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PAMELA - A payload for antimatter matter exploration and light-nuclei astrophysics
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2007 (English)In: Astroparticle physics, ISSN 0927-6505, E-ISSN 1873-2852, Vol. 27, no 4, 296-315 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The PAMELA experiment is a satellite-borne apparatus designed to study charged particles in the cosmic radiation with a particular focus on antiparticles. PAMELA is mounted on the Resurs DK1 satellite that was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on June 15th 2006. The PAMELA apparatus comprises a time-of-flight system, a magnetic spectrometer, a silicon-tungsten electromagnetic calorimeter, an anticoincidence system, a shower tail catcher scintillator and a neutron detector. The combination of these devices allows antiparticles to be reliably identified from a large background of other charged particles. This paper reviewsthe design, space qualification and on-ground performance of PAMELA. The in-orbit performance will be discussed in future publications.

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2007. Vol. 27, no 4, 296-315 p.
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primary cosmic-radiation, ray antiproton flux, solar minimum activity, satellite experiment, magnetic spectrometer, imaging calorimeter, electron ratio, antihelium, positrons, search
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16585DOI: 10.1016/j.astropartphys.2006.12.002ISI: 000245969600009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33947511871OAI: diva2:334627
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