The supercam local oscillator multiplexing unit

Christopher Groppi, D. Golish, B. Love, C. Kulesa, C. Walker

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With an array receiver, LO power must be efficiently distributed among pixels. Depending on the mechanical and optical constraints of the array, a balanced distribution can be achieved using quasioptical techniques or waveguide injection. With the quasioptical approach, dielectric beam splitters or holographic phase gratings are used to divide the LO energy between array pixels. We have chosen to use a hybrid waveguide/quasioptical LO power injection scheme. The LO power for the Supercam is provided by a single solid-state, synthesizer-driven source from Virginia Diode Inc. The active multiplier chain consists of a high power solid-state amplifier followed by a series of tunerless, broadband multipliers. The output of the chain is coupled to an eight-way waveguide corporate power divider with splitblock machineable waveguide twists. Each of the eight outputs provides the drive power for a 1x8 subarray via an identical 8 way corporate divider with diagonal waveguide feedhorn outputs. The complete 64-way power divider was constructed with the Kern micromilling machine at the University of Arizona, and consists of 17 waveguide splitblocks. The measured beampattern of the complete LO unit with optics shows that LO power is divided evenly to within 10% over all 64 pixels, with good optical quality and high efficiency. We present the design, fabrication and measured performance of this waveguide multiplexer and its associated LO source and optics unit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication22nd International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2011, ISSTT 2011
PublisherInternational Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2011
Event22nd International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2011, ISSTT 2011 - Tucson, AZ, United States
Duration: Apr 25 2011Apr 28 2011


Other22nd International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2011, ISSTT 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTucson, AZ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiation


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