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The performance of the bolometer array and readout system during the 2012/2013 flight of the E and B experiment (EBEX)
Author(s): Kevin MacDermid; Asad M. Aboobaker; Peter Ade; François Aubin; Carlo Baccigalupi; Kevin Bandura; Chaoyun Bao; Julian Borrill; Daniel Chapman; Joy Didier; Matt Dobbs; Julien Grain; William Grainger; Shaul Hanany; Kyle Helson; Seth Hillbrand; Gene Hilton; Hannes Hubmayr; Kent Irwin; Bradley Johnson; Andrew Jaffe; Terry Jones; Ted Kisner; Jeff Klein; Andrei Korotkov; Adrian Lee; Lorne Levinson; Michele Limon; Amber Miller; Michael Milligan; Enzo Pascale; Katherine Raach; Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud; Carl Reintsema; Ilan Sagiv; Graeme Smecher; Radek Stompor; Matthieu Tristram; Greg Tucker; Ben Westbrook; Kyle Zilic
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Paper Abstract

EBEX is a balloon-borne telescope designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation. During its eleven day science flight in the Austral Summer of 2012, it operated 955 spider-web transition edge sensor (TES) bolometers separated into bands at 150, 250 and 410 GHz. This is the first time that an array of TES bolometers has been used on a balloon platform to conduct science observations. Polarization sensitivity was provided by a wire grid and continuously rotating half-wave plate. The balloon implementation of the bolometer array and readout electronics presented unique development requirements. Here we present an outline of the readout system, the remote tuning of the bolometers and Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) amplifiers, and preliminary current noise of the bolometer array and readout system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9153, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, 915311 (23 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056267
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Kevin MacDermid, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Asad M. Aboobaker, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Peter Ade, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
François Aubin, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Carlo Baccigalupi, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Italy)
Kevin Bandura, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Chaoyun Bao, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Julian Borrill, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Daniel Chapman, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Joy Didier, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Matt Dobbs, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, CIFAR Program in Cosmology and Gravity (Canada)
Julien Grain, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS, Univ. Paris Sud (France)
William Grainger, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Shaul Hanany, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities (United States)
Kyle Helson, Brown Univ. (United States)
Seth Hillbrand, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Gene Hilton, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Hannes Hubmayr, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Kent Irwin, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Bradley Johnson, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Andrew Jaffe, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Terry Jones, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Ted Kisner, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Jeff Klein, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Andrei Korotkov, Brown Univ. (United States)
Adrian Lee, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Lorne Levinson, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Michele Limon, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Amber Miller, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Michael Milligan, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Enzo Pascale, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Katherine Raach, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Carl Reintsema, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Ilan Sagiv, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Graeme Smecher, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Radek Stompor, AstroParticule et Cosmologie, Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
Matthieu Tristram, Lab. de l'Accelerateur Lineaire, Univ. Paris-Sud 11 (France)
Greg Tucker, Brown Univ. (United States)
Ben Westbrook, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Kyle Zilic, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9153:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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