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

[Previous] | [Session 16] | [Next]

[16.02] Systems Overview of the Nuclear Compton Telescope

W. Coburn, J. D. Bowen, S. E Boggs, C. B. Wunderer, R. P. Lin (SSL/UCB), M. S. Amman, P. N. Luke (LBNL/UCB), M. T. Burks, W. Craig, N. W. Madden, K. Ziock (LLNL), D. M. Smith (Dept. of Physics, UCSC), P. von Ballmoos, P. Jean (CESR)

The Nuclear Compton Telescope (NCT) is a balloon-borne \gamma-ray (0.2-15\,MeV) imaging telescope. At the heart of NCT is an array of 12 high resolution Germanium Detectors (GeDs) capable of 3-D positioning of photon interactions. NCT is designed to study, through spectroscopy, imaging, and timing, sources of nuclear line emission and \gamma--ray polarization, and is serves as a technology testbed for the Advanced Compton Telescope (see the other papers at this meeting). In this paper we present an overview of the NCT balloon system, including detector and shield electronics, our gondola control and pointing system, house keeping, data storage, and telemetry. Please see the paper by Bowen, et al. (this meeting) for details of the data analysis and calibration.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: wcoburn@ssl.berkeley.edu

[Previous] | [Session 16] | [Next]

Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 36 #3
© 2004. The American Astronomical Soceity.