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Title: Scientific Performance of a Nano-satellite MeV Telescope

Abstract

Over the past two decades, both X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy have experienced great progress. However, the region of the electromagnetic spectrum around ∼1 MeV is not so thoroughly explored. Future medium-sized gamma-ray telescopes will fill this gap in observations. As the timescale for the development and launch of a medium-class mission is ∼10 years, with substantial costs, we propose a different approach for the immediate future. In this paper, we evaluate the viability of a much smaller and cheaper detector: a nano-satellite Compton telescope, based on the CubeSat architecture. The scientific performance of this telescope would be well below that of the instrument expected for the future larger missions; however, via simulations, we estimate that such a compact telescope will achieve a performance similar to that of COMPTEL.

Authors:
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  1. Dipartimento di Fisica and Astronomia “G. Galilei,” Università di Padova, I-35131 Padova (Italy)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22663663
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astronomical Journal (Online); Journal Volume: 153; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; COMPACTS; COSMIC GAMMA SOURCES; COSMIC X-RAY SOURCES; GAMMA ASTRONOMY; GAMMA RADIATION; MEV RANGE; PERFORMANCE; SATELLITES; TELESCOPES; VIABILITY

Citation Formats

Lucchetta, Giulio, Berlato, Francesco, Rando, Riccardo, Bastieri, Denis, and Urso, Giorgio, E-mail: giulio.lucchetta@desy.de, E-mail: fberlato@mpe.mpg.de. Scientific Performance of a Nano-satellite MeV Telescope. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.3847/1538-3881/AA6A1B.
Lucchetta, Giulio, Berlato, Francesco, Rando, Riccardo, Bastieri, Denis, & Urso, Giorgio, E-mail: giulio.lucchetta@desy.de, E-mail: fberlato@mpe.mpg.de. Scientific Performance of a Nano-satellite MeV Telescope. United States. doi:10.3847/1538-3881/AA6A1B.
Lucchetta, Giulio, Berlato, Francesco, Rando, Riccardo, Bastieri, Denis, and Urso, Giorgio, E-mail: giulio.lucchetta@desy.de, E-mail: fberlato@mpe.mpg.de. Mon . "Scientific Performance of a Nano-satellite MeV Telescope". United States. doi:10.3847/1538-3881/AA6A1B.
@article{osti_22663663,
title = {Scientific Performance of a Nano-satellite MeV Telescope},
author = {Lucchetta, Giulio and Berlato, Francesco and Rando, Riccardo and Bastieri, Denis and Urso, Giorgio, E-mail: giulio.lucchetta@desy.de, E-mail: fberlato@mpe.mpg.de},
abstractNote = {Over the past two decades, both X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy have experienced great progress. However, the region of the electromagnetic spectrum around ∼1 MeV is not so thoroughly explored. Future medium-sized gamma-ray telescopes will fill this gap in observations. As the timescale for the development and launch of a medium-class mission is ∼10 years, with substantial costs, we propose a different approach for the immediate future. In this paper, we evaluate the viability of a much smaller and cheaper detector: a nano-satellite Compton telescope, based on the CubeSat architecture. The scientific performance of this telescope would be well below that of the instrument expected for the future larger missions; however, via simulations, we estimate that such a compact telescope will achieve a performance similar to that of COMPTEL.},
doi = {10.3847/1538-3881/AA6A1B},
journal = {Astronomical Journal (Online)},
number = 5,
volume = 153,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Mon May 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}