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The MKID Camera

Maloney, P. R. and Czakon, N. G. and Day, P. K. and Duan, R. and Gao, J. and Glenn, J. and Golwala, S. and Hollister, M. and LeDuc, H. G. and Mazin, B. and Noroozian, O. and Nguyen, H. T. and Sayers, J. and Schlaerth, J. and Vaillancourt, J. E. and Vayonakis, A. and Wilson, P. and Zmuidzinas, J. (2009) The MKID Camera. In: Low Temperature Detectors LTD 13. AIP Conference Proceedings. No.1185. American Institute of Physics , Melville, NY, pp. 176-179. ISBN 978-0-7354-0751-0.

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The MKID Camera project is a collaborative effort of Caltech, JPL, the University of Colorado, and UC Santa Barbara to develop a large‐format, multi‐color millimeter and submillimeter‐wavelength camera for astronomy using microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs). These are superconducting, micro‐resonators fabricated from thin aluminum and niobium films. We couple the MKIDs to multi‐slot antennas and measure the change in surface impedance produced by photon‐induced breaking of Cooper pairs. The readout is almost entirely at room temperature and can be highly multiplexed; in principle hundreds or even thousands of resonators could be read out on a single feedline. The camera will have 576 spatial pixels that image simultaneously in four bands at 750, 850, 1100 and 1300 microns. It is scheduled for deployment at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory in the summer of 2010. We present an overview of the camera design and readout and describe the current status of testing and fabrication.

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Additional Information:© 2009 American Institute of Physics. Published online 16 December 2009. The MKID Camera project is supported by NSF grant AST-0705157 to the University of Colorado, NASA grant NNGC06C71G to Caltech, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the JPL Research and Technology Development Fund. We are grateful to the Xilinx corporation for their generous donation of the FPGAs needed for the readout electronics.
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Subject Keywords:Radio Telescopes and Instramentation. Superconducting infrared, submillimeter, and millimeter-wave detectors
Series Name:AIP Conference Proceedings
Issue or Number:1185
Classification Code:PACS: 95.55.Jz,85.25.Pb
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