Optimization of Transition Edge Sensor Arrays for Cosmic Microwave Background Observations with the South Pole Telescope

Junjia Ding, P. A.R. Ade, A. J. Anderson, J. Avva, Z. Ahmed, K. Arnold, J. E. Austermann, A. N. Bender, B. A. Benson, L. E. Bleem, K. Byrum, J. E. Carlstrom, F. W. Carter, C. L. Chang, H. M. Cho, J. F. Clich, A. Cukierman, D. Czaplewski, R. Divan, T. De HaanM. A. Dobbs, D. Dutcher, W. Everett, A. Gilbert, R. Gannon, R. Guyser, N. W. Halverson, N. L. Harrington, K. Hattori, J. W. Henning, G. C. Hilton, W. L. Holzapfel, J. Hubmayr, N. Huang, K. D. Irwin, O. Jeong, T. Khaire, D. Kubik, C. L. Kuo, A. T. Lee, E. M. Leitch, S. S. Meyer, C. S. Miller, J. Montgomery, A. Nadolski, T. Natoli, H. Nguyen, V. Novosad, S. Padin, Z. Pan, J. Pearson, C. M. Posada, A. Rahlin, C. L. Reichardt, J. E. Ruhl, B. R. Saliwanchik, J. T. Sayre, J. A. Shariff, I. Shirley, E. Shirokoff, G. Smecher, J. Sobrin, L. Stan, A. A. Stark, K. Story, A. Suzuki, Q. Y. Tang, R. B. Thakur, K. L. Thompson, C. Tucker, K. Vanderlinde, J. D. Vieira, G. Wang, N. Whitehorn, W. L.K. Wu, V. Yefremenko, K. W. Yoon

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In this paper, we describe the optimization of transition-edge-sensor (TES) detector arrays for the third-generation camera for the South Pole Telescope. The camera, which contains ~ 16 000 detectors, will make high-angular-resolution maps of the temperature and polarization of the cosmic microwave background. Our key results are scatter in the transition temperature of Ti/Au TESs is reduced by fabricating the TESs on a thin Ti(5 nm)/Au(5 nm) buffer layer and the thermal conductivity of the legs that support our detector islands is dominated by the SiOx dielectric in the microstrip transmission lines that run along the legs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7784774
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2017


  • South Pole telescope
  • Transition edge sensors
  • bolometers
  • cosmic microwave background
  • superconducting detectors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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