XQC microcalorimeter sounding rocket: A stable LTD platform 30 seconds after rocket motor burnout

F. S. Porter*, R. Almy, E. Apodaca, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, M. Galeazzi, R. Kelley, D. McCammon, C. K. Stahle, A. E. Szymkowiak, W. T. Sanders

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The XQC microcalorimeter sounding rocket experiment is designed to provide a stable thermal environment for an LTD detector system within 30 s of the burnout of its second stage rocket motor. The detector system used for this instrument is a 36-pixel microcalorimeter array operated at 60 mK with a single-stage adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR). The ADR is mounted on a space-pumped liquid helium tank with vapor cooled shields which is vibration isolated from the rocket structure. We present here some of the design and performance details of this mature LTD instrument, which has just completed its third suborbital flight.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-223
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume444
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 7 2000
Event8th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors (LTD-8) - Dalfsen, Neth
Duration: Aug 15 1999Aug 20 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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