Maximizing the information content in thin calorimeters for space and balloon applications

Alan Sill, Vladimir Nagaslaev, Richard Wigmans, Nural Akchurin, Ulisse Bravar, Steven Stochaj

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Features of the hadronic interactions of cosmic ray particles that make it difficult to measure their energies and identities precisely also provide tools by which these limitations can be partially overcome, if the detector in question is properly instrumented. We review experimental methods by which calorimetry of cosmic rays using thin calorimeters may be optimized, and performance improved, by the use of multiple methods to read out the energy deposited by the developing shower. We also summarize recent simulation work related to these dual-readout methods. Examples are given using scintillating fiber, Cerenkov readout of quartz optical fiber, and silicon dE/dx information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002
EventParticle Astrophysics Instrumentation - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Aug 22 2002Aug 23 2002


  • Astrophysics
  • Calorimetry
  • Cosmic rays
  • Detector development
  • Čerenkov light


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