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A simulation code to assist designing space missions of the AIRWATCH type
Author(s): Teresa Montaruli; Roberto Bellotti; F. Cafagna; M. Circella; Carlo Nicola De Marzo; P. Lipari
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Paper Abstract

The design of an Airwatch type space mission can greatly benefit from a flexible simulation code for establishing the values of the main parameters of the experiment. We present her a code written for this purpose. The cosmic ray primary spectrum at very high energies, the atmosphere modeling,the fluorescence yield, the photon propagation and the detector response are taken into account in order to optimize the fundamental design parameters of the experiment, namely orbit height, field of view, mirror radius, number of pixels of the focal plane, threshold of photo-detection. The optimization criterion will be to maximize counting rates versus mission cost, which imposes limits both on weight and power consumption. Preliminary result on signals with changing energy and zenith angel of incident particles are shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 November 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3445, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy IX, (10 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.330307
Show Author Affiliations
Teresa Montaruli, INFN Bari (Italy)
Roberto Bellotti, Univ. di Bari (Italy) and INFN Bari (Italy)
F. Cafagna, INFN Bari (Italy)
M. Circella, INFN Bari (Italy)
Carlo Nicola De Marzo, Univ. di Bari (Italy) and INFN Bari (Italy)
P. Lipari, INFN Roma (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3445:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy IX
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

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