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A dual-band millimeter-wave kinetic inductance camera for the IRAM 30 m telescope

Monfardini, A., Benoit, A., Bideaud, A., Swenson, L., Cruciani, A., Camus, P., Hoffmann, C., Désert, F. X., Doyle, Simon Michael ORCID:, Ade, Peter A. R. ORCID:, Mauskopf, Philip Daniel ORCID:, Tucker, C., Roesch, M., Leclercq, S., Schuster, K. F., Endo, A., Baryshev, A., Baselmans, J. J. A., Ferrari, L., Yates, S. J. C., Bourrion, O., Macias-Perez, J., Vescovi, C., Calvo, M. and Giordano, C. 2011. A dual-band millimeter-wave kinetic inductance camera for the IRAM 30 m telescope. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 194 (2) , 24. 10.1088/0067-0049/194/2/24

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The Néel IRAM KIDs Array (NIKA) is a fully integrated measurement system based on kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs) currently being developed for millimeter wave astronomy. The instrument includes dual-band optics allowing simultaneous imaging at 150 GHz and 220 GHz. The imaging sensors consist of two spatially separated arrays of KIDs. The first array, mounted on the 150 GHz branch, is composed of 144 lumped-element KIDs. The second array (220 GHz) consists of 256 antenna-coupled KIDs. Each of the arrays is sensitive to a single polarization; the band splitting is achieved by using a grid polarizer. The optics and sensors are mounted in a custom dilution cryostat, with an operating temperature of ~70 mK. Electronic readout is realized using frequency multiplexing and a transmission line geometry consisting of a coaxial cable connected in series with the sensor array and a low-noise 4 K amplifier. The dual-band NIKA was successfully tested in 2010 October at the Institute for Millimetric Radio Astronomy (IRAM) 30 m telescope at Pico Veleta, Spain, performing in-line with laboratory predictions. An optical NEP was then calculated to be around 2 × 10–16 W Hz–1/2 (at 1 Hz) while under a background loading of approximately 4 pW pixel–1. This improvement in comparison with a preliminary run (2009) verifies that NIKA is approaching the target sensitivity for photon-noise limited ground-based detectors. Taking advantage of the larger arrays and increased sensitivity, a number of scientifically relevant faint and extended objects were then imaged including the Galactic Center SgrB2 (FIR1), the radio galaxy Cygnus A, and the NGC1068 Seyfert galaxy. These targets were all observed simultaneously in the 150 GHz and 220 GHz atmospheric windows.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: instrumentation: detectors; radio continuum: galaxies; radio continuum: general; submillimeter: galaxies; submillimeter: general; techniques: miscellaneous
Publisher: Institute of Physics
ISSN: 0067-0049
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 09:57

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