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Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 193, Issue 3–4, pp 241–248 | Cite as

Characterization of Si Membrane TES Bolometer Arrays for the HIRMES Instrument

  • E. M. Barrentine
  • K. Rostem
  • R. P. Brekosky
  • A.-D. Brown
  • F. A. Colazo
  • N. P. Costen
  • J. P. Hays-Wehle
  • W.-T. Hsieh
  • V. Kluengpho
  • A. S. Kutyrev
  • S. F. Maher
  • V. Mikula
  • T. M. Miller
  • J. B. Oxborrow
  • E. H. Sharp
  • T. Watanabe
  • E. J. Wollack
  • S. H. Moseley
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Abstract

The high-resolution mid-infrared spectrometer instrument will fly onboard the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s airborne stratospheric observatory for infrared astronomy in 2019. It will provide astronomers with a unique observing window (25–122 \(\upmu \hbox {m}\)) for exploring the evolution of protoplanetary disks into young solar systems. There are two focal plane detector arrays for the instrument: a high-resolution (\(\lambda / {\varDelta }\lambda \,=\,100{,}000\)) \(8\times 16\) detector array, with a target noise-equivalent power, \(\hbox {NEP} \le 3 \hbox { aW}/\sqrt{\mathrm{Hz}}\), and a low-resolution (\(\lambda / {\varDelta }\lambda =600\)–19,000) \(16\times 64\) detector array with a target \(\hbox {NEP }\le 20\hbox { aW}/\sqrt{\mathrm{Hz}}\). The detectors for both of these arrays are superconducting Mo/Au bilayer transition-edge sensor bolometers on suspended single-crystal silicon membranes. We present detector characterization results for both arrays, including measurements of thermal conductance in comparison with phonon transport models, and measurements of saturation power and noise.

Keywords

Transition-edge sensor Bolometer Mid-infrared Far-infrared 

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Acknowledgements

Financial support for this work was provided by a NASA SOFIA Third Generation Instrument award and is gratefully acknowledged by the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. Barrentine
    • 1
  • K. Rostem
    • 1
  • R. P. Brekosky
    • 1
  • A.-D. Brown
    • 1
  • F. A. Colazo
    • 1
  • N. P. Costen
    • 1
  • J. P. Hays-Wehle
    • 1
  • W.-T. Hsieh
    • 1
  • V. Kluengpho
    • 1
  • A. S. Kutyrev
    • 1
  • S. F. Maher
    • 1
  • V. Mikula
    • 1
  • T. M. Miller
    • 1
  • J. B. Oxborrow
    • 1
  • E. H. Sharp
    • 1
  • T. Watanabe
    • 1
  • E. J. Wollack
    • 1
  • S. H. Moseley
    • 1
  1. 1.NASA-Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA

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