Characterising the SCUBA-2 superconducting bolometer arrays

Dan Bintley, Michael J. MacIntosh, Wayne S. Holland, Per Friberg, Craig Walther, David Atkinson, Dennis Kelly, Xiaofeng Gao, Peter A.R. Ade, William Grainger, Julian House, Lorenzo Moncelsi, Matthew I. Hollister, Adam Woodcraft, Camelia Dunare, William Parkes, Anthony J. Walton, Kent D. Irwin, Gene C. Hilton, Michael NiemackCarl D. Reintsema, Mandana Amiri, Bryce Burger, Mark Halpern, Matthew Hasselfield, Jeff Hill, J. B. Kycia, C. G.A. Mugford, Lauren Persaud

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SCUBA-2 is a state of the art 10,000 pixel submillimeter camera installed and being commissioned at the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) providing wide-field simultaneous imaging at wavelengths of 450 and 850 microns. At each wavelength there are four 32 by 40 sub-arrays of superconducting Transition Edge Sensor (TES) bolometers, each packaged with inline SQUID multiplexed readout and amplifier. In this paper we present the results of characterising individual 1280 bolometer science grade sub-arrays, both in a dedicated 50mk dilution refrigerator test facility and in the instrument installed at the JCMT.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V
StatePublished - 2010
EventMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 29 2010Jul 2 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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