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SCUBA-2 is an innovative 10000 pixel bolometer camera operating at submillimetre wavelengths on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT). The camera has the capability to carry out wide-field surveys to unprecedented depths, addressing key questions relating to the origins of galaxies, stars and planets. With two imaging arrays working simultaneously in the(More)
We present the multiplexed readout of two gamma-ray microcalorimeters made from transition-edge sensors. We use a frequency-domain multiplexing scheme in which each sensor is biased at an identifying frequency. We show that the energy resolution of the sensors is unaffected by multiplexing, and that crosstalk between the sensors is negligible. Our results(More)
We describe a laser-driven x-ray plasma source designed for ultrafast x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The source is comprised of a 1 kHz, 20 W, femtosecond pulsed infrared laser and a water target. We present the x-ray spectra as a function of laser energy and pulse duration. Additionally, we investigate the plasma temperature and photon flux as we vary the(More)
We are developing a tabletop apparatus for time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Short X-ray pulses are generated by focusing a pulsed 800 nm laser onto a water jet target. X-rays that pass through a sample of interest are detected using energy-resolving superconducting microcalorimeter detectors. We have successfully observed EXAFS features from(More)
Multiplexed superconducting quantum interference device ͑SQUID͒ readout systems are critical for measuring large arrays of superconducting transition-edge sensors ͑TES͒. We demonstrate a code-division SQUID multiplexing ͑CDM͒ architecture that is modulated by Walsh codes. Measurements and simulations of a prototype multiplexer show that this modulation(More)
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