Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Development of MKIDs for optical to near-IR astronomy

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 fabrication techniques and materials Poster session


Mr Mario De Lucia (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Trinity College Dublin)


DIAS is working on the further development of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) for astronomical instrumentation in the visible and near-IR. In collaboration with Trinity College Dublin we design, fabricate and analyse our detector prototypes and we intend to build and deploy an astronomical camera towards the project’s end. We plan to use sub-stoichiometric TiNx multi-layered stacks of Ti and stoichiometric TiN, as well as Al and multi-layered stacks of Al and Ti for noise performance comparison. We intend to increase single-pixel energy resolution, quantum efficiency and pixel yield by further improvement of pixel design and the use post production optimisation techniques. We are also planning to increase MKID pixel numbers and push their sensitivity further towards longer wavelengths. We will present details about our experimental setup as well as first results of preparation studies performed on small test arrays

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

Primary author

Mr Mario De Lucia (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Trinity College Dublin)


Mr Eoin Baldwin (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) Dr Gerhard Ulbricht (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) Dr Ivan Colantoni (CNR - Nanotech, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) Dr Colm Bracken (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies) Prof. Plamen Stamenov (Trinity College Dublin) Prof. Tom Ray

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