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LEO radiation environment and the design of the micro-channel-plate x-ray telescope camera on-board the SVOM Mission
Author(s): E. Perinati; C. Tenzer; A. Santangelo; B. Cordier; D. Gotz; G. W. Fraser; J. P. Osborne
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the proton fluence and particle background for the Micro-Channel-Plate X-ray Telescope (MXT) instrument aboard the SVOM satellite, to be placed in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at ~600 km altitude and ~30° inclination. The adopted detector at the focal plane is a pn-CCD similar to that used on eROSITA. Monte-Carlo simulations aim at identifying and comparing different possible solutions for the design of the MXT focal plane, in order to conveniently reduce possible radiation damages and the particle induced background. We give here a description of the LEO radiation environment, and present some results of particle background simulations referring to the present baseline configuration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84434T (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.925458
Show Author Affiliations
E. Perinati, Institut für Astronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
C. Tenzer, Institut für Astronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
A. Santangelo, Institut für Astronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
B. Cordier, CEA (France)
D. Gotz, CEA (France)
G. W. Fraser, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
J. P. Osborne, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8443:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
Tadayuki Takahashi; Stephen S. Murray; Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Editor(s)

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