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The Néel IRAM KID Arrays (NIKA)

Monfardini, A., Benoit, A., Bideaud, Aurelien, Boudou, N., Calvo, M., Camus, P., Hoffmann, C., Désert, F.-X., Leclercq, S., Roesch, M., Schuster, K., Ade, Peter A. R. ORCID:, Doyle, Simon Michael ORCID:, Mauskopf, Philip Daniel ORCID:, Pascale, Enzo ORCID:, Tucker, Carole ORCID:, Bourrion, A., Macias-Perez, J., Vescovi, C., Barishev, A., Baselmans, J., Ferrari, L., Yates, S. J. C., Cruciani, A., Bernardis, P., Masi, S., Giordano, C., Marghesin, B., Leduc, H. G. and Swenson, L. 2011. The Néel IRAM KID Arrays (NIKA). Journal of Low Temperature Physics 167 (5-6) , pp. 834-839. 10.1007/s10909-011-0451-0

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We are developing an instrument based on Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KID) known as the Néel IRAM KID Array (NIKA). Leveraging the experience gained from the first generation NIKA in 2009, an improved, dual-band (150 GHz and 240 GHz) instrument has been designed and tested at the Institut of RadioAstronomie Millimetrique (IRAM) 30-meter telescope in October 2010. The performances, in terms of sensitivity on-the-sky at 150 GHz, are already comparable to existing state-of-the-art bolometer-based instruments. NIKA represents thus the first real proof that KID are a viable technology for ground-based Astronomy. We will describe the instrument, the most recent results and the future plans for building a large resident mm-wave camera.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Low temperature detectors ; Kinetic inductance ; mm-wave astronomy
Publisher: SpringerLink
ISSN: 0022-2291
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2022 13:59

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