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First implementation of TES bolometer arrays with SQUID-based multiplexed readout on a balloon-borne platform
Author(s): François Aubin; Asad M. Aboobaker; Peter Ade; Carlo Baccigalupi; Chaoyun Bao; Julian Borrill; Christopher Cantalupo; Daniel Chapman; Joy Didier; Matt Dobbs; Will Grainger; Shaul Hanany; Johannes Hubmayr; Peter Hyland; Seth Hillbrand; Andrew Jaffe; Bradley Johnson; Terry Jones; Theodore Kisner; Jeff Klein; Andrei Korotkov; Sam Leach; Adrian Lee; Michele Limon; Kevin MacDermid; Tomotake Matsumura; Xiaofan Meng; Amber Miller; Michael Milligan; Daniel Polsgrove; Nicolas Ponthieu; Kate Raach; Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud; Ilan Sagiv; Graeme Smecher; Huan Tran; Gregory S. Tucker; Yury Vinokurov; Amit Yadav; Matias Zaldarriaga; Kyle Zilic
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Paper Abstract

EBEX (the E and B EXperiment) is a balloon-borne telescope designed to measure the polarisation of the cosmic microwave background radiation. During a two week long duration science flight over Antarctica, EBEX will operate 768, 384 and 280 spider-web transition edge sensor (TES) bolometers at 150, 250 and 410 GHz, respectively. The 10-hour EBEX engineering flight in June 2009 over New Mexico and Arizona provided the first usage of both a large array of TES bolometers and a Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) based multiplexed readout in a space-like environment. This successful demonstration increases the technology readiness level of these bolometers and the associated readout system for future space missions. A total of 82, 49 and 82 TES detectors were operated during the engineering flight at 150, 250 and 410 GHz. The sensors were read out with a new SQUID-based digital frequency domain multiplexed readout system that was designed to meet the low power consumption and robust autonomous operation requirements presented by a balloon experiment. Here we describe the system and the remote, automated tuning of the bolometers and SQUIDs. We compare results from tuning at float to ground, and discuss bolometer performance during flight.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7741, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 77411T (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857596
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François Aubin, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Asad M. Aboobaker, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Peter Ade, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Carlo Baccigalupi, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Italy)
Chaoyun Bao, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Julian Borrill, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Christopher Cantalupo, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Daniel Chapman, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Joy Didier, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Matt Dobbs, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Will Grainger, Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)
Shaul Hanany, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Johannes Hubmayr, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Peter Hyland, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Seth Hillbrand, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Andrew Jaffe, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Bradley Johnson, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Terry Jones, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Theodore Kisner, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Jeff Klein, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Andrei Korotkov, Brown Univ. (United States)
Sam Leach, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Italy)
Adrian Lee, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Michele Limon, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Kevin MacDermid, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Tomotake Matsumura, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Xiaofan Meng, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Amber Miller, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Michael Milligan, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Daniel Polsgrove, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Nicolas Ponthieu, Univ. Paris-Sud (France)
Kate Raach, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Ilan Sagiv, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)
Graeme Smecher, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Huan Tran, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Gregory S. Tucker, Brown Univ. (United States)
Yury Vinokurov, Brown Univ. (United States)
Amit Yadav, Institute for Advanced Study (United States)
Matias Zaldarriaga, Institute for Advanced Study (United States)
Kyle Zilic, Univ. of Minnesota (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7741:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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