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Monolithic Si bolometer array for the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory
Author(s): Ning Wang; Todd R. Hunter; Dominic J. Benford; Eugene Serabyn; Thomas G. Phillips; Samuel Harvey Moseley Jr.
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Paper Abstract

We are developing a submillimeter continuum camera for the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory (CSO) located on Mauna Kea. The camera will employ a monolithic Si bolometer array which was developed by Mosley et al. at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The camera will be cooled to a temperature of about 300 mK in a 3He cryostat, and will operate primarily at wavelengths of 350 and 450 micrometers . We plan to use a bolometer array with 1 x 24 directly illuminated pixels, each pixel of dimension 1 x 2 mm2, which is about half of the F/4 beam size at these wavelengths. Each pixel is 10 - 12 micrometers thick and is supported only by four thin Si legs formed by wet chemical etch. The pixels are doped n-type by phosphorus implantation, compensated by boron implantation. Signals from the bolometer pixels are first amplified by cryogenically cooled FETs. The signals are further amplified by room-temperature amplifiers and then separately digitized by 16 bit A/D converters with differential inputs. The outputs of the A/D converters are fed into a digital signal processing board via fiber-optic cables. The electronics and data acquisition system were designed by the Goddard group. We will report the status of this effort.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2198, Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176729
Show Author Affiliations
Ning Wang, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Todd R. Hunter, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Dominic J. Benford, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Eugene Serabyn, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Thomas G. Phillips, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Samuel Harvey Moseley Jr., NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2198:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII
David L. Crawford; Eric R. Craine, Editor(s)

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