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Thermal conductance measurements for the development of ultra low-noise transition-edge sensors with a new method for measuring the noise equivalent power
Author(s): Karwan Rostem; Dorota M. Glowacka; David J. Goldie; Stafford Withington
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Paper Abstract

Transition-Edge Sensors (TESs) are sensitive devices used in astronomical detectors. Recent projects in ground-based and space astronomy demand the Noise Equivalent Power (NEP) of the TES to be reduced to the limits needed for accurate measurements, for example, of the B-mode polarisation of the CMB. Thus, we have measured thermal conductance of SixNy bridges of various geometries, and present the results that give insight into the phonon transport mechanism inside these low-dimensional structures. We also present a new method for measuring the NEP of TESs using an on-chip black body radiator.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 70200L (18 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787372
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Karwan Rostem, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Dorota M. Glowacka, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
David J. Goldie, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Stafford Withington, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7020:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
William D. Duncan; Wayne S. Holland; Stafford Withington; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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