Large diameter millimeter-wave low-pass filter made of alumina with laser ablated anti-reflection coating

Ryota Takaku, Qi Wen, Scott Cray, Mark Devlin, Simon Dicker, Shaul Hanany, Takashi Hasebe, Teruhito Iida, Nobuhiko Katayama, Kuniaki Konishi, Makoto Kuwata-Gonokami, Tomotake Matsumura, Norikatsu Mio, Haruyuki Sakurai, Yuki Sakurai, Ryohei Yamada, Junji Yumoto

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We fabricated a 302 mm diameter low-pass filter made of alumina that has an anti-reflection coating (ARC) made with laser-ablated sub-wavelength structures (SWS). The filter has been integrated into and is operating with the MUSTANG2 instrument, which is coupled to the Green Bank Telescope. The average transmittance of the filter in the MUSTANG2 operating band between 75 and 105 GHz is 98%. Reflective loss due to the ARC is 1%. The difference in transmission between the s- and p-polarization states is less than 1%. To within 1% accuracy we observe no variance in these results when transmission is measured in six independent filter spatial locations. The alumina filter replaced a prior MUSTANG2 Teflon filter. Data taken with the filter heat sunk to its nominal 40 K stage show performance consistent with expectations: a reduction of about 50% in filters-induced optical power load on the 300 mK stage, and in in-band optical loading on the detectors. It has taken less than 4 days to laser-ablate the SWS on both sides of the alumina disk. This is the first report of an alumina filter with SWS ARC deployed with an operating instrument, and the first demonstration of a large area fabrication of SWS with laser ablation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41745-41765
Number of pages21
JournalOptics Express
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - Dec 6 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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