Preliminary Mechanical Characterization of Thermal Filters for the X-IFU Instrument on Athena

Marco Barbera, Luisa Sciortino, Flavio Nuzzo, Salvatore Ferruggia Bonura, Ugo Lo Cicero, Antonio Jimenez Escobar, Giancarlo Parodi, Valerie Samain, Paolo Giglio, Salvatore Ferruggia Bonura, Fabio D’Anca, Salvatore Varisco, Alfonso Collura, Angela Ciaravella, Marco Barbera

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The X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) is one of the two instruments of the Athena astrophysics space mission approved by ESA in the Cosmic Vision Science Program. The X-IFU consists of a large array of TES microcalorimeters that will operate at ~ 50 mK inside a sophisticated cryostat. A set of thin filters, highly transparent to X-rays, will be mounted on the cryostat thermal shields in order to attenuate the IR radiative load, to attenuate RF electromagnetic interferences, and to protect the detector from contamination. In this paper, we present the current thermal filters design, describe the filter samples developed/procured so far, and present preliminary results from the ongoing characterization tests.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)793-798
Numero di pagine6
RivistaJournal of Low Temperature Physics
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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