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Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the International Space Station
Author(s): Steven P. Ahlen
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Paper Abstract

The alpha magnetic spectrometer (AMS) will be attached to the International Space Station in the year 2000 for three years of operation. AMS will: (1) search for antinuclei in the cosmic rays; (2) measure the antiproton flux at the top of the earth's atmosphere; (3) measure the positron flux at the top of the earth's atmosphere; (4) measure high energy gamma rays from space; and (5) measure the isotopic composition of the light elements in the cosmic rays. In this paper we provide a general description of AMS, and a description of the antimatter, antiproton, and positron goals and performance capabilities of the instrument. The gamma ray detection capabilities are presented in another paper for this conference.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2806, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Detectors, Techniques, and Missions, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.253966
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Steven P. Ahlen, Boston Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2806:
Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Detectors, Techniques, and Missions
Brian D. Ramsey; Thomas A. Parnell, Editor(s)

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