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Millimeter-wave MMICs and applications


Morgan, Matthew Alexander (2003) Millimeter-wave MMICs and applications. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


As device technology improves, interest in the millimeter-wave band grows. Wireless communication systems migrate to higher frequencies, millimeter-wave radars and passive sensors find new solid-state implementations that promise improved performance, and entirely new applications in the millimeter-wave band become feasible. The circuit or system designer is faced with a new and unique set of challenges and constraints to deal with in order to use this portion of the spectrum successfully. In particular, the advantages of monolithic integration become increasingly important. This thesis presents many new developments in Monolithic Millimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits (MMICs), both the chips themselves and systems that use them. It begins with an overview of the various applications of millimeter waves, including a discussion of specific projects that the author is involved in and why many of them demand a MMIC implementation. In the subsequent chapters, new MMIC chips are described in detail, as is the role they play in real-world projects. Multi-chip modules are also presented with specific attention given to the practical details of MMIC packaging and multi-chip integration. The thesis concludes with a summary of the works presented thus far and their overall impact on the field of millimeter-wave engineering.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:array; millimeter-wave; MMIC; multi-chip module; radio telescope; radiometer
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Electrical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Rutledge, David B.
Thesis Committee:
  • Weinreb, Sander (chair)
  • Rutledge, David B.
  • Zmuidzinas, Jonas
  • McEliece, Robert J.
  • Pogorzelski, Ronald
Defense Date:24 March 2003
Author Email:mmorgan (AT)
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-04082003-150009
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:1303
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:10 Apr 2003
Last Modified:28 Jul 2014 23:56

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