Demonstration of a portable HTS MMIC microwave receiver front-end

Jia Du, Jia Wang, Ting Zhang, Dandan Bai, Yingjie Jay Guo, Yusheng He

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We report the first demonstration of a portable HTS monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) receiver front-end module operating on a commercial mini cryocooler. The HTS circuit consists of a step-edge junction mixer and a number of HTS filters fabricated on a single MgO substrate. The HTS MMIC circuit is integrated with the mini cryocooler. The sample vacuum chamber, cold-head, compressor and cooling fans are all packed into one customer-designed portable box of approximately 350 mm × 350 mm × 250 mm in dimension. The HTS Josephson junction-based microwave circuit operated successfully in the cryocooler unshielded without observable performance degradation. The design and implementation of the compact unit and performance evaluation of a HTS MMIC frequency down-converter are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1500404
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • High-temperature superconductor
  • Josephson mixer
  • mini cryocooler
  • receiver front-end


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