Prototype finline-coupled TES bolometers for CℓOVER

Michael D. Audley, Robert W. Barker, Michael Crane, Roger Dace, Dorota Glowacka, David J. Goldie, Anthony N. Lasenby, Howard M. Stevenson, Vassilka Tsaneva, Stafford Withington, Paul Grimes, Bradley Johnson, Ghassan Yassin, Lucio Piccirillo, Giampaolo Pisano, William D. Duncan, Gene C. Hilton, Kent D. Irwin, Carl D. Reintsema, Mark Halpern

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    CℓOVER is an experiment which aims to detect the signature of gravitational waves from inflation by measuring the B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background. CℓOVER consists of three telescopes operating at 97, 150, and 220 GHz. The 97-GHz telescope has 160 feedhorns in its focal plane while the 150 and 220-GHz telescopes have 256 horns each. The horns are arranged in a hexagonal array and feed a polarimeter which uses finline-coupled TES bolometers as detectors. To detect the two polarizations the 97-GHz telescope has 320 detectors while the 150 and 220-GHz telescopes have 512 detectors each. To achieve the target NEPs (1.5, 2.5, and 4:5 × 10-17 W/√Hz) the detectors are cooled to 100 mK for the 97 and 150-GHz polarimeters and 230 mK for the 220-GHz polarimeter. Each detector is fabricated as a single chip to ensure a 100% operational focal plane. The detectors are contained in linear modules made of copper which form split-block waveguides. The detector modules contain 16 or 20 detectors each for compatibility with the hexagonal arrays of horns in the telescopes' focal planes. Each detector module contains a time-division SQUID multiplexer to read out the detectors. Further amplification of the multiplexed signals is provided by SQUID series arrays. The first prototype detectors for CℓOVER operate with a bath temperature of 230 mK and are used to validate the detector design as well as the polarimeter technology. We describe the design of the CℓOVER detectors, detector blocks, and readout, and present preliminary measurements of the prototype detectors' performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication17th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2006, ISSTT 2006
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event17th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2006, ISSTT 2006 - Paris, France
    Duration: 10 May 200612 May 2006

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    Name17th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2006, ISSTT 2006


    Conference17th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology 2006, ISSTT 2006


    • Finline transitions
    • Submillimeter wave detectors
    • Superconducting radiation detectors


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