20 June 2006 A focal plane detector design for a wide band Laue-lens telescope
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The energy range above 50 keV is important for the study of many open problems in high energy astrophysics such as, non thermal mechanisms in SNR, the study of the high energy cut-offs in AGN spectra, and the detection of nuclear and annihilation lines. In the framework of the definition of a new mission concept for hard X and soft gamma ray (GRI- Gamma Ray Imager) for the next decade, the use of Laue lenses with broad energy band-passes from 100 to 1000 keV is under study. This kind of instruments will be used for deep study the hard X-ray continuum of celestial sources. This new telescope will require focal plane detectors with high detection efficiency over the entire operative range, an energy resolution of few keV at 500 keV and a sensitivity to linear polarization. We describe a possible configuration for the focal plane detector based on CdTe/CZT pixelated layers stacked together to achieve the required detection efficiency at high energy. Each layer can either operate as a separate position sensitive detector and a polarimeter or together with other layers in order to increase the overall full energy efficiency. We report on the current state of art in high Z spectrometers development and on some activities undergoing. Furthermore we describe the proposed focal plane option with the required resources and an analytical summary of the achievable performance in terms of efficiency and polarimetry.
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E. Caroli, E. Caroli, N. Auricchio, N. Auricchio, G. Bertuccio, G. Bertuccio, C. Budtz-Jørgensen, C. Budtz-Jørgensen, R. M. Curado da Silva, R. M. Curado da Silva, S. Del Sordo, S. Del Sordo, F. Frontera, F. Frontera, E. Quadrini, E. Quadrini, P. Ubertini, P. Ubertini, G. Ventura, G. Ventura, } "A focal plane detector design for a wide band Laue-lens telescope", Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 62662A (20 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671710; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.671710
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