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Accelerator experiments with soft protons and hyper-velocity dust particles: application to ongoing projects of future x-ray missions
Author(s): E. Perinati; S. Diebold; E. Kendziorra; A. Santangelo; C. Tenzer; J. Jochum; S. Bugiel; R. Srama; E. Del Monte; M. Feroci; A. Rubini; A. Rachevski; G. Zampa; N. Zampa; I. Rashevskaya; A. Vacchi; P. Azzarello; E. Bozzo; J.-W. den Herder; S. Zane; S. Brandt; M. Hernanz; M. A. Leutenegger; R. L. Kelley; C. A. Kilbourne; N. Meidinger; L. Strüder; B. Cordier; D. Götz; G. W. Fraser; J. P. Osborne; K. Dennerl; M. Freyberg; P. Friedrich
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Paper Abstract

We report on our activities, currently in progress, aimed at performing accelerator experiments with soft protons and hyper-velocity dust particles. They include tests of different types of X-ray detectors and related components (such as filters) and measurements of scattering of soft protons and hyper-velocity dust particles off X-ray mirror shells. These activities have been identified as a goal in the context of a number of ongoing space projects in order to assess the risk posed by environmental radiation and dust and qualify the adopted instrumentation with respect to possible damage or performance degradation. In this paper we focus on tests for the Silicon Drift Detectors (SDDs) used aboard the LOFT space mission. We use the Van de Graaff accelerators at the University of Tübingen and at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK) in Heidelberg, for soft proton and hyper-velocity dust tests respectively. We present the experimental set-up adopted to perform the tests, status of the activities and some very preliminary results achieved at present time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84430O (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926118
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E. Perinati, Institut fürAstronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
S. Diebold, Institut fürAstronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
E. Kendziorra, Institut fürAstronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
A. Santangelo, Institut fürAstronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
C. Tenzer, Institut fürAstronomie and Astrophysik, Univ. Tübingen (Germany)
J. Jochum, Univ. of Tübingen (Germany)
S. Bugiel, Max Planck Institut für Kernphysik (Germany)
R. Srama, Max Planck Institut für Kernphysik (Germany)
E. Del Monte, INAF/IAPS Roma (Italy)
M. Feroci, INAF/IAPS Roma (Italy)
A. Rubini, INAF/IAPS Roma (Italy)
A. Rachevski, INFN (Italy)
G. Zampa, INFN (Italy)
N. Zampa, INFN (Italy)
I. Rashevskaya, INFN (Italy)
A. Vacchi, INFN (Italy)
P. Azzarello, Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland)
E. Bozzo, Univ. of Geneva (Switzerland)
J.-W. den Herder, Netherlands Institute for Space Research (Netherlands)
S. Zane, Mullard Space Science Lab., Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
S. Brandt, DTU Space (Denmark)
M. Hernanz, Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya, CSIC (Spain)
M. A. Leutenegger, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
R. L. Kelley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
C. A. Kilbourne, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
N. Meidinger, Max-Planck-Institut Halbleiterlabor (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
L. Strüder, Max-Planck-Institut Halbleiterlabor (Germany)
Max-Planck-Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
B. Cordier, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
D. Götz, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
G. W. Fraser, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
J. P. Osborne, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
K. Dennerl, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
M. Freyberg, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
P. Friedrich, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)


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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