6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
[PPS24-P02] Development of 1.9 THz Band Waveguide-type Hot-electron Bolometer Mixer Employing Superconducting NbTiN Microbridge
Keywords:Teraherz Astoronomy, Interstellar Medium, Planetary Atmosphere, Heterodyne Spectroscopy, Superconducting Detector
We are currently developing a waveguide-type HEB mixer employing a diagonal horn for the 1.8-2 THz band, in which the dimensions of a NbTiN micro-bridge fabricated using our in situ technique are optimized on the basis of our HEB mixer model. The optical system and waveguide probe that couple the input signal were designed with 3D electromagnetic-field simulators, GRASP and HFSS(TM). The probe feed was optimized to match the micro-bridge impedance. The chip width and thickness are 44 μm and 19 μm, respectively. We succeeded in fabricating experimental preproduction samples of these microscopic chips using dicing and MultiPrep polishing systems with a high yield (> 90%). The observational targets for this frequency band are OH radicals, which are important pro-oxidants in the chemical-reaction network in the atmosphere of Earth and other planets ; [OI] and [CII] lines, which are the basic coolants of the interstellar medium; and other complex and high-J molecules.
In this conference, we will present the current developmental status of the newly designed 1.9 THz band waveguide-type HEB mixer receivers.