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Fast simulation of the NICER instrument
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Paper Abstract

The NICER1 mission uses a complicated physical system to collect information from objects that are, by x-ray timing science standards, rather faint. To get the most out of the data we will need a rigorous understanding of all instrumental effects. We are in the process of constructing a very fast, high fidelity simulator that will help us to assess instrument performance, support simulation-based data reduction, and improve our estimates of measurement error. We will combine and extend existing optics, detector, and electronics simulations. We will employ the Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA2) to parallelize these calculations. The price of suitable CUDA-compatible multi-giga op cores is about $0.20/core, so this approach will be very cost-effective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9905, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 99054V (18 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232511
Show Author Affiliations
John P. Doty, Noqsi Aerospace Ltd. (United States)
Matthew P. Wampler-Doty, Noqsi Aerospace Ltd. (United States)
Gregory Y. Prigozhin, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics (United States)
Takashi Okajima, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Zaven Arzoumanian, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Keith Gendreau, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9905:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Jan-Willem A. den Herder; Tadayuki Takahashi; Marshall Bautz, Editor(s)

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