Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Small Array of Low Frequency Readout Quantum Capacitance Detectors

Jul 23, 2019, 9:30 AM
Auditorium G. Testori (Milano)

Auditorium G. Testori


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Oral Presentation Low Temperature Detector Development and Physics Orals LM 001


Dr Pierre Echternach (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)


The Quantum Capacitance Detector (QCD) is a new high-sensitivity direct detector under development for low background applications such as far-infrared spectroscopy from a cold space telescope. The QCD has demonstrated an optically-measured noise equivalent power of 2x10-20 W Hz-1/2 at 1.5THz, making it among the most sensitive far-IR detectors systems ever demonstrated, and meeting the requirements for spaceborne spectroscopy. The QCD has also demonstrated single photon detection and counting of 1.5THz radiation. Up to this point, a readout frequency of the order of 2.8GHz has been used. For spaceborne applications, a reduction of readout frequency is desired in order to minimize the readout power requirements. To that effect, we have fabricated and tested a 5x5 array of Quantum Capacitance Detectors with pixel readout frequencies between 613 and 648MHz. There were 4 different detector designs in the array. We have characterized the array under optical illumination with 1.5THz radiation. The measured Noise Equivalent Powers measured under 10-19W of optical loading varied between 2x10^-20 and 6x10-20W/Hz^1/2.

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

Primary author

Dr Pierre Echternach (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)


Dr Andrew Beyer (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) Mr Lorenzo Minutolo (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) Dr Bradford C.Matt (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

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