Nov 4 – 5, 2016
Other Institutes
Europe/Zurich timezone

Sensing the Universe in colour; Kinetic Inductance Detectors for optical and near-IR astronomy

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15m
Varsovie Room (Other Institutes)

Varsovie Room

Other Institutes

The Strasbourg Convention Center (Palais de la Musique et des Congrès), Place de Bordeaux FR 67082 http://www.jds.fr/strasbourg/grande-scene/palais-de-la-musique-et-des-congres-strasbourg-434_L http://www.strasbourg-events.com/fr/espaces/tous-nos-espaces#map=40

Speaker

Kieran O'Brien (University of Oxford)

Description

I will describe the ongoing work in the development of energy-resolving Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) for optical and infra-red astronomy. These super-conducting devices represent an important step towards the development of the 'ultimate detector'; one that can measure the position, energy and arrival time of a photon. Current arrays have 10,000 MKIDs, where each pixel is capable of determining the arrival time of a photon to 1 microsecond and the energy of the photon to around 5%. I will describe the operating principles of the devices, their current status and the future promise of this disruptive technology. I will outline the areas of astronomical instrumentation where we have identified their potentially transformational impact.

Primary author

Kieran O'Brien (University of Oxford)

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