Accession Number:

ADA461818

Title:

Advanced Telescope for High Energy Nuclear Astrophysics (ATHENA)

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1995-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

We present a space mission concept for a low energy gamma-ray telescope, ATHENA, which is under investigation as the next major advance in gamma-ray spectroscopy following the current COMPTON Gamma Ray Observatory and the planned INTEGRAL missions. The instrument covers the nuclear line emission energy domain with dramatically improved sensitivity and spectral resolution. The baseline configuration combines a high resolution Compton telescope constructed from Ge planar strip detectors for the 0.3-10 MeV energy region with a coded-aperture system for the 10 - 200 keV domain. The Ge Compton telescope provides a broad field of view with exceptional spectral and imaging resolution. The requirements, capabilities and simulations of ATHENA are discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Astrophysics
  • Optical Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE