PAMELA is a satellite-borne experiment which will measure the antiparticle component of cosmic rays over an extended energy range and with unprecedented accuracy. The apparatus consists of a permanent magnetic spectrometer equipped with a double-sided silicon microstrip tracking system and surrounded by a scintillator anticoincidence system. A silicon-tungsten imaging calorimeter, complemented by a scintillator shower tail catcher, and a transition radiation detector perform the particle identification task. Fast scintillators are used for Time-of-Flight measurements and to provide the primary trigger. A neutron detector is finally provided to extend the range of particle measurements to the TeV region. PAMELA will fly on-board of the Resurs-DKI satellite, which will be put into a semi-polar orbit in 2005 by a Soyuz rocket. We give a brief review of the scientific issues of the mission and report about the status of the experiment few months before the launch. (c) 2005 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Titolo:||Space qualification tests of the PAMELA instrument|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.asr.2005.05.100|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|