Characterizing cryogenic amplifiers with a matched temperature-variable noise source

Slawomir Simbierowicz (Corresponding Author), Visa Vesterinen, Joshua Milem, Aleksi Lintunen, Mika Oksanen, Leif Roschier, Leif Grönberg, Juha Hassel, David Gunnarsson, Russell E. Lake

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We present a cryogenic microwave noise source with a characteristic impedance of 50 ω, which can be installed in a coaxial line of a cryostat. The bath temperature of the noise source is continuously variable between 0.1 K and 5 K without causing significant back-action heating on the sample space. As a proof-of-concept experiment, we perform Y-factor measurements of an amplifier cascade that includes a traveling wave parametric amplifier and a commercial high electron mobility transistor amplifier. We observe system noise temperatures as low as 680-200+20 mK at 5.7 GHz corresponding to 1.5-0.7+0.1 excess photons. The system we present has immediate applications in the validation of solid-state qubit readout lines.
Original languageEnglish
Article number034708
Number of pages11
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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