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Abstract #1263

Harmonic Balance Modeling of MRI Preamp Impairments

Chris Vassos1, Fraser Robb2, Shreyas Vasanawala3, John Pauly1, and Greig Scott1
1Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, 2GE Healthcare, Aurora, OH, United States, 3Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States

A Silicon Germanium alternative to standard HEMT pre-amplifiers is proposed. This is intended to ameliorate the high power consumption associated with current implementations for the wireless use case in which power is a limiting factor. The proposed pre-amp is evaluated for linearity and gain through a behavioral model that is extracted from SPICE simulation to process k-space data. It is found that the non-linearities introduced by the SiGe device begin to have an impact on image quality in high dynamic range cases. This encourages further investigation into SiGe devices as low-power preamplifiers.

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