This next generation camera has been under development by Zmuidzinas at Caltech, Day, LeDuc, and Mazin at JPL since 2000, first with seed funding from Caltech trustee Alex Lidow and later with funding from the NASA Astronomy and Physics Research and Analysis (APRA) program and JPL's internal Research and Technology Development fund. The MKIDs camera can take four colors (750 µm, 850 µm, and 1mm, 1.4 mm) images at the same time. The prototype has 16 pixels. The camera with final design consists of 600 pixels each sensing the four colors in the submillimeter/millimeter bands. National Science Foundation's Astronomy Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation (AST/ATI) program approved the proposal to build the camera over the period 2007-2010. People anticipate using the camera to do novel work in the fields of submillimeter galaxies, galactic star formation, and Sunyaev-Zeldovich studies of massive galaxy clusters.
run with the
prototype camera, expected to be in early 2008, would allow us to
verify the design changes and
proceed with the full-size camera with confidence. We
expect to begin to do significant science with the second run, also --
a focal plane of 16 pixels is large enough to do follow-up
observations of galactic star-forming cores and nearby and distant
ultraluminous dusty galaxies, and the four colors will provide
information on the spectral energy distributions of these sources.
Figure 1. The Prototype MKIDs Camera.