18 August 2005 CASTER: a concept for a Black Hole Finder Probe based on the use of new scintillator technologies
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The primary scientific mission of the Black Hole Finder Probe (BHFP), part of the NASA Beyond Einstein program, is to survey the local Universe for black holes over a wide range of mass and accretion rate. One approach to such a survey is a hard X-ray coded-aperture imaging mission operating in the 10-600 keV energy band, a spectral range that is considered to be especially useful in the detection of black hole sources. The development of new inorganic scintillator materials provides improved performance (for example, with regards to energy resolution and timing) that is well suited to the BHFP science requirements. Detection planes formed with these materials coupled with a new generation of readout devices represent a major advancement in the performance capabilities of scintillator-based gamma cameras. Here, we discuss the Coded Aperture Survey Telescope for Energetic Radiation (CASTER), a concept that represents a BHFP based on the use of the latest scintillator technology.
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Mark L. McConnell, Mark L. McConnell, Peter F. Bloser, Peter F. Bloser, Gary Case, Gary Case, Michael Cherry, Michael Cherry, James Cravens, James Cravens, T. Gregory Guzik, T. Gregory Guzik, Kevin Hurley, Kevin Hurley, R. Marc Kippen, R. Marc Kippen, John Macri, John Macri, Richard S. Miller, Richard S. Miller, William Paciesas, William Paciesas, James M. Ryan, James M. Ryan, Bradley Schaefer, Bradley Schaefer, J. Gregory Stacy, J. Gregory Stacy, W. Thomas Vestrand, W. Thomas Vestrand, John P. Wefel, John P. Wefel, } "CASTER: a concept for a Black Hole Finder Probe based on the use of new scintillator technologies", Proc. SPIE 5898, UV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XIV, 589801 (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.615277; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.615277
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