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High-resolution gamma-ray and hard x-ray spectrometer for long-duration balloon flights
Author(s): Michael R. Pelling; Paul T. Feffer; Kevin C. Hurley; Sharad R. Kane; Robert P. Lin; Steven McBride; J. H. Primbsch; David M. Smith; K. Youseffi; G. Zimmer; F. Cotin; J. M. Lavigne; G. Rouaix; Said A. Slassi-Sennou; Gilbert Vedrenne; Richard H. Pehl; Chris P. Cork; Paul N. Luke; Norman W. Madden; Don F. Malone
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Paper Abstract

The elements of a high resolution gamma-ray spectrometer, developed for observations of solar flares, are described. Emphasis is given to those aspects of the system that relate to its operation on a long duration balloon platform. The performance of the system observed in its first flight, launched from McMurdo Station, Antarctica on 10 January, 1992, is discussed. Background characteristics of the antarctic balloon environment are compared with those observed in conventional mid-latitude balloon flights and the general advantages of long duration ballooning are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 1992
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 1743, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy III, (8 October 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.130701
Show Author Affiliations
Michael R. Pelling, Univ. of California/San Diego (United States)
Paul T. Feffer, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Kevin C. Hurley, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Sharad R. Kane, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Robert P. Lin, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Steven McBride, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
J. H. Primbsch, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
David M. Smith, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
K. Youseffi, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
G. Zimmer, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
F. Cotin, Ctr. d'Etude Spatial des Rayonnements (France)
J. M. Lavigne, Ctr. d'Etude Spatial des Rayonnements (France)
G. Rouaix, Ctr. d'Etude Spatial des Rayonnements (France)
Said A. Slassi-Sennou, Ctr. d'Etude Spatial des Rayonnements (France)
Gilbert Vedrenne, Ctr. d'Etude Spatial des Rayonnements (France)
Richard H. Pehl, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)
Chris P. Cork, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)
Paul N. Luke, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)
Norman W. Madden, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)
Don F. Malone, Lawrence Berkeley Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1743:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy III
Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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