Applications for Microwave Kinetic Induction Detectors in Advanced Instrumentation

  title={Applications for Microwave Kinetic Induction Detectors in Advanced Instrumentation},
  author={Gerhard Ulbricht and Mario De Lucia and E. Baldwin},
  journal={Applied Sciences},
In recent years Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) have emerged as one of the most promising novel low temperature detector technologies. Their unrivaled scalability makes them very attractive for many modern applications and scientific instruments. In this paper we intend to give an overview of how and where MKIDs are currently being used or are suggested to be used in the future. MKID based projects are ongoing or proposed for observational astronomy, particle physics, material… 

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