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Simulations for a proposed gamma-ray space telescope using MEGAlib
Author(s): Suzanne Foley; Andreas Zoglauer; Jochen Greiner; Gottfried Kanbach
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Gamma-Ray Imaging, Polarimetry and Spectroscopy (GRIPS) is a proposed space mission for gamma-ray astrophysics. It will be capable of imaging gamma-rays via Compton scattering and pair production in the energy range from ~200 keV up to ~50MeV. GRIPS will address fundamental astrophysical questions through observations of energetic gamma-ray phenomena such as gamma-ray bursts, blazars and supernovae in this unique energy window. The Medium-Energy Gamma-ray Astronomy library (MEGAlib) is an open-source object-oriented software library designed to simulate and analyse data from low-to-medium-energy gamma-ray telescopes, especially Compton telescopes such as GRIPS. The library comprises all necessary data analysis steps from initial simulations through to event reconstruction and image reconstruction. Simulations are being carried out to optimize the sensitivity of GRIPS to gamma-ray sources using MEGAlib and the results are presented here. GRIPS will offer an improvement in sensitivity in its operational energy range by a factor of ~40 compared with previous missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8443, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 84433A (27 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.928016
Show Author Affiliations
Suzanne Foley, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Andreas Zoglauer, Space Sciences Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Jochen Greiner, Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik (Germany)
Gottfried Kanbach, 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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