Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 176, Issue 3–4, pp 323–330 | Cite as

Sensitivity to Cosmic Rays of Cold Electron Bolometers for Space Applications

  • M. Salatino
  • P. de Bernardis
  • L. S. Kuzmin
  • S. Mahashabde
  • S. Masi


An important phenomenon limiting the sensitivity of bolometric detectors for future space missions is the interaction with cosmic rays. We tested the sensitivity of Cold Electron Bolometers (CEBs) to ionizing radiation using gamma-rays from a radioactive source and X-rays from an X-ray tube. We describe the test setup and the results. As expected, due to the effective thermal insulation of the sensing element and its negligible volume, we find that CEBs are largely immune to this problem.


Bolometers Cold electrons Cosmic rays Space instrumentation 



The authors wish to thank Dr. D. Fargion and Dr. I. Dafinei for allowing us to use some of their instruments for our measurements. This research has been funded in Italy by the Italian Space Agency (grant I/022/11/0 LSPE).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Salatino
    • 1
  • P. de Bernardis
    • 1
  • L. S. Kuzmin
    • 2
  • S. Mahashabde
    • 2
  • S. Masi
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Microtechnology and NanoscienceMC2 Chalmers University of TechnologyGöteborgSweden

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