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A millimeter and submillimeter kinetic inductance detector camera

Schlaerth, J. and Vayonakis, A. and Day, P. and Glenn, J. and Gao, J. and Golwala, S. and Kumar, S. and Leduc, H. and Mazin, B. and Vaillancourt, J. and Zmuidzinas, J. (2008) A millimeter and submillimeter kinetic inductance detector camera. Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 151 (3-4). pp. 684-689. ISSN 0022-2291.

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We present results from a demonstration camera using Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) (Day et al. in Nature 425, 817–821, [2003]) at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory. The focal plane consists of 16 two-color (240 and 350 GHz) pixels. Each pixel is a phased-array of slot dipole antenna whose output power is coupled to MKIDs via in-line color-defining bandpass filters. A prototype software-defined radio system was used to read out up to four MKIDs simultaneously. We obtained maps of Jupiter, Saturn, and G34.3 and demonstrated sensitivities of approximately 1 Jy s½ and 10 Jy s½ in the two bands, respectively, limited by detector noise due to a low-efficiency optical train. We anticipate that a second engineering run in 2008 with a 36-element, 4-color array and an optimized optical train will be background limited at 240, 270, 350, and 400 GHz. We are undertaking the construction of a full-size MKID camera with 576 four-color spatial pixels and using 2304 MKIDs readout by an expanded software-defined radio system.

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Additional Information:© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008. Received: 23 July 2007. Accepted: 5 October 2007. Published online: 25 January 2008. We are grateful to acknowledge the support of NASA (NNG06GG16G), the NSF (AST-0705157) and the generous contributions of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
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Subject Keywords:Radio telescopes and instrumentation, Heterodyne receivers, Superconducting infrared, Submillimeter and millimeter wave detectors
Issue or Number:3-4
Classification Code:PACS: 95.55.Jz; 85.25.Pb
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Official Citation:Schlaerth, J., Vayonakis, A., Day, P. et al. A Millimeter and Submillimeter Kinetic Inductance Detector Camera. J Low Temp Phys 151, 684–689 (2008).
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