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2019-11-27, 15:00: Dr. A. Hornsby (Cardiff University, UK)

Dr. Amber Hornsby

Cardiff University, UK

Kinetic inductance detectors and their future in sub-mm astronomy

Abstract : Kinetic inductance detectors (KIDs) are superconducting resonators whose resonant frequency and quality factor are modified with absorbed power. KIDs are relatively easy to fabricate and are simple to multiplex, therefore they are an attractive detector choice for future experiments which require large arrays of highly sensitive detectors. During the seminar I will give an overview of KID technology, focusing on their novel counterpart – the lumped-element KID (LEKID), and present current applications both astronomical and those that are a little closer to home.