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Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 151, Issue 3–4, pp 690–696 | Cite as

A Kilopixel Array of TES Bolometers for ACT: Development, Testing, and First Light

  • M. D. NiemackEmail author
  • Y. Zhao
  • E. Wollack
  • R. Thornton
  • E. R. Switzer
  • D. S. Swetz
  • S. T. Staggs
  • L. Page
  • O. Stryzak
  • H. Moseley
  • T. A. Marriage
  • M. Limon
  • J. M. Lau
  • J. Klein
  • M. Kaul
  • N. Jarosik
  • K. D. Irwin
  • A. D. Hincks
  • G. C. Hilton
  • M. Halpern
  • J. W. Fowler
  • R. P. Fisher
  • R. Dünner
  • W. B. Doriese
  • S. R. Dicker
  • M. J. Devlin
  • J. Chervenak
  • B. Burger
  • E. S. Battistelli
  • J. Appel
  • M. Amiri
  • C. Allen
  • A. M. Aboobaker
Article

Abstract

The Millimeter Bolometer Array Camera (MBAC) will be installed on the 6-meter Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) in late 2007. For the first season of observations, MBAC will comprise a 145 GHz diffraction-limited, 1024-pixel, focal plane array of Transition Edge Sensor (TES) Bolometers. This will be the largest array of pop-up-detector bolometers ever fielded as well as one of the largest arrays of TES bolometers. We discuss the design specifications for the array and pre-assembly testing procedures for the cryogenic components. We present dark measurements of the TES bolometer properties of numerous 32-pixel columns that have been assembled into the first kilopixel array for ACT, as well as optical measurements made with our 256-pixel prototype array, including first light measurements on ACT.

Keywords

TES Bolometer Detector array Astrophysics Cosmology 

PACS

07.57.Kp 95.55.Rg 95.85.Bh 95.55.Jz 95.85.Fm 98.80.Es 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. D. Niemack
    • 1
    Email author
  • Y. Zhao
    • 1
  • E. Wollack
    • 2
  • R. Thornton
    • 3
  • E. R. Switzer
    • 1
  • D. S. Swetz
    • 3
  • S. T. Staggs
    • 1
  • L. Page
    • 1
  • O. Stryzak
    • 1
  • H. Moseley
    • 2
  • T. A. Marriage
    • 1
  • M. Limon
    • 3
  • J. M. Lau
    • 1
  • J. Klein
    • 3
  • M. Kaul
    • 3
  • N. Jarosik
    • 1
  • K. D. Irwin
    • 5
  • A. D. Hincks
    • 1
  • G. C. Hilton
    • 5
  • M. Halpern
    • 4
  • J. W. Fowler
    • 1
  • R. P. Fisher
    • 1
  • R. Dünner
    • 6
  • W. B. Doriese
    • 5
  • S. R. Dicker
    • 3
  • M. J. Devlin
    • 3
  • J. Chervenak
    • 2
  • B. Burger
    • 4
  • E. S. Battistelli
    • 4
  • J. Appel
    • 1
  • M. Amiri
    • 4
  • C. Allen
    • 2
  • A. M. Aboobaker
    • 7
  1. 1.Princeton University Physics DepartmentPrincetonUSA
  2. 2.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  3. 3.University of Pennsylvania Physics DepartmentPhiladelphiaUSA
  4. 4.Univ. of British Columbia Dept. of Physics and Astro.VancouverCanada
  5. 5.National Institute of Standards and TechnologyBoulderUSA
  6. 6.Universidad CatólicaSantiagoChile
  7. 7.Univ. of Minnesota School of Physics and Astro.MinneapolisUSA

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