The Cryogenic AntiCoincidence Detector Project for ATHENA+: An Overview Up to the Present Status

Marco Barbera, Gatti, Colasanti, Bagliani, Biasotti, Lotti, Torrioli, Macculi, Perinati, Natalucci, Piro, Mineo

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ATHENA+ is a space mission proposal for the next ESA L2-L3 slot. One of the focal plane instruments is the X-ray integral field unit (X-IFU) working in the energy range 0.3-10 keV. It is a multi-array based on TES detectors aimed at characterizing faint or diffuse sources (e.g. WHIM or galaxy outskirt). The X-IFU will be able to achieve the required sensitivity if a low background is guaranteed. The studies performed by GEANT4 simulations depict a scenario where the use of an active anticoincidence (AC) is mandatory to reduce the background expected in L2 orbit down to the goal level of 0.005 cts cm s keV. This is possible using a cryogenic anticoincidence (CryoAC) detector placed within a proper optimized environment surrounding the X-IFU. We propose a 2 2 array of microcalorimeter detectors made by silicon absorber (each of about 1 cm and 300 m thick) and sensed by an Ir TES. In order to better understand the involved physics and optimize the performance, we have produced several samples featured by different absorber areas, TES size, and QPs Al collectors. Here we will discuss, as a review, the obtained results and the related impact to the final detector design.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1022-1032
Numero di pagine11
RivistaJournal of Low Temperature Physics
VolumeVolume 176, Issue 5-6
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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