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Monte Carlo simulations of stacked x-ray detectors as designed for SIMBOL-X
Author(s): Christoph Tenzer; Eckhard Kendziorra; Andrea Santangelo; Markus Kuster; Philippe Ferrando; Philippe Laurent; Arnaud Claret; Rémi Chipaux
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Paper Abstract

Simbol-X is a next generation X-ray telescope with spectro-imaging capabilities over the 0.5 to 80 keV energy range. The combination of a formation flying mirror and detector spacecraft allows to extend the focal length to 20 m, resulting in a so far unrivaled angular resolution and sensitivity in the hard X-ray range. The focal plane detector system for Simbol-X is planned to consist of an array of so-called Macro Pixel Detectors (MPD) on top of a 2 mm thick CdZnTe pixellated detector array. Photons of energy less than about 17 keV will be primarily absorbed in the MPDs, whereas higher energy photons will be detected in the CdZnTe array below. A computer model of such stacked detectors and its interaction with the radiation environment encountered by the spacecraft in orbit is currently being developed by our group using the Monte Carlo toolkit GEANT4. We present results of the simulation and an outlook for possible optimizations of future detector geometry and shielding.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 June 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6266, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 62662O (15 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.671929
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Christoph Tenzer, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
Eckhard Kendziorra, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
Andrea Santangelo, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
Markus Kuster, Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)
Philippe Ferrando, APC, DSM/DAPNIA/ Service d'Astrophyisique, CEA/Saclay (France)
Philippe Laurent, APC, DSM/DAPNIA/ Service d'Astrophyisique, CEA/Saclay (France)
Arnaud Claret, DSM/DAPNIA/ Service d'Astrophyisique, CEA/Saclay (France)
Rémi Chipaux, DSM/DAPNIA/ Service d'Astrophyisique, CEA/Saclay (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6266:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation II: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Martin J. L. Turner; Günther Hasinger, Editor(s)

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