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Mexico-UK sub-millimeter camera for astronomy

Castillo, Edgar, Ade, Peter ORCID:, Barry, Peter, Brien, Thomas, Doyle, Simon ORCID:, Ferrusca, Daniel, Gomez-Rivera, Victor, Hargrave, Peter ORCID:, Hornsby, Amber ORCID:, Hughes, David, Mauskopf, Philip ORCID:, Moseley, Paul, Pascale, Enzo ORCID:, Perez-Fajardo, Abel, Rowe, Samuel, Pisano, Giampaolo ORCID:, Tucker, Carole ORCID: and Velazquez, Miquel 2018. Mexico-UK sub-millimeter camera for astronomy. Journal of Low Temperature Physics 193 (5-6) , pp. 1010-1015. 10.1007/s10909-018-2018-9

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MUSCAT is a large format mm-wave camera scheduled for installation on the Large Millimeter Telescope Alfonso Serrano (LMT) in 2018. The MUSCAT focal plane is based on an array of horn coupled lumped-element kinetic inductance detectors optimised for coupling to the 1.1mm atmospheric window. The detectors are fed with fully baffled reflective optics to minimize stray-light contamination. This combination will enable background-limited performance at 1.1 mm across the full 4 arcminute field-of-view of the LMT. The easily accessible focal plane will be cooled to 100 mK with a new closed cycle miniature dilution refrigerator that permits fully continuous operation. The MUSCAT instrument will demonstrate the science capabilities of the LMT through two relatively short science programmes to provide high resolution follow-up surveys of Galactic and extra-galactic sources previously observed with the Herschel space observatory, after the initial observing campaigns. In this paper, we will provide an overview of the overall instrument design as well as an update on progress and scheduled installation on the LMT.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1573-7357
Funders: Research Councils UK, CONACYT
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 July 2018
Date of Acceptance: 25 June 2018
Last Modified: 24 May 2024 17:40

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