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Focal Plane Arrays of Voltage-Biased Superconducting Bolometers

Authors:
Michael J. Myers, John Clarke, J. M. Gildemeister, Adrian T. Lee, P. L. Richards, Dan Schwan, J. T. Skidmore, Helmuth Spieler, Jongsoo Yoon
Abstract:
The 200┬Ám to 3mm wavelength range has great astronomical and cosmological significance. Science goals include characterization of the cosmic microwave background, measurement of the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect in galaxy clusters, and observations of forming galaxies. Cryogenic bolometers are the most sensitive broadband detectors in this frequency range. Because single bolometer pixels are reaching the photon noise limit for many observations, the development of large arrays will be critical for future science progress. Voltage-biased superconducting bolometers (VSBs) have several advantages compared to other cryogenic bolometers. Their strong negative electrothermal feedback enhances their linearity, speed, and stability. The large noise margin of the SQUID readout enables multiplexed readout schemes, which are necessary for developing large arrays. In this paper, we discuss the development of a large absorber-coupled array, a frequency-domain SQUID readout multiplexer, and an antenna-coupled VSB design.
Categories:
Detectors
Year:
2001
Session:
10
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Page Number(s):
457-461