-parallel pair of planar Schottky diodes fabricated by the University of Virginia and flip-chipped onto a suspended quartz-based microstrip circuit. The mixer exhibits a double side band (DSB) equivalent noise temperature lower than 900K over 18% of bandwidth (300-360-GHz), with 2 to 4.5mW of local oscillator (LO) power. At room temperature, a minimum DSB mixer noise temperature of 700K and conversion losses of 6.3dB are measured at 330GHz.

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Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 12 )