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Distributed antenna-coupled transition edge sensors
Author(s): Peter K. Day; Henry G. LeDuc; Richard A. M. Lee; C. Darren Dowell; Jonas Zmuidzinas
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Paper Abstract

We describe progress toward realizing a new architecture for focal plane arrays for the Submillimeter and Far-Infrared (FIR) bands. This architecture is based on a detector design utilizing distributed hot-electron transition edge sensors (TES) coupled to slot antenna elements. Arrays utilizing this type of detector can be considerably easier to manufacture than membrane-isolated TES arrays, because the need for micro-machining is eliminated. We present background and rationale for this new array architecture and details of a new antenna design for an imaging polarimeter, which yields greater bandwidth than past designs. In addition, we describe a cryogenic facility for testing these arrays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6275, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 62751R (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672690
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Peter K. Day, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Henry G. LeDuc, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Richard A. M. Lee, California Institute of Technology (United States)
C. Darren Dowell, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jonas Zmuidzinas, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6275:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Jonas Zmuidzinas; Wayne S. Holland; Stafford Withington; William D. Duncan, Editor(s)

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