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|Title:||Wideband 67-116 GHz cryogenic receiver development for ALMA Band 2||Authors:||Yagoubov, P.
De Breuck, C.
BELTRAN SOROLLA, MARIA TERESA
Fuller, G. A.
Gallego, J. -D.
|Issue Date:||2018||Volume:||8th ESA Workshop on Millimetre-Wave Technology and Applications||First Page:||1812.03575||Abstract:||The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) is already revolutionising our understanding of the Universe. However, ALMA is not yet equipped with all of its originally planned receiver bands, which will allow it to observe over the full range of frequencies from 35-950 GHz accessible through the Earth's atmosphere. In particular Band 2 (67-90 GHz) has not yet been approved for construction. Recent technological developments in cryogenic monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) amplifier and orthomode transducer (OMT) design provide an opportunity to extend the originally planned on-sky bandwidth, combining ALMA Bands 2 and 3 into one receiver cartridge covering 67-116 GHz. The IF band definition for the ALMA project took place two decades ago, when 8 GHz of on-sky bandwidth per polarisation channel was an ambitious goal. The new receiver design we present here allows the opportunity to expand ALMA's wideband capabilities, anticipating future upgrades across the entire observatory. Expanding ALMA's instantaneous bandwidth is a high priority, and provides a number of observational advantages, including lower noise in continuum observations, the ability to probe larger portions of an astronomical spectrum for, e.g., widely spaced molecular transitions, and the ability to scan efficiently in frequency space to perform surveys where the redshift or chemical complexity of the object is not known a priori. Wider IF bandwidth also reduces uncertainties in calibration and continuum subtraction that might otherwise compromise science objectives. Here we provide an overview of the component development and overall design for this wideband 67-116 GHz cryogenic receiver cartridge, designed to operate from the Band 2 receiver cartridge slot in the current ALMA front end receiver cryostat.||Conference Name:||8th ESA Workshop on Millimetre-Wave Technology and Applications||Conference Place:||The Netherlands, Noordwijk||Conference Date:||10-12 December, 2018||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12386/30607||URL:||https://atpi.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/millimetre-wave/mm-wave||Bibcode ADS:||2018arXiv181203575Y||Fulltext:||open|
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