Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Twenty Years of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors: A Technical Review

Jul 22, 2019, 2:25 PM
Auditorium G. Testori (Milano)

Auditorium G. Testori


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Review/Tutorial Low Temperature Detector Development and Physics Orals LM 001


Dr Jiansong Gao (NIST)


Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) were invented in 1999 at
Caltech and JPL with the promise of both high detector sensitivity and
an easy solution to scale into large arrays. Over 20 years of
significant development, MKIDs have fulfilled this promise with their
sensitivity approaching the fundamental limit and the pixel count
reaching 10^5. The technical maturity of MKIDs have brought them broad
applications in astronomical instruments from mm-wave, IR/visible to
X-ray for ground-based, sub-orbital and space missions, as well as
non-astronomical applications such as dark matter search and quantum
information science. In this talk, I will review the technical progress
in the understanding of device physics, the techniques invented for
improving the sensitivity, the implementation of various optical
coupling schemes, the study of materials, and the development of
fabrication process for large arrays, made over the past 20 years.

Student (Ph.D., M.Sc. or B.Sc.) N
Less than 5 years of experience since completion of Ph.D N

Primary author

Dr Jiansong Gao (NIST)

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