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Committee Members

Marian Kazimierczuk (Advisor), Saiyu Ren (Committee Member), Ronald Riechers (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


The increased demand for high resolution satellite imagery for government, military, and commercial applications is driving the need for high data rate, millimeter-wave transmission systems to relay imagery information to a ground-based end user. An important aspect of this system which interfaces digital information to the RF domain is the modulator driver. The current trend in miniaturization of electronics leaves systems more vulnerable to single-event radiation effects in spaceborne applications. In an effort to overcome this deficiency, a wideband, high data rate modulator driver circuit has been designed, built, and tested using only high reliability space rated electronic components. To ensure operation over a wide range of frequencies, a wide bandwidth driver amplifier is needed to deliver a high speed, low bit-error rate signal. This thesis work presents the optimum circuit design to achieve these goals and demonstrates the performance of the driver in a relevant subsystem-level test setup.

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Department or Program

Department of Electrical Engineering

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