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Data acquisition system and ground calibration of polarized gamma-ray observer (PoGOLite)
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1999-2161
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Physics, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.
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2014 (English)In: Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Polarized Gamma-ray Observer, PoGOLite, is a balloon experiment with the capability of detecting 10% polarization from a 200 mCrab celestial object between the energy-range 25-80 keV in one 6 hour flight. Polarization measurements in soft gamma-rays are expected to provide a powerful probe into high-energy emission mechanisms in/around neutron stars, black holes, supernova remnants, active-galactic nuclei etc. The pathfinder flight was performed in July 2013 for 14 days from Sweden to Russia. The polarization is measured using Compton scattering and photoelectric absorption in an array of 61 well-type phoswich detector cells (PDCs) for the pathfinder instrument. The PDCs are surrounded by 30 BGO crystals which form a side anti-coincidence shield (SAS) and passive polyethylene neutron shield. There is a neutron detector consisting of LiCaAlF6 (LiCAF) scintillator covered with BGOs to measure the background contribution of atmospheric neutrons. The data acquisition system treats 92 PMT signals from 61 PDCs + 30 SASs + 1 neutron detector, and it is developed based on SpaceWire spacecraft communication network. Most of the signal processing is done by digital circuits in Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). This enables the reduction of the mass, the space and the power consumption. The performance was calibrated before the launch.

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SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2014.
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Balloon, BGO, Hard X-ray, LiCAF), Neutron, Phoswich detector, Polarization, Scintillator (Plastic, Soft gamma-ray, SpaceWire communication, Balloons, Calibration, Data acquisition, Field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), Neutron detectors, Neutrons, Scintillation counters, Signal processing, Space telescopes, Stars, Hard X ray, SpaceWire, Gamma rays
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-167960DOI: 10.1117/12.2056723ISI: 000354529100137ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84922531383ISBN: 9780819496126OAI: diva2:817098
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 22 June 2014 through 26 June 2014

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Available from: 2015-06-04 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-06-15Bibliographically approved

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