EBEX is a balloon-borne telescope designed to measure the polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation. During its eleven day science flight in the Austral Summer of 2012, it operated 955 spider-web transition edge sensor (TES) bolometers separated into bands at 150, 250 and 410 GHz. This is the first time that an array of TES bolometers has been used on a balloon platform to conduct science observations. Polarization sensitivity was provided by a wire grid and continuously rotating half-wave plate. The balloon implementation of the bolometer array and readout electronics presented unique development requirements. Here we present an outline of the readout system, the remote tuning of the bolometers and Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) amplifiers, and preliminary current noise of the bolometer array and readout system.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII|
|Editors||Jonas Zmuidzinas, Wayne S. Holland|
|State||Published - 2014|
|Event||Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII - Montreal, Canada|
Duration: Jun 24 2014 → Jun 27 2014
|Name||Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering|
|Other||Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VII|
|Period||6/24/14 → 6/27/14|
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