Commercialization of Micro-fabrication of Antenna-Coupled Transition Edge Sensor Bolometer Detectors for Studies of the Cosmic Microwave Background

  • Aritoki Suzuki
  • Chris Bebek
  • Maurice Garcia-Sciveres
  • Stephen Holland
  • Akito Kusaka
  • Adrian T. Lee
  • Nicholas Palaio
  • Natalie Roe
  • Leo Steinmetz


We report on the development of commercially fabricated multichroic antenna-coupled transition edge sensor (TES) bolometer arrays for cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarimetry experiments. CMB polarimetry experiments have deployed instruments in stages. Stage II experiments deployed with O(1000) detectors and reported successful detection of B-mode (divergence-free) polarization pattern in the CMB. Stage III experiments have recently started observing with O(10,000) detectors with wider frequency coverage. A concept for a stage IV experiment, CMB-S4, is emerging to make a definitive measurement of CMB polarization from the ground with O(400,000) detectors. The orders of magnitude increase in detector count for CMB-S4 require a new approach in detector fabrication to increase fabrication throughput and reduce the cost. We report on collaborative efforts with two commercial micro-fabrication foundries to fabricate antenna-coupled TES bolometer detectors. The detector design is based on the sinuous antenna-coupled dichroic detector from the POLARBEAR-2 experiment. The TES bolometers showed the expected I–V response, and the RF performance agrees with the simulation. We will discuss the motivation, design consideration, fabrication processes, test results, and how industrial detector fabrication could be a path to fabricate hundreds of detector wafers for future CMB polarimetry experiments.


Cosmic microwave background TES bolometer Micro-fabrication Inflation Polarization B-mode 



This work was supported by Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) funding from Berkeley Lab, provided by the Director, Office of Science, of the US Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. We thank Dr. Daniel Yohannes, Dr. Oleg Mukhanov, and Dr. Alex Kirichenko from HYPRES Inc. for valuable suggestions and feedback that led to successful fabrication. We thank Dr. Robin Cantor from STAR Cryoelectronics for valuable suggestions and feedback that led to successful fabrication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physics DivisionLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Radio Astronomy LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  4. 4.Engineering DivisionLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA
  5. 5.Department of PhysicsUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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