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Imaging test setup for the coded-mask γ-ray spectrometer SPI

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Wunderer, C.B. ; Max-Planck-Inst. fur Extraterrestrische Phys., Garching bei Munchen, Germany ; Connell, P. ; Diehl, Roland ; Georgii, R.
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The European Space Agency's International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) will be launched in 2002. One of its two main instruments is the spectrometer SPI. It uses 19 HPGe detectors to observe the sky in the energy range of 20 keV to 8 MeV with a resolution of ΔE/E≈0.2%. Directional information is obtained using a coded mask. The expected angular resolution is about 20, The SPI imaging test setup (SPITS) was built at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Extraterrestische Physik, Germany, to allow experimental verification of the imaging properties of SPI. SPITS consists of a coded hexagonal uniformly redundant array (HURA) mask and two germanium detectors. The mask is built from 63 opaque tungsten-alloy elements. The two hexagonal Ge-detectors are housed in a common aluminum end cap. They are mounted on an XY-table and can be moved to cover the 19 SPI Ge-detector positions. Mask and germanium detectors are made of SPI materials, with the exception of some Be parts, which have been replaced by thinner Al parts to allow experimental verification of the imaging properties of SPI, SPITS consists of a coded HURA mask and two germanium detectors. The mask is built from 63 opaque tungsten-alloy elements. The two hexagonal Ge-detectors are housed in a common aluminum end cap. They are mounted on an XY-table and can be moved to cover the 19 SPI Ge-detector positions. Mask and germanium detectors are made of SPI materials, with the exception of some Be parts, which have been replaced by thinner Al parts. The imaging properties of SPITS are being measured with several radioactive sources at a distance of 9 m from the detector plane. We obtain an angular resolution of about 20 at 1.8 MeV and a point-source location capability of SPITS of 15 arcmin at 1.17 MeV

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 4 )

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Aug 2001

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