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Resistive Graphene FET Subharmonic Mixers: Noise and Linearity Assessment

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4 Author(s)
Andersson, M.A. ; Dept. of Microtechnol. & Nanosci., Chalmers Univ. of Technol., Goteborg, Sweden ; Habibpour, O. ; Vukusic, J. ; Stake, J.

We report on the first complete RF characterization of graphene field-effect transistor subharmonic resistive mixers in the frequency interval fRF=2-5 GHz . The analysis includes conversion loss (CL), noise figure (NF), and intermodulation distortion. Due to an 8-nm thin Al2O3 gate dielectric, the devices operate at only ~ 0 dBm of local oscillator (LO) power with an optimum measured CL in the range of 20-22 dB. The NF closely mimics the CL, thus determining the noise to be essentially thermal in origin, which is promising for cryogenic applications. The highest input third-order intercept point is measured to be 4.9 dBm at an LO power of 2 dBm.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 12 )