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Multiplexed Readout of Thermal Bolometers with Superconducting Transition Edge Thermometers

Authors:
Dominic J. Benford, Christine A. Allen, James A. Chervenak, Mino M. Freund, Alexander S. Kutyrev, S. Harvey Moseley, Richard A. Shafer, Johannes G. Staguhn, Erich N. Grossman, Gene C. Hilton, Kent D. Irwin, John M. Martinis, Sae-Woo Nam, Carl D. Reintsema
Abstract:
History shows that in astronomy, more is better. In the near future, direct detector arrays for the far-infrared and submillimeter will contain hundreds to thousands of elements. A multiplexed readout is necessary for practical implementation of such arrays, and has been developed using SQUIDs. The technology permits a 32 × 32 array of bolometers to be read out using ~100 wires rather than the >2000 needed with direct wiring. These bolometer arrays are made by micromachining techniques, using superconducting transition edge sensors as the thermistors. We describe the development of this multiplexed superconducting bolometer array architecture as a step toward bringing about the first astronomically useful arrays of this design. This technology will be used in the SAFIRE instrument on SOFIA, and is a candidate for a wide variety of other spectroscopic and photometric instruments.
Categories:
Poster Session
Year:
2001
Session:
5
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Page Number(s):
122-130