8 October 1992 Thermal detectors for x-ray astronomy: current performance and limitations
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We have been developing thermal detectors for X-ray astronomy. These detectors have the advantages of both high energy resolution and high quantum efficiency. A practical detector operating at a temperature of 0.1 K could ideally have a resolution as good as 1 eV (FWHM). We have produced a detector with a measured resolution of 7 eV (FWHM) for 6 keV X-rays. The detailed behavior of the detector thermistor and thermal links impose limits on performance. Techniques for improving detector behavior will be discussed. We are currently constructing an instrument for launch on a sounding rocket to observe the soft X-ray emission from the interstellar medium.
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Michael Juda, Michael Juda, Wei Cui, Wei Cui, Dan McCammon, Dan McCammon, J. Morgenthaler, J. Morgenthaler, Wilton T. Sanders, Wilton T. Sanders, Jiahong Zhang Juda, Jiahong Zhang Juda, Richard L. Kelley, Richard L. Kelley, G. M. Madejski, G. M. Madejski, Samuel Harvey Moseley, Samuel Harvey Moseley, Caroline Kilbourn Stahle, Caroline Kilbourn Stahle, Andrew E. Szymkowiak, Andrew E. Szymkowiak, } "Thermal detectors for x-ray astronomy: current performance and limitations", Proc. SPIE 1743, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy III, (8 October 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.130700; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.130700


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