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The FDM readout system for the TES bolometers of the SWIPE instrument on the balloon-borne LSPE experiment
Author(s): D. Vaccaro; A. M. Baldini; F. Cei; L. Galli; G. Gallucci; M. Grassi; A. Iezzi; M. Incagli; D. Nicolò; F. Spinella; M. Venturini; Y. Venturini; G. Signorelli
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Paper Abstract

We present the design and first tests of a prototype readout for the SWIPE instrument onboard the LSPE balloon-borne experiment. LSPE aims at measuring the linear polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) at large angular scales, to find the imprint of inflation on the B-mode CMB polarization. The SWIPE instrument hosts two focal planes hosting 163 TES Au/Mo spiderweb bolometers each, cooled at 0.3 K for the detection of microwave frequencies of 140, 220 and 240 GHz.

To read all the detectors, a 16 channel frequency domain multiplexing readout system has been devised, consisting of LC resonators composed of custom Nb superconducting inductors and commercial SMD capacitors.

A set-up consisting of 14 LC resonators shows that we can accommodate 16 channels in the frequency range between 200 kHz and 1.6 MHz, since the necessary line-widths can be achieved. A preliminary firmware for the generation and read-out of the biasing frequency comb is also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9914, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, 99143C (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232186
Show Author Affiliations
D. Vaccaro, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Univ. di Siena (Italy)
A. M. Baldini, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
F. Cei, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Univ. di Pisa (Italy)
L. Galli, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
G. Gallucci, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
M. Grassi, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
A. Iezzi, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Univ. di Pisa (Italy)
M. Incagli, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
D. Nicolò, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Univ. di Pisa (Italy)
F. Spinella, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
M. Venturini, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy)
Y. Venturini, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
Univ. di Pisa (Italy)
G. Signorelli, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9914:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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