18 July 2016 NICER instrument detector subsystem: description and performance
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An instrument called Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) will be placed on-board the Inter- national Space Station in 2017. It is designed to detect soft X-ray emission from compact sources and to provide both spectral and high resolution timing information about the incoming ux. The focal plane is populated with 56 customized Silicon Drift Detectors. The paper describes the detector system architecture, the electronics and presents the results of the laboratory testing of both ight and engineering units, as well as some of the calibration results obtained with synchrotron radiation in the laboratory of PTB at BESSY II.
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Gregory Prigozhin, Gregory Prigozhin, Keith Gendreau, Keith Gendreau, John P. Doty, John P. Doty, Richard Foster, Richard Foster, Ronald Remillard, Ronald Remillard, Andrew Malonis, Andrew Malonis, Beverly LaMarr, Beverly LaMarr, Michael Vezie, Michael Vezie, Mark Egan, Mark Egan, Jesus Villasenor, Jesus Villasenor, Zaven Arzoumanian, Zaven Arzoumanian, Wayne Baumgartner, Wayne Baumgartner, Frank Scholze, Frank Scholze, Christian Laubis, Christian Laubis, Michael Krumrey, Michael Krumrey, Alan Huber, Alan Huber, } "NICER instrument detector subsystem: description and performance", Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99051I (18 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231718; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2231718
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