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Instrumental and astrophysical performances of SuperAGILE on-board AGILE Gamma-Ray mission
Author(s): Paolo Soffitta; Enrico Costa; Ettore Del Monte; Marco Feroci; Igor Lapshov; Marcello Mastropietro; Ennio Morelli; Massimo Rapisarda; Alda Rubini; Guido Barbiellini; Francesco Longo; Sandro Mereghetti; Aldo Morselli; Michela Prest; Marco Tavani; Erik Vallazza; Stefano Vercellone
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Paper Abstract

SuperAGILE is the X-ray stage of AGILE gamma-ray mission. It is devoted to monitor X-ray (10 - 40 keV) sources with a sensitivity better than 10 mCrab in one observing day and to detect X-ray transients in a field of view of 1.8 sr, well matched to that of the gamma ray tracker, with few arc-minutes position resolution. SuperAGILE is designed to exploit one additional layer of four silicon micro-strip detectors, for 1444 cm2 of total geometrical area, on top of the AGILE tracker and a system of four mutually orthogonal one- dimensional coded masks to encode the X-ray sky. Low noise electronics based on ASICs technology is the front-end read out. We present here the instrumental and astrophysical performances of SuperAGILE as derived by Monte Carlo simulation and experimental tests.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4140, X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XI, (13 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.409122
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Paolo Soffitta, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy)
Enrico Costa, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy)
Ettore Del Monte, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy)
Marco Feroci, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy)
Igor Lapshov, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy)
Marcello Mastropietro, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy)
Ennio Morelli, Istituto di Tecnologie e Studio delle Radiazioni Extraterrestri (Italy)
Massimo Rapisarda, ENEA (Italy)
Alda Rubini, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale (Italy)
Guido Barbiellini, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste and INFN (Italy)
Francesco Longo, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste and INFN (Italy)
Sandro Mereghetti, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Aldo Morselli, Univ. di Roma Tor Vergata and INFN (Italy)
Michela Prest, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste and INFN (Italy)
Marco Tavani, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)
Erik Vallazza, Istituto Tecnologie e Studio delle Radiazioni Extraterrestri (Italy)
Stefano Vercellone, Istituto di Fisica Cosmica (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4140:
X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy XI
Kathryn A. Flanagan; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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