This paper is a report on the demonstration and stabilization of a 2x4 NbN hot electron bolometer (HEB) array receiver for GUSTO based on a multiple beam local oscillator (LO). Through the combination of a FIR Gas laser and a Fourier phase grating we were able to generate a 8 beam pattern at 1.4 THz. For the array demonstration, it used a 2x2 HEB mixer array which was translated vertically to match the full 2x4 LO beam pattern. Here two lens with a 60 mm were applied to reduce the beam pattern divergence, allowing for a 12 mm spacing between the beams to be achieved at 130 mm from the grating. To stabilize the array receiver, we introduced a new stabilization method, requiring only a voice coil PID controlled loop between the beam originated from the gas laser and a given pumped pixel. The total power Allan time measurements indicate a five times improvement on a two-pixel system stability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISSTT 2017 - 28th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event28th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, ISSTT 2017 - Cologne, Germany
Duration: 13 Mar 201715 Mar 2017


Conference28th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, ISSTT 2017

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