NIKA2, a dual-band millimetre camera on the IRAM 30 m telescope to map the cold universe

Abstract : A consortium led by Institut Néel (Grenoble) has just finished installing a new powerful millimetre camera NIKA2 on the IRAM 30 m telescope. It has an instantaneous field-of-view of 6.5 arcminutes at both 1.2 and 2.0 mm with polarimetric capabilities at 1.2 mm. NIKA2 provides a near diffraction-limited angular resolution (resp. 12 and 18 arcseconds). The 3 detector arrays are made of more than 1000 KIDs each. KIDs are new superconducting devices emerging as an alternative to bolometers. The commissionning is ongoing in 2016 with a likely opening to the IRAM community in early 2017. NIKA2 is a very promising multi-purpose instrument which will enable many scientific discoveries in the coming decade.
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F.-X. Désert, R. Adam, P. Ade, P. André, H. Aussel, et al.. NIKA2, a dual-band millimetre camera on the IRAM 30 m telescope to map the cold universe. Journées de la SF2A, Jun 2016, Lyon, France. pp.439 - 442. ⟨in2p3-01471614⟩

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