SPACEKIDS: Kinetic inductance detectors for space applications

M Griffin, J. Baselmans, A. Baryshev, M Grim, P Hargrave, T. Klapwijk, A. Neto, B. Blazquez Valles, N. Llombart Juan, More Authors

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SPACEKIDS, a European Union FP-7 project, has recently been completed. It has focused on developing kinetic inductance detector (KID) arrays and demonstrating their suitability for space applications at far infrared and submillimetre wavelengths. KID arrays have been developed for both low-background (typical of astrophysical applications) and high-background (typical of Earth-observation applications), based on performance specifications derived from the science requirements of representative potential future missions. KID pixel and array designs have been developed, together with readout electronics necessary to read out large numbers of pixels. Two laboratory demonstrator systems have been built and used for comprehensive evaluation of large-format array characteristics and performance in environments representative of both astronomy and Earth observing applications. We present an overview of the SPACEKIDS project and a summary of its main results and conclusions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
Subtitle of host publicationMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
EditorsJ. Zmuidzinas, W.S. Holland
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781510602076
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE


ConferenceMillimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Astronomy
  • Earth Observation
  • Far infrared
  • Kinetic Inductance Detectors
  • Space instrumentation
  • Submillimetre


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