Astrophysics & Detectors
Cri/oFlex: a TES & MKID Cable
In astrophysics, microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKID’s) and transition-edge sensors (TES) offer many advantages over conventional CCD technology, such as broad wavelength coverage and single-photon detection limits, as well as high energy and time resolution.
Both MKID and TES devices allow for a high degree of multiplexing by coupling them to microwave-frequency resonators. This allows up to a thousand detector pixels to be read out using a microwave transmission measurement involving a single MKID cable. Such detector arrays are presently being scaled up to tens of thousands of pixels to allow for high-resolution imaging.
As these detector chips are usually mounted at the bottom of a telescope, they require custom-built cryostats which are limited in space and cooling power. Taking note of the current trends in scaling up such detector arrays, there is a need for compact and easy to install microwave cabling for MKID which also imposes a minimum heat load.
Cri/oFlex® solution for TES & MKID cabling
Our Cri/oFlex CF2 and CF3 products enable further scaling of these detectors by offering an alternative to conventional coaxial cabling for MKID that is:
For the most demanding experiments requiring low signal attenuation and heat load we are developing a superconducting version of our cabling for MKID, TES and other astrophysics detectors.
Recommended Product Lines
Our Cri/oFlex® product lines for TES, MKID and detector applications
Ultimate cryogenic flexibility
Ultra-flexible microwave i/o for scanning probe microscopes and other vibration sensitive instruments. The thinnest and the most flexible cryogenic RF cable allows you to transmit your signal while offering extreme vibrational decoupling.
The new cryogenic microwave standard
Single channel microwave i/o for densely-packed sample spaces in the refrigerators. Simple installation, small form-factor and reduced thermal loads, allow an increased number of microwave lines in cryostats. This flexible cryogenic cable is a new standard.