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A compact, modular superconducting bolometer array package
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Paper Abstract

We have designed a detector package to house a superconducting bolometer array, SQUID multiplexers, bias and integration circuitry, optical filtering, electrical connectors, and thermal/mechanical interfaces. This package has been used successfully in the GISMO 2mm camera, a 128-pixel camera operating at a base temperature of 270mK. Operation at lower temperatures is allowed by providing direct heat sinking to the SQUIDs and bias resistors, which generate the bulk of the dissipation in the package. Standard electrical connectors provide reliable contact while enabling quick installation and removal of the package. Careful design has gone into the compensation for differing thermal expansions, the need for heat sinking of the bolometer array, and the placement of magnetic shielding in critical areas. In this presentation, we detail the design and performance of this detector package and describe its scalability to 1280-pixel arrays in the near future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 July 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7020, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, 702026 (19 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.789826
Show Author Affiliations
Dominic J. Benford, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Johannes G. Staguhn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland (United States)
Christine A. Allen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Elmer H. Sharp, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Global Science & Technology (United States)


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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