Vol 23, No 11

A High-Temperature Superconducting Wideband Bandpass Filter at the L Band for Radio Astronomy

Xinyu Zhu, Jianbin Li, Boyu Lu, Bin Wei, Yifan Jiang, Linan Jiang and Chao Hu


In order to ensure the normal operation of radio astronomy observations, an extremely sensitive receiver system needs to be equipped in front of the large radio telescope. An 8-pole wideband high-temperature superconducting (HTS) filter using a Coplanar Spiral Resonator Structure with a passband of 1160∼1670 MHz is developed to suppress strong radio interference. The filter is fabricated on a 36 mm × 14 mm YBCO HTS film, which is deposited on a 0.5 mm thick MgO substrate. The minimum insertion loss measured in the liquid nitrogen temperature region is 0.03 dB, and the first parasitic passband appears at 2600 MHz. The measured results are in good agreement with the simulations. The filter can be used in radio telescope receivers for the observation of neutral hydrogen and pulsars, as well as in high-sensitivity satellite navigation instruments.


Key words: instrumentation: detectors – techniques: radar astronomy – telescopes

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