Résolution dans des bolomètres équipés de couches minces d'isolant d'Anderson pour des événements impliquant des reculs de noyaux

Abstract : Bolometers are very low temperature detectors which measure a deposited energy by the resulting thermal effects. All the excitations in its absorber finally convert to heat (phonons), sothat bolometers are universal detectors capable of measuring radiation's energy, even if it has no ionizing component. The ultimate resolution of a bolometer, from the thermodynamical point of view, is a decreasing fonction of the operating temperature. However, in the case of nuclear recoil events in a solid absorber, trapping effects degrade the resolution. These phenomena are studied here in order to find the resolution limit in ion beam analysis and in direct searches for WIMPs (the hypothetical candidats for non baryonnic Dark Matter). Bolometers of different masses and geometries, all equiped with NbxSi1-x thin film sensors, were made and characterized. The properties of these films as an Anderson insulator, and their sensitivities to the non-equilibrium phonons are studied. Furthermore, the experimental resolution in the thermal and athermal regimes were compared. The best resolution obtained is 0.34% (18 keV on 5.5 MeV alpha particles). This result is above the theorical resolution estimated in this work, sothat these bolometers could achieve further progresses.
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Cosmology and Extra-Galactic Astrophysics [astro-ph.CO]. Université Paris Sud - Paris XI, 1999. French


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Alexandre Juillard. Résolution dans des bolomètres équipés de couches minces d'isolant d'Anderson pour des événements impliquant des reculs de noyaux. Cosmology and Extra-Galactic Astrophysics [astro-ph.CO]. Université Paris Sud - Paris XI, 1999. French. <tel-00002707>

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