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First implementation of TES bolometer arrays with SQUID-based multiplexed readout on a balloon-borne platform

[+] Author Affiliations
François Aubin, Matt Dobbs, Peter Hyland, Kevin MacDermid, Graeme Smecher

McGill Univ. (Canada)

Asad M. Aboobaker, Chaoyun Bao, Shaul Hanany, Terry Jones, Jeff Klein, Michael Milligan, Daniel Polsgrove, Kate Raach, Ilan Sagiv, Kyle Zilic

Univ. of Minnesota (USA)

Peter Ade, Will Grainger

Cardiff Univ. (United Kingdom)

Carlo Baccigalupi, Sam Leach

Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (Italy)

Julian Borrill, Christopher Cantalupo, Theodore Kisner

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (USA)

Daniel Chapman, Joy Didier, Seth Hillbrand, Michele Limon, Amber Miller, Britt Reichborn-Kjennerud

Columbia Univ. (USA)

Johannes Hubmayr

National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA)

Andrew Jaffe

Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Bradley Johnson, Adrian Lee, Xiaofan Meng, Huan Tran

Univ. of California, Berkeley (USA)

Andrei Korotkov, Gregory S. Tucker, Yury Vinokurov

Brown Univ. (USA)

Tomotake Matsumura

California Institute of Technology (USA)

Nicolas Ponthieu

Univ. Paris-Sud (France)

Amit Yadav, Matias Zaldarriaga

Institute for Advanced Study (USA)

Proc. SPIE 7741, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 77411T (July 15, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.857596
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  • Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V
  • Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas
  • San Diego, California, USA | June 27, 2010

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.

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Citation

François Aubin ; Asad M. Aboobaker ; Peter Ade ; Carlo Baccigalupi ; Chaoyun Bao, et al.
"First implementation of TES bolometer arrays with SQUID-based multiplexed readout on a balloon-borne platform", Proc. SPIE 7741, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 77411T (July 15, 2010); doi:10.1117/12.857596; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.857596


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