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Abstract #3910

Investigation of Decoupling Techniques for Two-Element Cryogenic Arrays

Jarek Wosik1,2, Leiming Xie1, Lian Xue3, Krzysztof Nesteruk4, Kurt H. Bockhorst3, Ponnada A. Narayana3

1Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX, United States; 2Texas Center for Superconductivity, Houston, TX, United States; 3Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, University of Texas, Health Science Center-Houston Medical School, Houston, TX, United States; 4Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

In order to address constrains regarding low loss decoupling techniques for application in high-Q cryogenic arrays, we evaluated and compared SNR gain from cooling to liquid nitrogen temperatures of 2x1 array at 7 Tesla for three different decoupling methods. Beside standard overlapping approach we have also used eight shape loop and capacitive decoupling techniques. Calculations and experimental results showed the best performance (two fold SNR gain) of the array with capacitive decoupling. The eight shape loop decoupled array showed only a few percent lower SNR gain, whereas the geometrical decoupling technique had reduced SNR gain by close to 20%.