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Title: Telescope performance and image simulations of the balloon-borne coded-mask protoMIRAX experiment

In this work we present the results of imaging simulations performed with the help of the GEANT4 package for the protoMIRAX hard X-ray balloon experiment. The instrumental background was simulated taking into account the various radiation components and their angular dependence, as well as a detailed mass model of the experiment. We modelled the meridian transits of the Crab Nebula and the Galactic Centre (CG) region during balloon flights in Brazil (∼ −23° of latitude and an altitude of ∼40 km) and introduced the correspondent spectra as inputs to the imaging simulations. We present images of the Crab and of three sources in the GC: 1E 1740.7-2942, GRS 1758-258 and GX 1+4. The results show that the protoMIRAX experiment is capable of making spectral and timing observations of bright hard X-ray sources as well as important imaging demonstrations that will contribute to the design of the MIRAX satellite mission.
Authors:
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  1. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) São José dos Campos (Brazil)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22494311
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1693; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 2. ICRANet Cesar Lattes meeting on supernovae, neutron stars and black holes, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 13-22 Apr 2015; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ALTITUDE; BALLOONS; BRAZIL; CRAB NEBULA; HARD X RADIATION; IMAGES; PERFORMANCE; SATELLITES; SIMULATION; SPECTRA; TELESCOPES