We describe an on-sky demonstration of a microwave-multiplexing readout system in one of the receivers of the Keck Array, a polarimetry experiment observing the cosmic microwave background (CMB) at the South Pole. During the austral summer of 2018-2019, we replaced the time-division multiplexing (TDM) readout system with microwave-multiplexing components including superconducting microwave resonators coupled to radio-frequency (rf) Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) at the sub-Kelvin focal plane, coaxial-cable plumbing and amplification between room temperature and the cold stages, and a SLAC Microresonator Radio Frequency (SMuRF) system for the warm electronics. In the range 5-6 GHz, a single coaxial cable reads out 528 channels. The readout system is coupled to transition-edge sensors (TESs), which are in turn coupled to 150-GHz slot-dipole phased-array antennas. Observations began in April 2019, and we report here on an initial characterization of the system performance.
- Pub Date:
- September 2019
- Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics
- 9 pages, 11 figures, Submitted to the Journal of Low Temperature Physics (Proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors)