TREND - A low noise terahertz receiver user instrument for AST/RO at the South Pole

Eyal Gerecht, Sigfrid Yngvesson, John Nicholson, Yan Zhuang, Fernando Rodriguez-Morales, Xin Zhao, Dazhen Gu, Richard Zannoni, Michael Coulombe, Jason Dickinson, Thomas Goyette, Jerry Waldman, Christopher Groppi, Abigail Hedden, Dathon Golish, Christopher K Walker, Antony Stark, Christopher Martin, Adair Lane

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Abstract

Based on the excellent performance of NbN HEB mixer receivers at THz frequencies which we have established in the laboratory, we are building a Terahertz REceiver with NbN HEB Device (TREND) to be installed on the 1.7 meter diameter AST/RO submillimeter wave telescope at the Amundsen/Scott South Pole Station. TREND is scheduled for deployment during the austral summer season of 2002/2003. The frequency range of 1.25 THz to 1.5 THz was chosen in order to match the good windows for atmospheric transmission and interstellar spectral lines of special interest. The South Pole Station is the best available site for THz observations due to the very cold and dry atmosphere over this site. In this paper, we report on the design of this receiver. In particular, we report on HEB mixer device performance, the quasi-optical coupling design using an elliptical silicon lens and a twin-slot antenna, the laser local oscillator (LO), as well as the mixer block design and the plans for coupling the TREND receiver to the sky beam and to the laser LO at the AST/RO telescope site.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsT.G. Phillips, J. Zmuidzinas
Pages574-582
Number of pages9
Volume4855
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
EventMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy - Waikaloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 25 2002Aug 28 2002

Other

OtherMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy
CountryUnited States
CityWaikaloa, HI
Period8/25/028/28/02

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Keywords

  • HEB
  • Quasi-optical receivers
  • Radio telescopes
  • Submillimeter
  • Superconducting devices
  • Terahertz mixers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Gerecht, E., Yngvesson, S., Nicholson, J., Zhuang, Y., Rodriguez-Morales, F., Zhao, X., ... Lane, A. (2002). TREND - A low noise terahertz receiver user instrument for AST/RO at the South Pole. In T. G. Phillips, & J. Zmuidzinas (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 4855, pp. 574-582) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459316

TREND - A low noise terahertz receiver user instrument for AST/RO at the South Pole. / Gerecht, Eyal; Yngvesson, Sigfrid; Nicholson, John; Zhuang, Yan; Rodriguez-Morales, Fernando; Zhao, Xin; Gu, Dazhen; Zannoni, Richard; Coulombe, Michael; Dickinson, Jason; Goyette, Thomas; Waldman, Jerry; Groppi, Christopher; Hedden, Abigail; Golish, Dathon; Walker, Christopher K; Stark, Antony; Martin, Christopher; Lane, Adair.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / T.G. Phillips; J. Zmuidzinas. Vol. 4855 2002. p. 574-582.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Gerecht, E, Yngvesson, S, Nicholson, J, Zhuang, Y, Rodriguez-Morales, F, Zhao, X, Gu, D, Zannoni, R, Coulombe, M, Dickinson, J, Goyette, T, Waldman, J, Groppi, C, Hedden, A, Golish, D, Walker, CK, Stark, A, Martin, C & Lane, A 2002, TREND - A low noise terahertz receiver user instrument for AST/RO at the South Pole. in TG Phillips & J Zmuidzinas (eds), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 4855, pp. 574-582, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy, Waikaloa, HI, United States, 8/25/02. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459316
Gerecht E, Yngvesson S, Nicholson J, Zhuang Y, Rodriguez-Morales F, Zhao X et al. TREND - A low noise terahertz receiver user instrument for AST/RO at the South Pole. In Phillips TG, Zmuidzinas J, editors, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4855. 2002. p. 574-582 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459316
Gerecht, Eyal ; Yngvesson, Sigfrid ; Nicholson, John ; Zhuang, Yan ; Rodriguez-Morales, Fernando ; Zhao, Xin ; Gu, Dazhen ; Zannoni, Richard ; Coulombe, Michael ; Dickinson, Jason ; Goyette, Thomas ; Waldman, Jerry ; Groppi, Christopher ; Hedden, Abigail ; Golish, Dathon ; Walker, Christopher K ; Stark, Antony ; Martin, Christopher ; Lane, Adair. / TREND - A low noise terahertz receiver user instrument for AST/RO at the South Pole. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / T.G. Phillips ; J. Zmuidzinas. Vol. 4855 2002. pp. 574-582
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