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Dependence of noise temperature on physical temperature for cryogenic low-noise amplifiers

M. A. McCulloch ; Jan Grahn (Institutionen för mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Mikrovågselektronik) ; S. J. Melhuish ; Per-Åke Nilsson (Institutionen för mikroteknologi och nanovetenskap, Mikrovågselektronik) ; L. Piccirillo ; J. Schleeh ; Niklas Wadefalk
Journal of Astronomical Telescopes Instruments and Systems (2329-4124). Vol. 3 (2017), 1,
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

We present the results of noise-temperature measurements for four radio astronomy MMIC low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) at physical temperatures from 2 to 160 K. We observe and confirm recent reports that the noise temperature of an LNA exhibits a quadratic dependence with respect to the physical temperature. We are also able to confirm the prediction by Pospieszalski that below a certain physical temperature there is no further significant reduction in noise temperature. We then discuss these results in the context of both the Pospieszalski noise model and some recent Monte-Carlo simulations, which have implied that at very low temperatures, heating of the electron channel above ambient temperature may help to explain the behavior of the drain temperature parameter.

Nyckelord: amplifiers, microwaves, technology, telescopes

Denna post skapades 2017-04-19. Senast ändrad 2017-04-19.
CPL Pubid: 248900


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