Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Improving detection efficiency using polycapillary optics for broadband, ultrahigh resolution spectroscopy of particle induced X-rays with TES microcalorimeter arrays

Jul 23, 2019, 5:45 PM
1h 15m
Piazza Città di Lombardia (Milano)

Piazza Città di Lombardia


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Poster Low Temperature Detector Development and Physics Poster session


Mr Ari Helenius (University of Jyväskylä)


We discuss the improvements in wide energy range, energy dispersive X-ray emission spectroscopy in the particle induced mode (PIXE) achieved by optical focusing of X-rays to high-energy resolution superconducting transition-edge sensor arrays. TES-PIXE technique offers great energy resolution for multi-element samples consisting of even hundreds of X-ray peaks with nearly overlapping energies [1]. TES-PIXE can provide orders of magnitude better detection limits and energy resolution compared to the traditional silicon drift detector (SDD), which gives the possibility to probe trace impurities within samples [2]. Here, we discuss recent progress in performing TES-PIXE spectroscopy in air, by using a polycapillary lens and an external ion beam. Such an external beam PIXE is a non-destructive technique, which can be used to measure precious museum artefacts and delicate samples that cannot go into a vacuum chamber. The use of the polycapillary lens increases the effective solid angle of the detector, increasing the number of X-rays detected up to a factor of three in the 0.5-5.5 keV energy range [3]. The polycapillary lens also removes the need for additional proton filters, enabling detection of lighter elements, down to oxygen.

[1] M. R. J. Palosaari, M. Käyhkö, K. M. Kinnunen, M. Laitinen, J. Julin, J. Malm, T. Sajavaara, W. B. Doriese, J. Fowler, C. Reintsema, D. Swetz, D. Schmidt, J. N. Ullom, and I. J. Maasilta, Phys. Rev. Applied 6, 024002 (2016)
[2] M. Käyhkö, M.R.J. Palosaari, M. Laitinen, K. Arstila, I.J. Maasilta, J.W. Fowler, W.B. Doriese, J.N. Ullom, T. Sajavaara, Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res. B 406, 103 (2017)
[3] M. Käyhkö, M. Laitinen, K. Arstila, I.J. Maasilta, T. Sajavaara, Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res. B 447,59-67 (2019)

Student (Ph.D., M.Sc. or B.Sc.) Y
Less than 5 years of experience since completion of Ph.D Y

Primary author

Mr Ari Helenius (University of Jyväskylä)


Mikko Laitinen (University of Jyväskylä, Department of Physics) Dr Marko Käyhkö Dr Kai Arstila (University of Jyväskylä) Dr Ilari Maasilta (University of Jyvaskyla) Dr Joseph Fowler (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Dr Joel Ullom (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Dr William Doriese (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Prof. Timo Sajavaara (University of Jyväskylä)

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