HEAD 2003 Meeting
Session 8. Integral Mission Overview and Early Results II
Poster, Sunday-Wednesday, March 23, 2003, Duration of Meeting

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[8.03] SPI (Spectrometer for INTEGRAL) Background and Sensitivity

B. J. Teegarden (NASA/GSFC), P. Jean, G. K. Skinner (CESR), G. Weidenspointner (USRA/GSFC), D. Attie, B. Cordier (CEA/Saclay), R. Diehl (MPE/Garching), J. Knodlseder (CESR), S. Schanne (CEA/Saclay), C. Shrader, S. Sturner (USRA/GSFC)

The Spectrometer for INTEGRAL (SPI) is a sensitive high-resolution gamma-ray spectrometer operating in the energy range from 20 to 8000 keV. Extensive pre-launch studies of the background were performed and sensitivity calculations were made based on these calculations. Now there is real in-flight data with which to analyze the background, compare with simulations and update the sensitivity. This poster will present the current instrumental background levels, present and discuss the variability of this background and it's impact on the observations and give the latest values of the instrument sensitivity.

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