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A Tri-band Low-noise Cryogenic Receiver for Geodetic VLBI Observations with VGOS Radio Telescopes

Version 1 : Received: 30 December 2019 / Approved: 31 December 2019 / Online: 31 December 2019 (10:27:51 CET)

How to cite: López-Pérez, J.A.; Tercero-Martínez, F.; Serna-Puente, J.M.; Vaquero-Jiménez, B.; Patino-Esteban, M.; García-Carreño, P.; González-García, J.; García-Pérez, Ó.; Beltrán-Martínez, F.J.; Albo-Castaño, C.; Gallego-Puyol, J.D.; López-Fernández, I.; Díez-González, C.; Malo-Gómez, I.; Barbas-Calvo, L.; de Vicente-Abad, P.; López-Fernández, J.A. A Tri-band Low-noise Cryogenic Receiver for Geodetic VLBI Observations with VGOS Radio Telescopes. Preprints 2019, 2019120408 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201912.0408.v1). López-Pérez, J.A.; Tercero-Martínez, F.; Serna-Puente, J.M.; Vaquero-Jiménez, B.; Patino-Esteban, M.; García-Carreño, P.; González-García, J.; García-Pérez, Ó.; Beltrán-Martínez, F.J.; Albo-Castaño, C.; Gallego-Puyol, J.D.; López-Fernández, I.; Díez-González, C.; Malo-Gómez, I.; Barbas-Calvo, L.; de Vicente-Abad, P.; López-Fernández, J.A. A Tri-band Low-noise Cryogenic Receiver for Geodetic VLBI Observations with VGOS Radio Telescopes. Preprints 2019, 2019120408 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201912.0408.v1).

Abstract

This paper shows the development of a simultaneous tri-band (S: 2.2 - 2.7 GHz, X: 7.5 - 9 GHz and Ka: 28 - 33 GHz) low-noise cryogenic receiver for geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry (geo-VLBI) which has been developed by the technical staff of Yebes Observatory (IGN) laboratories in Spain. The receiver was installed in the first radio telescope of the Red Atlántica de Estaciones Geodinámicas y Espaciales (RAEGE) project, which is located in Yebes Observatory, in the frame of the VLBI Global Observing System (VGOS). After this, the receiver was borrowed by the Norwegian Mapping Autorithy (NMA) for the commissioning of two VGOS radiotelescopes in Svalbard (Norway). A second identical receiver was built for the Ishioka VGOS station of the Geospatial Information Authority (GSI) of Japan, and a third one for the second RAEGE VGOS station, located in Santa María (Açores Archipelago, Portugal). The average receiver noise temperatures are 21, 23 and 25 Kelvin and the measured antenna efficiencies are 70%, 75% and 60% in S-band, X-band and Ka-band, respectively.

Subject Areas

VLBI; Geodesy; Radioastronomy; Radiotelescope; Receiver; Radiometer; Feed; Backend; Correlation; VGOS; RFI

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