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High-power HTS microstrip filters for wireless communication

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11 Author(s)
Guo-Chun Liang ; Conductus Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, USA ; Dawei Zhang ; Chien-Fu Shih ; Johansson, M.E.
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The performance of narrowband microstrip filters with low insertion loss and high power-handling capabilities made from YBa2 Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) high-temperature superconducting (HTS) thin films is presented. Results are shown for two different designs that were chosen to optimize the power-handling capability. Both filters have a 2-GHz center frequency and 5 poles that incorporate coupled resonators with 10-Ω internal impedances. They were made on 5-cm-diameter LaAlO3 substrates. Both designs use parallel-coupled feed lines to avoid current crowding, The first design includes backward- and forward-coupled filters, has 1% bandwidth, and has handled over 25 watts of input power at 10 K with less than 0.25 dB compression. The second design has 1.2% bandwidth and uses only forward-coupled resonators. The dissipation loss is less than 0.2 dB at 45 K and it has a third-order intercept of 62 dBm. Another similar filter handled 36 watts of power at 45 K with less than 0.15 dB compression across the passband. We have developed a technique to visualize the power dissipation of the filter by observing the bubbles created by the filter when submerged in liquid helium, showing areas with local defects or where the current distribution is at its peak value. We also discuss several planar high-power filter issues, including material selection and fabrication, device configuration trade-offs, filter structure optimization, and design approaches to maximize power-handling capacity

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:43 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec 1995

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