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Baubert, J., Salez, M., Merkel, H., Pons, P., Cherednichenko, S., Lecomte, B., et al. (2005). IF gain bandwidth of membrane-based NbN hot electron bolometers for SHAHIRA. IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond., 15(2), 507–510.
Abstract: SHAHIRA (Submm Heterodyne Array for HIgh-speed Radio Astronomy) is a project supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is designed to fly on the SOFIA observatory. A quasi-optic design has been chosen for 2.5/2.7 THz and 4.7 THz, for hydroxyde radical OH, deuterated hydrogen HD and neutral atomic oxygen OI lines observations. Hot electron bolometers (HEBs) have been processed on 1 /spl mu/m thick SiO/sub 2//Si/sub 3/N/sub 4/ stress-less membranes. In this paper we analyse the intermediate frequency (IF) gain bandwidth from the theoretical point of view, and compare it to measurements.
Keywords: NbN HEB mixers, applications