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IRAM announces NIKA 2 first light

The New IRAM KID Arrays 2 (NIKA2) is the next generation continuum instrument installed since October 2015 at the 30m telescope of IRAM, at Pico Veleta (Spain).

Our consortium, lead by A. Benoit and A. Monfardini (Institut Néel, CO-PIs), Juan Macias-Perez (LPSC, Project Maganer) and François-Xavier Désért (IPAG, Project Scientist), designs, builds, tests and commissions the instrument.

The instrument is based on Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KID). The detector focal plane units consist of 1020 detectors at 2mm (150 GHz) and 2280 detectors at 1.15mm (260 GHz). The instrument provides also the measurement of the linear polarization at 1.15mm.

NIKA2 is built on the experience of the New IRAM KID Array (NIKA) that has been successfully run at Pico Veleta in the period 2010-2014.

See CNRS/INSU press release.

For any question, please send an email to monfardini at neel.cnrs.fr