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ERR185 - MM and subMM receiver technology for instrumentation
 
Owner: RAMAS
3,0 Credits (ECTS 4,5)
Grading: UG - Fail, pass
Level: A
Department: 75 - EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0102 Written and oral assignments 3,0 c Grading: UG   3,0 c    

In programs

TTFYA ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 4 (elective)
RAMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN RADIO ASTRONOMY AND SPACE SCIENCE, Year 1 (compulsory)
TELTA ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, Year 4 (elective)
COMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN HARDWARE FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, Year 1 (elective)

Examiner:

Professor  Victor Belitsky



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Aim

This course is an introduction to mm and submm receiver instrumentation and focused on
heterodyne receiver technology with special application in high-resolution spectroscopy for
radio astronomy, environmental (atmospheric) research and space applications. By taking this
course students should obtain a ground level understanding in the course subject as well have
a deeper insight in the receiver technology related problem through their presentation.

Content

This course is focused on a review of modern heterodyne receiver technology for high-
resolution spectroscopy at mm and sub-mm waves in radio astronomy and other
applications, e.g., environmental science and space applications. The course covers the
following items: receiver system noise, super-heterodyne receiver technology, Gaussian
beam optics, cryogenic IF HEMT amplifiers, physics of superconductivity, SIS mixers
for mm and submm bands, hot-electron bolometer (HEB) mixers for THz frequencies,
thin-film fabrication of the superconducting components.

Organisation

The course material is given in eight lectures and 5 ? 6 seminars (the latter depending on
the number of students taking the course). Students will be required a written survey of
recent publications on a subject within the course content; a list of possible subjects for
such reviews will be available on the course web page after the beginning of the course.
Students should present the review during the series of seminars after complementing the
lecture material. In order to complete the course, students should make compulsory
laboratory work and deliver a report.
As part of the course, we plan organizing visit to the MC2 clean room. The lecture
handout booklet will be available for students at its production cost.

Literature

Complete list of the recommended literature is published on the MRTI Course web page
http://gard04.mc2.chalmers.se/MRTI/MRTI_Course_Literature.htm (21 titles including
lecture handouts).

Examination

No written or oral examination is considered. In order to be graded, the students have to
attend both lectures and seminars in more than 80% of occasions, successfully complete
the laboratory work and deliver the report and make the assigned technology review
presentation during the series of seminars. The grade (passed /not passed) on the course
will be given based on attendance on the lectures and seminars (if attended more than
80% of the lectures and seminars, 10 points), the results of the laboratory work (20 points
max) and the quality of the presentation (20 points max). A student would need 39 or
more points to pass the course.


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