Design of a 2-mm Wavelength KIDs Prototype Camera for the Large Millimeter Telescope

M. Velázquez, D. Ferrusca, E. Castillo-Dominguez, E. Ibarra-Medel, S. Ventura, V. Gómez-Rivera, D. Hughes, I. Aretxaga, W. Grant, S. Doyle, Philip Mauskopf

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A new camera is being developed for the Large Millimeter Telescope (Sierra Negra, México) by an international collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, the University of Cardiff, and Arizona State University. The camera is based on kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs), a very promising technology due to their sensitivity and especially, their compatibility with frequency domain multiplexing at microwave frequencies allowing large format arrays, in comparison with other detection technologies for mm-wavelength astronomy. The instrument will have a 100 pixels array of KIDs to image the 2-mm wavelength band and is designed for closed cycle operation using a pulse tube cryocooler along with a three-stage sub-kelvin 3He cooler to provide a 250 mK detector stage. RF cabling is used to readout the detectors from room temperature to 250 mK focal plane, and the amplification stage is achieved with a low-noise amplifier operating at 4 K. The readout electronics will be based on open-source reconfigurable open architecture computing hardware in order to perform real-time microwave transmission measurements and monitoring the resonance frequency of each detector, as well as the detection process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-804
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Instrumentation
  • KIDs
  • Radio telescope
  • Sub-mm astronomy
  • Superconductor detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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