Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 193, Issue 3–4, pp 314–320 | Cite as

Spectroscopic Measurements of L X-rays with a TES Microcalorimeter for a Non-destructive Assay of Transuranium Elements

  • Keisuke NakamuraEmail author
  • Yuki Morishita
  • Koji Takasaki
  • Keisuke Maehata
  • Tetsuya Sugimoto
  • Yu Kiguchi
  • Naoko Iyomoto
  • Kazuhisa Mitsuda


Spectroscopic measurement of the L X-rays emitted from transuranium elements is one of the most useful techniques for the non-destructive assays of nuclear materials. In this study, we fabricated a transition-edge-sensor (TES) microcalorimeter using a 5-μm-thick Au absorber and tested its ability to measure the L X-rays emitted from two transuranium elements, Np-237 and Cm-244 sources. The microcalorimeter was found to successfully measure the L X-rays with an energy resolution (full width at half maximum) below 70 eV. These results confirm that L X-rays can be identified using the proposed TES microcalorimeter to enable non-destructive assays of transuranium elements.


Transition-edge-sensor Transuranium elements L X-ray 



This work was financially supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) (JP24360397) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Japan Atomic Energy AgencyTokaimuraJapan
  2. 2.Kyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  3. 3.Japan Aerospace Exploration AgencyChofuJapan

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