23 July 2014 Development of a cryogenic DC-low noise amplifier for SQuID-based readout electronics
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We present the preliminary results of the design and test activities for a DC cryogenic low noise amplifier for the SAFARI imaging spectrometer, planned to be onboard the SPICA mission, necessary not only to drive, as usual, the voltage signal produced by the SQuID but also to boost such signals over about 7 meter of path towards the warm feedback electronics. This development has been done in the framework of the mission preparation studies, within the European Consortium for the development of the SAFARI instrument. The actual configuration of the SAFARI focal plane assembly (FPA), indeed, foresees a long distance to the warm back end electronics. It is therefore mandatory to boost the faint electric signal coming from the SQuID device by keeping under control both power dissipation and noise: this is the main role of the designed Cryogenic Low Noise Amplifier (LNA). Working at 136K, it has a differential input gain-stage, and a differential balanced voltage buffer output stage, running at few mW target overall power. At present the design is based on the use of Heterojunction Si:Ge transistors, the required bandwidth is DC-4MHz and the required noise lower than 1 nV/rtHz.
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C. Macculi, C. Macculi, G. Torrioli, G. Torrioli, A. Di Giorgio, A. Di Giorgio, L. Spinoglio, L. Spinoglio, Luigi Piro, Luigi Piro, } "Development of a cryogenic DC-low noise amplifier for SQuID-based readout electronics", Proc. SPIE 9153, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 915336 (23 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056274; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2056274

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