8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 16 Missions, Instruments and Data Analysis
Poster, Thursday, September 9, 2004, 9:00am-10:00pm

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[16.24] Background Simulations of Advanced Compton Telescopes for Nuclear Gamma-ray Astronomy

D.M. Tournear, R.M. Kippen, A.S. Hoover (Los Alamos National Lab), S. Boggs, C. Wunderer, W. Coburn (University of California Berkeley), G. Weidenspointner (Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements), A. Zoglauer (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics), E. Aprile, A. Curioni, S. Zhang (Columbia University), P. Bloser, S. Sturner (Goddard Space Flight Center), E. Novikova (Naval Research Lab), M. McConnell (University of New Hampshire), U. Oberlack (Rice University), M. Polsen (University of California Riverside), D. Smith (University California Santa Cruz), T. Takahasi (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science)

The ability to accurately model space background is a crucial requirement for significant progress in the field of observational nuclear gamma-ray astronomy. An Advanced Compton Telescope (ACT) is being investigated to address the promising science offered in this spectral band. A key element of this investigation is the development of a general set of tools to simulate the background environment for a range of low Earth orbits, and model how this background will propagate through a given instrument design. Results calculated with this tool system will be used to predict science capabilities for ACT instrument concepts, and will also be applicable to other future gamma-ray instruments. We will report on the progress in developing this capability, and preliminary results on its application to ACT instrument concepts. ACT is being studied, and this simulations package is being integrated through, the NASA Vision Mission concept study.

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