Distributed Transition Edge Sensors for Linearized Position Response in a Phonon-Mediated X-ray Imaging Spectrometer
For future solar X-ray satellite missions, we are developing a phonon-mediated macro-pixel composed of a Ge crystal absorber with four superconducting transition-edge sensors (TES) distributed on the backside. The X-rays are absorbed on the opposite side and the energy is converted into phonons, which are absorbed into the four TES sensors. By connecting together parallel elements into four channels, fractional total energy absorbed between two of the sensors provides x-position information and the other two provide y-position information. We determine the optimal distribution for the TES sub-elements to obtain linear position information while minimizing the degradation of energy resolution.
Cabrera, B., Brink, P. L., Leman, S. W., Castle, J. P., Tomada, A., Young, B. A., Martı́nez-Galarce, D. S., Stern, R. A., Deiker, S., & Irwin, K. D. (2004). Distributed transition-edge sensors for linearized position response in a phonon-mediated X-ray imaging spectrometer. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 520(1), 502–504. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2003.11.298