Noise bandwidth of diffusion-cooled hot-electron bolometers

  • Schoelkopf R
  • Burke P
  • Prober D
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We present studies of the input and output noise of diffusion cooled hot-electron bolometer mixers. By simultaneously measuring the gain and noise (with a 14 GHz LO) as a function of intermediate frequency for a 0.16 mu m diffusion cooled Nb device, we shaw that the noise bandwidth (4 GHz) is larger than the gain bandwidth (2.4 GHz). The output noise is 55 K, and the mixer noise is very low, 340 It DSB. This shows that diffusion cooled devices have low noise over a broad enough intermediate frequency band for practical applications in THz receivers.

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  • R J Schoelkopf

  • P J Burke

  • D E Prober

  • B Karasik

  • A Skalare

  • W R McGrath

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