Low-Energy Response of Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Spectrometers

Simon E. Labov, L. H. Hiller, C. A. Mears, Matthias Frank, H. Netel, F. Azgui, A. T. Barfknecht

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Abstract

Thin film structures incorporating metallic superconducting layers and tunnel junctions can be configured as low-energy X-ray spectrometers. We present results obtained when low-energy X-rays are absorbed in niobium films coupled to aluminum layers that serve as quasiparticle traps in an Nb/Al/Al2O3/Al/Nb tunnel junction X-ray detector. The linearity of the pulse height as a function of energy is discussed along with the energy dependence of the observed resolution and its relation to the broadening mechanisms. A resolution of 14 eV at 1 keV has been measured with our detector cooled to 03 K.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3034-3037
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Labov, S. E., Hiller, L. H., Mears, C. A., Frank, M., Netel, H., Azgui, F., & Barfknecht, A. T. (1995). Low-Energy Response of Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Spectrometers. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 5(2), 3034-3037. https://doi.org/10.1109/77.403231

Low-Energy Response of Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Spectrometers. / Labov, Simon E.; Hiller, L. H.; Mears, C. A.; Frank, Matthias; Netel, H.; Azgui, F.; Barfknecht, A. T.

In: IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, Vol. 5, No. 2, 01.01.1995, p. 3034-3037.

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Labov, SE, Hiller, LH, Mears, CA, Frank, M, Netel, H, Azgui, F & Barfknecht, AT 1995, 'Low-Energy Response of Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Spectrometers', IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 3034-3037. https://doi.org/10.1109/77.403231
Labov, Simon E. ; Hiller, L. H. ; Mears, C. A. ; Frank, Matthias ; Netel, H. ; Azgui, F. ; Barfknecht, A. T. / Low-Energy Response of Superconducting Tunnel Junction X-ray Spectrometers. In: IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity. 1995 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 3034-3037.
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