Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 193, Issue 3–4, pp 88–95 | Cite as

Thermal Kinetic Inductance Detectors for Ground-Based Millimeter-Wave Cosmology

  • B. A. SteinbachEmail author
  • J. J. Bock
  • H. T. Nguyen
  • R. C. O’Brient
  • A. D. Turner


We show measurements of thermal kinetic inductance detectors (TKIDs) intended for millimeter-wave cosmology in the 200–300 GHz atmospheric window. The TKID is a type of bolometer which uses the kinetic inductance of a superconducting resonator to measure the temperature of the thermally isolated bolometer island. We measure bolometer thermal conductance, time constant, and noise equivalent power. We also measure the quality factor of our resonators as the bath temperature varies to show they are limited by effects consistent with coupling to two-level systems.


TKID Thermal kinetic inductance detector Resonator bolometer CMB Cosmic microwave background TLS Two-level systems 



This work was supported by JPL’s Research and Technology Development Fund for Projects R.17.223.057 and R.17.223.058.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. A. Steinbach
    • 1
    Email author
  • J. J. Bock
    • 1
  • H. T. Nguyen
    • 2
  • R. C. O’Brient
    • 2
  • A. D. Turner
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPasadenaUSA

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