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Calibration of AGILE-GRID with in-flight data and Monte Carlo simulations
Author(s): Andrew W. Chen; A. Argan; A. Bulgarelli; P. W. Cattaneo; A. Giuliani; C. Pittori; G. Pucella; M. Tavani; A. Trois; G. Barbiellini; P. Caraveo; S. Colafrancesco; E. Costa; G. De Paris; E. Del Monte; G. Di Cocco; I. Donnarumma; Y. Evangelista; A. Ferrari; M. Feroci; M. Fiorini; F. Fuschino; M. Galli; F. Gianotti; P. Giommi; M. Giusti; C. Labanti; I. Lapshov; F. Lazzarotto; P. Lipari; F. Longo; F. Lucarelli; M. Marisaldi; S. Mereghetti; E. Morelli; E. Moretti; A. Morselli; L. Pacciani; A. Pellizzoni; F. Perotti; G. Piano; P. Picozza; M. Pilia; M. Prest; M. Rapisarda; A. Rappoldi; A. Rubini; S. Sabatini; P. Santolamazza; P. Soffitta; E. Striani; M. Trifoglio; L. Salotti; E. Vallazza; S. Vercellone; F. Verrecchia; V. Vittorini; D. Zanello
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Paper Abstract

AGILE is a γ/X-ray telescope which has been in orbit since 23 April 2007. The γ-ray detector, AGILE-GRID, has observed Galactic and extragalactic sources, many of which were collected in the first AGILE Catalog. We present the calibration of the AGILE-GRID using in-flight data and updated Monte Carlo simulations, producing response matrices for the effective area, energy dispersion, and point spread dispersion as a function of pointing direction in instrument coordinates and energy. We performed Monte Carlo simulations in GEANT3 at different γ-ray photon energies and incident angles, using Kalman filter-based photon reconstruction and on-board and on-ground filters. Long integrations of in-flight observations of the Vela, Crab and Geminga sources in broad and narrow energy bands were used to validate

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84434E (17 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926195
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Andrew W. Chen, INAF/IASF Milano (Italy)
A. Argan, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
A. Bulgarelli, INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
P. W. Cattaneo, INFN (Italy)
A. Giuliani, INAF/IASF Milano (Italy)
C. Pittori, ASI Science Data Ctr. (Italy)
INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
G. Pucella, ENEA (Italy)
M. Tavani, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tor Vegata
A. Trois, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari (Italy)
G. Barbiellini, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste and INFN (Italy)
P. Caraveo, INAF/IASF Milano (Italy)
S. Colafrancesco, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
Univ. of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa)
E. Costa, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
G. De Paris, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
E. Del Monte, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
G. Di Cocco, INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
I. Donnarumma, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
Y. Evangelista, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
A. Ferrari, Univ. degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
M. Feroci, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
M. Fiorini, INAF/IASF-Milano (Italy)
F. Fuschino, INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
M. Galli, ENEA-Bologna (Italy)
F. Gianotti, INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
P. Giommi, ASI Science Data Ctr. (Italy)
M. Giusti, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
C. Labanti, INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
I. Lapshov, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
F. Lazzarotto, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
P. Lipari, INFN Roma La Sapienza (Italy)
F. Longo, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste and INFN (Italy)
F. Lucarelli, ASI Science Data Ctr. (Italy)
INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
M. Marisaldi, INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
S. Mereghetti, INAF/IASF-Milano (Italy)
E. Morelli, INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
E. Moretti, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste and INFN (Italy)
A. Morselli, INFN Roma Tor Vergata (Italy)
L. Pacciani, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
A. Pellizzoni, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari (Italy)
F. Perotti, INAF/IASF Milano (Italy)
G. Piano, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
Univ. Tor Vergata (Italy)
INFN Roma Tor Vergata (Italy)
P. Picozza, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy)
INFN (Italy)
M. Pilia, INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Cagliari (Italy)
ASTRON, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (Netherlands)
M. Prest, Univ. degli Studi Dell'Insubria (Italy)
M. Rapisarda, ENEA Frascati (Italy)
A. Rappoldi, INFN-Pavia (Italy)
A. Rubini, INAF/IASF-Roma (Italy)
S. Sabatini, INAF/IASF-Roma (Italy)
P. Santolamazza, ASI Science Data Ctr. (Italy)
INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
P. Soffitta, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
E. Striani, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
M. Trifoglio, INAF/IASF Bologna (Italy)
L. Salotti, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)
E. Vallazza, Univ. degli Studi di Trieste and INFN (Italy)
S. Vercellone, INAF/IASF Palermo (Italy)
F. Verrecchia, ASI Science Data Center (Italy)
INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma (Italy)
V. Vittorini, INAF/IASF Roma (Italy)
Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy)
D. Zanello, INFN-Roma La Sapienza (Italy)


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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