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Latest NIKA results and the NIKA-2 project

Monfardini, A., Adam, R., Adane, A., Ade, Peter A. R. ORCID:, André, P., Beelen, A., Belier, B., Benoit, A., Bideaud, Aurelien, Billot, N., Bourrion, O., Calvo, M., Catalano, A., Coiffard, G., Comis, B., D'Addabbo, A., Désert, F.-X., Doyle, Simon Michael ORCID:, Goupy, J., Kramer, C., Leclercq, S., Macias-Perez, J., Martino, J., Mauskopf, Philip Daniel ORCID:, Mayet, F., Pajot, F., Pascale, Enzo ORCID:, Ponthieu, N., Revéret, V., Rodriguez, L., Savini, G., Schuster, K., Sievers, A., Tucker, Carole ORCID: and Zylka, R. 2014. Latest NIKA results and the NIKA-2 project. Journal of Low Temperature Physics 176 (5-6) , pp. 787-795. 10.1007/s10909-013-0985-4

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NIKA (New IRAM KID Arrays) is a dual-band imaging instrument installed at the IRAM (Institut de RadioAstronomie Millimetrique) 30-meter telescope at Pico Veleta (Spain). Two distinct Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KID) focal planes allow the camera to simultaneous image a field-of-view of about 2 arc-min in the bands 125 to 175 GHz (150 GHz) and 200 to 280 GHz (240 GHz). The sensitivity and stability achieved during the last commissioning Run in June 2013 allows opening the instrument to general observers. We report here the latest results, in particular in terms of sensitivity, now comparable to the state-of-the-art Transition Edge Sensors (TES) bolometers, relative and absolute photometry. We describe briefly the next generation NIKA-2 instrument, selected by IRAM to occupy, from 2015, the continuum imager/polarimeter slot at the 30-m telescope.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Kinetic inductance detectors; Millimeter astronomy; Superconducting detectors
Additional Information: Online publication date: December 2013.
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0022-2291
Date of Acceptance: 18 November 2013
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:34

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