Cryogenic Receivers


Series: Physics Research and Technology

BISAC: SCI055000

Target Audience: This book will be helpful for graduate students as well as engineers working with cryogenic, radar and communication systems.

Radar and communication systems play an important role in civil and military applications. They are always under development and new versions continually come to the market. Though the basic operation principles have stayed nearly the same over the last 100 years, new technology has allowed for advancements in the development of components, and new systems find specific applications. Superconducting materials are widely used, for example in motors, magnets, cavities, and transformers, and are sometimes also used for typical components of radar and communication systems, like antennas, filters, and logical elements. Superconducting components significantly change the operation of whole systems, and thorough understanding of operational principles is of paramount importance for correct design.

In this book, the recent developments of cryogenic receivers over the last 20 years are outlined. Special attention is given to the very specialized technologies, like Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) logics, or electrically small active antennas based on SQUID/bi-SQUID/SQIF operational principles. The classical applications, like superconducting filters or cryogenically cooled Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA), are considered in detail. Though the book is considered as a review on recent developments of cryogenic receivers to facilitate an understanding of operational principles, many examples with estimations are given. The reliability of cryogenic receivers strongly depends on the mechanical and cryogenic designs, and many practical examples and solutions are also presented. Future trends or possible research areas are considered as well.

Table of Contents


About the Author

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Review on State-of-the-Art of Receiver Systems with Superconducting Electronic Components

Chapter 3. Overall Design of L-Band Phased Array Antenna System Based on Parallel Operations of Superconductor and Semiconductor (Conventional) Electronics

Chapter 4. HF Design of Phased Array Antenna System Based on SC Electronics with Cold Antenna

Chapter 5. Mechanical, Cryogenic and Vacuum Designs of Receiver


Appendix A: “Most Significant Change to Satellite Communications Worldwide in 30 Years”

Appendix B: Application of 4th Generation ADR with Multiple Channels for Naval Radio Frequency Systems


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