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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2006
  • pp: 7643–7651

Optical performance of frequency-selective bolometers

T. A. Perera, T. P. Downes, S. S. Meyer, T. M. Crawford, E. S. Cheng, T. C. Chen, D. A. Cottingham, E. H. Sharp, R. F. Silverberg, F. M. Finkbeiner, D. J. Fixsen, D. W. Logan, and G. W. Wilson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 29, pp. 7643-7651 (2006)

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Frequency-selective bolometers (FSBs) are a new type of detector for millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths that are transparent to all but a narrow range of frequencies as set by characteristics of the absorber itself. Therefore stacks of FSBs tuned to different frequencies provide a low-loss compact method for utilizing a large fraction of the light collected by a telescope. Tests of prototype FSBs indicate that the absorption spectra are well predicted by models, that peak absolute absorption efficiencies of the order of 50 % are attainable, and that their out-of-band transmission is high.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5240) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Photometry
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far
(260.5740) Physical optics : Resonance
(350.2450) Other areas of optics : Filters, absorption

Original Manuscript: November 14, 2005
Revised Manuscript: April 11, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2006

T. A. Perera, T. P. Downes, S. S. Meyer, T. M. Crawford, E. S. Cheng, T. C. Chen, D. A. Cottingham, E. H. Sharp, R. F. Silverberg, F. M. Finkbeiner, D. J. Fixsen, D. W. Logan, and G. W. Wilson, "Optical performance of frequency-selective bolometers," Appl. Opt. 45, 7643-7651 (2006)

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