A full-height waveguide to thin-film microstrip transition with exceptional RF bandwidth and coupling efficiency

J. W. Kooi, G. Chattopadhyay, S. Withington, F. Rice, J. Zmuidzinas, C. Walker, G. Yassin

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Abstract

We describe a waveguide to thin-film microstrip transition for high-performance submillimetre wave and teraherz applications. The proposed constant-radius probe couples thin-film microstrip line, to full-height rectangular waveguide with better than 99% efficiency (VSWR ≤ 1.20) and 45% fractional bandwidth. Extensive HFSS simulations, backed by scale-model measurements, are presented in the paper. By selecting the substrate material and probe radius, any real impedance between ≈ 15-60 Ω can be achieved. The radial probe gives significantly improved performance over other designs discussed in the literature. Although our primary application is submillimetre wave superconducting mixers, we show that membrane techniques should allow broad-band waveguide components to be constructed for the THz frequency range.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-284
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003

Keywords

  • Capacitive waveguide tuning step
  • Full-height waveguide to thin-film microstrip transition
  • Hot electron bolometer (HEB)
  • Radial probe
  • Split-block
  • Superconducting-insulating-superconducting (SIS) tunnel junction
  • Suspended membrane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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