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24 September 2012 MAKO: a pathfinder instrument for on-sky demonstration of low-cost 350 micron imaging arrays
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Submillimeter cameras now have up to 104 pixels (SCUBA 2). The proposed CCAT 25-meter submillimeter telescope will feature a 1 degree field-of-view. Populating the focal plane at 350 microns would require more than 106 photon-noise limited pixels. To ultimately achieve this scaling, simple detectors and high-density multiplexing are essential. We are addressing this long-term challenge through the development of frequency-multiplexed superconducting microresonator detector arrays. These arrays use lumped-element, direct-absorption resonators patterned from titanium nitride films. We will discuss our progress toward constructing a scalable 350 micron pathfinder instrument focusing on fabrication simplicity, multiplexing density, and ultimately a low per-pixel cost.
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Loren J. Swenson, Peter K. Day, Charles D. Dowell, Byeong H. Eom, Matthew I. Hollister, Robert Jarnot, Attila Kovács, Henry G. Leduc, Christopher M. McKenney, Ryan Monroe, Tony Mroczkowski, Hien T. Nguyen, and Jonas Zmuidzinas "MAKO: a pathfinder instrument for on-sky demonstration of low-cost 350 micron imaging arrays", Proc. SPIE 8452, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VI, 84520P (24 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926223;

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