MSc L.G. Galatro

PhD student
Electronic Circuits and Architectures (ELCA), Department of Microelectronics

PhD thesis (Nov 2019): Advanced calibration and measurement techniques for (sub)millimeter wave devices characterization
Promotor: Marco Spirito, Leo de Vreede

Expertise: RF and mm-wave characterization, calibration techniques and structures and de-embedding algorithm

Microwave measurements for planar circuits and components

PlanarCal aims to aim of the project is to enable traceable measurement of integrated planar circuits and components from radio-frequency (RF) to sub-mm frequencies.

Projects history

STW Take-off phase1: High gamma vector network analysis

HΓ-VNA targets the implementation of a new measurement technique, enabling accurate characterization of electronic devices as well as biological and organic materials, which share the common characteristic of presenting extreme loading condition in the RF/Microwave frequency range.

Dotseven

DOTSEVEN is a very ambitious 3.5 year R&D project targeting the development of silicon germanium (SiGe) heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) technologies with cut-off frequencies (fmax) up to 700 GHz.

From RF to MMW and THz silicon SoC technologies

Silicon technology platforms for emerging RF, millimetre-wave and THz consumer applications.

  1. Hardware and Software Solutions for Active Frequency Scalable (Sub)mm-Wave Load–Pull
    De Martino, Carmine; Galatro, Luca; Romano, Raffaele; Parisi, Gaetano; Spirito, Marco;
    IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques,
    Volume 68, Issue 9, pp. 3769-3775, 2020. DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2020.3005178

  2. Towards Commercially Available Quartz Calibration Substrates
    Galatro, Luca; De Martino, Carmine; van ‘t Hof, Jos; Alomari, Mohammed; Sailer, Holger; Burghartz, Joachim; Spirito, Marco;
    In 2020 95th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference (ARFTG),
    pp. 1-5, 2020. DOI: 10.1109/ARFTG47271.2020.9241374

  3. Vector gain based EVM estimation at mm-wave frequencies
    Van ‘t Hof, J.; De Martino, C.; Malotaux, S.; Squillante, M.; Marchetti, M.; Galatro, L.; Spirito, M.;
    In 2020 95th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference (ARFTG),
    pp. 1-5, 2020. DOI: 10.1109/ARFTG47271.2020.9241384

  4. Noise Behavior and Implementation of Interferometer-Based Broadband VNA
    Mubarak, Faisal Ali; Romano, Rafaelle; Galatro, Luca; Mascolo, Vincenzo; Rietveld, Gert; Spirito, Marco;
    IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques,
    Volume 67, Issue 1, pp. 249-260, 2019. DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2018.2874667

  5. The HΓ-VNA, an Interferometric Approach for the Accurate Measurement of Extreme Impedances
    Romano, Raffaele; Mubarak, Faisal; Spirito, Marco; Galatro, Luca;
    In 2019 93rd ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference (ARFTG),
    pp. 1-6, 2019. DOI: 10.1109/ARFTG.2019.8739232

  6. Millimeter-Wave On-Wafer TRL Calibration Employing 3-D EM Simulation-Based Characteristic Impedance Extraction
    L. Galatro; M. Spirito;
    IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques,
    Volume PP, Issue 99, pp. 1-9, 2017.

  7. Performance of THz Components Based on Microstrip PECVD SiNx Technology
    M. Finkel; H. Thierschmann; L. Galatro; A. J. Katan; D. J. Thoen; P. J. de Visser; M. Spirito; T. M. Klapwijk;
    IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology,
    Volume 7, Issue 6, pp. 765-771, Nov 2017. DOI: 10.1109/TTHZ.2017.2759507
    Keywords: ... Coplanar waveguides;Couplers;Dielectrics;Power transmission lines;Probes;Standards;Transmission line measurements;Coupling circuits;micromechanical devices;submillimeter wave circuits;thin film circuits.

  8. Capacitively Loaded Inverted CPWs for Distributed TRL-Based De-Embedding at (Sub) mm-Waves
    L. Galatro; A. Pawlak; M. Schroter; M. Spirito;
    IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques,
    Volume PP, Issue 99, pp. 1-11, 2017. DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2017.2727498
    Keywords: ... Calibration;Coplanar waveguides;Dielectrics;Impedance;Power transmission lines;Substrates;Transmission line measurements;CPW;VNA.;distributed de-embedding;millimeter waves;silicon;slow wave;thru-reflect line (TRL).

  9. Performance of THz Components Based on Microstrip PECVD SiN x Technology
    Finkel, Matvey; Thierschmann, Holger; Galatro, Luca; Katan, Allard J; Thoen, David J; de Visser, Pieter J; Spirito, Marco; Klapwijk, Teun M;
    IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology,
    Volume 7, Issue 6, pp. 765-771, 2017.
    document

  10. Branchline and directional THz coupler based on PECVD SiNx-technology
    M. Finkel; H. R. Thierschmann; L. Galatro; A. J. Katan; D. J. Thoen; P. J. de Visser; M. Spirito; T. M. Klapwijk;
    In 2016 41st International Conference on Infrared, Millimeter, and Terahertz waves (IRMMW-THz),
    pp. 1-2, Sept 2016.

  11. On the definition of reference planes in probe-level calibrations
    L. Galatro; F. Mubarak; M. Spirito;
    In 2016 87th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference (ARFTG),
    pp. 1-4, May 2016.

  12. BiCMOS integrated waveguide with artificial dielectric at submillimeter wave frequencies
    Alonso-delPino, M.; Thippur Shivamurthy, H.; Cavallo, D.; Galatro, L.; Spirito, M.;
    In IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium,
    San Francisco, CA, USA, May 22-27 2016.
    document

  13. BiCMOS integrated waveguide with artificial dielectric at submillimeter wave frequencies
    M. A. d. Pino; H. T. Shivamurthy; D. Cavallo; L. Galatro; M. Spirito;
    In 2016 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS),
    pp. 1-4, May 2016.

  14. Power level control of mm-wave test benches for accurate small and large-signal DUT measurements
    C. D. Martino; Z. Hu; L. Galatro; G. Sarris; M. Spirito;
    In 2016 88th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference (ARFTG),
    pp. 1-4, Dec 2016.

  15. A wideband 60 GHz class-E/F2 power amplifier in 40nm CMOS
    M. Babaie; R. B. Staszewski; L. Galatro; M. Spirito;
    In 2015 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC),
    pp. 215-218, May 2015.

  16. Improved RSOL planar calibration via EM modelling and reduced spread resistive layers
    M. Spirito; L. Galatro; G. Lorito; T. Zoumpoulidis; F. Mubarak;
    In 2015 86th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference,
    pp. 1-5, Dec 2015.

  17. A simplified calibration procedure for on-wafer power levelled S-parameter measurements at mm-wave
    S. Galbano; L. Galatro; M. Spirito;
    In 2015 85th Microwave Measurement Conference (ARFTG),
    pp. 1-3, May 2015.

  18. Calibration and characterization techniques for on-wafer device characterization
    L. Galatro; M. Spirito;
    In 2015 IEEE 13th International New Circuits and Systems Conference (NEWCAS),
    pp. 1-4, June 2015.

  19. Power control for S-parameters and large signal characterization at (sub)-mmWave frequencies
    L. Galatro; S. Galbano; A. Santaniello; M. Spirito;
    In 2015 85th Microwave Measurement Conference (ARFTG),
    pp. 1-4, May 2015.

  20. Analysis of residual errors due to calibration transfer in on-wafer measurements at mm-wave frequencies
    L. Galatro; M. Spirito;
    In 2015 IEEE Bipolar/BiCMOS Circuits and Technology Meeting - BCTM,
    pp. 141-144, Oct 2015.

  21. An FM demodulator operating across 2 #x2013;10GHz IF
    A. Visweswaran; J. R. Long; L. Galatro; M. Spirito; R. B. Staszewski;
    In 2013 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium (RFIC),
    pp. 213-216, June 2013.

  22. Large signal characterization of millimeter wave devices using mixed signal active load-pull
    L. Galatro; A. Akhnoukh; P. Magn�e; M. Marchetti; M. Spirito;
    In 82nd ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference,
    pp. 1-5, Nov 2013.

  23. 60 GHz mixed signal active load-pull system for millimeter wave devices characterization
    L. Galatro; M. Marchetti; M. Spirito;
    In 80th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Conference,
    pp. 1-6, Nov 2012.

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