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Development of Suitable Technologies for Heterodyne W-Band Focal-Plane Arrays

Mena, Patricio; REYES, N.; JARUFE, C.; BARRUETO, I.; MOLINA, R.; MONASTERIO, D.; BRONFMAN L.

We present the ongoing efforts at University of Chile to develop technologies for heterodyne focal-plane arrays. We have focused in W band covering four areas of study. 1. OPTICAL SYSTEMS: We have studied the possibility of using multi-pixel receivers at ALMA-type antennas. We designed an array of 7 pixels (extensible to 19) that fits into an ALMA cartridge. The design includes a set of mirrors and a fly-eye lens that allows the system to fit on the available space. For the feed, we have studied smooth-wall horns and Vivaldi antennas. 2. COMPACT OMTS: We have been working on turnstile-type OMTs fabricated in platelets that permit integration of several OMTs in the same block. 3. LOW NOISE AMPLIFIERS: We are working on a hybrid concept that uses a single transistor mounted before a commercial MMIC. We have measured noise temperatures lower than 50 K. The aim is to produce compact blocks suitable for integration. 4. DOWNCONVERTING MIXERS: We have designed biased sub-harmonic mixers based on Schottky diodes using MMIC technology and to be fabricated in a commercial run. We expect conversion losses below 15 dB. Mixers and LNA will be packaged in a single block using a 2SB scheme.

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