Latest NIKA results and the NIKA-2 project

A. Monfardini, R. Adam, A. Adane, P. Ade, P. André, A. Beelen, B. Belier, A. Benoit, A. Bideaud, N. Billot, O. Bourrion, M. Calvo, A. Catalano, G. Coiffard, B. Comis, A. D'Addabbo, F. X. Désert, S. Doyle, J. Goupy, C. KramerS. Leclercq, J. Macias-Perez, J. Martino, P. Mauskopf, F. Mayet, F. Pajot, E. Pascale, N. Ponthieu, V. Revéret, L. Rodriguez, G. Savini, K. Schuster, A. Sievers, C. Tucker, R. Zylka

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)787-795
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Kinetic inductance detectors
  • Millimeter astronomy
  • Superconducting detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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