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Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter (ATIC) balloon experiment: expected performance
Author(s): Eun-Suk Seo; James H. Adams Jr.; G. L. Bashindzhagyan; Oleksy V. Dudnik; Ali R. Fazely; L. Garcia; Naum L. Grigorov; T. Gregory Guzik; Susan E. Inderhees; Joachim Isbert; H. C. Jung; L. Khein; Sun-Kee Kim; Richard A. Kroeger; Frank B. McDonald; Mikhail I. Panasyuk; Choong-Soo Park; Wolfgang K. H. Schmidt; Cynthia Dion-Schwartz; Vitalij G. Senchishin; J. Z. Wang; John P. Wefel; Viktor I. Zatsepin; Sonny Y. Zinn
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Paper Abstract

An advanced thin ionization calorimeter (ATIC) will be used to investigate the charge composition and energy spectra of ultrahigh energy primary cosmic rays in a series of long- duration balloon flights. While obtaining new high priority scientific results, this balloon payload can also serve as a proof of concept for a BGO calorimeter-based instrument on the International Space Station. The ATIC technical details are presented in a companion paper at this conference. Here we discuss the expected performance of the instrument based on a GEANT code developed for simulating nuclear- electromagnetic cascades initiated by protons. For simulations of helium and heavy nuclei, a nucleus-nucleus interaction event generator LUCIAE was linked to the GEANT based program. Using these models, the design of the ATIC detector system has been optimized by simulating the instrument response to particles of different charges over the energy range to be covered. Results of these simulations are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2806, Gamma-Ray and Cosmic-Ray Detectors, Techniques, and Missions, (18 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.253973
Show Author Affiliations
Eun-Suk Seo, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
James H. Adams Jr., Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. L. Bashindzhagyan, Moscow State Univ. (Russia)
Oleksy V. Dudnik, Kharkov State Univ. (Ukraine)
Ali R. Fazely, Southern Univ. (United States)
L. Garcia, Southern Univ. (United States)
Naum L. Grigorov, Moscow State Univ. (Russia)
T. Gregory Guzik, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
Susan E. Inderhees, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Joachim Isbert, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
H. C. Jung, Seoul National Univ. (South Korea)
L. Khein, Moscow State Univ. (Russia)
Sun-Kee Kim, Seoul National Univ. (South Korea)
Richard A. Kroeger, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Frank B. McDonald, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Mikhail I. Panasyuk, Moscow State Univ. (Russia)
Choong-Soo Park, Seoul National Univ. (South Korea)
Wolfgang K. H. Schmidt, Max-Planck Institut fuer Aeronomy (Germany)
Cynthia Dion-Schwartz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Vitalij G. Senchishin, Kharkov State Univ. (Ukraine)
J. Z. Wang, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
John P. Wefel, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
Viktor I. Zatsepin, Moscow State Univ. (Russia)
Sonny Y. Zinn, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (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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