FDM Readout of TES Bolometers for the SAFARI Far-Infrared Spectrometer

25 Jul 2019, 17:45
1h 15m
Piazza Città di Lombardia (Milano)

Piazza Città di Lombardia

Milano

Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Poster Detector readout, signal processing, and related technologies Poster session

Speaker

Dr Michael Audley (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research)

Description

SAFARI is the prime focal-plane instrument on board the space observatory, SPICA, a candidate for ESA’s fifth medium class mission in its Cosmic Vision science programme, with a planned launch date in 2032. Combining a large, cold mirror with ultra-sensitive detectors (dark NEP $\leq2\times10^{-19}\rm\ W/\sqrt{Hz}$), SPICA/SAFARI will probe the chemistry of the cold, dusty Universe with unprecedented sensitivity, allowing us to trace the evolution of galaxies out to high redshift, as well as the formation of stars and planets in our own Galaxy.

In order to read out SAFARI's ~3600 TES bolometers we use frequency domain multiplexing (FDM). Each TES is in series with a narrow band-pass filter and is voltage-biased by an AC tone tuned to the filter frequency. The resonance frequencies are defined by in-house developed cryogenic lithographic LC filters. Each readout channel comprises a set of ~160 TESs and LC filters and is read out with a SQUID preamplifier. The resulting output is a phase-shifted copy of the applied AC bias tones, amplitude-modulated by each corresponding TES. Baseband feedback is applied to overcome the dynamic range limitations of the SQUID.

We have carried out extensive characterization of the FDM readout system coupled to a 176-pixel TES bolometer array in order to understand the performance, calibration, and crosstalk of the system. Based on these results, we have established the design parameters for the LC filter-chips and TES bolometer arrays fabricated for the next generation of the FDM readout demonstrator. We present our latest results and discuss them in the context of the instrument performance.

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Primary author

Dr Michael Audley (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research)

Co-authors

Dr Amin Aminaei (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research) Dr Richard Hijmering (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research) Dr Pourya Khosropanah (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research) Jan van der Kuur (Netherlands Institute for Space Research) Dr Gert de Lange (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research) Mr Ton van der Linden (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research) Mr Marcel Ridder (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research) Dr Emanuele Taralli (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research) Mr Qian Wang (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research)

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