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ID: 543134.0, MPI für Physik / MPI für Physik
MIXS on BepiColombo and its DEPFET based focal plane instrumentation
Authors:Treis, J.; Andricek, L.; Aschauer, F.; Heinzinger, K.; Herrmann, S.; Hilchenbach, M.; Lauf, T.; Lechner, P.; Lutz, G.; Majewski, P.; Porro, M.; Richter, R. H.; Schaller, G.; Schnecke, M.; Schopper, F.; Soltau, H.; Stefanescu, A.; Strüder, L.; de Vita, G.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010
Title of Journal:Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A
Journal Abbrev.:Nucl.Instrum.Meth.A
Issue / Number:624
Start Page:540
End Page:547
Audience:Not Specified
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:Focal plane instrumentation based on DEPFET Macropixel devices, being a combination of the Detector-Amplifier structure DEPFET with a silicon drift chamber (SDD), has been proposed for the MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer) instrument on ESA's Mercury exploration mission BepiColombo. MIXS images X-ray fluorescent radiation from the Mercury surface with a lightweight X-ray mirror system on the focal plane detector to measure the spatially resolved element abundance in Mercury's crust. The sensor needs to have an energy resolution better than 200 eV FWHM at 1 keV and is required to cover an energy range from 0.5 to 10 keV, for a pixel size of 300×300 mu m^2. Main challenges for the instrument are radiation damage and the difficult thermal environment in the mercury orbit. The production of the first batch of flight devices has been finished at the MPI semiconductor laboratory. Prototype modules have been assembled to verify the electrical properties of the devices; selected results are presented here. The prototype devices, Macropixel prototypes for the SIMBOL-X focal plane, are electrically fully compatible, but have a pixel size of 0.5×0.5 mm^2. Excellent homogeneity and near Fano-limited energy resolution at high readout speeds have been observed on these devices.
Classification / Thesaurus:Semiconductor Detectors
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N.N.
Affiliations:MPI für Physik
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