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ATHENA X-IFU detector cooling chain
Author(s): M. B. C. Branco; I. Charles; J. Butterworth
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Paper Abstract

The TES (Transition Edge Sensors) micro-calorimeter detector technology in the X-IFU instrument for ATHENA (Astrophyics of the Hot and Energetic universe - Europe’s next generation X-ray observatory ATHENA) will require cooling down to 50 mK, and a stable and quiet Electro-Magnetic and micro-vibrations environment. In order to achieve this temperature and environment, a cooling chain integrated in a compact cryostat with an optimized electromagnetic environment has to be developed. Critical technology developments are covered, such as mechanical cryocoolers, support structures, radiative and EMC shields, micro-vibrations reduction, and others.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 91445V (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056427
Show Author Affiliations
M. B. C. Branco, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies (France)
I. Charles, INAC, CEA, Univ. Grenoble Alpes (France)
J. Butterworth, Air Liquide Advanced Technologies (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9144:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Mark Bautz, Editor(s)

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