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Development and Characterization of a TES Optical Imaging Array for Astrophysics Applications

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Author(s)

J. Burney, T. Bay, P. Brink, B. Cabrera, J. P. Castle, R. W. Romani, A. Tomada, Sae Woo Nam, Aaron J. Miller, John M. Martinis, E. Wang, T. Kenny, B. A. Young

Abstract

Our research group has successfully developed photon detectors capable of both time-stamping and energy-resolving individual photons at very high rates in a wide band from near IR through optical and into near UV. We have currently fabricated 32-pixel arrays of these Transition-Edge Sensor s(TES) devices and have mounted them in an adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) equipped with windows for direct imaging. We have demonstrated single- and double-pixel functionality of our system. We emphasize the development of a metalized reflection mask for our array. We also present calibration data on detector resolution, electronics noise, and optical alignment.
Citation
Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A-Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume
520
Issue
1-3

Keywords

applications, arrays, astrophysics, detector resolution, electronics noise, optical alignment, photon detectors, TES

Citation

Burney, J. , Bay, T. , Brink, P. , Cabrera, B. , Castle, J. , Romani, R. , Tomada, A. , Nam, S. , Miller, A. , Martinis, J. , Wang, E. , Kenny, T. and Young, B. (2003), Development and Characterization of a TES Optical Imaging Array for Astrophysics Applications, Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A-Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=31420 (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created December 19, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021