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Issues in the readout of FIR- and millimeter-wave bolometers for astrophysical applications
Author(s): Peter T. Timbie; Jun-wei Zhou; Khurram Farooqui; C. Grant Willson
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Paper Abstract

Bolometers are used extensively in astrophysics for imaging and spectroscopy at wavelengths between several millimeters and 10 microns. They are particularly useful for applications requiring high sensitivity; current and planned bolometer systems are nearing the sensitivity limit imposed by background photon noise, even in the low-background conditions achieved in observatories on satellites, aircraft, and balloons. Reaching this limit will require new types of bolometers as well as improved preamplifiers to read them out. We describe two types of bolometers optimized for low-background operation and focus on the design and testing of their preamplifier circuits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2226, Infrared Readout Electronics II, (23 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178470
Show Author Affiliations
Peter T. Timbie, Brown Univ. (United States)
Jun-wei Zhou, Brown Univ. (United States)
Khurram Farooqui, Brown Univ. (United States)
C. Grant Willson, Brown Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2226:
Infrared Readout Electronics II
Eric R. Fossum, Editor(s)

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