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Title: Background reduction in a balloon-borne hard x-ray telescope
Authors: Rao, A.R.
Agrawal, P.C.
Shah, M.R.
Paul, Biswajit
Manchanda, R.K.
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Citation: Advances in Space Research, 1998, Vol. 21, p1025-1028
Abstract: We have been carrying out a series of balloon flight experiments using a large area proportional counter based (xenon filled) hard X-ray telescope and have studied in detail the spectral and temporal characteristics of several cosmic hard X-ray sources. The detector system uses multi-cell multi-layer configuration and for background reduction passive shielding, active anti-coincidence on three sides of the detector and mutual anti-coincidence for the active cells are employed. Further, K-gating technique is used to improve the energy resolution and detection efficiency. We present the effectiveness of the various background rejection techniques using a Monte-Carlo simulation and critically evaluate the possible improvements in the background rejection.
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ISSN: 0273-1177
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Copyright: 1998 Elsevier B.V.
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