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Superconducting tunnel junctions as photon-counting detectors
Author(s): Phillipp Huebner; Nicola Rando; Anthony J. Peacock; P. H. Videler; Axel van Dordrecht; John M. Lumley
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Paper Abstract

An experimental analysis of Niobium based superconducting tunnel junctions is presented, evaluating their performance as photon counting detectors. Several mechanism are found to be responsible for the degradation of the energy resolution. In particular, the high magnetic fields necessary to suppress the Josephson current in square junctions are shown to smear the energy bandgap. It is experimentally verified that in junctions with special geometries the Josephson current can be sufficiently suppressed by much lower fields. Several loss and contamination mechanisms are also discussed. Experimental results on new developments, such as quasiparticle trapping blocks, source collimation and substrate buffering, are presented, with a view to demonstrating significant improvements in energy resolution.

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Date Published: 19 November 1993
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 2006, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy IV, (19 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.162844
Show Author Affiliations
Phillipp Huebner, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Nicola Rando, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Anthony J. Peacock, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
P. H. Videler, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
Axel van Dordrecht, European Space Agency/ESTEC (Netherlands)
John M. Lumley, Oxford Instruments (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2006:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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