Faculty Advisor

Ludwig, Reinhold

Faculty Advisor

Makarov, Sergey N.

Project Center

MITRE-Bedford, Massachusetts


Our project objective was to evaluate a new circuit topology to explore if it could be integrated into an existing superheterodyne receiver chain, making a smaller and simpler RF front-end. A traditional superheterodyne receiver was built and measured so we could easily compare and contrast characteristics between the two models. Using the same parameters, we evaluated the new wide-band track-and-hold amplifier and compared the two models. Our testing and research has shown that while the device does work, the following significant problems must be overcome for the track-and-hold amplifier to be implemented in the superheterodyne chain: rotating IF frequency, poor linearity, instability at integer multiples of the clock, and precise phase locking.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2012


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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