Gamma-ray observations in the medium energy range (0.50-50.0 MeV) are central to unfolding many outstanding questions in astrophysics. The challenges of medium-energy gamma-ray observations, however, are the low photon statistics and large backgrounds. We review these questions, address the telescope technology requirements, and describe our development of the 3-Dimensional Track Imaging (3-DTI) Compton telescope and its performance for a new mediumenergy gamma-ray mission. The 3-DTI is a large-volume time projection chamber (TPC) with a 2-dimensional gas micro-well detector (MWD) readout.
Space Science Center, Physics
Nuclear Science Symposium Conference record, 2006. IEEE
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Hunter, S.D.; Baker, R.G.; Barbier, L.M.; Bloser, P.F.; Cooper, L.; Krizmanic, J.F.; Link, J.T.; McConnell, M.L.; de Nolfo, G.A.; Ryan, J.M.; Singh, S.; Seunghee Son, "Medium-Energy Gamma-Ray Astrophysics with the 3-DTI Gamma-Ray Telescope," Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2006. IEEE , vol.2, no., pp.778,782, Oct. 29 2006-Nov. 1 2006