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Phonon-mediated superconducting transition-edge sensor x-ray detectors for use in astronomy
Author(s): Steven W. Leman; Paul L. Brink; Blas Cabrera; Joseph P. Castle; Dennis S. Martinez-Galarce; Robert A. Stern; Astrid Tomada; Betty A. Young
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present preliminary work on a spatial, arrival time and energy resolving x-ray detector for the study of magnetic reconnection in the solar corona. Our detectors are cryogenic phonon-mediated superconducting Transition-Edge Sensors (TESs). X-rays are incident on a silicon substrate; the generated phonons propagate to the opposite side of the substrate and are absorbed in the tungsten TES electron system. Through a novel spatial distribution of four TESs we aim to achieve simultaneous measurement resolutions of ~10 μm, sub μs, and ~4 eV and with count rates of ~1 kHz. This four TES system is described and preliminary data obtained with a prototype two-channel detector is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 February 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.530921
Show Author Affiliations
Steven W. Leman, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Paul L. Brink, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Blas Cabrera, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Joseph P. Castle, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Dennis S. Martinez-Galarce, Lockheed Martin Space and Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Robert A. Stern, Lockheed Martin Space and Astrophysics Lab. (United States)
Astrid Tomada, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Betty A. Young, Santa Clara Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5165:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII
Kathryn A. Flanagan; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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