We have successfully fabricated niobium diffusion-cooled hot-electron bolometer (HEB) mixers on membranes of silicon nitride less than one micron thick. This advance has allowed us to construct a 1 × 5 HEB receiver array intended for operation at 1.45 THz. This article provides an overview of the integration of the HEB array chip with silicon micromachined backshorts and feedhorns, discusses materials issues surrounding the device fabrication, reports resistance and I-V measurements, and compares HEBs fabricated on silicon nitride to similar devices on quartz substrates.
- Focused-ion beam
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering