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Optical lumped element microwave kinetic inductance detectors

Marsden, Danica and Mazin, Benjamin A. and Bumble, Bruce and Meeker, Seth and O'Brien, Kieran and McHugh, Sean and Strader, Matthew and Langman, Eric (2012) Optical lumped element microwave kinetic inductance detectors. In: High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy V. Proceedings of SPIE. No.8453. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 84530B. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20160310-145224286

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Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors, or MKIDs, have proven to be a powerful cryogenic detector technology due to their sensitivity and the ease with which they can be multiplexed into large arrays. An MKID is an energy sensor based on a photon-variable superconducting inductance in a lithographed microresonator. It is capable of functioning as both a photon detector across the electromagnetic spectrum and a particle detector. We have recently demonstrated the world's first photon-counting, energy-resolving, ultraviolet, optical, and near infrared MKID focal plane array in the ARCONS camera at the Palomar 200" telescope. Optical Lumped Element (OLE) MKID arrays have significant advantages over semiconductor detectors such as charge coupled devices (CCDs). They can count individual photons with essentially no false counts and determine the energy (to a few percent) and arrival time (to ≈1μs) of every photon, with good quantum efficiency. Initial devices were degraded by substrate events from photons passing through the Titanium Nitride (TiN) material of the resonator and being absorbed in the substrate. Recent work has eliminated this issue, with a solution found to be increasing the thickness of the TiN resonator from 20 to 60 nm.


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Additional Information:© 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). This material is based upon work supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant NNX09AD54G, issued through the Science Mission Directorate, Jet Propulsion Lab’s Research & Technology Development Program, and a grant from the W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies. Part of the research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The authors would like to thank Rick LeDuc, Jonas Zmuidzinas, Sunil Golwala, David Moore, Peter Day, and Omid Noroozian for useful insights.
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Official Citation:Danica Marsden ; Benjamin A. Mazin ; Bruce Bumble ; Seth Meeker ; Kieran O'Brien ; Sean McHugh ; Matthew Strader and Eric Langman " Optical lumped element microwave kinetic inductance detectors ", Proc. SPIE 8453, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy V, 84530B (September 25, 2012); doi:10.1117/12.924904
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