Simulation study for the higher sensitivity of an electron-tracking compton camera at over 1 MeV

A. Takada, T. Tanimori, H. Kubo, K. Miuchi, S. Kabuki, J. D. Parker, Y. Kishimoto, T. Mizumoto, K. Ueno, S. Kurosawa, S. Iwaki, T. Sawano, K. Taniue, K. Nakamura, N. Higashi, Y. Matsuoka, S. Komura, Y. Sato

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Abstract

We have developed an Electron-Tracking Compton Camera (ETCC) as a next-generation MeV gamma-ray telescope. Our detector consists of a gaseous electron tracker as a Compton-scattering target and a position sensitive scintillation camera as a scattered gamma ray absorber. We launched a small size (10 cm cubic) ETCC loaded on a balloon in 2006, and obtained the fluxes of diffuse cosmic and atmospheric gamma rays in the energy range between 125 keV and 1:25 MeV. However, for MeV gamma-ray astronomy, we need to detect the photons at higher energy, thus we must improve the sensitivity of the ETCC in the higher energy range above 1 MeV. For this purpose, we investigate an electron absorber, which is placed between the electron tracker and the photo-absorber. Using Geant4 simulation, we confirmed that the detection energy range is shifted to the range of 0:35-5:0 MeV for the new configuration of the ETCC.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2011
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1215-1221
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781467301183
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2011 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 2011 Oct 232011 Oct 29

Publication series

NameIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
ISSN (Print)1095-7863

Other

Other2011 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2011
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period11/10/2311/10/29

Keywords

  • Compton Camera
  • MeV gamma-ray astronomy
  • TPC
  • gaseous detector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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