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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Large-array Far-infrared Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector Demonstration

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Design, developed an demonstrate an instrument-grade 20x20 pixel array of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector (MKID) for far-infrared astronomy applications. Successful development will lead to the deployment of these arrays on ground-based/ balloon-borne telescopes.

Low return loss package design Improve amplifier mismatch at the package and chip interface Multi-branch MKID design to increase readout frequencies Silicon membrane of 1.45 or 5 micron-thick strong enough to support membrane size of 18x18 mm2 Automated software for large array measurement and computation.

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