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Priority Projects

We have prioritized the projects in terms of ATC resources. The Hyper Suprime-Cam, the prime-focus camera of the Subaru Telescope, and the ALMA bands 4, 8 and 10 receivers have been the ATC priority projects. With the successful completion of the Hyper Suprime-Cam, we have chosen the TMT project and the KAGURA gravitational wave detection project as the next priority project (with ALMA receivers).

ATC has been responsible for the ultra-low noise large scale analog/digital circuitry and the structure of the large detector sub-system for the Hyper Suprime-Cam, and has supported the development of the large-format deep-depletion CCDs.

ALMA SIS receivers from millimeter-wave to terahertz have been designed and developed at ATC, and 73 receiver systems will eventually be deployed at the ALMA site in South America. The most important component of the ALMA receivers is the superconducting mixers, which have been fabricated in the ATC SIS clean room/Micro fabrication unit. Other critical components such as cryogenic optics have also been fabricated by the mechanical engineering shop in ATC.

Development of the TMT focal plane package is on the horizon, and ATC is committed to be involved in the development of IRIS with our international partners and domestic universities.


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