19 July 2016 Ultra-low noise TES bolometer arrays for SAFARI instrument on SPICA
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SRON is developing ultra-low noise Transition Edge Sensors (TESs) based on a superconducting Ti/Au bilayer on a suspended SiN island with SiN legs for the SAFARI instrument aboard the SPICA mission. We successfully fabricated TESs with very narrow (0.5-0.7 μm) and thin (0.25 μm) SiN legs on different sizes of SiN islands using deep reactiveion etching process. The pixel size is 840x840 μm2 and there are variety of designs with and without optical absorbers. For TESs without absorbers, we measured electrical NEPs as low as <1x10-19 W/√Hz with response time of 0.3 ms and reached the phonon noise limit. Using TESs with absorbers, we quantified the darkness of our setup and confirmed a photon noise level of 2x10-19 W/√Hz.
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P. Khosropanah, P. Khosropanah, T. Suzuki, T. Suzuki, M. L. Ridder, M. L. Ridder, R. A. Hijmering, R. A. Hijmering, H. Akamatsu, H. Akamatsu, L. Gottardi, L. Gottardi, J. van der Kuur, J. van der Kuur, J. R. Gao, J. R. Gao, B. D. Jackson, B. D. Jackson, } "Ultra-low noise TES bolometer arrays for SAFARI instrument on SPICA", Proc. SPIE 9914, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, 99140B (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2233472; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2233472
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