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Reduced Transposed Flicker Noise in Microwave Oscillators using GaAs based feedforward amplifiers

Everard, J.K.A. and Broomfield, C.D. (2007) Reduced Transposed Flicker Noise in Microwave Oscillators using GaAs based feedforward amplifiers. IEEE Transaction of Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 54 ( 6). pp. 1108-1117. ISSN 0885-3010

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Transposed flicker noise reduction and removal is demonstrated in 7.6 GHz microwave oscillators for offsets greater than 10 kHz. This is achieved by using a GaAs-based feedforward power amplifier as the oscillation-sustaining stage and incorporating a limiter arid resonator elsewhere in the loop. 20 dB noise suppression is demonstrated at 12.5 kHz offset when the error correcting amplifier is switched on. Three oscillator pairs have been built. A transmission line feedback oscillator with a Qo of 180 and two sapphire-based, dielectric resonator oscillators (DROs) with a Qo of 44,500. The difference between the two DROs is a change in the limiter threshold power level of 10 dB. The phase noise rolls-off at (I/f)2 for offsets greater than 10 kHz for the transmission line oscillator and is set by the thermal noise to within 0-1 dB of the theoretical minimum. The noise performance of the DROs is within 6-12 dB of the theory. Possible reasons for this discrepancy are presented.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Electronics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2009 15:08
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2009 15:08
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TUFFC.2007.365
Status: Published
Publisher: IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Identification Number: 10.1109/TUFFC.2007.365
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6231

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