Publications (3)1.19 Total impact
Article: A TDMA Hybrid SQUID Multiplexer[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We have developed a multiplexed read-out for transition-edge sensors (TES) based on a hybrid time- and frequency-domain basis set, similar to that used in time-division multiple-access (TDMA) mobile phones. The hybrid basis set uses bandwidth more efficiently than microwave frequency-division SQUID multiplexing, making it possible to multiplex more detectors in each output line. The high open-loop bandwidth provided by our SQUID TDMA system also makes it possible to multiplex large arrays of fast, high dynamic range detectors such as fast x-ray calorimeters. In this approach, we embed the second-stage SQUID amplifier of our standard time-division multiplexer in an impedance matching circuit coupled to a broadband cryogenic high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) in a microwave reflectometer configuration. The input signals are flux coupled into the first-stage SQUID amplifiers whose signals are time-division multiplexed into the second-stage SQUID. At room temperature, the signal from the HEMT is mixed down to dc for analysis and further signal processing.Journal of Low Temperature Physics 04/2008; 151(3):927-933. · 1.19 Impact Factor
Article: SCUBA-2 arrays to system interfaces[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Submillimeter common user bolometer array (SCUBA)-2 is a wide field sub-mm bolometer camera designed to replace the existing SCUBA instrument on the JCMT in Hawaii. It will be many hundreds of times faster in large area mapping than SCUBA and will also go deeper in a single frame. It will enable the many discoveries of SCUBA to be followed up with deep systematic surveys and help act as a pathfinder for the ALMA interferometer. The key technologies for making the arrays have been demonstrated and will be put together to fabricate the first prototype later this year (2003). The wide field nature of the SCUBA-2 bolometer camera, combined with the diffraction limit at sub-mm wavelengths, leads to physically large focal planes where the issues of stray light control, magnetic shielding, and electrical, thermal and mechanical connection must be carefully addressed in order to realise a successful instrument. We describe the solutions we have adopted for these problem areas.Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment.
Article: Observing Strategies for SCUBA75:327.