American Institute of Physics
We present a detailed thermal and electrical model of superconducting transition edge sensors (TESs) connected to quasiparticle (qp) traps, such as the W TESs connected to Al qp traps used for CDMS (Cryogenic Dark Matter Search) Ge and Si detectors. We show that this improved model, together with a straightforward time-domain optimal filter, can be used to analyze pulses well into the nonlinear saturation region and reconstruct absorbed energies with optimal energy resolution.
Shank, B., Yen, J. J., Cabrera, B., Kreikebaum, J. M., Moffatt, R., Redl, P., Young, B. A., Brink, P. L., Cherry, M., & Tomada, A. (2014). Nonlinear optimal filter technique for analyzing energy depositions in TES sensors driven into saturation. AIP Advances, 4(11), 117106. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4901291