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CdZnTe gamma-ray spectrometer for orbital planetary missions

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We present the design and analysis of a new gamma-ray spectrometer for planetary science that uses an array of CdZnTe detectors to achieve the detection efficiency needed for orbital measurements. The use of CdZnTe will provide significantly improved pulse-height resolution relative to scintillation-based detectors, with commensurate improvement in the accuracy of elemental abundances determined by gamma-ray and neutron spectroscopy. The spectrometer can be flown either on the instrument deck of the spacecraft or on a boom. For deck-mounted systems, a BGO anticoincidence shield is included in the design to suppress the response of the CdZnTe detector to gamma-rays that originate in the spacecraft. The BGO shield also serves as a backup spectrometer, providing heritage from earlier planetary science missions and reducing the risk associated with the implementation of new technology.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 4 )