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Low noise SIS receiver performance using Pb alloy tunnel junctions

By S.R. Davies and L.T. Little


A receiver noise temperature of 61 K (DSB) has been measured for a superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) heterodyne receiver operating at 232 GHz, the lowest value reported to date for such a receiver employing a lead alloy junction. Analysis of the losses of the receiver components yields mixer noise temperature and conversion loss, T-m = 24 K and L-m = 2.1 dB (DSB). These are compared with predictions based on 3-port quantum mixer theory, made using the measured characteristics of the junction and an equivalent circuit for the waveguide mixer mount deduced from scaled modelling experiments

Topics: TK5101, T, TK
Publisher: IEEE
Year: 1998
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