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Highly Integrated Terahertz Receiver for Small Satellite Remote Sensing

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Highly Integrated Terahertz Receiver for Small Satellite Remote Sensing
Water and atomic oxygen render Earth’s atmosphere opaque in most of the terahertz (THz) band, but those very species are of intense interest to astrophysicists, planetary scientists and Earth scientists. This project will advance the state of the art Schottky diode receiver technology to develop THz receivers suitable for CubeSats. Micromachining will be used to repackage state of the art modular receivers into integrated systems that will reduce both mass and volume by more than an order of magnitude while preserving signal to noise performance. More »

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