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Monte Carlo simulations as a tool for radiation damage evaluation
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Paper Abstract

One critical aspect in designing a space mission is the assessment of the level of radiation damage to the equipment that one can expect during the course of the mission. The radiation environment in L2 orbit, however, has not been studied as extensively as in the Low Earth Orbit case. Fluka is a Montecarlo software developed by CERN and INFN and extensively used in high energy experimental physics and engineering, shielding, detector and telescope design, and cosmic ray studies. In this paper, we make use of FLUKA to model the geometry of the structures surrounding the detector, in order to analyze the mitigation strategy (i.e.: shielding of the detector assembly) in a well defined case (the Euclid-NIS instrument, which is in its early design phase). By using a realistic cosmic ray spectrum and composition, we analyze the resulting dose of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation on the Euclid-NIS detectors, and other effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 77313F (10 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856996
Show Author Affiliations
Sebastiano Ligori, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
Alberto Riva, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
Marco Mauri, European Organization for Nuclear Research (Switzerland)
Leonardo Corcione, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
Favio Bortoletto, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Carlotta Bonoli, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)
Enrico Giro, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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