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Compact radiometric microwave calibrator

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Fixsen, D.J. ; SSAI Goddard Spaceflight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771 ; Wollack, E.J. ; Kogut, A. ; Limon, M.
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The calibration methods for the ARCADE II instrument are described and the accuracy estimated. The Steelcast coated aluminum cones which comprise the calibrator have a low reflection while maintaining 94% of the absorber volume within 5 mK of the base temperature (modeled). The calibrator demonstrates an absorber with the active part less than one wavelength thick and only marginally larger than the mouth of the largest horn and yet black (less than -40 dB or 0.01% reflection) over five octaves in frequency.

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Review of Scientific Instruments  (Volume:77 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Jun 2006

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