Detectors for the South Pole Telescope

C. L. Chang, P. Ade, K. Aird, J. Austermann, J. Beall, D. Becker, B. Benson, L. Bleem, J. Britton, J. Carlstrom, H. Cho, T. De Haan, T. Crawford, A. Crites, A. Datesman, M. Dobbs, W. Everett, A. Ewall-Wice, E. George, N. HalversonN. Harrington, J. Henning, G. Hilton, W. Holzapfel, S. Hoover, J. Hubmayr, K. Irwin, R. Keisler, J. Kennedy, A. Lee, E. Leitch, D. Li, M. Lueker, Daniel P Marrone, J. McMahon, J. Mehl, S. Meyer, J. Montgomery, T. Montroy, T. Natoli, J. Nibarger, M. Niemack, V. Novosad, S. Padin, T. Plagge, C. Pryke, C. Reichardt, J. Ruhl, B. Saliwanchik, J. Sayre, K. Schafer, E. Shirokoff, K. Story, K. Vanderlinde, J. Vieira, G. Wang, R. Williamson, V. Yefremenko, K. W. Yoon, E. Young

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The South Pole Telescope (SPT) is a 10-m mm/sub-mm telescope at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. It's primary science goals consist of a galaxy cluster survey for understanding Dark Energy and probing the physics of Inflation through the CMB polarization. Both science goals require exceptional sensitivity necessitating focal planes with many optical elements. The focal planes of the SPT utilize Transition Edge Sensor (TES) bolometers to build arrays of nearly 1000 detectors. In this talk, I will present the TES bolometer technology for both the first SPT focal plane and its upcoming upgrade to a polarization sensitive array.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1381-1388
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics Procedia
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • bolometer
  • cosmic microwave background
  • South Pole Telescope
  • transition edge sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Chang, C. L., Ade, P., Aird, K., Austermann, J., Beall, J., Becker, D., Benson, B., Bleem, L., Britton, J., Carlstrom, J., Cho, H., De Haan, T., Crawford, T., Crites, A., Datesman, A., Dobbs, M., Everett, W., Ewall-Wice, A., George, E., ... Young, E. (2012). Detectors for the South Pole Telescope. Physics Procedia, 37, 1381-1388.