Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Results from Near-IR Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors for Exoplanet Direct Imaging

Jul 26, 2019, 3:45 PM
Auditorium G. Testori (Milano)

Auditorium G. Testori


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Oral Presentation Low Temperature Detector Applications Orals LM 004


Prof. Ben Mazin (UCSB)


Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors, or MKIDs, are superconducting detectors that can serve as noise-free integral field spectrographs on a chip in the optical and near-IR. Our lab has built and been operating two instruments based on MKIDs: the 10 kpix DARKNESS instrument at the Palomar Hale Telescope which works with P3K and SDC, and the 20 kpix MEC at the Subaru Telescope permanently mounted to SCExAO. I will review the latest progress in near-IR MKID arrays, the performance of MEC and DARKNESS, and show new work on using individual photon arrival times for speckle discrimination. I will also present the first scientific results of MEC.

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

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Prof. Ben Mazin (UCSB)

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