SCUBA-2: a 10,000-pixel submillimeter camera for the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope

Wayne Holland, Michael MacIntosh, Alasdair Fairley, Dennis Kelly, David Montgomery, David Gostick, Eli Atad-Ettedgui, Maureen Ellis, Ian Robson, Matthew Hollister, Adam Woodcraft, Peter Ade, Ian Walker, Kent Irwin, Gene Hilton, William Duncan, Carl Reintsema, Anthony Walton, William Parkes, Camelia DunareMichel Fich, Jan Kycia, Mark Halpern, Douglas Scott, Andy Gibb, Janos Molnar, Ed Chapin, Dan Bintley, Simon Craig, Tomas Chylek, Tim Jenness, Frossie Economou, Gary Davis

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SCUBA-2 is an innovative 10,000 pixel submillimeter camera due to be delivered to the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in late 2006. The camera is expected to revolutionize submillimeter astronomy in terms of the ability to carry out wide-field surveys to unprecedented depths addressing key questions relating to the origins of galaxies, stars and planets. This paper presents an update on the project with particular emphasis on the laboratory commissioning of the instrument. The assembly and integration will be described as well as the measured thermal performance of the instrument. A summary of the performance results will be presented from the TES bolometer arrays, which come complete with in-focal plane SQUID amplifiers and multiplexed readouts, and are cooled to 100mK by a liquid cryogen-free dilution refrigerator. Considerable emphasis has also been placed on the operating modes of the instrument and the "common-user" aspect of the user interface and data reduction pipeline. These areas will also be described in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE Volume 6275
Subtitle of host publicationMillimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006


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    Walton, A., Gundlach, A., Stevenson, T. & Terry, J.



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