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An integrated quasioptical receiver consisting of a planar double-dipole antenna, SIS mixer and superconducting Flux-Flow Oscillator (FFO) with matching circuits has been designed, fabricated and tested in the frequency range 420-530 GHz. The integrated receiver is very suitable for space applications because of its low size, mass and power consumption. All components of the receiver are integrated on a 4 mm/spl times/4 mm/spl times/0.2 mm crystalline quartz substrate using a single Nb-AlO/sub x/-Nb trilayer. The successful operation of the integrated receiver comprising a number of new crucial elements has been demonstrated. A DSB noise temperature as low as 140 K at 500 GHz and a tuning range of more than 100 GHz have been obtained. A comparison of the FFO with conventional external LO has been performed.
Date of Publication: June 1997