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Superconducting tunnel junctions as detectors for extreme-ultraviolet astronomy
Author(s): Anthony J. Peacock; Peter Verhoeve; Marcos Bavdaz; Roland H. den Hartog; D. Perez; Abel Poelaert; Nicola Rando
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Paper Abstract

Results are presented on the development of superconducting tunnel junctions suitable as imaging spectrometers for use at extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelengths (10 - 100 nm). Progress in improving the spectral resolution of both niobium and tantalum based devices appears such that tunnel limited resolutions (d(lambda) approximately 0.1 nm at 10 nm) should be achievable. In addition these detectors offer not only a high degree of linearity (less than 1%) but a significant efficiency together with a capability to handle rather high count rates. Progress in the development of an imaging instrument through the fabrication of close packed arrays is such that it has become clear that such an imaging spectrometer would represent a powerful and logical next step in the development of instrumentation for EUV astronomy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 1997
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3114, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, (15 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.278894
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony J. Peacock, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Peter Verhoeve, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Marcos Bavdaz, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Roland H. den Hartog, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
D. Perez, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Abel Poelaert, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Nicola Rando, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3114:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

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