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On Low-Energy Tail Distortions in the Detector Response Function of X-Ray Microcalorimeter Spectrometers

Published

Author(s)

Galen C. O'Neil, Paul Szypryt, Endre Takacs, Joseph N. Tan, Sean W. Buechele, Aung Naing, Young I. Joe, Daniel S. Swetz, Daniel R. Schmidt, William B. Doriese, Johnathon D. Gard, Carl D. Reintsema, Joel N. Ullom, John S. Villarrubia, Yuri Ralchenko

Abstract

We use narrow spectral lines from the X-ray spectra of various highly charged ions to measure low-energy tail-like deviations from a Gaussian response function in a microcalorimeter X-ray spectrometer with Au absorbers at energies from 650 to 3320 eV. We review the literature on low-energy tails in other microcalorimeter X-ray spectrometers and present a model that explains all the reviewed tail fraction measurements. In this model, a low-energy tail arises from the combination of electron escape and energy trapping associated with Bi X-ray absorbers.
Citation
Journal of Low Temperature Physics
Volume
199

Keywords

transition edge sensor, low-energy tail, point spread function microcalorimeter, JMONSEL
Created November 21, 2019, Updated May 26, 2020