Performance evaluation of a lossy transmission lines based diode detector at cryogenic temperature
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AuthorVilla Benito, Enrique; Aja Abelán, Beatriz; Fuente Rodríguez, Luisa María de la; Artal Latorre, Eduardo
This work is focused on the design, fabrication, and performance analysis of a square-law Schottky diodedetector based on lossy transmission lines working under cryogenic temperature (15 K). The design analysis of a microwave detector, based on a planar gallium-arsenide low effective Schottky barrier height diode, is reported, which is aimed for achieving large input return loss as well as flat sensitivity versus frequency. The designed circuit demonstrates good sensitivity, as well as a good return loss in a wide bandwidth at Ka-band, at both room (300 K) and cryogenic (15 K) temperatures. A good sensitivity of 1000 mV/mW and input return loss better than 12 dB have been achieved when it works as a zero-bias Schottky diodedetector at room temperature, increasing the sensitivity up to a minimum of 2200 mV/mW, with the need of a DC bias current, at cryogenic temperature.