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  • A THz superconducting imaging array developed for the DATE5 telescope
    Author: Update time: 2016-08-29

    Fig. 1 SEM photos of a fabricated Ti TES and a TiN MKID  

        Researchers led by Prof. Sheng-Cai Shi, Purple Mountain Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, are developing a THz superconducting imaging array (TeSIA) for the 5-meter THz telescope (DATE5) to be constructed at Dome A. We are currently developing TeSIA for DATE5 with a pixel number of 32x32 at 350 mm. Ti Transition edge sensors (TES) with time-domain multiplexing and TiN microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKID) with frequency-domain multiplexing are both developed for the TeSIA. 

       We designed and fabricated Ti TESs with the microbridge length ranging from 1 to 6 mm. The current-voltage characteristics of the fabricated Ti TES are measured at different bath temperatures, from which the thermal conductance is found to be about 300 pW/K. The obtained electrical noise equivalent power is ~4x10-17W/Hz0.5, sufficiently low for TeSIA instrument. In addition, we have developed a 0.35THz 8x8 CPW MKID array based on TiN superconducting films with transition temperature of 4.5K. The measured Q factors of the MKIDs ranges from 10 to 100k, and the frequency shift with respect to the normalized bath temperature (T/Tc) follows a general trend predicted by the Mattis-Bardeen theory, but with a lowered roll-off.  

     The three works by Sheng-Cai Shi, Wen Zhang, Jing Li, Wei Miao, Zhen Wang, Zhen-Hui Lin, Zheng Lou, Qi-Jun Yao, et al, accepted by Journal of low temperature physics, have been published online  

    http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s10909-015-1355-1.pdf,

    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10909-015-1352-4

    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10909-015-1382-y

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