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Performance of the Nuclear Compton Telescope

  • Steven Boggs
  • Mark Bandstra
  • Jason Bowen
  • Wayne Coburn
  • Robert Lin
  • Cornelia Wunderer
  • Andreas Zoglauer
  • Mark Amman
  • Paul Luke
  • Pierre Jean
  • Peter von Ballmoos
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Abstract

On 1 June 2005, the prototype Nuclear Compton Telescope (NCT) flew on a high altitude balloon from Fort Sumner, New Mexico. NCT is a balloon-borne soft γ-ray (0.2–10 MeV) telescope for studying astrophysical sources of nuclear line emission and γ- ray polarization. Our program is designed to develop and test technologies and analysis techniques crucial for the Advanced Compton Telescope; however, our detector design and configuration is also well matched to the focal plane requirements for focusing Laue lenses. The NCT prototype utilizes two, 3D imaging germanium detectors (GeDs) in a novel, ultra-compact design optimized for nuclear line emission in the 0.5–2MeV range. Our prototype flight provides a critical test of the novel detector technologies, analysis techniques, and background rejection procedures developed for high resolution Compton telescopes.

Keywords

Compton telescopes Gamma-ray spectroscopy Gamma-ray astronomy Balloon payloads 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Boggs
    • 1
  • Mark Bandstra
    • 1
  • Jason Bowen
    • 1
  • Wayne Coburn
    • 1
  • Robert Lin
    • 1
  • Cornelia Wunderer
    • 1
  • Andreas Zoglauer
    • 1
  • Mark Amman
    • 2
  • Paul Luke
    • 2
  • Pierre Jean
    • 3
  • Peter von Ballmoos
    • 3
  1. 1.Space Science LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Centre d’Etude Spatiale des RayonnementsUPS-CNRSToulouseFrance

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