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An open source, FPGA-based LeKID readout for BLAST-TNG: Pre-flight results

Gordon, Samuel, Dober, Brad, Sinclair, Adrian, Rowe, Samuel, Bryan, Sean, Mauskopf, Philip, Austermann, Jason, Devlin, Mark, Dicker, Simon, Gao, Jiansong, Hilton, Gene C., Hubmayr, Johannes, Jones, Glenn, Klein, Jeffrey, Lourie, Nathan P., McKenney, Christopher, Nati, Federico, Soler, Juan D., Strader, Matthew and Vissers, Michael 2017. An open source, FPGA-based LeKID readout for BLAST-TNG: Pre-flight results. Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation 05 (04) , p. 1641003. 10.1142/S2251171716410038

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Abstract

We present a highly frequency multiplexed readout for large-format superconducting detector arrays intended for use in the next generation of balloon-borne and space-based sub-millimeter and far-infrared missions. We will demonstrate this technology on the upcoming NASA Next Generation Balloon-borne Large Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope (BLAST-TNG) to measure the polarized emission of Galactic dust at wavelengths of 250, 350 and 500 microns. The BLAST-TNG receiver incorporates the first arrays of Lumped Element Kinetic Inductance Detectors (LeKID) along with the first microwave multiplexing readout electronics to fly in a space-like environment and will significantly advance the TRL for these technologies. After the flight of BLAST-TNG, we will continue to improve the performance of the detectors and readout electronics for the next generation of balloon-borne instruments and for use in a future FIR Surveyor. Read More: http://www.worldscientific.com/doi/abs/10.1142/S2251171716410038

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Detector readout; CASPER; FPGA design; mm and sub-mm wave astronomy
Additional Information: Electronic version of article published as [Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation, 05, 1641003 (2016)[13 pages] DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S2251171716410038 © [copyright World Scientific Publishing Company] http://www.worldscientific.com/
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing
ISSN: 2251-1717
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 14 November 2016
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2017 11:00
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/98265

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