19 July 2016 TESSIM: a simulator for the Athena-X-IFU
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We present the design of tessim, a simulator for the physics of transition edge sensors developed in the framework of the Athena end to end simulation effort. Designed to represent the general behavior of transition edge sensors and to provide input for engineering and science studies for Athena, tessim implements a numerical solution of the linearized equations describing these devices. The simulation includes a model for the relevant noise sources and several implementations of possible trigger algorithms. Input and output of the software are standard FITS- files which can be visualized and processed using standard X-ray astronomical tool packages. Tessim is freely available as part of the SIXTE package (http://www.sternwarte.uni-erlangen.de/research/sixte/).
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J. Wilms, J. Wilms, S. J. Smith, S. J. Smith, P. Peille, P. Peille, M. T. Ceballos, M. T. Ceballos, B. Cobo, B. Cobo, T. Dauser, T. Dauser, T. Brand, T. Brand, R. H. den Hartog, R. H. den Hartog, S. R. Bandler, S. R. Bandler, J. de Plaa, J. de Plaa, J.-W. A. den Herder, J.-W. A. den Herder, "TESSIM: a simulator for the Athena-X-IFU", Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 990564 (19 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2234435; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2234435
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