Pulse processing in TES detectors: comparative of different short filter methods based on optimal filtering. Case study for Athena X-IFU



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Coboa, Beatriz and Cardiel López, Nicolás and Ceballosa, María Teresa and Peillec, Philippe (2021) Pulse processing in TES detectors: comparative of different short filter methods based on optimal filtering. Case study for Athena X-IFU. In SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation, 2020. Proceedings of the SPIE, 11444 . SPI-Int Soc. Optical Engineering. ISBN 978-1-5106-3676-7

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2562733


In the framework of the ESA Athena mission, the X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) instrument to be on board the X-ray Athena Observatory is a cryogenic micro-calorimeter array of Transition Edge Sensor (TES) detectors aimed at providing spatially resolved high-resolution spectroscopy. As a part of the on-board Event Processor (EP), the reconstruction software will provide the energy, spatial location and arrival time of the incoming X-ray photons hitting the detector and inducing current pulses on it. Being the standard optimal filtering technique the chosen baseline reconstruction algorithm, different modifications have been analyzed to process pulses shorter than those considered of high resolution (those where the full length is not available due to a close pulse after them) in order to select the best option based on energy resolution and computing performance results. It can be concluded that the best approach to optimize the energy resolution for short filters is the 0-padding filtering technique, benefiting also from a reduction in the computational resources. However, it’s high sensitivity to offset fluctuations currently prevents its use as the baseline treatment for the X-IFU application for lack of consolidated information on the actual stability it will get in flight.

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© 2020 SPIE. Conference on Space Telescopes and Instrumentation - Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray / SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation Conference (DEC 14-18, 2020, On-line). This work has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (MICINN) under project RTI2018-096686-B-C21 (co-funded by FEDER funds) and by the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI), Excellency Unit María de Maeztu, MDM-2017-0765.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Athena; X-ray integral field unit; X-ray spectroscopy; Space telescopes; iIstrumentation; Reconstruction methods; Performance analysis
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Atmospheric physics
ID Code:67986
Deposited On:28 Sep 2021 08:16
Last Modified:28 Sep 2021 11:14

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