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X-ray calorimeter


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A device used to detect X-rays by converting the absorbed energy from an X-ray photon into heat. It consists essentially of an absorber, cooled to a very low temperature (about 0.1 K), coupled to one or more heat detectors (thermistors), and gives good energy resolution. The first X-ray calorimeter was carried on the Japanese–US Suzaku mission launched in 2005 July.

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