Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Lessons from the beamline: Implementing a TES spectrometer as a facility instrument at SSRL for x-ray measurements in chemistry, biology, and materials science

Jul 25, 2019, 9:30 AM
Auditorium G. Testori (Milano)

Auditorium G. Testori


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Oral Presentation Low Temperature Detector Applications Orals LM 004


Charles Titus (Stanford)


We have commissioned an array of superconducting Transition-edge sensors (TES) that has become a key instrument for X-ray spectroscopy at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). These detectors fill a significant gap in the capabilities of current X-ray instruments because of their unique combination of good energy resolution and high throughput. Measurements enabled by TES will open up new research avenues in biology, chemistry, and materials science. We will introduce the TES spectrometer in the context of X-ray spectroscopy and explain how our detector has helped to understand oxygen binding in blood, battery cathodes, and chemical sensing with carbon nanomaterials. We will highlight the first science results from the detector and outline the key problems that had to be solved in order to make an experimental superconducting detector into a robust user instrument.

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

Primary authors

Charles Titus (Stanford) Sang-Jun Lee (SLAC) Dr Douglas Bennett (NIST) Dr Hsiao-Mei Cho (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) W. Bertrand (Randy) Doriese (NIST) Joseph Fowler (NIST) Dr Johnathon Gard (NIST) Gene Hilton (NIST-Boulder) Young Il Joe (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Dale Li (SLAC) Kelsey Morgan (University of Colorado Boulder) Galen O’Neil (NIST) Carl Reintsema (NIST) Dr Daniel Schmidt (NIST) Daniel Swetz (NIST) Joel Ullom (NIST/University of Colorado) Dennis Nordlund Kent Irwin (Stanford)

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