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30 July 2010 Development of efficient Laue lenses: experimental results and projects
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Laue lenses are an emerging technology allowing the concentration of soft gamma rays in the ~ 100 keV - 1.5 MeV energy range. Two lens designs based on recently measured crystals are presented in this paper. A lens dedicated to the understanding of the progenitors and explosion physics of Type Ia supernovae through the observation of the 847 keV line produced by the decay chain of the radionuclide 56Co. With a Compton camera at the focus (as proposed for the DUAL mission), we find that a space-borne telescope could reach a 3-σ sensitivity of 1.5×10-6 ph/s/cm2 for a 3% broadened line in 105 s, enabling the detection of several events per year with enough significance to strongly constrain the models. On the other hand, a second generation prototype is proposed. Made to realize a balloon-borne telescope focusing around the electron-positron annihilation line (511 keV), this lens would primarily be a technological demonstrator. However with an estimated sensitivity of 5×10-6 ph/s/cm2 in 104 s observation time, this Laue lens telescope could bring new hints in the search of the origin of the Galactic positrons. To build this prototype, a dedicated X-ray beamline has been built at the Space Sciences Laboratory.
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Nicolas Barrière, John Tomsick, Steven Boggs, Julien Rousselle, and Peter von Ballmoos "Development of efficient Laue lenses: experimental results and projects", Proc. SPIE 7732, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Ultraviolet to Gamma Ray, 773226 (30 July 2010); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857813
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