19 July 2016 Development of dual-polarization LEKIDs for CMB observations
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We discuss the design considerations and initial measurements from arrays of dual-polarization, lumped-element kinetic inductance detectors (LEKIDs) nominally designed for cosmic microwave background (CMB) studies. The detectors are horn-coupled, and each array element contains two single-polarization LEKIDs, which are made from thin-film aluminum and optimized for a single spectral band centered on 150 GHz. We are developing two array architectures, one based on 160 micron thick silicon wafers and the other based on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers with a 30 micron thick device layer. The 20-element test arrays (40 LEKIDs) are characterized with both a linearly-polarized electronic millimeter wave source and a thermal source. We present initial measurements including the noise spectra, noise-equivalent temperature, and responsivity. We discuss future testing and further design optimizations to be implemented.
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Heather McCarrick, Heather McCarrick, Maximilian H. Abitbol, Maximilian H. Abitbol, Peter A. R. Ade, Peter A. R. Ade, Peter Barry, Peter Barry, Sean Bryan, Sean Bryan, George Che, George Che, Peter Day, Peter Day, Simon Doyle, Simon Doyle, Daniel Flanigan, Daniel Flanigan, Bradley R. Johnson, Bradley R. Johnson, Glenn Jones, Glenn Jones, Henry G. LeDuc, Henry G. LeDuc, Michele Limon, Michele Limon, Philip Mauskopf, Philip Mauskopf, Amber Miller, Amber Miller, Carole Tucker, Carole Tucker, Jonas Zmuidzinas, Jonas Zmuidzinas, } "Development of dual-polarization LEKIDs for CMB observations", Proc. SPIE 9914, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, 99140O (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231830; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231830

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