AbstractThe small dimensions of superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) radiation detectors have motivated the development of STJ arrays to increase detection efficiency and statistical accuracy. We have used a pulsed UV laser and X-rays to characterize and understand non-uniformities in the response of different pixels in Ta-based STJ arrays. To separate the contributions of the detector and the readout electronics, we have also injected the pulses from an arbitrary waveform generator into the array’s amplifier chain. We discuss the magnitude and the sources of the non-uniformity and approaches to reduce it.
Published: January 13, 2023