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Annexes: LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument Instrument

Here we report a more detailed definition of each component of the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument instrument, which were already briefly described in the main LFI instrument page.

Radiometer Array Assembly (RAALFI Radiometer Array Assembly) components

Feed Horns (FHs)

Dual-profiled corrugated horns were selected at all LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument frequencies as the best design in terms of the shape of the main lobe, level of the side lobes, control of the phase centre, and compactness. Dual-profiled LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument horns are composed of a sine-squared profiled section, and an exponential profile near the aperture plane. In order to optimize the optical matching of the feeds phase centres to the telescope focal surface, while preventing obscuration between horns, LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument has six different feedhorn designs. For each frequency, the number of feeds and the number of different designs are reported in Table 1 below.

Table 1. Number of LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument feedhorns and number of different feedhorn designs.
Frequency (GHz) Number of horns Number of designs
30 2 1
44 3 2
70 6 3


LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument feedhorn design specifications are reported in the Table 2 below.


Table 2. LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument feedhorn design specifications: the edge taper is the taper used to optimize the optical response; the return loss and the cross-polarization are the maximum design values over the whole bandwidth; and the phase centre location is defined as the distance between the horn flange and the focal surface of the telescope.
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The design process led to a corrugation profile composed of a mixture of a sine-squared section, starting from the throat, and an exponential section near the aperture plane. The length of this last part has a direct impact on the location of the phase centre. The analytical expression of the corrugation profile, R(z), is

[math] \label{eq:fh1} R(z) = R_{\rm th} +(R_{\rm s} −R_{\rm th}) ((1−A) \frac{z}{L_{\rm s}} + A \, \sin^\beta \, (\frac{\pi \, z}{2 \, L_{\rm s}})) [/math]

[math] 0 ≤ z ≤ L_{\rm s} [/math]

in the sine section, and

[math] \label{eq:fh2} R(z)= R_{\rm s}+e^{\alpha(z−L_{\rm s})}−1; \; \alpha = \frac{1}{L_{\rm e}} \ln(R_{\rm ap}−R_{\rm s}) [/math]

[math] L_{\rm s} ≤ z ≤ L_{\rm e} + L_{\rm s} [/math]

in the exponential region. Here, Rth is the throat radius, Rs is the sine-squared region end radius (or exponential region initial radius), Rap is the aperture radius, Ls is the sine-squared region length, and Le is the exponential region length. The parameter A (0 ≤ A ≤ 1) modulates the first region profile between linear and pure sine-squared type. The parameters Le/(Le + Ls), A, and Rs can be used to control, as far as possible, the position and frequency stability of the phase centre and the compactness of the structure. The feedhorn parameters are reported in Table 3 below.


Table 3. LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument feedhorn parameters. Rth: Throat radius; Ns: Number of corrugation of the sinβ section; Rs: end radius of sinβ section; A: tapering coefficient; Ne: number of corrugation of the exponential section; Rap: final aperture diameter.
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The qualification campaign, mainly focused on RF return loss and pattern (amplitude and phase) measurements, was successfully concluded. The agreement between the pattern measurements and the expected performance (simulated using the nominal corrugation profile) was excellent, both in amplitude and in phase. Moreover, reflection measurements showed a good impedance match for all the horns, the return loss being better than -30 dB over the whole 20% of operational bandwidth.

Details of the design, flight model and tests of Planck-LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument feedhorns can be found in Ref. [1].

Ortho-Mode Transducers (OMTs)

The Ortho–Mode Transducers (OMTs) separate the radiation collected by the feedhorn into two orthogonal polarization components. They each consist of a circular to square waveguide transition (directly connected to the FHFeed Horn), a square waveguide section, and two separate rectangular waveguides (the main and side arms, which separate and pick up the orthogonal polarization, connected with the FEULFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Unit). On the side arms there is always a 90° bend, while a twist is also necessary on the main (30 and 44 GHz) and side (70 GHz) arms, in order to match the FEULFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Unit polarization.

The required and measured performance for the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument OMTs at all frequencies is reported in the following Tables 4 and 5:

Table 4. Performance characteristics of the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument OMTs based on measurements. The values are the worst obtained over the entire 20% of bandwidth.
OMTLFI Ortho Module Transducer ID Bandwidth [GHz] X–Pol [dB] (Main) X–Pol [dB] (Side) Return loss [dB] (Main) Return loss [dB] (Side)
18 14 <29 <30 -15.0 -20.0
19 14 <26 <28 -15.0 -20.0
20 14 <32 <35 -15.0 -20.0
21 14 <32 <37 -15.0 -18.0
22 14 <26 <28 -15.0 -18.0
23 14 <26 <28 -15.0 -20.0
24 8.8 <38 <40 -13.0 -18.0
25 8.8 <31 <32 -13.0 -18.0
26 8.8 <27 <25 -13.0 -17.0
27 6 <38 <44 -16.0 -23.0
28 6 <36 <38 -16.0 -22.0

Table 5. Mean value of the Insertion Loss (IL) over the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument bandwidth, estimated at 20 K and measured at room temperature.

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The details of the flight models and measurements of the Planck LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument ortho-mode transducers can be found in Ref. [2].

Front End Modules (FEMs)

The Front End Modules are located in the FPUFocal Plane Unit, just downstream of the Feed Horn and the Ortho-Mode Transducers. 70 GHz FEMs are mounted onto the inner wall of the mainframe (the wall facing the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument instrument) from the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument side. 44 and 30 GHz FEMs are inserted into the main frame from the WGLFI Waveguide side and fixed to the bottom plate. Screws to bthe ottom plate are inserted from the WGLFI Waveguide side. The LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument FEMs are the first active stage of amplification of the radiometer chain. Each FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module contains four amplification paths. Each path is composed of several cascaded LNAs, followed by a phase switch. Two passive hybrids, at the input and output of the FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module, are used to mix pairs of signals of the same radiometer (see Fig. 2 in the RAA section). This determines the instabilities of each chain to be applied to both the sky and load signals.

The passive hybrid coupler ("magic-tee") combines the signals from the sky and cold load with a fixed phase offset of either 90° or 180° between them. It has a 20% bandwidth, low loss, and amplitude balance required at the output to ensure adequate signal isolation.

The FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module LNAs (InP MMICs) are biased, providing one drain line per channel (that is four per FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module) and two gate lines per channel (that is eight per FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module). The FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module phase switches are biased, providing two lines per channel (that is eight per FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module) each capable of providing a direct bias current or a reverse bias voltage.

The LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module parameters necessary to meet the science objectives at 30 and 44 GHz were given as requirements and goals and are summarized in Table 6 below, where they are compared with the values actually achieved. The FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module units met the requirements, within the measurement errors, for most parameters and in particular the noise temperature. The units came close to the more stringent goals in several parameters. Of particular note are the noise temperatures achieved; these along with the wide bandwidths are critical for the high sensitivity required for the Planck mission. Some LNAs within the FEMs met the goals at 30 GHz and 44 GHz within the measurements errors and reached 3 and 5 times the theoretical quantum limit, respectively, at the band centres. Furthermore, a range of tests showed that LNAs and FEMs achieved the stability levels required to meet the observing strategy of Planck. In particular, the 1/f noise knee frequency ≤29 mHz, close to the goal, met the conditions imposed by the 60 second rotation period of the spacecraft. The linear polarization performance of the FEMs exceeded the requirements of the mission. The isolation between the E- and H- polarizations was measured to be between 51 and 58 dBs for the various FEMs. The LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument radiometers have very well determined position angle precision, being set by the accuracy of the waveguide engineering. The 30 and 44 GHz geometry is accurate to about 0.1° ; the corresponding precision is approximately 1° in the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument polarimeters. The temperature stability requirement values are also given in Table 6 below.


Table 6. Summary of the FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module goals, requirements and mean achieved performance.
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The details of the design, development and verification of the 30 and 44 GHz front-end modules for the Planck Low Frequency Instrument can be found in Ref. [3].

Regarding the 70 GHz channels, for the LNA selection of the FEMs, nine different wafers from various processing runs were evaluated, and only the LNAs with the best performance were assembled as the first stage amplifiers in the FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module ACAs. For the phase-switch selection, four different wafers were evaluated. When the signal is passed to an output, the gain is 35 dB or higher for almost the entire required range, and on average, the Planck requirement was fulfilled. In all FEMs, the average channel gains ranged from 34.0 to 40.0 dB (uncertainty ± 0.1 dB). When the signal is isolated from an output, the gain is 20 dB lower or more at all frequencies. This difference in gain is used as the measure for isolation. In all the six FEMs, the channel isolation values ranged from 11.3-22.1 dB (uncertainty ± 0.1 dB).

Table 7 below summarizes the best, the worst, and the average values of the key performance parameters. The uncertainties shown are based on worst case estimates.


Table 7. Summary of the 70 GHz Protoflight Model radiometer performance.
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The details of the design, development, and verification of the 70 GHz front-end modules for the Planck Low Frequency Instrument can be found in Ref. [4].

Waveguides (WGs)

The LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument Front End Unit (FEULFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Unit) is connected to the Back End Unit (BEULFI warm electronics Back End Unit) by 44 rectangular waveguides, approximately 1.5-2.0 m long. Each waveguide exhibits low VSWR (Voltage Standing Wave Ratio), low thermal conductivity, low insertion loss, and low mass. In addition, the waveguide path shall permit the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument/HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument integration and the electrical bonding between FPUFocal Plane Unit and BEULFI warm electronics Back End Unit. Because of the Focal Plane Unit arrangement, the waveguides are in general twisted and bent in different planes and with different angles, depending on the particular waveguide. From the thermal point of view the waveguides have to connect two systems (BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module and FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module) that are at very different temperatures. At BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module level the waveguides are at a temperature of 300 K, while at FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module level the temperature is 20 K. The waveguides have to reduce the thermal flow from 300 K to 20 K. This can be seen in the conceptual sketch of the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument configuration shown in Fig. 1 (left panel) of the LFI overview section.

All the required characteristics cannot be realised with a single material waveguide configuration; a composite waveguide configuration is therefore needed. The WGs can be considered divided into three sections: (1) 400 mm of Stainless Steel (gold plated) straight waveguide section, attached to the BEULFI warm electronics Back End Unit, ending after the 3rd V–groove; (2) 300 mm of non–plated Stainless Steel (SS), with identical SS-sections for all the channels except for internal dimensions, depending on frequency, and with the guides connected to all the V-grooves in order to dissipate the heat produced at BEULFI warm electronics Back End Unit level; and (3) bent and twisted 400 μm-thin electroformed copper waveguide, starting at the end of the SS–section and attached to the FEULFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Unit, whose length varyies from around 800 mm to 1300 mm, with 2 to 4 Cu-joints. The copper waveguides section is connected to a mechanical support structure at five points in order to increase the stiffness of the waveguide.

The performance for the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument waveguides at all frequencies are reported in Table 8 (following):

Table 8. Number of LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument waveguides and performance achived. The Insertion Loss (IL), Return Loss (RL) and Electrical Resistance (R) values are the requirements. In between parenthesis the goal is reported also. Note that the RL value includes possible degradation due to presence of flanges.
Frequency ν band [GHz] Number IL [dB] @20 K RL [dB] Isolation [dB] R [mΩ] @20 K R [mΩ] @300 K
30 27-33 8 <2.5 (1.0) <-25 <-30 11.8 27.3
44 39.6-48.4 12 <3.0 (1.5) <-25 <-30 14.7 34.1
70 63-77 24 <5.0 (3.5) <-25 <-30 26.2 60.5

From the thermal point of view the waveguides have to connect two systems (BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module and FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module) that are at different temperatures. At the BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module level the waveguides are at a temperature of 300 K, while at the FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module level the temperature is 20 K. Along the Stainless Steel section the waveguides have to reduce the thermal flow from 300 K to 20 K. The Stainless Steel waveguide is connected to all the V-grooves in order to dissipate the heat produced at BEULFI warm electronics Back End Unit level.

Details of the Planck-LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument flight model of the composite waveguides can be found in Ref. [5].

Back End Modules (BEMs)

The BEMs are composed of four identical channels each made of Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs), an RF Band Pass Filter, an RF to DC diode detector, and DC amplifiers. The FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module output signals are connected by waveguides from the Focal Plane Unit (FPUFocal Plane Unit) assembly to the Back End Modules (BEMs) housed adjacent to the Data Acquisition Electronics (DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics) assembly. To maintain compatibility with the FEMs, each BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module accommodates four receiver channels from the four waveguide outputs of each FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module. The BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module internal signal routes are not cross-coupled and can be regarded as four identical parallel circuits. Each BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module is constructed as two mirror halves. The two amplifier/detector assemblies each contain two amplifier/detector circuits. Each is supplied from one of a pair of printed circuit boards, which also house two DC output amplifiers.

In the 30 GHz BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module, each LNA consists of two cascaded MMIC amplifiers. The bandpass filter is based on microstrip coupled-line structure. Its design is a three order Chebyshev response bandpass filter. The detector is composed of a hybrid reactive/passive matching network, and a Schottky diode. A commercial Agilent beam-lead and zero-bias diode was selected. The detector diode is followed by a low noise operational amplifier that provides most of the DC amplification. A second stage is implemented using an operational amplifier to provide a balanced bipolar output.

In the 44 GHz BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module, each LNA consists of self-designed MMIC amplifiers manufactured with the process ED02AH from OMMIC, which employs a 0.2 μm gate length Pseudomorphic-High Mobility Transistor (P-HEMTHigh Electron Mobility Transistor) on GaAs. The topology chosen for the band-pass filter is a third order Chebyshev bandpass filter made on a PTFE substrate, based on microstrip coupled-line structure. The detector is composed of a hybrid reactive/passive matching network and a Schottky diode. A commercial Agilent beam-lead and zero-bias diode was selected. The detector diode is followed by a low noise operational amplifier that provides most of the DC amplification. A second stage is implemented using an operational amplifier to provide a balanced bipolar output.

Table 9 below shows the values of the equivalent noise temperature for each flight model BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module at three different temperatures in the range of possible operating temperature. The large variability of the equivalent noise temperature of 44 GHz BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module units was due to their strong dependence on the input matching network result, which was observed to be a very critical parameter, not easy to control during the assembly process of the MMIC.


Table 9. Equivalent noise temperature of the BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module Flight Models in kelvin. (One unit of each band is a Flight Spare). Estimated error: ± 20 K.
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The raw measurements of the output spectrum are used for the determination of the 1/f knee frequency. The results for the four channels of a 30 GHz BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module unit are given in the table below.


Table 10. 1/f knee frequency (Hz) of 30 GHz BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module unit.
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The details of the design, development and verification of the 30 and 44 GHz back-end modules for the Planck Low Frequency Instrument can be found in Ref. [6].

The 70 GHz BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module is constructed of machined aluminium with separate filter, amplifier/detector assemblies and an overall housing for other circuits and components. The BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module filter characteristics hold very accurately for every channel in the six BEMs. The -3 dB passband, 62-81 GHz, was the same in every filter within 0.5 GHz. The BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module frequency response was measured as a function of input microwave power. Also, the pass bands roll at almost exactly 63 GHz and 77 GHz. The linearity of the channel is very good as well, especially from -57 dBm upwards. The dynamic range was at least 15 dB from -57 dBm to -42 dBm. In three cases, the BEMs fulfilled the power consumption requirement, while the limit was exceeded for the other three. For the total set of six BEMs, the limit, 3.6 W, was exceeded by approximately 140 mW. Table 7 above summarizes the best, the worst, and the average values of the key performance parameters. The uncertainties shown are based on worst case estimates.

The details of the design, development and verification of the 70 GHz back-end modules for the Planck Low Frequency Instrument can be found in Ref.[4].

4-K Load

The purpose of the 4-K reference load (4KRL) is to provide the radiometer with a stable reference signal. Reducing the input offset (the radiometric temperature difference between the sky and the reference load) reduces the minimum achievable radiometer 1/f noise knee frequency for a given amplifier fluctuation spectrum. A reference load temperature that matches the sky temperature (approximately 2.7 K) would be ideal. In the 4KRL design, the reference temperature is provided by the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument outer radiation shield, at a temperature around 4 K. The 4KRL performance is reported in Table 11 below.


Table 11. RF measured performance for the 4KRL: RH (+WaveGuide) Insertion Loss, RH (+WGLFI Waveguide) RL, RH (+WGLFI Waveguide) + RT Return Loss. 70 GHz performance has been measured using a representative Reference Horn and waveguide, since RHs are internal to the FEMs: this value is reported in the table. RCAs 24-26 are the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument 44 GHz channels, while 27 and 28 the 30 GHz ones. M and S refer to the Main and Side OMTLFI Ortho Module Transducer arms, respectively. [math]∗[/math] Measured on the FM RTs and a representative Reference Horn.
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The 4-K reference load unit is formed by single targets, one for each radiometer (two for each FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module). The horns used to couple to the 4-K reference load targets need to be relatively small because the targets themselves are small. An optimization process produced a different horn design for each LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument band; their dimensions increase with reducing frequency. Due to the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument Focal Plane design, where higher frequency radiometers (70 GHz) are placed around the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument cryostat and the lower frequency radiometers (30 and 44 GHz) in a second row, the target mounting structure is separated into two parts )see Fig. 1 below), the upper one being located around the conical part of the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument outer shield. Reference targets are mounted on a supporting structure, thermally and mechanically connected to the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument outer shield. Each target faces a reference horn, two for each FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module. This ensemble is fixed to a support structure on the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument 4-K shield. The thermal link between the mounting structure and the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument is obtained via fixation point only. Thermal washers are interposed to damp temperature fluctuations on targets induced by the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument outer shield temperature oscillations. The lower part is fixed in the cylindrical part, and is made with the same target geometry as the upper part, being fixed onto the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument shield. The reference horns face the loads and are connected to the FEMs through WGs. Reference WGs and RHs are either included in the FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module (70 GHz) or are external to FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module (30 and 44 GHz).


Figure 1. 4-K reference load targets mounted on the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument 4-K shield.

Targets are formed from a back section and a front section. The back sections are made of ECCOSORB CR117, which shows higher RF absorption but also high reflectivity. To reduce the target global reflectivity, a front section, connected with an ECCOSORB-specific cement to the back one, faces the radiometer Reference Horn. This last element is cast from ECCOSORB CR110, whose RF reflectivity is lower than that of CR117. The target design is optimized to further reduce both reflectivity and leakage. Each target is metal-backed and is mounted in a metal enclosure.

Thermal tests were performed in the IASF-Bologna 4-K cryo facility, equipped with a GM cooler, with a heat lift up to 1.5 W at 4 K. The setup simulated the real environment in the payload, where targets are mounted on the HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument 4-K shield in front of the quasi-cylindrical LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument main frame at about 20 K. The same setup was also used to test the susceptibility to fluctuations of the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument.

The thermo-mechanical damping was evaluated from the transient test, inducing sinusoidal temperature fluctuation with periods of 60, 600, 667 (typical Sorption Cooler period), and 1000 seconds at the level of the attachment point of the loads on the support structures. The fluctuation at the level of the targets was then acquired and the transfer function (amplitude and phase) estimated from the ratio of the amplitudes. The final results are summarized in Table 12.


Table 12. Thermal fluctuation damping measured for different periods for the reference loads at each LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument frequency.
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Details of the design and performance of the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument 4-K reference load units are given in Ref. [7].

REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly

The Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly (REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly) is the electronic box in charge of processing the digitized scientific data and for managing the overall instrument. It is also in charge of communication with the spacecraft. There are two REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly boxes, one nominal and one redundant. The redundancy concept is cold, which means that both boxes are never ON at the same time; the operation of each unit shall be managed by the spacecraft switching on the corresponding unit. The REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly ASW (Application SoftWare) is the same in each REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly box.

Each REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly consists of the following subunits.

  • The Power Supply Unit (PSU) that feeds the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly unit. It consists of a DC/DC converter that converts the primary power received from the spacecraft PDU to the secondary regulated voltages required only by the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly and provides galvanic isolation towards the spacecraft side of the interface. The PSU DC/DC converter also receives the On-Board Clock (OBC) from the CDMSCommand and Data Management System that is used to increment the internal On-Board Time register. There is no software interface with the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly ASW.
  • The Data Acquisition Unit (DAU) performs the analogue-to-digital conversion of the analogue housekeeping data of the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly itself (temperatures and voltages). The REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly ASW collects the HKHouse Keeping data from the DAU.
  • The Signal Processing Unit (SPUSignal Processing Unit) is a computing subunit in charge of the reduction and compression of the science data and implements part of the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly ASW, the SPUSignal Processing Unit ASW (stored in the EEPROM located in the DPUData Processing Unit board and transferred to the SPUSignal Processing Unit by the DPUData Processing Unit ASW). It receives the science data from the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics through an IEEE 1355 link implemented in an SMCS chip. A second IEEE 1355 link is used to control the remote DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics SMCS chip. The third IEEE 1355 link communicates with the DPUData Processing Unit. A "Data Ready" electrical signal is connected between the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics and the SPUSignal Processing Unit; this signal produces an interruption in the SPUSignal Processing Unit when the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics is ready to transfer data.
  • The Digital Processing Unit (DPUData Processing Unit) is a computing subunit and implements part of the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly ASW, namely the DPUData Processing Unit ASW. The DPUData Processing Unit is in charge of the control and monitoring of the instrument as well as communication with the spacecraft (CDMSCommand and Data Management System). It contains another SMCS chip with three IEEE 1355 links that communicate with the SPUSignal Processing Unit and the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics. An MIL-STD 1553B link is used to communicate with the CDMSCommand and Data Management System. One IEEE 1355 link is used by the DPUData Processing Unit ASW to communicate with the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics to control the SMCS chip of DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics. The second one is used to communicate with the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics to transfer commands and HKHouse Keeping. The third one is used by the DPUData Processing Unit ASW to communicate with the SPUSignal Processing Unit (commands and TM). Two Reset electrical lines are provided by the DPUData Processing Unit to reset each of the two SMCS chips of the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics. The DPUData Processing Unit ASW is stored in the EEPROM.

A detailed description of the Planck LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly can be found in Ref. [8].

Instrument on-board software

The REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly software is the on-board software of LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument. It is installed in the two computing subunits of the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly: the DPUData Processing Unit, responsible for the control and monitoring of the instrument and the interface with the spacecraft; and the SPUSignal Processing Unit, responsible for the data reduction and compression. The REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly software can be classified (see Fig. 2) into:

1. the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly Start-up Software (SUSW), installed in the PROM memories, which is the bootstrap code to switch on both the subunits;
2. the Application Software (ASW), which performs the nominal operations of the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly;
3. the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly Low Level Software Drivers (LLSWDRV) which are functions provided to the ASW to access the hardware capabilities.


Figure 2. REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly Software, high-level product tree.

The SPUSignal Processing Unit SUSW and DPUData Processing Unit SUSW, located in the PROM memories of SPUSignal Processing Unit and DPUData Processing Unit, respectively, are in charge of the booting of the subunits.

The REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly ASW performs the following main functions:

  • SPUSignal Processing Unit ASW, reduction and compression of the scientific data;
  • DPUData Processing Unit ASW, control and monitoring of the instrument, interface with the spacecraft to transfer data and receiving commands to/from ground, communication with the SPUSignal Processing Unit SUSW during the start-up procedure to load the SPUSignal Processing Unit ASW.

The REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly ASW periodically checks the following parameters:

− science TM rate produced on board in order to control the filling of the spacecraft mass memory;
− CPU load of the SPUSignal Processing Unit;
− focal plane temperature sensors;
− the communication links between REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly and DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics.

In case of deviations from nominal values, the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly ASW activates autonomy functions that put the instrument in a safe state or recover from non-nominal situations. Autonomy functions allows:

- re-enabling, in some cases, previously disabled science processing;
- switching off the Front End Unit by sending Disable RCALFI Radiometer Chain Assembly DC/DC commands to the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics;
- attempting to resume communication between the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly and DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics or asking the CDMSCommand and Data Management System to switch off the RAALFI Radiometer Array Assembly.

The DPUData Processing Unit ASW reports the activation of any autonomous function by sending an event report to the CDMSCommand and Data Management System. The REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly monitors some LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument HKHouse Keeping parameters in order to manage to some extent the safety of the instrument.

Reduction and compression of science data

To asses stability against 1/f noise, the Low Frequency Instrument (LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument) on-board the Planck mission acquired data at a rate much higher than the data rate allowed by the science telemetry bandwidth of 35.5 kbps. The data were processed by an on-board pipeline, followed on-ground by a decoding and reconstruction step, to reduce the volume of data to a level compatible with the bandwidth, while minimizing the loss of information. The on-board processing of the scientific data used by Planck/LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument to fit the allowed data-rate is an intrinsically lossy process, which distorts the signal in a manner that depends on a set of five free parameters (Naver, r1, r2, q, O) for each of the 44 LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument detectors. Here we briefly describe the characteristics of this algorithm and the level of distortion introduced by the on-board processing as a function of these parameters. A full description of the Planck LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument on-board data handling system and the tuning and optimization method of the on-board processing chain can be found in Ref. [9].

The strategy adopted to fit into the bandwidth relies on three on-board processing steps: downsampling; pre-processing the data to ensure loss-less compression; and loss-less compression itself. To demonstrate these steps, a model of the input signal is used. It has to be noted that while the compression is lossless, the pre-processing is not, due to the need to rescale the data and convert them into integers, (a process named "data re-quantization"). However, the whole strategy is designed to maintain strict control over the way in which lossy operations are done, and of the amount of information loss in order to assess the optimal compression rate with minimal information loss.

A schematic representation of the sequence in which these steps are applied on-board and whenever possible reversed on-ground is given in Fig. 3 below.

Figure 3. Schematic representation of the scientific on-board and ground processing for Planck/LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument. Cyan boxes represent REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly operations, yellow boxes ground operations, and green pads specify the parameters needed by each operation. TOI could be produced both in undifferentiated form (Tsky, Tload stored separately) or in differentiated form.

The figure refers to a single radiometer chain and is ideally split into two parts. The upper part depicts the on-board processing with cyan boxes denoting the main steps. The corresponding on-ground processing is depicted in the lower part with the main steps colored in yellow. Green pads represents the processing parameters, the first four of which are referred to as REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly parameters, and they are applied both on-board and on-ground. The parameters are: the number of ADCanalog to digital converter raw samples to be coadded to form an instrumental sample, Naver; the two mixing parameters r1, r2; the offset O to be added to data after mixing and prior to re-quantization; and the re-quantization step q. It is important to note that the on-board parameters are set by telecommands and are stamped in each scientific packet. The gain modulation factor, r (see Eq. (2) in RCA section above), is a parameter of the ground processing and is computed from the total power data received on the ground. The final products in the form of Time Ordered Data (TOI) either in total power or differentiated form are stored in an archive represented by the light-blue cylinder.

All the required optimization steps are performed by an automated software tool, the Onboard Computing Analysis (OCA), which simulates the on-board processing, explores the space of possible combinations of parameters, and produces a set of statistical indicators. Among these indications are: the compression rate Cr and the processing noise εQ. For Planck/LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument it is required that Cr = 2.4, while, as for other systematics, εQ would have to be less than 10% of rms of the instrumental white noise. An analytical model is developed that is able to extract most of the relevant information on the processing errors, the compression rate as a function of the signal statistics, and the processing parameters to be tuned. This model is of interest for the instrument data analysis for assessing the level of signal distortion introduced in the data by the on-board processing.

Once the instrument is completed tuned and stable, a tuning process is applied in order to optimize the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly parameters. The procedure acquires chunks of about 15 minutes of averaged data to be analyzed by OCA. After setting the (optimized) REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly parameters, another session of 15 minutes of acquisition is applied, this time with the nominal processing.

The values for the optimal REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly parameters are mainly determined by the frequency of the radiometric channel, with some dispersion from detector to detector. Table 13 below gives representative median values for r1, r2, q from on-ground System Level tests (CSLCentre Spatial de Liège), as well as for the quantities in Fig. 4 below and the resulting data rate. O is omitted since it is the most variable parameter and has no significant impact on εq and Cr. Table 13 below also reports the number of detectors for each frequency channel, the Naver values (which are kept constant), as well as the compressed data rate per detector, per frequency channel and for the instrument as a whole. Quantities are reported in the form x ± δx, where δx represents the standard deviation taken as a measure of the internal dispersion of x within the given subset of detectors; this number must not be interpreted as an error and it should not be propagated.

The performance was verified against the requirements, with the result that the required data rate of 35.5 kbps was achieved while keeping the processing error at a level of 3.8% of the instrumental white noise and well below the target 10% level.

Figure 4. Results for a typical session of REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly parameter tuning during the CSLCentre Spatial de Liège test campaign. From top to bottom the figure reports for each detector the mean Cr, εq,skysky, εq,loadload, and εq,diffdiff, where σdiff is the rms of the differentiated data. The red line in background of the top panel denotes the target CrTgt = 2.4. Values are represented by bars. Light bars are the results from the calibration phase, where raw data from the instrument are processed by OCA. Dark bars are results from the verification phase, where processing is performed on-board. The second top panel gives an example for detector 00 of Feedhorn 19. Feedhorns are numbered according to the internal Planck/LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument convention assigning to Planck/LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument the feedhorn numbers from 18 to 28. Detectors belonging to the same feedhorn are grouped together, as shown in the third top panel.


Table 13. Representative REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly parameters, the measured Cr and relative processing errors from the CSLCentre Spatial de Liège tests for Planck/LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument. Detectors are grouped by frequency channel, for each quantity x the table reports its group median and group standard deviation δx as a measure of the group internal dispersion, δx must be not considered as an error.
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In-flight the procedure is continuously to acquire data by using the nominal processing. Short chunks of unprocessed data are acquired daily in turn from each detector. The comparison of unprocessed with processed data enables monitoring of the processing error. In addition the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly tuning could be repeated daily on the chunk of unprocessed data in order to test whether some REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly parameters on-board the satellite should be changed or not.

Instrument operations

LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument operational modes

The operations of the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument are designed to be automatic and require little if any intervention from the ground. A small number of commands are required for operating the instrument and eventually for diagnostic and reconfiguration purposes. Each sky survey is conducted by the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument with the instrument in the Normal Operations Mode mode. No deployable elements, or mechanically moving parts are included in the instrument. The scanning of the sky is achieved by progressive repointing of the satellite spin axis, with the Sun direction always within a cone 10° from the spin axis. Within the Normal Science Mode the instrument can be configured in order to fit different science or diagnostic needs, without changing the power consumption and thus the temperature in the FPUFocal Plane Unit. Changes in power consumption in the FPUFocal Plane Unit are minimized and should occur only in the case that failures in the radiometers that could create interference problems require an RCALFI Radiometer Chain Assembly to be switched off. Power adjustments on the first stage of the HEMTHigh Electron Mobility Transistor amplifiers (which were contemplated) require extremely small power level variations.

Figure 5. LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument Operating Modes and their nominal transitions.

A schematic of the nominal transitions between the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument Operation Modes are shown in Fig. 5, and a brief summary is given below.

1. OFF MODE: During this operating mode the instrument is completely off, for example during the launch.
2. STAND-BY: During this mode only the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly can be operated. It is the first interface to the instrument whenever the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument is switched on. When the instrument is in this mode the RAALFI Radiometer Array Assembly must be OFF because no data can be received and no control is possible on the radiometer chains.
3. DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics SET-UP: During this mode the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly and the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics are ON, but no radiometer chains are active. Nevertheless, science data can be generated, although they contain only the background noise of the instrument.
4. NORMAL SCIENCE: During this mode the RAALFI Radiometer Array Assembly is seen by the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly as a set of 44 independent instruments. This means that each instrument can be operated, by the same SW, in different modes without affecting the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument modes. Science data from the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics are continuously acquired by the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly that decides, on the basis of the activation table, which packets (either science or diagnostic) have to be produced. The whole set of HKHouse Keeping is continuously acquired and sent to ground. This mode is the nominal one for the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument observation operations.
5. EXTENDED SCIENCE: This mode is similar to the previous one except for the total amount of telemetry sent to the ground. In fact this mode was used when, in particular cases, (e.g., calibration[LFI meaning]: absolute calibration refers to the 0th order calibration for each channel, 1 single number, while the relative calibration refers to the component of the calibration that varies pointing period by pointing period.…) a larger telemetry rate was needed and was made available by an agreement with HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument and the CDMSCommand and Data Management System.

During launch, for contingency situations and/or to allow diagnostics of other spacecraft subsystems (e.g., HFI(Planck) High Frequency Instrument or others) LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument was in the OFF mode. When, upon a command from ground the REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly was powered on, the instrument was in its STAND-BY mode. A step-by-step bootstrap procedure commanded from ground documented by HKHouse Keeping was initialized to turn the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics on. This sets up the internal communications, and allows the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument subsystems to collect and deliver a full set of HKHouse Keeping. The instrument was in DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics SET-UP mode. The following step was to upload from ground the DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics settings and processing parameters; then, to switch on the RCALFI Radiometer Chain Assembly on the ground command. At this stage, on the ground command, the acquisition of science data can start. A further step is needed to move to NORMAL SCIENCE, namely start processing and compressing the science raw data. When this is accomplished, science packets can be sent to ground.

Instrument technical performance

Spectral response

The in-band receiver response was thoroughly modelled and measured for all the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument detectors during ground tests. The complete set of bandpass curves was published in Ref. [10], where all the details of the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument radiometer spectral response were given. From each curve we derived the effective centre frequency according to:

[math] \label{eq:spectr} \nu_0 = \frac{ \int_{\nu_{\rm min}}^{\nu_{\rm max}} \nu g(\nu) \; d \nu} {\int_{\nu_{\rm min}}^{\nu_{\rm max}} g(\nu)\; d\nu } [/math]

where Δ ν = νmax − νmin is the receiver bandwidth and g(ν) is the bandpass response. Table 14 below gives the centre frequencies of the 22 LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument radiometers. For each radiometer, g(ν) is calculated by weight-averaging the bandpass response of the two individual diodes with the same weights used to average detector timestreams. Despite the changes in central values, for simplicity and for historical reasons, we will continue to refer to the three channels as the 30, 44, and 70 GHz channels.


Table 14. LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument centre frequencies.
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Colour corrections, C(α), needed to derive the brightness temperature of a source with a power-law spectral index α, are given in the Table 15 below. The values are averaged for the 11 RCAs and for the three frequency channels. Details about the definition of colour corrections are provided in Planck-Early-V[11].


Table 15. Colour corrections for the 11 LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument RCAs individually and averaged by frequency.
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Bandpass estimation

As detailed in Ref. [10], our most accurate method to measure the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument bandpasses is based on measurements of individual components integrated into the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument Advanced RF Model (LARFM) to yield a synthesized radiometer bandpass. The LARFM is a software tool based on the open-source Quasi Universal Circuit Simulator (QUCS). The measured frequency responses of the various subsystems (feed-OMTLFI Ortho Module Transducer, FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module, BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module) are considered as lumped S-parameter components. Measurements of single components are obtained with standard methods and provide highly reliable results, with precision of order 0.1-0.2 dB over the entire band. Waveguides are simulated with an analytical model, in order to reproduce the effect of their temperature gradient and the effect of standing waves caused by impedance mismatch at the interfaces between the FEMLFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Module and BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module. This is because the 1.8-m long waveguides were not measured at unit level in cryogenic conditions. The model provides accurate agreement with the measured waveguide response in the conditions of the test measurements (300 K). The composite bandpasses are estimated to have a precision of about 1.5 to 2 dB.

We also attempted an end-to-end measurement of the RCALFI Radiometer Chain Assembly spectral response in the cryo-facility as an independent check. Unfortunately, these measurements suffered some subtle systematic effects in the test setup (standing waves at 70 GHz; polarization mismatch and narrow frequency coverage at 30 and 44 GHz), preventing an accurate cross-check. Nevertheless, the comparison shows a general agreement within limits of the test reliability and repeatability.

Figs. 6 and 7 below show all the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument bandpasses obtained by the frequency response data of each radiometer unit assembled by the LARFM. The 70 GHz channels show a low bandpass ripple, of about 10 dB, which is within scientific requirements. The spike between 60 and 61 GHz, below the low frequency cut-off, is due to a systematic effect present in all the BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module gain measurements and caused by the test setup. We removed this range from the bandpasses made available at the Data Processing Centre in order to avoid possible spurious effects, and therefore the frequency coverage is 61-80 GHz. The high frequency cut-off is not well defined in most of the channels. The 30 and 44 GHz bandpasses show a more complex shape, driven by the BEMLFI warm electronics Back End Module spectral response, but still within ±10 dB. The low frequency cut-off is always well defined, while the high frequency cut-off is not well defined in RCALFI Radiometer Chain Assembly 24 and 26. However, comparing with the high frequency cut-off of RCALFI Radiometer Chain Assembly 25, it is expected that the additional bandwidth is small. Frequency coverage is 25-50 GHz for the 44 GHz channels and 21.3-40 GHz for the 30 GHz channels.

Figure 6. LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument 70 GHz channel bandpasses. Each row shows the four bandpasses of an RCALFI Radiometer Chain Assembly ordered as M-00, M-01, S-10, and S-11. Units are [dB] for 10log(Vout/Vin) plotted against frequency [GHz].
Figure 7. LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument 30 and 44 GHz channel bandpasses. Each row shows the four bandpasses of an RCALFI Radiometer Chain Assembly ordered as M-00, M-01, S-10, and S-11. Units are [dB] for 10log(Vout/Vin) plotted against frequency [GHz].
Stability

Thanks to its differential scheme, the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument is insensitive to many effects caused by 1/f noise, thermal fluctuations, or electrical instabilities. As detailed in [12] [Planck early paper III ], one effect detected during the first survey was the daily temperature fluctuation in the back-end unit induced by the downlink transponder, which was powered ON each day for downlinks during the first 258 days of the mission. As expected, the effect is highly correlated between the sky and reference load signals. In the difference, the variation is reduced by a factor of about (1 − r), where r is the gain modulation factor defined in Eq. (2) of the RCA section.

A particular class of signal fluctuations occasionally observed during operations is due to electrical instabilities that appear as abrupt increases in the measured drain current of the front-end amplifiers, with a relaxation time variable from a few seconds to some hundreds of seconds. Typically, these events cause a simultaneous change in the sky and reference load signals. Because they are essentially common-mode, their residual on the differenced data is negligible (Fig. 8), and the data are suitable for science production. In a few cases the residual fluctuation in the differential output was large enough (a few millikelvin in calibrated antenna temperature units) to be flagged, and the data were not used. The total amount of discarded data for all LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument channels until Operational Day 389 was about 2000 s per detector, or 0.008%.

A further peculiar effect appeared in the 44 GHz detectors, where single isolated samples, either on the sky or the reference voltage output, were far from the rest. Over a reference period of four months, 15 occurrences of single-sample spikes (out of 24 total anomaly events) were discarded, an insignificant loss of data.

Figure 8. Short spikes in the drain current (left) affect total power signals (right). The jumps are strongly correlated in sky and reference signals, so that in the difference data the effect essentially disappears.
Thermal susceptibility

As already mentioned in the In-flight Calibration section and detailed in Ref.[13], during the CPVCalibration and Performance Verification campaign, susceptibility tests were performed in order to characterize the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument instrument susceptibility to thermal and electrical variations.

The effect of temperature fluctuations on the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument radiometers originates in the Planck cold end interface of the hydrogen sorption cooler to the instrument focal plane. The temperature is actively controlled through a dedicated stage, the Thermal Stabilization Assembly (TSAhermal Stabilization Assembly), providing a first reduction of the effect. The thermal mass of the focal plane strongly contributes to reduce residual fluctuations. The physical temperature fluctuations propagated at the front end modules cause a correlated fluctuation in the radiometer signal degrading the quality of scientific data. The accurate characterization of this effect is crucial for removing it from raw data by exploiting the housekeeping information of the thermal sensors.

The propagation of the temperature oscillations through the focal plane and the instrument response to thermal changes were characterized through two main tests:

  • the thermal dynamic response aimed at measuring the dynamic thermal behaviour of the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument Focal Plane;
  • the thermal susceptibility of the radiometers.
Thermal dynamic response

In order to amplify the effect and to obtain a more accurate measurement, the active control from the TSAhermal Stabilization Assembly was switched off. The resulting increased fluctuations, propagating at the cooler frequencies, were used to evaluate transfer functions between the TSAhermal Stabilization Assembly stage and the FPUFocal Plane Unit sensors (see Fig. 9 below). The analysis produced damping factors of 2–5 at about 1 mHz. The source of fluctuations was characterized by two typical periods of the sorption cooler during the final CPVCalibration and Performance Verification phase: (i) the single bed cycle time, 940 s; and (ii) the complete cooler period, 6 times larger, or 5640 s.

Figure 9. Schematic of the focal plane thermal sensor locations.

Results are shown in Table 16. Sorting the sensors by the transfer function amplitudes in descending order (second column of the table), reproduce the route of the propagation of temperature fluctuations through the focal plane sensors (shown in Fig. 9) as expected. The largest amplitudes are in the sensor closest to the right bottom corner interface with the working cooler and they decrease to the left and upwards. The measured values in-flight show good agreement with what was measured during the CSLCentre Spatial de Liège ground tests.


Table 16. Transmission amplitudes and phases of fluctuations at the two main cooler frequencies during the transient test. Typical fit parameters uncertainties are at the 1% level.
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Radiometer thermal susceptibility

Fluctuations of the focal plane temperature would cause variations of important parameters (mainly the low noise amplifier gains and noise temperatures), impacting the radiometer output signal. The response of the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument radiometers to thermal fluctuations was estimated by inducing discrete temperature steps on the focal plane through TSAhermal Stabilization Assembly set-point changes. The set-point was changed over four values (Fig. 47, left) and after stabilization of at least 2 hours, the measured receiver output was characterized as a function of each temperature variation of about 0.3 K.

The slope of the resulting Tant</i> vs Tphys plot is the measured response of the receivers to a change in the temperature. Results, reported in Table 17, confirmed that physical temperature fluctuations in the main frame are furtherly reduced when convolved with the radiometer thermal susceptibility coefficients. The derived output fluctuations, measured in antenna temperature, were actually reduced by an extra factor of 10 to 200 (according to the channel considered), of the same order as the ground test results. This corresponds to reduction of the mean peak-to-peak amplitudes of fluctuations measured by high resolution sensors, of the order of 4 mK in steady condition, of at least one order of magnitude in the output timestream.


Table 17. Results of thermal susceptibility tests. Units are Kant/Kphys. Together with the radiometers, the closest sensor used as reference for the physical temperature is indicated. Results for detector LFI24S-11 are missing because it suffered a period of signal saturation during the test.
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Instrument budgets
Power budget
Table 18. LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument sub-system power budget.
Subsystem Unit Assembly Sub-Assembly Budget [W]
RAALFI Radiometer Array Assembly 45.599
FEULFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Unit 0.329
FE structure N/A
Feed Horns N/A
OMTs N/A
FEMs 0.329
30 GHz 0.056
44 GHz 0.121
70 GHz 0.152
BEULFI warm electronics Back End Unit 45.270
DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics 31.986
BEMs 13.284
30 GHz 4.914
44 GHz 4.633
70 GHz 3.737
Waveguides N/A
RAALFI Radiometer Array Assembly harness N/A
4-K Load N/A
REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly 22.700
System harness N/A
Total 68.299
Mass budget

The maximum allocated mass for the Planck Instruments is 445 kg, with 89 kg allocated for the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument instrument. The distribution of the instrument and cooler mass to the different interfaces in the system is given in Table 19 below.

Table 19. LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument sub-system mass budget.
Subsystem Unit Assembly Sub-Assembly Budget [kg]
RAALFI Radiometer Array Assembly 77.900
FEULFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Unit 22.935
FE structure 17.680
Feed Horns+OMTs 2.825
30 GHz 0.680
44 GHz 0.732
70 GHz 1.413
FEMs 2.430
30 GHz 0.810
44 GHz 1.110
70 GHz 0.510
BEULFI warm electronics Back End Unit 25.542
DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics 23.130
BEMs 2.412
30 GHz 0.624
44 GHz 0.864
70 GHz 0.924
Waveguides 23.005
WGLFI Waveguide structure 15.940
WGs 7.065
RAALFI Radiometer Array Assembly harness 5.491
BEULFI warm electronics Back End Unit internal harness 4.489
DAELFI Data Acquisition Electronics-FEULFI cryogenic amplifying stage Front End Unit cryo-harness 1.002
4-K Load 0.927
REBALFI Radiometer Electronics Box Assembly (2 units) 8.480
System Harness 3.495
Total 89.875
Telemetry budget

All the science data flow coming from the on-board data processing can be summarized in the following Table 20.

Table 20. Data processing and compression results.
30 GHz 44 GHz 70 GHz Total
Total samples 65 94 154
Compression factor 2.4 2.4 2.4
Compressed samples 27 39 64
Science data available [word] 490 490 490
Time per packet [s] 18.035 12.570 7.651
Corresponding sky arc [deg] 108 75 46
Packet frequency [Hz] 0.444 0.955 3.317
Net Data Volume [word/s] 217.352 467.778 1536.986 2222.116
Net Data Volume [kbps] 3.478 7.484 24.592 35.554

This result refers to the net science telemetry rate that LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument sends to the ground. If we add the overhead due to the packet header (protocol) and the tertiary header, we obtain a gross science telemetry rate of 37.150 kbps. This number should be added to the data coming from the calibration channel (uncompressed data used to verify the correct functionality of the on-board compression algorithm, see Reduction and Compression of Science Data section) sent to theground in parallel. This channel has a worst case gross data production of 5.140 kbps, for a total science data rate of 42.290 kbps.

The gross housekeeping telemetry budget is 2.425 kbps, for a total budget of 44.715 kbps. The total data budget allocated to the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument is 53.5 kbps, well above the LFI(Planck) Low Frequency Instrument total telemetry budget.

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