Seated high atop Cerro Chajnantor in the Atacama desert of Chile, The Prime-cam instrument on the 6 meter Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope, will map the sky at mm/sub-mm wavelengths with imaging polarimeters and spectrometers. Making use of the telescope’s wide field of view and large optical throughput requires high detector count focal planes exceeding 100,000. The main enabling technologies such as kinetic inductance detectors, cryogenic low noise amplifiers, and RFSoC based readout electronics will be discussed along with some historical background of their development. Current progress with prototype detector arrays and the RFSoC based readout electronics will also be presented.
Speaker: Adrian Sinclair