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6 July 2006 A study on the use of the PACS bolometer arrays for submillimeter ground-based telescopes
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A new kind of bolometric architecture has been successfully developed for the PACS photometer onboard the Herschel submillimeter observatory. These new generation CCD-like arrays are buttable and enable the conception of large fully sampled focal planes. We present a feasibility study of the adaptation of these bolometer arrays to ground-based submillimeter telescopes. We have developed an electro-thermal numerical model to simulate the performances of the bolometers under specific ground-based conditions (different wavelengths and background powers for example). This simulation permits to determine the optimal parameters for each condition and shows that the bolometers can be background limited in each transmission window between 200 and 450 microns. We also present a new optical system that enables to have a maximum absorption of the bolometer in each atmospheric windows. The description of this system and measurements are shown.
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Vincent Reveret, Louis R. Rodriguez, Philippe André, Benoit Horeau, Jean Le Pennec, and Patrick Agnèse "A study on the use of the PACS bolometer arrays for submillimeter ground-based telescopes", Proc. SPIE 6275, Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III, 627502 (6 July 2006);

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