Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

High resolution X-ray transition-edge sensor cooled by tunnel junction refrigerators and operated above the transition temperature

Published

Author(s)

Nathan A. Tomlin, Galen C. O\'Neil, James A. Beall, Gene C. Hilton, Kent D. Irwin, Daniel R. Schmidt, Leila R. Vale, Joel N. Ullom

Abstract

We demonstrate cooling of an X-ray transition-edge sensor (TES) using solid-state refrigerators based on normal-metal / insulator / superconductor (NIS) tunnel junctions. We are able to operate the TES at a bath temperature of 260 mK, which is 75 mK above the transition temperature (185 mK), and still achieve high quality X-ray spectra with an energy resolution of 9.5 +/- 0.3 eV (FWHM) at 5.9 keV. The NIS refrigerators are able to cool the TES by 110 mK, from a bath temperature of 300 mK down to 190 mK. We also extend NIS cooling measurements by demonstrating cooling at starting temperatures as low as 60 mK.
Citation
Applied Physics Letters

Keywords

NIS, solid-state refrigerators, transition-edge sensors, TES, johnson noise thermometry, JNT

Citation

Tomlin, N. , O\'Neil, G. , Beall, J. , Hilton, G. , Irwin, K. , Schmidt, D. , Vale, L. and Ullom, J. (2008), High resolution X-ray transition-edge sensor cooled by tunnel junction refrigerators and operated above the transition temperature, Applied Physics Letters, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=32969 (Accessed July 22, 2024)

Issues

If you have any questions about this publication or are having problems accessing it, please contact reflib@nist.gov.

Created April 21, 2008, Updated February 17, 2017