29 September 2004 Phonon-mediated superconducting transition-edge sensor x-ray detectors for use in astronomy
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Superconducting Transition-Edge Sensors (TESs) are generating a great deal of interest in the areas of x-ray astrophysics and space science, particularly to develop them as large-array, imaging x-ray spectrometers. We are developing a novel concept that is based on position-sensitive macro-pixels placing TESs on the backside of a silicon or germanium absorber. Each x-ray absorbed will be position (X/δX and Y/δY ~ 100) and energy (E/δE ~ 1000) resolved via four distributed TES readouts. In the future, combining such macropixels with advances in multiplexing could lead to 30 by 30 arrays of close-packed macro-pixels equivalent to imaging instruments of 10 megapixels or more. We report on our progress to date and discuss its application to a plausible solar satellite mission and plans for future development.
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Steven W. Leman, Steven W. Leman, Dennis S. Martinez-Galarce, Dennis S. Martinez-Galarce, Paul L. Brink, Paul L. Brink, Blas Cabrera, Blas Cabrera, Joseph P. Castle, Joseph P. Castle, Kathleen Morse, Kathleen Morse, Robert A. Stern, Robert A. Stern, Astrid Tomada, Astrid Tomada, "Phonon-mediated superconducting transition-edge sensor x-ray detectors for use in astronomy", Proc. SPIE 5501, High-Energy Detectors in Astronomy, (29 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.551982; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.551982

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