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Modeling the electromagnetic properties of the SCUBA-2 detectors

Audley, M. D., Giampaolo, P., Holland, W. S., Duncan, W. D., Parkes, W. and Ade, Peter A. R. 2004. Modeling the electromagnetic properties of the SCUBA-2 detectors. Presented at: Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy II, Glasgow, UK, 23-25 June 2004. Published in: Zmuidzinas, J., Holland, W. S. and Withington, S. eds. Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors for Astronomy II (Proceedings). Proceedings of the SPIE , vol. 5498. Bellingham, WA: SPIE, pp. 416-427. 10.1117/12.551200

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SCUBA-2 is the next-generation replacement for SCUBA (Sub-millimetre Common User Bolometer Array) on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope. Operating at 450 and 850 microns, SCUBA-2 fills the focal plane of the telescope with fully-sampled, monolithic bolometer arrays. Each SCUBA-2 pixel uses a quarter-wave slab of silicon with an implanted resistive layer and backshort as an absorber and a superconducting transition edge sensor as a thermometer. In order to verify and optimize the pixel design, we have investigated the electromagnetic behaviour of the detectors, using both a simple transmission-line model and Ansoft HFSS, a finite-element electromagnetic simulator. We used the transmission line model to fit transmission measurements of doped wafers and determined the correct implant dose for the absorbing layer. The more detailed HFSS modelling yielded some unexpected results which led us to modify the pixel design. We also verified that the detectors suffered little loss of sensitivity for off-axis angles up to about 30 degrees.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Publisher: SPIE
ISBN: 9780819454300
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