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The NIKA2 instrument, a dual-band kilopixel KID array for millimetric astronomy

Calvo, M., Benoît, A., Catalano, A., Goupy, J., Monfardini, A., Ponthieu, N., Barria, E., Bres, G., Grollier, M., Garde, G., Leggeri, J.-P., Pont, G., Triqueneaux, S., Adam, R., Bourrion, O., Macías-Pérez, J.-F., Rebolo, M., Ritacco, A., Scordilis, J.-P., Tourres, D., Adane, A., Coiffard, G., Leclercq, S., Désert, F.-X., Doyle, S. ORCID:, Mauskopf, P. ORCID:, Tucker, C., Ade, P. ORCID:, André, P., Beelen, A., Belier, B., Bideaud, A., Billot, N., Comis, B., D'Addabbo, A., Kramer, C., Martino, J., Mayet, F., Pajot, F., Pascale, E. ORCID:, Perotto, L., Revéret, V., Ritacco, A., Rodriguez, L., Savini, G., Schuster, K., Sievers, A. and Zylka, R. 2016. The NIKA2 instrument, a dual-band kilopixel KID array for millimetric astronomy. Journal of Low Temperature Physics 184 , pp. 816-823. 10.1007/s10909-016-1582-0

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New IRAM KID array 2 (NIKA2) is a camera dedicated to millimeter-wave astronomy based upon kilopixel arrays of kinetic inductance detectors [1] (KID). The pathfinder instrument, NIKA [2], has already shown state-of-the-art detector performance. NIKA2 builds upon this experience but goes one step further, increasing the total pixel count by a factor ∼10 while maintaining the same per pixel performance. For the next decade, this camera will be the resident photometric instrument of the Institut de Radio Astronomie Millimetrique (IRAM) 30 m telescopes in Sierra Nevada (Spain). In this paper, we give an overview of the main components of NIKA2 and describe the achieved detector performance. The camera has been permanently installed at the IRAM 30 m telescope in October 2015. It will be made accessible to the scientific community at the end of 2016, after a 1-year commissioning period. When this happens, NIKA2 will become a fundamental tool for astronomers worldwide.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 0022-2291
Date of Acceptance: 2 March 2016
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2022 09:22

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