24 July 2014 Simulation studies on performance parameters of a TPC polarimeter
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X-ray polarimeters based on Time Projection Chamber (TPC) geometry are currently being studied and developed to make sensitive measurement of polarization in 2-10keV energy range. TPC soft X-ray polarimeters exploit the fact that emission direction of the photoelectron ejected via photoelectric effect in a gas proportional counter carries the information of the polarization of the incident X-ray photon. Operating parameters such as pressure, drift field and driftgap affect the performance of a TPC polarimeter. Simulations presented here showcase the effect of these operating parameters on the modulation factor of the TPC polarimeter. Models of Garfield are used to study photoelectron interaction in gas and drift of electron cloud towards Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM). The emission direction is reconstructed from the image and modulation factor is computed. Our study has shown that Ne/DME (50/50) at lower pressure and drift field can be used for a TPC polarimeter with modulation factor of 50-65%.
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Rakhee K., Rakhee K., Koushal V., Koushal V., Radhakrishna V., Radhakrishna V., Baishali G., Baishali G., Vinodkumar A. M., Vinodkumar A. M., } "Simulation studies on performance parameters of a TPC polarimeter", Proc. SPIE 9144, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 91444K (24 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055190; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2055190
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