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The 2010 balloon campaign of the Nuclear Compton Telescope
Author(s): Eric C. Bellm; Jeng-Lun Chiu; Steven E. Boggs; Hsiang-Kuang Chang; Yuan-Hann Chang; Minghuey A. Huang; Mark Amman; Mark S. Bandstra; Wei-Che Hung; Pierre Jean; Jau-Shian Liang; Chih-Hsun Lin; Zhong-Kai Liu; Paul N. Luke; Daniel Perez-Becker; Ray-Shine Run; Andreas Zoglauer
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Paper Abstract

The Nuclear Compton Telescope (NCT) is a balloon-borne soft gamma-ray telescope. Its compact design uses cross-strip germanium detectors, allowing for wide-field imaging with excellent efficiency from 0.2-10 MeV. Additionally, the Compton imaging principle employed by NCT provides polarimetric sensitivity to several MeV. NCT is optimized for the study of astrophysical sources of nuclear line emission. A ten-detector instrument participated in the 2010 balloon campaign in Alice Springs, Australia, in order to conduct observations of the Galactic Center Region. Unfortunately, a launch accident caused major damage to the payload, and no flight was possible. We discuss the design, calibration, and performance of the instrument as well as prospects for its future.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 773224 (29 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857526
Show Author Affiliations
Eric C. Bellm, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Jeng-Lun Chiu, National Tsing Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
Steven E. Boggs, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Hsiang-Kuang Chang, National Tsing Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
Yuan-Hann Chang, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)
Minghuey A. Huang, National United Univ. (Taiwan)
Mark Amman, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Mark S. Bandstra, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Wei-Che Hung, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)
Pierre Jean, Ctr. d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (France)
Jau-Shian Liang, National Tsing Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
Chih-Hsun Lin, Institute of Physics (Taiwan)
Zhong-Kai Liu, National Central Univ. (Taiwan)
Paul N. Luke, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (United States)
Daniel Perez-Becker, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Ray-Shine Run, National United Univ. (Taiwan)
Andreas Zoglauer, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7732:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Monique Arnaud; Stephen S. Murray; Tadayuki Takahashi, Editor(s)

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