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CdZnTe background measurement at balloon altitudes with an active BGO shield
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Paper Abstract

We report results of an experiment conducted in May 1997 to measure CdZnTe background and background reduction schemes in space flight conditions similar to those of proposed hard x-ray astrophysics missions. A 1 cm2 CdZnTe detector was placed adjacent to a thick BGO anticoincidence shield and flown piggy backed onto the EXITE2 scientific balloon payload. The planar shield was designed to veto background counts produced by local gamma-ray production in passive material and neutron interactions in the detector. The CdZnTe and BGO were partially surrounded by a Pb-Sn-Cu shield to approximate the grammage of an x-ray collimator, although the field of view was still approximately 2 (pi) sr. At an altitude of 127000 feet we find a reduction in background by a factor of 6 at 100 keV. The non-vetoed background is 9 by 104 cts cm-2s-1 at 100 keV, about a factor of 2 higher than that of the collimated EXITE2 phoswich detector. We compare our recorded spectrum with that expected from simulations using GEANT and find agreement within a factor of 2 between 30 and 300 keV. We also compare our results with those of previous experiments using passive lead and active NaI shields, and discus possible active shielding schemes in future astronomy mission employing large arrays of CdZnTe detectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3445, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy IX, (10 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.330275
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Forbes Bloser, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (Germany)
Jonathan E. Grindlay, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Tomohiko Narita, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Fiona A. Harrison, California Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3445:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

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