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Mechanical assembly and alignment of SuperAGILE
Author(s): Massimo Rapisarda; Marco Feroci; Massimo Frutti; Robert Terpin; P. Bresciani; N. Kocjancic; S. Sideri; U. Ricciardi; M. Angelucci; F. Antichi
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Paper Abstract

SuperAGILE, the X-ray stage of AGILE, is a position sensitive X-ray detector. It can be schematised as a horizontal floor of silicon microstrips, collimated by vertical walls of tungsten and roofed by a flat linear coded mask. Since the direction of the incoming photons is reconstructed thanks to the parallelism of microstrips and mask slits, exact shadows on the strips are requested. The width of the microstrips is rather small (121 μm), therefore a satisfactory alignment among all the strips and all the mask slits along the detector size (40 cm) is rather demanding. To date the Engineering Model of SuperAGILE has already been built; in this article we show the techniques developed to assemble and align the detector properly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5488, UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems, (11 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.557845
Show Author Affiliations
Massimo Rapisarda, Ente per le Nuove Technologie l'Energia e l'Ambiente, CNR (Italy)
Marco Feroci, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, CNR (Italy)
Massimo Frutti, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, CNR (Italy)
Robert Terpin, Mipot SpA (Italy)
P. Bresciani, Mipot SpA (Italy)
N. Kocjancic, Mipot SpA (Italy)
S. Sideri, Oerlikon-Contraves SpA (Italy)
U. Ricciardi, Oerlikon-Contraves SpA (Italy)
M. Angelucci, Oerlikon-Contraves SpA (Italy)
F. Antichi, Oerlikon-Contraves SpA (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5488:
UV and Gamma-Ray Space Telescope Systems
Guenther Hasinger; Martin J. L. Turner, Editor(s)

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