Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Antenna-Coupled TES Arrays Development for BICEP Array CMB Experiment

Jul 25, 2019, 5:45 PM
1h 15m
Piazza Città di Lombardia (Milano)

Piazza Città di Lombardia


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Poster Low Temperature Detector Applications Poster session


Mr Ahmed Mohamed Soliman Mohamed (California Institute of Technology)


We have developed Antenna-coupled transition-edge sensor (TES) arrays for high-sensitivity cosmic microwave background (CMB) observations over a wide range of millimeter-wave bands. BICEP Array is the latest instrument in the BICEP/Keck experiment series, which is designed to search for inflationary B-Modes as low as the tensor-to-scalar ratio r=0.01 in the presence of galactic foregrounds. We will deploy BICEP Array to the South Pole starting at the end of 2019, with detectors spanning 30 to 270 GHz. In this talk, I will describe how we have optimized the low frequency 30/40 GHz detector antennas and packaging for optical efficiency and beam matching between polarization pairs. I will also describe how the uniformly illuminated antennas arrays provides a higher packing density than non-uniform alternatives and will share dual-color detector designs that could further increase detector density. I will finally report our latest measurements for the newly broad-band corrugation design to minimize the beam differential ellipticity between polarization pairs caused by the metal frame of the housing over 30/40 GHz.

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Primary authors

Mr Ahmed Mohamed Soliman Mohamed (California Institute of Technology) Dr Bryan Steinbach (California Institute of Technology) Dr Roger O'breint (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) Prof. Jakob Vanzyl (California Institute of Technology) Prof. James Bock (California Institute of Technology)

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