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The electron-hadron separation performance of the PAMELA electromagnetic calorimeter
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7011-7229
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2006 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A silicon-tungsten sampling imaging calorimeter has been designed and built for thePAMELA satellite-borne experiment. The main physics goals of the experiment are themeasurement of the flux of antiprotons (80 MeV-190 GeV) and positrons (50 MeV-270 GeV) in the cosmic radiation. The calorimeter has been designed to identify antiprotons from an electron background and positrons in a background of protons with a high efficiency and rejection power. This work presents the electron-hadron separationcapabilities of the calorimeter as obtained using both Monte Carlo and test beam data.The calorimeter is found to have sufficient performance to reach the primary scientific objectives of PAMELA, providing a proton rejection factor of ∼105 while keeping a ∼90% efficiency in selecting electrons and positrons. From simulations, an electron rejection factor of ∼105 in antiproton measurements (∼90% antiproton identification efficiency) is demonstrated. 

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2006. Vol. 26, no 2
Keyword [en]
Cosmic rays, Electron, Hadron, PAMELA, Silicon-tungsten calorimeter
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-92148OAI: diva2:512381
36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly. Beijing. 16 – 23 July 2006

QC 20120328

Available from: 2012-03-27 Created: 2012-03-27 Last updated: 2012-03-28Bibliographically approved

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