The PAMELA experiment in space

Citation
V. Bonvicini et al., The PAMELA experiment in space, NUCL INST A, 461(1-3), 2001, pp. 262-268
Citations number
7
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Spectroscopy /Instrumentation/Analytical Sciences","Instrumentation & Measurement
Journal title
NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
ISSN journal
0168-9002 → ACNP
Volume
461
Issue
1-3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
262 - 268
Database
ISI
SICI code
0168-9002(20010401)461:1-3<262:TPEIS>2.0.ZU;2-4
Abstract
We provide in this paper a status report of the space experiment PAMELA. PA MELA aims primarily to measure the flux of antiparticles, namely antiproton s and positrons, in cosmic rays with unprecedented statistics over a large energy range. Tn addition, it will measure the light nuclear components of cosmic rays, investigate phenomena connected to Solar and Earth physics and it will search for cosmic ray antinuclei with sensitivity better than 10(- 7) in the He/He ratio. PAMELA consists of a magnet spectrometer, a transiti on radiation detector, an imaging calorimeter, a time of flight system and an anticoincidence detector. The apparatus will be installed on board of th e Russian satellite of the Resurs type in a polar orbit at about 680 km of altitude. The launch is foreseen for late 2002/early 2003. (C) 2001 Elsevie r Science B.V. All rights reserved.