Gamma ray astronomy in the low energy range


Bailey, E.P.A. (1979) Gamma ray astronomy in the low energy range. University of Southampton, Department of Physics, Doctoral Thesis , 191pp.

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A low energy gamma ray telescope, and the results of its observations are described. The telescope consisted of four sodium iodide crystals, each of 120 cm(2) area, occulted by lead discs. Charged particles are rejected using scintillation, anti-coincidence shields.

The telescope was flown from Palestine, Texas in 1974. Gamma rays were observed from the Grab Nebula, the pulsar NP0 532, and the atmospheric background. No evidence for a gamma ray burst was found, giving an upper limit of less than 5.8 x 10(3) bursts per year of intensity greater than 1.6 x 10(-6) ergs cm(-2)

Various types of existing, and planned, gamma ray detectors, and successful gamma ray observations are reviewed. Detailed calculations of the detection efficiency of a Double Compton telescope are presented and these results led to the development of the MISO low energy gamma
ray telescope.

Preliminary calculations of the detection efficiency of an Anticollimated Double Compton telescope are presented, which suggest that further, more detailed investigation of this type of detector would prove fruitful.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: 79074931
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Physics and Astronomy
ePrint ID: 192561
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2011 13:58
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:44
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/192561

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