3 February 2004 Phonon-mediated superconducting transition-edge sensor x-ray detectors for use in astronomy
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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.
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Steven W. Leman, Steven W. Leman, Paul L. Brink, Paul L. Brink, Blas Cabrera, Blas Cabrera, Joseph P. Castle, Joseph P. Castle, Dennis S. Martinez-Galarce, Dennis S. Martinez-Galarce, Robert A. Stern, Robert A. Stern, Astrid Tomada, Astrid Tomada, Betty A. Young, Betty A. Young, } "Phonon-mediated superconducting transition-edge sensor x-ray detectors for use in astronomy", Proc. SPIE 5165, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XIII, (3 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.530921; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.530921

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