Development and verification of signal processing system of BGO active shield onboard Astro-H

Masanori Ohno, Shin'Ya Tokuda, Takafumi Kawano, Shunya Furui, Ikumi Edahiro, Hiromitsu Takahashi, Kunihiro Goto, Yasushi Fukazawa, Hiroaki Murakami, Syogo Kobayashi, Soki Sakurai, Makoto Sasano, Shunsuke Torii, Toshio Nakano, Ko Ono, Kazuma Miyake, Terukazu Nishida, Kazuhiro Nakazawa, Kazuo Makishima, Kouichi HaginoTakayuki Yuasa, Hirokazu Odaka, Rie Sato, Shin Watanabe, Motohide Kokubun, Goro Sato, Jun Kataoka, Tatsuhiko Saito, Kazutaka Yamaoka, Hiroyasu Tajima, Yoichi Yatsu, Takeshi Nakamori, Hideki Uchiyama, Daisuke Yonetoku

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Abstract

The hard X-ray imager (HXI) and soft gamma-ray detector (SGD) onboard Astro-H observe astronomical objects with high sensitivity in the hard X-ray (5-80 keV) and soft gamma-ray (40-600 keV) energy bands. To achieve this high sensitivity, background rejection is essential, and these detectors are surrounded by large and thick bismuth germinate scintillators as an active shield. We have developed adequate trigger logic for both the HXI and SGD to process signals from main detector and BGO shield simultaneously and then we optimized the trigger delay and width, with consideration of the trigger latch efficiency. The shield detector system performs well, even after it is assembled as the HXI sensor. The energy threshold maintains the same level as that observed during the prototype development phase, and the experimental room background level of the main detector is successfully reduced by our optimized trigger timing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014
Subtitle of host publicationUltraviolet to Gamma Ray
EditorsTadayuki Takahashi, Jan-Willem A. den Herder, Mark Bautz
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9780819496126
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 22 Jun 201426 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume9144
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X

Conference

ConferenceSpace Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period22/06/1426/06/14

Keywords

  • ASTRO-H
  • FPGA
  • HXI
  • SGD
  • active shield
  • gamma-ray

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