Fabrication of Detector Arrays for the SPT-3G Receiver

C. M. Posada, P. A.R. Ade, Z. Ahmed, A. J. Anderson, J. E. Austermann, J. S. Avva, R. Basu Thakur, A. N. Bender, B. A. Benson, J. E. Carlstrom, F. W. Carter, T. Cecil, C. L. Chang, J. F. Cliche, A. Cukierman, E. V. Denison, T. de Haan, J. Ding, R. Divan, M. A. DobbsD. Dutcher, W. Everett, A. Foster, R. N. Gannon, A. Gilbert, J. C. Groh, N. W. Halverson, A. H. Harke-Hosemann, N. L. Harrington, J. W. Henning, G. C. Hilton, W. L. Holzapfel, N. Huang, K. D. Irwin, O. B. Jeong, M. Jonas, T. Khaire, A. M. Kofman, M. Korman, D. Kubik, S. Kuhlmann, C. L. Kuo, A. T. Lee, A. E. Lowitz, S. S. Meyer, D. Michalik, C. S. Miller, J. Montgomery, A. Nadolski, T. Natoli, H. Nguyen, G. I. Noble, V. Novosad, S. Padin, Z. Pan, J. Pearson, A. Rahlin, J. E. Ruhl, L. J. Saunders, J. T. Sayre, I. Shirley, E. Shirokoff, G. Smecher, J. A. Sobrin, L. Stan, A. A. Stark, K. T. Story, A. Suzuki, Q. Y. Tang, K. L. Thompson, C. Tucker, L. R. Vale, K. Vanderlinde, J. D. Vieira, G. Wang, N. Whitehorn, V. Yefremenko, K. W. Yoon, M. R. Young

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The South Pole Telescope third-generation (SPT-3G) receiver was installed during the austral summer of 2016–2017. It is designed to measure the cosmic microwave background across three frequency bands centered at 95, 150, and 220 GHz. The SPT-3G receiver has ten focal plane modules, each with 269 pixels. Each pixel features a broadband sinuous antenna coupled to a niobium microstrip transmission line. In-line filters define the desired band-passes before the signal is coupled to six bolometers with Ti/Au/Ti/Au transition edge sensors (three bands × two polarizations). In total, the SPT-3G receiver is composed of 16,000 detectors, which are read out using a 68× frequency-domain multiplexing scheme. In this paper, we present the process employed in fabricating the detector arrays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-711
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Bolometers
  • Cosmic microwave background
  • Multichroic sensors
  • SPT-3G
  • TES detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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