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20 October 1993 100-mK bolometric receiver for low-background astronomy
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The design and construction of 100 mK composite bolometers for low background submillimeter and millimeter-wave astronomy are discussed. The bolometers are cooled to 100 mK using an adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator. The bolometers consist of a silicon substrate suspended by nylon fibers, a bismuth film absorber, a neutron transmutation doped germanium thermometer with graphite fiber electrical leads, and a brass wire thermal strap. Heated JFET amplifiers located on the 1.5 K cold plate are used to read out the bolometer signals. Electrically measured noise equivalent powers as low as 2 X 10-17 W/(root)Hz have been achieved.
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S. T. Tanaka, Andre Clapp, Mark J. Devlin, Marc L. Fischer, Chris Hagmann, Andrew E. Lange, and Paul L. Richards "100-mK bolometric receiver for low-background astronomy", Proc. SPIE 1946, Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation, (20 October 1993);

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