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A 40 GHz band SIS receiver using Nb/Al−AlOx/Nb array junctions


A 40 GHz band SIS mixer receiver has been built using Nb/Al−AlOx/Nb array junctions and a 4.3 K closed cycle helium refrigerator. The minimum conversion loss of the mixer is 2±1 dB and the single sideband receiver noise temperature (TRX (SSB)) is as low as 110±10 K at 36 GHz. TRX (SSB) is almost constant in the IF bandwidth of 600 MHz. The mixer saturation level is as high as 15 nW, which is comparable to the injected LO power.

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Tsuboi, M., Inatani, J., Kasuga, T. et al. A 40 GHz band SIS receiver using Nb/Al−AlOx/Nb array junctions. Int J Infrared Milli Waves 8, 1–11 (1987).

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Key words

  • millimeter wave receiver
  • SIS junctions
  • mixer