Publications associated with C-Band All Sky Survey

Investigating the origin of harmonics in a 230 GHz local oscillator

Proceedings of the International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology IEEE (2015)

B Tan, A Hector, BN Ellison, G Yassin, J Leech

The presence of spurious frequency tones emanating from a harmonically generated local oscillator (LO) signal can significantly degrade the performance of a SuperconductorInsulator-Superconductor (SIS) tunnel junction mixer [1]. The existence of harmonics is often revealed by distorted I-V curves obtained when pumping the SIS device with the LO. We have investigated this effect by using a commercially available source and correlating the photon step induced I-V curve structure with a direct frequency measurement made via a Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) and a spectrum analyser. Our results suggest that intermixing frequency products are generated within the first, low frequency, stage of the LO chain, and these unwanted signals are converted to high frequency tones through subsequent stages of LO amplification and frequency up-conversion. The experimental work has been performed by using measurement facilities available at the University of Oxford and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL), UK.

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