Bio

B.E. University of Melbourne, Australia, 1963​M.Eng.Sc. University of Melbourne, Australia, 1967​Ph.D. University of Melbourne, Australia, 1969

Anthony Kerr received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1969. He then joined the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Sydney, Australia, to develop cryogenic parametric amplifiers for radio astronomy. From 1971 to 1974, he worked at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville, VA, developing the first cryogenically cooled Schottky-diode mixer receiver for millimeter wavelength radio astronomy. Between 1974 and 1984, at the NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, he worked on the theory and design of Schottky, Josephson, and SIS mixers for millimeter-wave receivers. In 1984, he returned to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, where he is responsible for development of low-noise millimeter- and submillimeter-wave receiver technology. He was co-recipient of the 1978 IEEE Microwave Prize, and in 1983 received the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

Awards

  • IEEE Microwave Prize for papers "Conversion Loss and Noise in Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Mixers: Part 1 - Theory," and "... Part 2 - Experiment," co-authored with my student D. N. Held 1978
  • NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal. 1983
  • Elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for "Contributions to Millimeter-Wave Receivers" 1984

Research Interests

  • Millimeter-Wave and Terahertz Electronics

Selected Publications

  • "Development of the ALMA Band-3 and Band-6 Sideband-Separating SIS Mixers," ABS A. R. Kerr, S.-K. Pan, S. M. X. Claude, P. Dindo, A. W. Lichtenberger, J. E. Effland and E. F. Lauria, IEEE Trans. Terahertz Science and Technology, v. 4, no. 2, pp. 201-212, Mar 2014.
  • "IEEE Standard for Rectangular Metallic Waveguides and Their Interfaces for Frequencies of 110 GHz and Above—Part 1: Frequency Bands and Waveguide Dimensions," ABS IEEE P1785 Working Group on Waveguides for Millimeter and Submillimeter Wavelengths, N. Ridler, Chairman, IEEE Std 1785.1-2012, IEEE Standards Association, March 2013.
  • "Thermal Noise and Noise Measurements – a 2010 Update," ABS A. R. Kerr and J. Randa, IEEE Microwave Magazine, vol. 11, no. 6 (special issue on noise), pp. 40-52, Oct. 2010.
  • "Microwave Loss Reduction in Cryogenically Cooled Conductors," ABS R. Finger and A. R. Kerr, Int J Infrared Millimeter Waves, vol. 29, no. 10, pp. 924-932, Oct. 2008.
  • “A Superconducting 180-degree IF Hybrid for Balanced SIS Mixers,” ABS A. R. Kerr, A. W. Lichtenberger, C. M. Lyons, E. F. Lauria, L. M. Ziurys, and M. R. Lambeth, Proc. 17th Int. Symp. on Space THz Tech., Paris, May 2006.
  • “A Fixed‑Tuned Integrated SIS Mixer with Ultra‑Wide‑Band IF and Quantum‑Limited Sensitivity for ALMA Band 3 (84‑116 GHz) Receivers,” ABS S.‑K. Pan, A. R. Kerr, M. W. Pospieszalski, E. F. Lauria, W. K. Crady, N. Horner, S. Srikanth, E. Bryerton, S. M. X. Claude, C.‑C. Chin J. Z. Zhang and A. W. Lichtenberger, Proc. 15th Int. Sym. on Space THz Tech., 2004.
  • “Saturation by Noise and CW Signals in SIS Mixers,” ABS A. R.. Kerr, Proc. 13th Int. Sym. on Space THz Tech., Harvard University, pp. 11-22, 26-28 March 2002. ALMA Memo 401.
  • “A Single-Chip Balanced SIS Mixer for 200-300 GHz,” ABS A. R. Kerr, S.-K. Pan, A. W. Lichtenberger, N. Horner, J. E. Effland, and K. Crady, Proc. 11th Int. Sym. On Space THz Tech., Ann Arbor, pp. 251-259, May 1-3, 2000. ALMA Memo 308.
  • “Suggestions for Revised Definitions of Noise Quantities, Including Quantum Effects,” ABS A. R. Kerr, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 325-329, March 1999.
  • "Surface impedance of superconductors and normal conductors in EM simulators," ABS A. R. Kerr, Millimeter Array Memorandum 245, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Charlottesville VA, rev. Jan. 1999.
  • "On the Noise Properties of Balanced Amplifiers," A. R. Kerr, IEEE Microwave and Guided Wave Letters, vol. 8, no. 11, pp. 390-392, Nov. 1998.
  • “A Tunerless SIS mixer for 200–280 GHz with low output capacitance and inductance,” ABS A. R. Kerr, S.‑K. Pan, A. W. Lichtenberger and H. H. Huang, Proc. 9th Int. Sym. on Space THz Tech., pp. 195-203, 17‑19 March 1998. ALMA Memo 205
  • “An integrated sideband separating SIS mixer for 200-280 GHz,” ABS A. R. Kerr, S.-K. Pan, and H. G. LeDuc, Proc. 9th Int. Sym. On Space THz Tech., pp. 215-221, 17-19 March 1998. ALMA Memo 206.
  • “Design of planar image-separating and balanced SIS mixers,” ABS A. R. Kerr and S.‑K. Pan, Proc. 7th Int. Symp. on Space THz Tech., pp. 207-219, 12-14 March 1996. ALMA Memo 151.
  • “Some fundamental and practical limits on broadnband matching to capacitive devices, and the implications for SIS mixer design,” ABS A. R. Kerr, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. MTT-43, no. 1, pp. 2-13, Jan. 1995.
  • "Embedding Impedance Approximations in the Analysis of SIS Mixers," A. R. Kerr, S.-K. Pan, and S. Withington, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 590-594, April 1993.
  • "A 85-116 GHz SIS receiver using inductively shunted edge-junctions," S.-K. Pan, A. R. Kerr, M. J. Feldman, A. Kleinsasser, J. Stasiak, R. L. Sandstrom, and W. J. Gallagher, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. MTT-37, no. 3, pp. 580-592, March 1989.
  • "Design & Analysis of the Channel Waveguide Transformer," P. H. Siegel, A. R. Kerr and D. W. Peterson, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. MTT-31, no. 6, pp. 473-484, June 1983.
  • "Low-noise 115-GHz receiver using superconducting tunnel junctions," S.-K. Pan, M. J. Feldman, A.R. Kerr, and P. Timbie, Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 43, no. 8, pp. 786-788, 15 Oct. 1983.
  • "Infinite Available Gain in a 115 GHz SIS Mixer," A. R. Kerr, S.-K. Pan, M. J. Feldman, and A. Davidson, Physica, vol. 108B, pp. 1369-1370, Sept. 1981.
  • "Conversion Loss and Noise of Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Mixers: Parts 1 - Theory, and Part 2 - Experiment," D. N. Held and A. R. Kerr, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. MTT-26, no. 2, pp. 49-61, Feb. 1978.
  • "A New Mixer Design for 140-220 GHz," A. R. Kerr, R. J. Mattauch and J. Grange, IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Tech., vol. MTT-25, no. 5, pp. 399-401, May 1977.
  • "Low-noise room-temperature and cryogenic mixers for 80-120 GHz," A. R. Kerr, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. MTT-23, no. 10, pp. 781-787, Oct. 1975.
  • "A Technique for Determining the Local Oscillator Waveforms in a Microwave Mixer," A. R. Kerr, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. MTT-23, no. 10, pp. 828-831, Oct. 1975.
  • "A Comparison of One- and Two-Idler Parametric Amplifiers," A. R. Kerr, IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory Tech., vol. MTT-18, no. 5, May 1970.