Nicholas Zobrist L&S Sciences
Disk Resonator Format for Kinetic Inductance Detectors
Microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) are an emerging technology in the field of radiation detection and have broad applications in physics, including understanding star formation as well as directly detecting dark matter. MKIDs are particularly useful for their ability to be combined easily into the arrays of hundreds to thousands of sensors needed for these experiments. However, MKIDs have not reached the fundamental energy resolutions provided by other incumbent detector technologies like transition edge sensors or micro-calorimeters. We have proposed a design, which should increase the performance of these detectors, but we have an incomplete knowledge of its electromagnetic properties. Obtaining a complete characterization of the sensor’s properties is critical to our ability to manufacture and test the design. The development of this new MKID geometry may significantly improve our ability to detect radiation.