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Terahertz Radiometer for Outer Planet and Moon Atmospheres (TROPA)

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dc.contributor.author Schlecht, E. T.
dc.contributor.author Jamnejad, V.
dc.contributor.author Jarnot, R. F.
dc.contributor.author Raffanti, R.
dc.contributor.author Lin, R.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-01T23:25:50Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-01T23:25:50Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-02
dc.identifier.citation 23rd International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, Tokyo, Japan, April 2-4, 2012. en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-2773
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/42303
dc.description.abstract We are developing a prototype instrument platform to demonstrate the feasibility of a wideband spectrometer for planetary applications under a three-year NASA research program. This development focuses on three specific areas needing advancement. First, the terahertz portion consists of an optical bench with dual heterodyne Schottky-mixer based receivers, one for each band. The beams entering the horns of the two receivers are de-multiplexed from the input beam by a polarizing beam splitter. The blocks containing the 560 and 1200 GHz mixer are more highly integrated than previous space instruments to reduce mass and volume. The receivers take a fundamental pump frequency near 30 GHz and multiply up to the submillimeter range. Second, a rapid-tuning, low-phase noise, and low-power 33 GHz range LO synthesizer is being prototyped. The low phase noise requirement is needed because of the factor of 36 multiplication to reach 1200 GHz, giving a requirement that the integrated phase noise from 100 kHz up be less than 0.6 degrees. The synthesizer will require about 6 watts. Finally, we are developing an advanced polyphase filter back-end spectrum analyzer with a bandwidth of 750 MHz, and power consumption of about 3 Watts and 4096 channels. This system is based on a simple three-chip architecture, having a commercial 1.5 GS/s analog-to-digital converter, an ASIC to do the filtering and an advanced FPGA for data processing and control. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012. en_US
dc.subject Terahertz en_US
dc.subject spectrometer en_US
dc.subject submillimeter en_US
dc.title Terahertz Radiometer for Outer Planet and Moon Atmospheres (TROPA) en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Instrumentation and Photography en_US


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