Optical Response of Strained- and Unstrained-Silicon Cold-Electron Bolometers

T. L R Brien, P. A R Ade, P. S. Barry, C. J. Dunscombe, D. R. Leadley, D. V. Morozov, M. Myronov, E. H C Parker, M. J. Prest, M. Prunnila, R. V. Sudiwala, T. E. Whall, Philip Mauskopf

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We describe the optical characterisation of two silicon cold-electron bolometers each consisting of a small ((Formula presented.)) island of degenerately doped silicon with superconducting aluminium contacts. Radiation is coupled into the silicon absorber with a twin-slot antenna designed to couple to 160-GHz radiation through a silicon lens. The first device has a highly doped silicon absorber, the second has a highly doped strained-silicon absorber. Using a novel method of cross-correlating the outputs from two parallel amplifiers, we measure noise-equivalent powers of (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.) for the control and strained device, respectively, when observing radiation from a 77-K source. In the case of the strained device, the noise-equivalent power is limited by the photon noise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Low Temperature Physics
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 9 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)

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Brien, T. L. R., Ade, P. A. R., Barry, P. S., Dunscombe, C. J., Leadley, D. R., Morozov, D. V., Myronov, M., Parker, E. H. C., Prest, M. J., Prunnila, M., Sudiwala, R. V., Whall, T. E., & Mauskopf, P. (Accepted/In press). Optical Response of Strained- and Unstrained-Silicon Cold-Electron Bolometers. Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10909-016-1569-x