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Large-Area Balloon-Borne Polarized Gamma Ray Observer (PoGO)
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2005 (English)In: Proceedings of the 22nd Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics at Stanford, 2005, 736-743 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We are developing a new balloon-borne instrument (PoGO), to measure polarization of soft gamma rays (30-200 keV) using asymmetry in azimuth angle distribution of Compton scattering. PoGO is designed to detect 10 % polarization in 100mCrab sources in a 6-8 hour observation and bring a new dimension to studies on gamma ray emission/transportation mechanism in pulsars, AGNs, black hole binaries, and neutron star surface. The concept is an adaptation to polarization measurements of well-type phoswich counter consisting of a fast plastic scintillator (the detection part), a slow plastic scintillator (the active collimator) and a BGO scintillator (the bottom anti-counter). PoGO consists of close-packed array of 217 hexagonal well-type phoswich counters and has a narrow field-of-view (~ 5 deg2) to reduce possible source confusion. A prototype instrument has been tested in the polarized soft gamma-ray beams at Advanced Photon Source (ANL) and at Photon Factory (KEK). On the results, the polarization dependence of EGS4 has been validated and that of Geant4 has been corrected.

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2005. 736-743 p.
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Computer simulation, Electromagnetic wave polarization, Imaging techniques, Monte Carlo methods, Optimization, Orbits, Photons, Radiation detectors, Solar system, Synchrotron radiation
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-81265OAI: diva2:500860
22nd Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, Stanford California, December 13-17, 2004
QC 20120328Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2012-03-28Bibliographically approved

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